Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

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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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    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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    Decorate your tree with XAML.

    Next week is Christmas. I know most of you are scrambling to find the perfect gift for that special someone. Here’s an idea: a custom app built just for her. What could she love more than vector-based graphics on a touch screen? How she’ll remember this...
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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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    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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    DevRadio: Managing Windows 8 Enterprise Apps

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    Jerry Nixon welcomes Sr. Program Manager Mark Williams from the Windows Intune team as they discuss how developers can deploy and manage their Windows 8 Enterprise Apps with Windows Intune.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Walkthrough: Is your Windows 8 app too square and boxy? Here are some options.

    There are some really great features in XAML that some developers either 1) do not know they are there or 2) never leverage. Well, in this article, I want to talk about techniques you can leverage to move your Windows app away from the tempting, yet commonplace...
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    Horizontal Screen Breakpoints for Web Designers to Support

    It’s difficult to create a site that looks great across browsers. The weaker web developers simply give up – supporting only a piece of the market, squandering opportunity for themselves or their customers.

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    But, now the ante is raised with responsive web design. Leveraging CSS media queries, developers rearrange content to accommodate the width (et al) of different screen sizes. And it’s not simply a normal site with a mobile site, too. Users are coming at you with a myriad screen sizes.

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    WP7 REST without Sleeping

    My colleague Developer Evangelist for Windows Phone in California, Daniel Egan, has posted a helpful article on the step-by-step implementation for consuming REST data in a Windows Phone application. Over and over again, I see developers that have this...
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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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    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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    The most Comprehensive Blend for Visual Studio training you will ever receive – for Free; you’re welcome!

    November 2013, immediately after the release of Visual Studio 2013, I sat down for an all-day session with Unni Ravindranathan, the Senior Program Manager for Blend. Who better to walk through, not the new features of Blend, but all the core features...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Mango Sample: Resources Part 4: Styles

    This is part 4 in the Resource series. Part 1: Themes Part 2: Colors Part 3: Sizes Part 4: Styles Can I override the Theme? No, but read on – this is important. You are the developer of your application. As a result, you are in control. The reason you...
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    Windows 8.1: How to use Visual States in your XAML App

    There’s no question that XAML’s résumé has a few items in bold. It’s ability to data bind sets it apart from any other technology. It ubiquity across the Microsoft portfolio of products establishes it as the go-to for developers. But, perhaps it is visual...
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    Windows 8 and Windows Phone Exclusive: Halo Spartan Assault

    What’s this? A new Halo game? Yes! And what’s this? Exclusive to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8? Yes! We’re starting to see what we’ve been expecting for some time – Microsoft titles being released as exclusives to the Microsoft platform. This, Smart Glass...
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    DevRadio: Integrating Bing Maps into Your Windows 8 apps

    Abstract: Jerry Nixon welcomes Ian Bennett and Jim Blizzard to the show as they discuss how they integrated a Bing Map into their Windows 8 app. Tune in as they chat about the Bing Maps SDK , along with the why, how-to and lessons learned from developing...
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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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