Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

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    WP7 Sample: A GPS-enabled Phone App in 5 minutes!

    One of the best parts of Windows Phone application development is how fast you can add sophisticated functionality to your solution. In fact, I was teaching a weekend crash course on Windows Phone at Brigham Young University a few weeks back. Here’s a...
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    Windows 8 avoids “Bill Shock” with Mobility Overhaul

    In a recent article, the Windows 8 team introduces a set of mobility features in Windows 8 that can reduce unexpected bandwidth charges. People want similar mobility on their PCs as they get on their smartphones. It is unlikely that your end goal is just...
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    Utah’s Code Camp Announced!

    UTAH’S PREMIER DEVELOPER EVENT Neumont University 10701 S Jordan River Parkway | South, Jordan, Utah Saturday, March 10, 2012 | 9:00AM – 5:00PM FREE | Lunch Included Registration: utahgeekevents.com Meet your peers and learn about the latest technologies...
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    Lasers can be Magnetized: Faster Hard Drives

    One of my local, community leaders, Dennis Martin, specialized in Storage technologies. In a recent article of his, he discusses the use of lasers in magnetic media to improve the performance of hard drives. The disk industry has been experimenting with...
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    Windows Phone: Go Underground

    It’s more than once I get asked the question “ Where should I start to learn C#? ” So often I start my blog posts from the point of view that we all know the .Net framework and we are rushing forward from that point. Indeed that does describe 99% of my...
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    It’s a Window… not a Flag

    The Windows 8 team has released the new Windows logo. This logo will be the trademark for Windows 8 and serves to illustrate the Metro interface introduced by the forthcoming Operating System. In some ways you can trace the evolution of the Windows logo...
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    C++ for C# Developers

    C++ is an uncontested tool for delivering innovation outside the box (augmented reality, natural user interfaces, compelling games, and more). But how to reconnect with C++ using our C# background as starting point? This is a somewhat short guide to the...
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    Visual Studio 11: New Features Preview

    Tim Huckaby and Cameron Skinner, General Manager – Visual Studio Ultimate at Microsoft, discuss the Visual Studio 11 Dev Preview. Cameron talks about the exciting new features coming that developers can expect, especially in the Application Lifecycle...
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    Why Google Docs Suck!

    To get your point across, style matters . Making your point takes flair and sometimes some swagger, and you always need substance. So, your message needs to be complete and your document’s format needs to be what you intended. Of course, you want to have...
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    Open Call: Submit your Pictures for the official Windows Wallpaper Gallery

    Millions of people a month come to the Windows Personalization Gallery to download themes and wallpapers for their desktops. Send us your art or photography, and we might use it in the gallery, either as a wallpaper (a standalone desktop image) or a full...
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    Oh, no you didn’t! Office 365 at Home?

    In an article by Richard Hay: I recently transitioned our household to hosted email accounts with Office 365.  My wife and I are both Outlook users and like the benefits of working in that interface locally on our desktop and laptops. The option...
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    #MVA: Finally something Free! from Microsoft

    What’s Microsoft Virtual Academy? MVA is a fully cloud-based learning experience focusing on Microsoft Cloud Technologies. You can access a variety of training content online and become one of the renowned experts in the IT Pro community around the world...
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    The Windows Phone App Hub “Invalid Credit Card” Solution

    We are aware that many of you have run into the issue of getting an "Invalid Credit Card" message when trying to register.  We apologize for this erroneous message and inconvenience.  While we work toward a solution, we do have a workaround...
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    Drupal and Microsoft? Yes!

    In March, DrupalCon is coming to Denver. I am excited to attend. The speaker and session list is rich, and I am happy Microsoft continues its dedication to part of this community. Web Matrix Microsoft WebMatrix makes it easy for anyone to create...
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    SQL Express v LocalDB v SQL Compact Edition

    LocalDB is created specifically for developers. It is very easy to install and requires no management, yet it offers the same T-SQL language, programming surface and client-side providers as the regular SQL Server Express. In effect the developers that...
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    WP7 Sample: a Settings Page in 5 Minutes

    One of the things that distinguishes great Windows Phone applications is the ability to configure to the preferences of the user. Let’s pretend the user wants to enable or disable a feature – how do they do that? The best way to provide this custom experience...
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    Broken: Windows 8 and the Windows Phone SDK

    Windows Phone SDK not working in Windows 8 We know many of our software developers are excited and eager to get started using the consumer preview on a daily basis, but Windows 8 is still a preview release, which means that there are going to be instances...
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    Really?! OneNote vs. EverNote

    Leonardo da Vinci gave us a different note-taking paradigm. His notes started in the middle of the page, not the top, where he wrote or illustrated the core theme of that particular page of notes. From there he drew branches out to various main topics...
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    Game Developers Conference

    Welcome to the 26th iteration of the Game Developers Conference ® (GDC), the world's largest professionals-only game industry event. From March 5-9, 2012, GDC serves as the headquarters for learning, networking and inspiration for the digital games industry...
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    Sorry, Google Chrome is not supported

    It’s Back to the Future. Browser wars are so passé. Yet here we are. No so long ago, Netscape went head-to-head against Internet Explorer. Netscape lost . Not so long ago, Firefox went head-to-head against Internet Explorer. Firefox lost . Not so long...
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    Windows 8: Why push from Azure?

    Have you discovered WNS? Windows Push Notification Services, it is a Microsoft service for pushing items to Windows 8 Metro-style applications. WNS is free. WPNS is the similar service for Windows Phone applications. WNS is specifically for Windows 8...
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    Windows 8: Does Metro even make sense to Microsoft Developers?

    Metro is Microsoft’s design language. It is our specification for applications written for the Metro environment in Windows 8. But, fundamentally, it is our design language. What does that mean? There is more to Metro than sharp edges and clean typography...
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    Windows 8: Semantic Zoom versus Optical Zoom

    Windows 8 is full of groovy nuggets of innovation. One of my favorites is the Sematic Zoom . This control is a container of two other controls – usually list controls. The first declares the UI when zoomed out. The second declares the UI when zoomed in...
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    Windows 8: 1,000 Metro icons you already have installed

    Windows 8 metro applications have a few things in common. One of them is typography. Segoe (pronounced “se-go” not “see-go” or anything else), specifically we’re talking about the Segoe UI font (or a derivative of it), is the standard san serif font in...
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    Windows 8: Good news for XAML developers

    Windows development has been the prevue of CPP and managed developers (like C# and VB.Net). With the advent of Windows 8 metro applications, there’s continued support for CPP and managed code, but there’s new support for HTML5 developers for to write...
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