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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Calling Budding WP7 Game Developers

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 09:00 PM

"Windows Phone 7 Game Development will guide you through all of the stages required to develop your own games for the Windows Phone 7 platform using the powerful industry standard .NET programming environment and the C# programming languages within Visual Studio 2010. You'll be guided though using both Silverlight and XNA for the presentation layer of your games. You'll also see the inner workings on the Windows Phone, and learn to take advantage of the phone's gaming capabilities. Finally, you'll receive instructions on distributing your applications through the Windows Phone Marketplace."

Unfortunately, it's only available from December 2010, so you can't get your grubby hands on this book before Windows Phone 7 actually launches. But I suspect this will be a big field to play in as one of the things WP7 potentially offers is a big gaming audience, what with the tie-in to XBox Live. You'll need some programming experience plus some knowledge of .Net, but if you're thinking of game development on WP7 then you could do far worse than to order this book (details on how to pre-order here).

Monday, July 12, 2010

Microsoft Wants You!

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 09:00 PM

"With a focus on end users, we designed an entirely different kind of phone experience and platform for partners to build on. Windows Phone 7 supports the needs of organizations in new ways and excels at a broad range of tasks that people do most frequently, which means it will be appealing to more people than previous versions. We incorporated software and services from across the company and integrated them into a rich set of experiences called hubs including People, Office, Marketplace, Pictures, Music and Video, and Games. Windows Phone 7 also delivers a powerful application platform for people to create compelling new experiences."

I've seen quite a few marketing pitches in my time, and this one is right up there in terms of being long on promises and short on details. It says all the right things, but I think what we're all waiting for is how well the platform will deliver on those promises. To be fair though, this post really is targeted at CIOs and developers while also pushing yesterday's Tools Beta release. It'll be a while before we see just how much interest there is from those constituencies - and that's the real acid test of how big a success Windows Phone 7 will be.

Windows Phone Tools Beta Released!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 05:30 PM

"The term "Beta" is understood to mean that things are close to being finished. Well, that's what we mean anyway. This Beta release represents the near final version of the tools for building applications and games for Windows Phone 7. Since the initial CTP release of the tools just this March, the Windows Phone Developer Tool CTP has been widely embraced by the community, and they have shown what's possible on our new development platform. It's time to get serious about building the actual apps and games for Windows Phone 7 that consumers will be looking for starting this holiday season."

It's been a crazy day in the world of Windows Phone, and most of us have been looking to the man pictured above for information on the phone pictured above! Brandon Watson delivers the linked blog post with information about today's tools beta release, and articles are already starting to pop up on other blogs and MSDN about how you can develop more effectively for WP7 (Like this post on resolution and scaling!). Happy Programming!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Encrypting Data in WP7

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 06:00 AM

"Whether you're targeting Mobile Line of Business apps for the Enterprise or B2C apps for consumers, ensuring that sensitive data is encrypted is a must. These days, I can't have a serious discussion with a CIO unless I can assure her that my mobile device can protect data-in-transit and data-at-rest. You already know that Windows Phone 7 secures data-in-transit via SSL whether you're using Internet Explorer or calling a Web Service from a Silverlight app. What you may not know is how it covers the other bases."

WP7 supports a variety of encryption schemes, and Rob Tiffany's post here takes a look at the methods available to encrypt and decrypt your app's data stored on the device. Encryption can be difficult to write in without spending a lot of time, so having it available in a quick and easy method looks like it will be quite handy.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

MCObjects Offers Perst for Windows Phone 7

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 07:30 AM

"In a classic example of the market driving the direction of a software product, McObject® announced it is offering support for its PerstTM object-oriented, open source embedded database on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 (WP7) smartphone platform, after Windows mobile software experts in the UK ported Perst (along with McObject's related Silverlight demo) to WP7, and a Microsoft executive guiding WP7 developer relations described the port as "epic.""

I don't know how classic of an example of market driving the direction of a software product this is, but it is kinda interesting and does mean that developers should have a low-cost database solution for developing apps. And how can you go wrong with something described as "epic"?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Some of the Things Windows Phone 7 is Going to Lack

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 03:30 PM

"While Windows Phone 7 (WP7) sounds intriguing as a platform for iPhone-type applications, TechEd 2010 was very illuminating on the many things that this new platform does not include and why you will unlikely be able to migrate your existing Windows Mobile applications forward. Let me go through the laundry list of the have-nots..."

Image courtesy of WMexperts

Moving to a completely new platform - and that's really what Windows Phone 7 is, despite it still be based on Windows CE - means having to start over. And having to start over means, at the start, things will be missing. From a developer's point of view, this is where things can get painful. The list of what's missing is pretty long, but some of them we already know, namely the lack of native code. If you're making games XNA Game Studio is a great tool - but if you're not making games, you're going to code in Silverlight, and that has a laundry list of limitations that go along with it. All told this is a pretty negative article - time will tell if creative developers can work around the limitations and deliver great apps. And, hopefully, Microsoft is keenly aware of what developers want next, and will add it.

