Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

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    It’s official, Windows 8 developer certifications are available. Look!

    Customers demand beautiful, elegant apps that are alive with activity. Demonstrate your expertise at designing and developing the fast and fluid Windows 8 apps by earning the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): Windows Store Apps certification...
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    Want some //real/ guidance for ARM development in Windows 8? Here it is.

    x86 and ARM development is simply not the same beast. But what’s a developer to do? Well-written Metro style app code that doesn't include implicit or explicit dependencies on platform architecture can be executed on Windows RT PCs. The existing documentation...
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    What are the Best Practices for Windows 8 apps on ARM? I’ll show you.

    You must plan for every feature in your app, and the same is true for performance. Planning for performance consists of determining what your performance-critical scenarios will be, defining what good performance means, and measuring early enough in the...
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    I used to want a Surface (table), this new monitor makes me second guess!

    I know PixelSense has a camera. But I am yet to be sold that anyone knows how to make use of the camera in PixelSense . What I love is the form factor. I always wanted a table computer – to share pictures and whatever in a home environment. Not to be...
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    At last! The Windows Store is OPEN for business!

    Today marks another critical milestone on our Windows 8 journey: The Windows Store is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies! Up until now we have been gated on who could get their apps approved to get in the Store...
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    Amazing. What’s new in WPF 4.5?

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    Let’s compare SkyDrive to Apple, Google, and Dropbox.

    imageSkyDrive has been around forever. Of course, not everyone knew about SkyDrive, so many people think Google’s g-drive or Apple’s i-cloud or Dropbox invented online storage. Nope.

    The heritage of SkyDrive is not important now. It is what it is. And this would not be the first MS marketing blunder. What matters now is how SkyDrive stacks against it’s immediate competitors. The story is good.

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    Free MS Press book: Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition)

    Those of you preparing for a certification upgrade on Microsoft 's latest server operating system, aptly named Windows Server 2012 , will be pleased to know that a free e-book was just announced! “Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition...
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    Will project “Roslyn” change how developers use Visual Studio?

    The Roslyn Community Technology Preview (CTP) was released in October 2011. To help understand the significance and the promise of the Roslyn project, I've prepared a series of questions and answers. The questions are my own and the answers are based...
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    W3C publishes Microsoft’s – how to support multiple pointer types in web sites! More standards leadership.

    Today the W3C has accepted and published Microsoft’s submission of a new  way for Web sites and app developers to support multiple pointing devices, such as mouse, pen and multi-touch. Microsoft : Today, most web content is used with and/or designed...
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    What web developers need to know about IE10 compatibility

    imageNew browsers introduce new ways of thinking. IE10 is no different. There are compatibility concerns to make your site look awesome everywhere. So where do you start to learn about this stuff? How about right here!

    Compat Inspector

    Compat Inspector is a JavaScript-based testing tool that analyzes your site while it runs. Compat Inspector watches for patterns of interaction known to cause issues and reports them automatically. This allows you to identify problems quickly without first memorizing a bunch of documentation. See this page to learn how to use it.

    To help demonstrate Compat Inspector, known compatibility patterns have been introduced into the tooltip script used for this page. Use Compat Inspector to learn about the issues present in the tooltips above. Just click on the Compat Inspector widget in the upper right-hand corner of the page to get started.

    For a given reported issue, check the "Verify" checkbox and refresh the page to temporarily simulate the expected behavior. Focus on one issue at a time. Although you can "Verify" multiple issues at once, typically only one represents the root cause of the problem. Continue this process until the tooltips start working correctly. After that, take a look at the patched version of the tooltip script.

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    StackOverflow launches Aptivate!

    The site simple says this: October 26 is coming fast. This is your chance to be one of the first Windows 8 Apps in the new Windows Store. Submit your app and get feedback from developers like you. Review other apps and ask and answer questions on Stack...
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    Walkthrough: Capturing photos in your Windows 8 application

    Windows 8 apps easily access all the sensors on a Windows 8 machine. But Windows 8 apps can’t access any sensors on a Windows 8 machine without first asking the user’s permission. Asking Permission Windows 8 apps are safe. That’s...
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    The HealthVault Windows 8 SDK is now available!

    imageWhat is HealthVault?

    HealthVault is the single repository of your entire medical life – across doctors, clinics, and years. HealthVault is a secure repository for you and your family’s medical and fitness data. It can be, at your control, shared with health providers or anyone you trust – but only if you want to. It can be integrated into applications and technology.

