Mike Ormond's Blog

Musings on mobile development and Windows Phone 7 in particular.

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    Windows Phone 7 Content on Demand Pt 3

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    Here are sessions 5, 6, 7 and 8 from the DDD WP7 event in Manchester. All the sessions  are available on Channel 9 (including high-quality versions and downloads). "Games Programming on Windows Phone 7 with Silverlight and XNA" with Rob...
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    Windows Phone 7 Content on Demand Pt 2

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    Here are sessions 1, 2, 3 and 4 from the DDD WP7 event in Manchester. All the sessions  are available on Channel 9 (including high-quality versions and downloads). "Understanding the Windows Phone 7 Development Tools and Getting Started"...
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    Windows Phone 7 Content On Demand

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    A long time ago I blogged about the DDD WP7 event in Manchester with speakers including Andy Wigley , Rob Miles , Andrej Radinger , Tricky Bassett and Maarten Struys . The good news is that videos of *all* the sessions are now available on Channel 9 ...
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    OData and Windows Phone 7 Part 2

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    In my last post , we walked through accessing the Twitpic OData feed to retrieve a collection of images for a particular user. We ended up with an app that simply displayed a list of ShortIds for the images concerned. In this post we’ll jazz things up...
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    OData and Windows Phone 7

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    Last week at the Tech Days Online Conference, I did a quick WP7 demo that showed a simple app connecting to the Twitpic OData feed and pulling back a set of images for a particular user. I’m a newbie to OData and I must admit I found the process of figuring...
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    Windows Phone 7 App Reviews

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    A couple of people have mentioned alternatives for accessing your app reviews but I hadn’t appreciated the significance of this until I read Chris Hay’s post this morning . Daniel had also pointed me to an alternative in response to my earlier post on...
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    Links from my “Silverlight for Windows Phone” session

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    Here are the links from my Tech Days virtual conference session yesterday. http://bit.ly/wp7slsummary – Summary of SL features supported in Windows Phone http://bit.ly/wp7sldetail – Detailed differences between SL & SL for Windows Phone http://bit...
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    Windows Phone 7 Guides for IT Pros (and Developers)

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    I just stumbled across these guides on the download centre and I must say there’s some great information in there for developers as well as IT Pros. Windows Internet Explorer Mobile on Windows Phone 7 Windows Phone 7 and Certificates Windows Phone 7 and...
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    End of my time with the MSDN Flash

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    Yes, it’s true. My time as MSDN Flash Technical Editor has come to an end . The drop in salary is painful enough but the thought of no more polls , feature articles or intros is almost too much to bear. Still, you’re in good hands as Rachel remains in...
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    My First Computer was a… (Poll Result)

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    Well this one caused a lot of debate and discussion in the comments, though didn’t get nearly as many responses as the previous “ Language Shapes The Way We Think ” poll. Apologies if you’re particular model wasn’t listed (I did add a few in the early...
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    MSDN Flash Poll #15: What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

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    Easing ourselves gently into 2011, all I want to know is, “What’s your New Year’s Resolution?”
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    Unobtrusive JavaScript with jQuery, HTML 5 Style

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    Our first MSDN Flash feature article of the New Year comes from one of my colleagues at Microsoft in the UK, Simon Ince. Simon works in our Premier Support for Developers group (more details below) and was keen to write something about jQuery – a subject...
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    Windows Phone 7 Update Info

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    I’ve just noticed we’ve released some information about future updates for Windows Phone 7 including: Copy & Paste Faster app startup / resume Improved Marketplace search (now restricts search to apps / games)   Your device will inform you when...
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    A Couple of Upcoming Events

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    Firstly the UK Bing Maps User Group are holding their next meeting on the evening of 19th January in London . The agenda looks like this: 6.30pm - Coffee and socialising 7.00pm - Session 1 "What's new in the Bing Maps world" - Johannes Kebeck...
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    Displaying HTML Content in Windows Phone 7

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    In the run up to the launch of Windows Phone 7, we did a lot of work with customers building early applications to help them bring their app to market for launch and to provide guidance and assistance in terms of application design and compliance with...
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    Monitoring Memory Usage on Windows Phone 7

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    Frame rate counters are available (for Silverlight at least) right out of the box on Windows Phone 7 (in fact they’re enabled by default in the standard VS project templates when a debugger is attached): // Show graphics profiling information while debugging...
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    More Monitoring Web Requests on Windows Phone

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    Not long ago I posted about using Fiddler to capture the traffic on the Windows Phone 7 emulator . In a comment on that post, Wayde asked if it was possible to capture the traffic on the device (rather than the emulator). With a bit of fiddling I discovered...
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    4 Great WP7 Games from IronSun Studios

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    Congratulations to IronSun Studios who now have 4 great Windows Phone 7 games in the Marketplace. Check out the gorgeous graphics below. IonBall A breakout style game with 35 levels and 7 boss battles, plus XP based progression ChronoX A 'Manic Miner...
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    Tech Days Online Conference in January

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    Looks like I’ll be presenting on the Tech Days Online Conference “Build an app for that” on 20th January 2011. It’s an online conference featuring demo-rich sessions on building applications for the browser, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 7. The online...
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    Language Shapes The Way We Think (Poll Result)

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    A popular poll with well over 1000 responses but I wonder if someone hijacked it this time around? I know it was in an issue with a feature article on F# but F# as the 2nd most popular language choice? And VB beaten into 4th place by IronPython and F#...
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    MSDN Flash Poll #14: My First Computer was a…

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    I thought it would be fun this time around to try and find out what people’s first experience of computing was. I have no doubt that I’ve missed off many machines I could have included so, as a one-off special offer, I’m prepared to add things to the...
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    Writing Cross-Platform XAML Applications

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    This week's feature article is written by Colin Eberhardt and tackles the issue of sharing code between Silverlight, WPF and Silverlight for Windows Phone. It’s an issue that often comes up in conversation and it’s great to see Colin describe a practical...
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    Resizing Images in Windows Phone 7

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    I got an email recently asking about resizing images in Silverlight on WP7. Specifically, the need to reduce the size of an image prior to uploading (presumably full camera captured resolution isn’t required – reduction saves both upload time and cost...
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    Monitoring Web Requests on Windows Phone 7

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    Not exactly news this one, as apparently it’s been around since 15/10 but I had call to do some http traffic inspection on the emulator on a couple of occasions recently. Normally I’d turn to my old friend Fiddler but I’d read somewhere that it couldn...
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    Christmas Lists

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    There’s a tradition in our family (well, my wife’s family but it’s now “our” family) that people write a list of items they’d like to receive as Christmas / birthday presents. Then other people pick from the list. Going “off-list” is generally frowned...
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