Flash On A Windows Phone 7 - Yea, Someday!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:30 AM

"t's not really news that Adobe is working to bring Flash to Windows Phone. Heck, they've been promising Flash for mobile for years now and we're almost shocked we have Flash Lite at this point. We also know that Adobe have abandoned plans for Windows Mobile and instead are working on Windows Phone 7 release. With that we're not too surprised to see Adobe name-dropping Windows Phone 7 support for Flash 10.1--the real question is when?"

Someday Windows Phone users will have flash on their devices - of course this something we've heard for a long time. So as WMExperts points out - the question isn't so much an if, but a when. In the case of WM 6, the "when" turned into a "never", so lets hope this time we may see Flash close to launch!

Tags: developer, flash, wp7

Monday, June 14, 2010

What Microsoft's Job Postings Might Tell Us

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 10:30 AM

"Given the head start that Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) have in the smartphone market, Microsoft (MSFT) can't afford to leave anything to chance. And it's not. The company is gearing up to provide an enormous amount of support, from helping OEMs design differentiating applications to extensive cloud network services to enhance phone operations."

Right up there with FCC filings, job postings can often lead to some clues about what is in the works for various companies. This piece by bnet is full with possibilities, including the idea that Microsoft Games Studio will have a mobile division fairly soon that will most likely focus on the integration of WP7 and Xbox. Cool stuff - let's hope this means that MS will be able to catch up if they hire the right people! Oh, and if you are the right people - apply!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

"Rockstar" Award Winner Selected: Beastware

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 04:00 PM

"Back in March 2010, we announced the Windows Phone 7 "Rockstar" Award - an award that would be presented to the student team that developed the most compelling Windows Phone 7 application for the Imagine Cup 2010. Over the past few months, several hundred student teams from around the world were building Windows Phone 7 applications using the Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the developer tools. These teams were building applications using either the Silverlight or the XNA framework, and developed some really outstanding applications. The teams were asked to submit the XAP file, which we then used to judge the applications. The applications were tested both on an emulator as well as on a Windows Phone 7 device. Today I'm pleased to announce that off the 131 teams that submitted their applications, a Windows Phone 7 "Rockstar" has been crowned."

Now this is more like it! There are some really interesting and creative applications created by developers from all over the world - Microsoft handed out $15,000 in cash and a bunch of Windows Phone 7 devices. This is the road they need to keep going down, only ramping it up about 10x to get some of the bigger development houses interested. This is laying the foundation for there being some great apps when Windows Phone 7 ships!

Monday, June 7, 2010

WP7 Developers Will Get Hardware Soon?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 07:30 AM

"If you're a developer following our coverage of Windows Phone 7 and want to get on that gravy train as early as possible, you'll be happy to know that development hardware will be arriving "very soon." This apparently according to an unnamed Microsoft representative at a Norwegian developer event,"

Very Soon sounds Very Promising! let's hope that developers will get a taste of WP7 on live devices soon. After all, they can then tell us about how much they like the devices and get the gadget lust going!

Monday, May 24, 2010

LG Panther Heading to Hands of Developers

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 01:00 PM

"Looks like that LG Panther (GW910) is getting around these days. 'Innovative Singapore' received not one but two of the prototype devices to actually start developing their WP7 software. If you recall, we reported on how Windows Phone 7 devices will be going out to developers soon and sure enough, that time has come. Not only do they show more images of the phone, but they have some of the not-yet-finalized packing and even a sample shot from the camera. Their brief hands on is repeated verbatim below. Needless to say, developers must be getting excited at the prospect of using actual WP7 hardware. We know we can't wait."

Sometimes you just need a physical phone to do development work, and certain developers are going to be grabbing an actual WP7 handset in the very near future. Now if we can just get some for the rest of us, we'll be happy!

Tags: developer, lg, wp7, panther

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Resco Keeps Developers Busy With New Releases

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 06:30 AM

"Today is a big day for Resco as we release two new editions of the most popular Resco products and one important announcement towards support of Windows Phone 7 Series and Visual Studio 2010. I would like to share these news with you: Resco MobileForms Toolkit 2010 Volume 2 was released today bringing 2 big news: a new component and special feature. You can read a press release informing about details here. Resco MobileBusiness ESP 2010 Volume 2 was also released today. This new edition is enriched by a Tablet Client. Have a look at the complete press release with tutorial and presentation videos here. The last news is about support of the new Windows Phone 7 Series and Visual Studio 2010. You can find what Resco plans and prepares for these new platforms right here"

Resco is kicking up development a notch with a flurry of new releases. Take a peek, perhaps it will help you kickstart your development projects!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Start Developing a Windows 7 Phone App With These Two Free West Coast Events

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 10:30 AM

"It is time to get a jump-start on building apps for Windows Phone 7 with this FREE 2-day hands-on training event. This is your opportunity to learn how to build Silverlight or XNA applications that take advantage of the many Windows Phone 7 platform features. We added few more seats to these two FREE events"

Got some time later this month and want to learn more about developing Silverlight or XNA Apps for Windows Phone 7? Can you get to Seattle or Santa Clara? Then sign up for these free events! More details on the Windows Blog!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Microsoft Refreshes Windows Phone Developer Training Kit

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 10:48 PM

"As part of our efforts to help developers jumpstart development of Windows Phone applications and games, yesterday (5/4/2010) we released a refresh of the Windows Phone Training Kit on Channel 9. You can download a local copy of the training kit, or you can go to the online version on Channel 9. This release includes Windows Phone MIX10 videos as well as one new lab. Due to the limited nature of this release, which focused on getting the tools to work with VS2010 RTM, we managed to introduce only one new lab - Using Push Notifications. This lab features an end-2-end scenario for a simple weather application that register to receive Push Notifications as well as a WPF client application that mimics the 3rd party backend server."

