Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

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    Walkthough: Use XAML’s 3D PlaneProjection to Open a Window and See What’s Inside

    Here we go again, down the fun road with XAML. This time, since it’s Christmastime, I’ll throw together a Christmas-themed demo for you! Of what fun it is to code in XAML and Expression Blend, hey! So in the video below I will use some awesome features...
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    Announcing! Windows 8 Bing Maps SDK is Available!

    You heard me right! Awesome! Get it here: 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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    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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    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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    The Absolute Top Features of Windows Phone 8

    imageAll I can say is Awesome! I am so pleased with Windows Phone 8.

    WPCentral: There are two areas in which Windows Phone 8 differs from its predecessor: the core of the OS has been updated with the NT kernel and the addition and refinement of features. Consumers don’t need to know about the kernel specifics but they will see the results: new, top of the line hardware. That hardware will be evident in a few weeks when devices like the HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 920 become available.

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    DevRadio: You’re Coding from the Wrong End! Adventures in Advanced Data Modeling

    imageThis is a combined post of part 1, 2, and three especially united for my readers. in this episode I have a lot of fun with Buck Woody who has forgotten more about Data Modeling that most of us. Listen in and take a course with the professor.

    Jerry Nixon welcomes Sr. Technology Specialist from the Windows Azure team, Buck Woody to the show as they kick-off their 3 part series on how data applies to developers and how this ties in with Windows Azure’s service offerings. Tune in for part 1 of this 3 part series as they discuss data modeling and how this should be used first in the design process.

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    Windows 8 apps need 28 logo varietals; enter Expression Design

    imageOne of the best parts of Expression Design transitioning to a free download is that it is now free. Design is awesome to create complex vector art and export it as XAML. Design can also create various sizes of the same design so your Store app can be successful.

    Note: You can download Design here.

    A Windows Store app needs a logo. As a matter of fact, a Windows Store app needs a logo, a wide logo, a small logo, and a store logo. That’s not so bad, right? Trust me when I say, creating your logo in Design or a tool like Design will save you a lot of heart ache.

    Since I just did this for my Free Timer app, I’ll share my technique.

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    Free C# Training for Beginners and Forgetful Experts

    Last year, I sat down with my colleague and friend Daren May for to create a Microsoft Virtual Academy training series that beginner developers could use to get a solid introduction to C#, called Programming in C#. This course steams through the myriad...
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    WP7 Sample: Use Location Services *and* get Certified!

    Allow me to draw your attention to this Windows Phone application Certification Requirement: Requirement 2.7.2 The privacy policy of your application must inform users about how location data from the Location Service API is used and disclosed and the...
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    Walkthrough: using Windows 8 Custom Protocol Activation

    imageProtocol activation, what is it? Well, when you run “http:{something}” you expect a browser to launch, right? When you type “mailto:{something}” you expect a mail client to launch, right? What if you could create “custom:{something}” that launched your app? That’s custom protocol activation!

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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 Resources & Links to get started quickly

    What you need:

    1. Create a bootable USB?
    2. Setup boot to VHD?
    3. Get an Azure account?
    4. Get Windows 8?
    5. Get Visual Studio 2012?
    6. Get Windows Live SDK?
    7. Get Windows 8 Samples?
    8. Get Multiligual Toolkit?
    9. Get Advertising SDK?
    10. Get Design Assets?
    11. Register your App?
    12. Join 30 to Launch?
    13. View the online labs?

    Here’s a cheat sheet!

    Windows 8 Resources and Links Cheat Sheet

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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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    Light-styled XAML Controls in a Dark-themed Win8 Project

    imageOne of my favorite Colorado community leaders and XAML Jedi, Shawn Kendrot, wrote a great article helping XAML developers dynamically style controls with the standard light and dark layouts. In his article, Shawn uses the Settings charm to show how to do it.

    One of the things I love about Windows Store apps is their ability to integrate with the system. One of these integration points is the Settings Charm. I’m not going to show you how to create a settings flyout. There are already lots of examples out there that do this. There are even some helpers like the SettingsFlyout available in Callisto and the helper created by Jerry Nixon. Recently Tim Heuer made a change to the SettingsFlyout to set the background to white. This change allows your app to follow the guidelines. He also added a property that allows you to change what you want the background to be if you are not a fan of white.

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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 . Flattery is the best form imitation for politicians. For designers, imitation is the best form of flattery. When our UX...
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    Mango Sample: Icon Design

    Let’s take a minute to walk without using Express Design to create a logo for your Windows Phone application. Expression Design is included in the Expression Suite – it is NOT included with the free version of Expression Blend (which is included in the...
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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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    Mango Sample: Exit Application

    In a WPF application you say App.Exit() and your application terminates. It’s not so simple in Windows Phone. Since there is no Exit() method – it’s hard to know what to do. I’ll assumption there are valid reasons to exit your application. One example...
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    It’s official. Goodbye Windows live Messenger. Hello Skype.

    Think Microsoft has too many messaging engines (Messenger, Lync, Skype)? Honestly, can you really have too many messaging engines? Well, it turns out “yes, you can”. All it took was the inevitable integration of the Microsoft Account into the Skype world...
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    Star Trek into Darkness plot holes

    I would like to take a second and compliment the latest Star Trek movie: Star Trek into Darkness. The reprise of the new-timeline series brings back their solid cast to fight a classic enemy. The Enterprise refit is beautiful, the uniforms are stellar...
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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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    Windows 8.1 design principles hand developers back their sanity

    imageWhen the computer mouse was new, it was simple to use but unfamiliar to users. As a result, user manuals could not say “click the red X”. Instead, they had to say, “move the mouse on your desk to control the pointer on your screen”. The idea of the mouse was new – the conversation had to start several steps back. After the mouse was successfully socialized and established as an input modality, user manuals could confidently say “click the red X”.

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    Introducing the Windows Azure Store; we’ve loved it for years!

    imageMy fellow developer evangelist in California, Bret Stateham, wrote a great article on how Windows Azure developers can now more-easily leverage the Windows Azure Data Marketplace. Check it out.

    Did you know that Windows Azure has it’s own store?  It’s been around for some time as the Windows Azure Marketplace.  Well, today an update to the Windows Azure Management portal allows both store vendors and consumers a much better shopping experience! 

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    It’s all free! Here’s $500 for your user group, all the swag you want, and free Facebook advertising. No catch. Really.

    Microsoft has a kind of love affair with its developer community. As a result, the Microsoft developer community worldwide is the largest and most cohesive community you could imagine. It was Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, who said, “Developers, developers...
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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

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