Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

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    Nokia files Patent for “Phone in a Tattoo”

    Unwired View is reporting on a recent Nokia patenting looking into haptic tattoos to help you feel who is calling. Not satisfied with just getting its own flavor of slide-to-unlock patented , Nokia wants to take haptic feedback to a level you haven’t...
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    Windows 8: Moving Metro Around

    imageSo many people didn’t enjoy the love that the Windows key gave in Windows 7. To them, the Windows key was a useless key. To them, they simply didn’t know.

    Now with Windows 8 there is even more love! Will you make the most of it or are you “one of those users”? My mom, by the way, is holding a user group next Thursday for those users – BYOB (bring your own bengay). ;)

    Actually: my mom isn’t holding a user group next Thursday – if you are one of those users, then you are on your own!

    Windows 7

    My favorite use of the Windows key in Windows 7 was to use Windows key + Shift + the Left/Right arrows. This keystroke combination effortlessly relocated the current window from one monitor to another.

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    Windows 8: Windows Phone SDK (7.1.1 update) Ready to Go!

    Cliff Simpkins : I’m pleased to announce that the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update is now available for your download ; it’s the final version of the CTP we released last month, and enables Windows Phone developers to do two things: Develop apps that work...
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    Windows 8 Developer Camp

    Hey, are you a Metro developer? What’s that? Windows 8 is still in beta? Great point, but already developers like you are starting to self-identify themselves as Metro Developers – they are becoming mobile-aware developers on the Microsoft platform: desktop...
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    Imagine Cup | USA People’s Choice | Get out the vote!

    Students from around the country compete to solve problems with technology. Indeed, here’s their mission : Create real-world software applications using Microsoft technologies. Just remember, they must address the Imagine Cup 2012 theme: Imagine a world...
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    Windows 8: Connected Standby

    Windows 7 has Power Management features allowing you to impact power consumption. One feature is Standby (called S3); this puts your PC to bed – during which no code is executed. The resume time from S3 is very fast because the system has been suspended...
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    Developer Links to Learn about Visual Studio 11

    Visual Studio 11 is retooled for Metro development in Windows 8. However, there is *so* much more than that. Visual Studio 11 has a rich set of new features and capabilities. Here are some links to check out what new in the BETA: Visual Studio 11 BETA...
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    Windows 8: Thank you, Los Angeles

    The Windows 8 Anchor Event @ Club Nokia in Los Angeles went off without a hitch on Monday. We were able to reach out to hundreds of developers locally and hundreds more online. If you were present @ the event, thank you for attending. The whole team of...
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    Can Windows Phone pick up when Android drops off?

    In a recent CNET article by Dan Farber ( Android not Critical to Google? Really? ), he talks about Google’s recent, strange comments about Android: During the Oracle v. Google trial , the value of the Android platform to the Internet giant has been a...
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    Mac Security Situation is Getting Worse

    In a recent ZDNet article by Emil Protalinski ( Apple ‘10 years behind Microsoft in terms of security’ ), he talks about history repeating. “Apple is now entering the same world as Microsoft has been in for more than 10 years: updates, security patches...
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    Learn Windows Phone in Denver

    Windows Phone Unleashed is the premier developer event for Windows Phone. If you live in Denver, don’t miss your opportunity to get exposure to serious know-how, labs, peers, and prizes. What : Windows Phone Developer Camp Where : Microsoft Offices in...
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    Internet Explorer continues its Reign over Firefox, Chrome, and Safari According to 2012 Q1 Data

    An amazing thing happened last month. I was at DrupalCon in Denver. It’s a Woodstock of open source-oriented developers who reliably asked me, “What’s Microsoft doing here?” My answer was easy: Microsoft wants open source developers to know that open...
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    Windows 8: Top 10 Reasons why Metro development smokes Windows Desktop development

    Windows 7 had one application scenario – desktop apps. Windows 8 has two application scenarios – desktop and Metro. Metro is the start menu, but also a shell in which app containers execute. Note: Metro developers can build native apps in JavaScript,...
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    Windows 8: Top 10 Reasons Why I choose XAML Metro over HTML5

    Windows 8 introduces Metro as a new a development paradigm on the Microsoft platform. I get asked which people should choose all the time. For me, I chose C#/XAML. Here I wanted to walk through some of the key reasons I did just that: 1. It’s a Nail It...
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    Why Windows 8 is like Radioactive Pacific Bluefin Tuna

    As many of you know Windows 8 is Microsoft’s forthcoming Operating System. A significant upgrade to Windows 7 supporting new multi-touch devices with extended battery life. Windows 8 also offers new features for developers to develop excellent, immersive...
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    Why Chris Hayes should have used Windows 8 to say “I’m Sorry”

    Over the Memorial Day weekend, Chris Hayes said a few untoward blunders on live television. Look, we all make mistakes – it’s how you handle your mistakes that matters. Is his apology sufficient? I don’t know. In fact, I don’t even care. But I do know...
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    Windows 8 is an Android killer?