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    Extra Extra! Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 1) Windows Azure Mobile Services

    Jerry Nixon (that’s me!) welcomes Josh Twist and Paul Batum from the Windows Azure team as they discuss Windows Azure Mobile Services. Tune in for part one of this series as they give a brief overview of what Azure Mobile Services is, why you should care as well as what features are available now that can help with your Windows 8 app development.

    What a great episode! Talking about some of the coolest new stuff that Windows 8 developers can leverage to make their applications awesome!

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    Announcing! Windows 8 Bing Maps SDK is Available!

    You heard me right! Awesome! Get it here: http://aka.ms/w8maps So many of you developers with Windows 8 applications with maps were waiting with baited breath. Now you no longer have to wait! You can rebuild your app in RTM bits and submit to the store...
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    Android developers can use Azure Mobile Services, too!

    My handsome colleague, Bruno Terkaly, is up all night in California with a brand new baby – and he is using that time to help show Android developers how they can use Windows Azure Mobile Services as the backend data store for their mobile applications...
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    New Pepsi website flatters Windows 8!

    It’s a funny thing to see the new UX look and feel of Windows 8 as the core style on a major web site like http://pepsi.com . Flattery is the best form imitation for politicians. For designers, imitation is the best form of flattery. When our UX...
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    Round Two: Windows Azure Mobile Services on DevRadio

    clip_image001In part 2 of our Windows Azure Mobile Services overview, Jerry Nixon (that’s me!), Josh Twist and Paul Batum discuss dynamic schematization, structured storage and how to easily connect and manage your data. Learn how you can create cloud services for Windows 8 applications within minutes with the help of Windows Azure.

    Did you miss part 1?

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    Round Three: Windows Azure Mobile Services on DevRadio

    clip_image001Rounding out our Windows Azure Mobile Services overview, Jerry Nixon, Josh Twist and Paul Batum discuss what’s on the horizon for Azure Mobile Services. From iOS and Android support, Xamarin and MonoTouch as well as standard SLAs and new feature requests , this is a can’t miss conclusion to this great interview.

    Did you miss Part 1?
    Did you miss Part 2?

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    Save the date! For Windows Phone 8 on October 29th

    If you are like me and you love Windows Phone, then you are excited about the next version (Windows Phone 8). If you are like me and you love to develop for Windows Phone, then you are excited about the next version. When is the next version coming? Well...
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    Best show this season? Forward Unto Dawn. Made by, wait for it, Microsoft!

    imageBattlestar Galactica meets Space Above and Beyond meets Halo! The production quality of this live-action series is better than anything on “television” right now. Period. Corbulo is the academy for poor cadet Lasky (the star of at least this episode), he is suffering from family troubles and cryogenic-training blisters. In this pre-Halo world it’s a battle against separatists.

    Yahoo: Halo: Forward Unto Dawn is a 90-minute live-action version of the popular sci-fi gaming franchise. It will be broken into five 15-minute chunks and released each Friday up until the launch of Halo 4 on Nov. 6.

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    Walkthrough: the Windows 8 Settings and About Dialogs

    Windows 8 is a new user experience. One of the best parts is a uniformity and consistency across applications to handle common tasks the same. Specifically, I mean the charms. Users search consistently. Users share consistently. And, users access settings...
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    Walkthrough: Adding Text Translation to your Windows 8 App

    imageThe Microsoft Translator is a powerful service that developers can leverage in their Windows 8 apps. It’s core functions are to detect the language of some text. To translate text from one language to another. And, to read text to you – that’s right! The API is hosted on Azure’s Data Marketplace. It has a pricing schedule, including a free tier that developers can leverage to develop with the API.

    ADM: Microsoft Translator delivers automatic translation (Machine Translation) of a text into a specified language. It is a state-of-the-art statistical machine translation system translating between any of the supported languages, and powering millions of translations every day. It also provides additional functionality such as detection of the language of a given text. For more technical information about Microsoft Translator, please visit http://api.microsofttranslator.com.

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    What if your Windows Phone app idea got funded? Here it is!

    My colleague Brian Hopkins introduced AppCampus! Do you have a great idea for a Windows Phone app? Figuring out how you’re going to raise money for it? You’ve come to the right place for a fresh new way to fund your project. Microsoft BizSpark has teamed...
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