Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

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    The most common Errors in Windows Store submissions can be Easily avoided, just read this!

    Here are some of the actions you can take and links to additional references that can help you resolve issues found by the certification of (Windows Store apps and Desktop apps that are submitted to the Windows Store. These are the corrective actions...
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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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    Mango Sample: Async Work

    There are lots of things that take a long time - a politician's apology, dance recitals, and sometimes C# operations. if you don’t want your UI to freeze during these operations, it is important to make them asynchronous. Option 1: The Event Pattern One...
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    App Challenge: Windows 8 Apps For Social Good Contest

    Entries must serve a "social good". WE define this as a good or service that provides some sort of benefit to the general public and doesn’t solely exist to provide the maximum possible return to shareholders. Some classic examples of social...
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    What does it take to get a Windows 8 App into the Windows Store? Take a look.

    To get your app onto the coming army of Windows 8 devices, you need to be in the Windows Store. In order to get your app into the Windows Store, you need to satisfy the Store Certification Requirements. Wondering what they are? Wondering if you can make...
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    Mango Sample: Resources Part 1: Themes

    This is part 3 in the Resource series. Part 1: Themes Part 2: Colors Part 3: Sizes Part 4: Styles Themes Windows Phone provides a series of resources to delivers. They include Brushes, Colors, Sizes, and Styles. Although a developer could create their...
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    Mango Sample: Resources Part 3: Sizes

    This is part 3 in the Resource series. Part 1: Themes Part 2: Colors Part 3: Sizes Part 4: Styles What Sizes are there? Another handy resource is the built-in size resources. This allows you to scale your fonts with two key benefits: Your font sizes will...
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    Make it snow with XAML

    XAML is a very flexible technology platform. This time of year, some of the nicest things you can do is release apps that contain the character of the season. Since I am in Colorado, a lot of that character surrounds the weather. Snow is an easy ambiance...
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    When Windows 8 copies Windows Phone, we are all winners

    imageWindows 8 is the reimagining of Windows. Sure. But, let’s not forget, Windows 8 didn’t invent the new design language, Windows Phone did. To be fair Windows Media Center introduced the first low-chrome Microsoft UI for the 10 foot experience. Zune, then, adopted that clean approach and adjusted it for a small touch screen.

    But, it was Windows Phone that took what we used to call the Metro style to the limit. That team created a crisp and clean design language that was magically pervasive and universally appreciated. Windows 8.0 adopted it, Windows 8.1 gets even more like Phone.

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    See you at the Windows Azure Conference!

    imageOn November 14, 2012, Microsoft will be hosting Windows AzureConf, a free event for the Windows Azure community. This event will feature a keynote presentation by Scott Guthrie, along with numerous sessions executed by Windows Azure community members.

    Streamed live for an online audience on Channel 9, the event will allow you to see how developers just like you are using Windows Azure to develop applications on the best cloud platform in the industry.

    Community members from all over the world will join Scott in the Channel 9 studios to present their own inventions and experiences. Whether you’re just learning Windows Azure or you've already achieved success on the platform, you won’t want to miss this special event.

    November 14, 2012 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST

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    These should be standard in every XAML developer’s toolbox.

    There are lots of controls that ship with Windows 8. But, let’s be honest, there are lots of controls that don’t ship with Windows 8, too. After a little review, I can’t help but consider the third party controls available, how nice they are, how supported...
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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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    Hey .Net, Happy Valentine’s Day!

    My colleague Developer Evangelist in Arizona, Michael Palermo , has found his true love – sort of. Read his left-brain poetry as he pines for, you guessed it, Microsoft .Net Framework. And, frankly, who can blame him? I have a managed heap of memories...
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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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    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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    Mango Sample: Resources Part 2: Colors

    This is part 2 in the Resource series. Part 1: Themes Part 2: Colors Part 3: Sizes Part 4: Styles What Accent Colors are there? Windows Phone supports 10 standard accent colors . The user selects the accent color per their preferences. Your application...
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    Mango Sample: The ApplicationBar’s Secret Blend?

    A Windows Phone application is made up of a frame and pages. The Pages are made up of XAML that define the UI and the Application Bar . The Application Bar is made up of Application Bar Icon Buttons and Menu Items . MSDN : The default Application Bar...
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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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    Windows Server 2012 Available Today!

    This just in! Windows Server 2012 available today! Backend computing infrastructure is going through a transformational shift impacting the entire IT ecosystem. This transformation is being driven by an exponential growth of devices used for smarter,...
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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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    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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    DevRadio: Using Xamarin to Create the Draw a Stickman app for Windows 8

    Abstract: Jerry Nixon welcomes CEO of Xamarin , Nat Friedman and President of Hitcents , Chris Mills to the show as they discuss how Hitcents used Xamarin’s MonoTouch to launch their app, “ Draw a Stickman EPIC ” on Windows 8. Tune in as they chat about...
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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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    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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    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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