    Developer Daniel Sharp says that working with Windows 8 is simple and enjoyable, unlike the often unpredictable Android. I’ve just come from another testing meeting. Seven of us around a table looking at an Android app that’s in the mid-stages of development...
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    Windows 8: 15 More Reasons why I choose XAML over HTML5

    Metro developers building applications for Windows 8 have choices to make. A few weeks ago, I put together my top ten reasons to choose XAML. That really got me thinking. There are so many more than 10 good reasons why I prefer XAML. I thought I would...
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    Easily use Yelp’s REST API v1 to get Restaurant Data in Metro App

    So many of the cooler services out there have have free APIs. The data from those APIs can add considerable value to your application. Using these APIs can vary in complexity quite a bit. I have implemented a lot of these recently, and thought I would...
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    Easily use Bing’s REST API v2 to get Search Data in your Metro App

    imageMicrosoft Bing Search has a set of free, exposed REST APIs that has been very popular. It allows you to do a series of queries. But let me let the documentation do the talking:

    Bing API Version 2.0 enables you to embed a flexible and powerful search engine as a custom search component in your sites and applications. The new version includes:

    • HTTP endpoints with results in XML or JSON
    • Enhanced support for SOAP
    • A fully OpenSearch compliant RSS interface

    Something you should know

    If you are anxious to port your Windows Phone application using the Bing API, you should know that they will be discontinued on August 1, 2012. At that time, they will be ported from Bing to the Azure Data Marketplace. We’ll talk about that in a later article.

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    Easily use Yahoo!’s Local Search REST API in your Metro App

    imageBing, Google, Yahoo. They all have a series of APIs you can call to use their services in your Metro application. one of the more compelling services is Yahoo!’s Local Search API which allows you to find local businesses based on latitude and longitude.

    Local Search

    The latest version of the Local Search Web Service allows you to search the Internet for businesses near a specified location, and now returns both the latitude and longitude and Yahoo! user ratings of the establishment, as well as search by business categories.

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    Easily use Yahoo!’s Geocode Service in your Metro App

    imageIf you want to interact with a map, you will likely need latitude and longitude, not the string like “Denver, CO”. In order to convert a string into lat/long you need a geocoding service.

    You might also have an address, like “123 Main Street”, and want to validate the address or standardize the address in your application. To do that, you need a geocoding service.

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    Easily upgrade from Bing’s V2 API to Bing’s Data Marketplace API

    imageIt wasn’t that long ago when Bing released their REST API ( to fetch search information. It was simple and powerful, and I discussed it here. But not too long ago, Bing announced that the API will be migrating to the Azure Data Marketplace. As of August 1, 2012, the Marketplace version will be the ONLY option (it’s official).

    The Bing Search API enables developers to embed and customize search results in applications or websites using XML or JSON. Add search functionality to a website, create unique consumer or enterprise apps, or develop new mash-ups.

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    Easily include Bing Map data in your Windows 8 Metro App

    imageThere’s no question how awesome Bing Maps is. It is loaded with innovation and tons of awesome data that now you can include in your application by using their REST based services. The services provide a lot of value to developers and their apps including data source management:

    New: Bing Maps Account Center now provides the ability to manage data sources created by Data Source Management API (Bing Spatial Data Services). You can now use the Manage my data sources page to view and edit all the data sources associated with your account in one place.

    But the core of the Bing Maps service is the API.

    There are four API services:

    1. Locations API - Use the Locations API to geocode and reverse-geocode location data.
    2. Imagery API - Use the Imagery API to get a static map and imagery data information such as map tiles and providers.
    3. Routes API - Use the Routes API to get directions and route information for driving, walking or using transit.
    4. Traffic API - Use the Traffic API to get information about traffic incidents and issues in a specified area.

    This article will be using the Locations API specifically. Using this we can leverage data from other services like Bing’s Search and plot them on a map control.

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    (New Episode) Microsoft DevRadio: How to Convert Your Windows Phone App into a Windows 8 Application

    Nisha Baxi and I are back for today’s show as they welcome Developer Evangelist Daniel Egan to talk about how you can migrate your Windows Phone App to a Window 8 application. Tune in as they discuss what steps are needed, the level of effort that is...
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