Now that Microsoft has refreshed the Windows Phone Developer Tools for the official release of Visual Studio 2010, what better way to boost your Windows Phone development efforts than with a refresh of the Windows Phone Developer Training Kit. It includes videos from MIX10, a new lab, and all of the other goodies from the previous release of the kit. Happy developing!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

What are Push Notifications in Windows Phone 7?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 07:30 AM

"To better understand PN, we need to remember that the end user experience is the first and foremost characteristic of Windows Phone (WP) design. A positive end-user experience is the number one WP design goal. This tenet has major implications for how WP works, not just in terms of its new UI and the interaction model it drives, but also with the application platform (the API for developers). Push notification is one obvious mechanism to ensure a coherent and deterministic end user behavior that allows you to communicate with the end user even when your phone application is not running on the phone."

If you're wondering how exactly Push Notifications (PN) work in Windows Phone 7 compared to previous versions of the OS, this blog post should be enlightening. And in the end you'll be clear on the difference between a Tile Notification and a Toast Notification!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Rainy Sunday? Play with the Windows 7 Emulator CTP

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 11:00 PM

"Beginning today you can download the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh (WPDT CTP) from, which means you can now build Windows Phone 7 apps on the final release of Visual Studio 2010 (VS2010). While this update is primarily intended to enable development using the final release of VS2010 there are a few new things here too."

If it's raining on your Sunday, you may want to use the extra time to check out the CTP Refresh of the Windows Phone Developer tools, especially the new Windows Phone 7 OS image for the emulator. After all, it's already been unlocked which gives you a peek at the newest versions of Office and other parts of the OS. Not a bad weekend day spent for developers and aficionados alike.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 with Service Pack 2 Released

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 07:00 AM

"The latest release of SQL Server Compact also referred to as SQL CE or SQL Server Mobile, released with Visual Studio 2010 on the 12th of April 2010. SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2 is a SQL Server Compact 3.5 with SP2 release, meaning that installing it on a machine using the Windows Installer (MSI) file upgrades the existing installation of SQL Server Compact 3.5 or SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1 on the machine to SP2."

Those with nagging issues with SQL Server Compact may find the SP2 release to be the answer to their prayers (or simply something to stir up new bugs). If it's a product you use/deploy, check out the service pack recently posted.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Released, Silverlight 4 Later This Week

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 09:20 AM

"Kicking off a global launch consisting of more than 150 developer-focused events, Microsoft Corp. announced the general availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4. The company also announced that Silverlight 4 will release to Web (RTW) later in the week. Together, these technologies simplify the entire development process, enabling developers to target new platforms and build high-quality applications. Developers will be able to download Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 in conjunction with the Microsoft Visual Studio Conference & Expo launch event in Las Vegas."

Windows Phone and Zune developers, take note. Microsoft has three surprises for us this week. The first two are Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4, both of which have gone gold. All four versions of the former are available for purchase; alternatively, if you're an MSDN subscriber, you'll find everything you need in the Subscriber Downloads section. And as for the much-anticipated Silverlight 4, it'll make an appearance later in the week.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Windows phone 7 Developer Q&A: Amit Regev, SBSH Mobile Software

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 07:00 AM

In our ongoing series of Windows phone 7-focused developer articles, this is part three (here's part two), with Amit Regev, SBSH Software Founder.

WPT: Looking at what Microsoft has announced at MIX10, what's your general impression of their development platform for Windows phone 7?

SBSH: We've only recently received access to the development tools and we are still learning the possibilities of the new development platform, so I still can't give a determined answer for this. Nevertheless, it is good to see that Windows Phone development is moving to new development tools, such that will help us develop things much faster, focus more on the apps core and less time on UI elements. Read more...

Monday, March 29, 2010

Windows phone 7 Developer Q&A: Lukas Lesko,

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 07:00 AM

In part two of our ongoing series of Windows phone 7-focused developer articles, this is part two, with Lukas Lesco, Support Manager for Resco has made some superb Windows Mobile applications over the years, so I was curious to get their take on what Windows phone 7 brings from a developer's perspective.

WPT: Looking at what Microsoft has announced at MIX10, what's your general impression of their development platform for the Windows phone 7? On one hand we are looking forward to finding out more about the possibilities that this new platform brings. On the other hand, we are afraid of the restrictions that will be revealed. For example, the limited multi-tasking could bring more available resources, but on the other hand it can limit cooperation between applications. Also, the Marketplace could bring applications closer to users and bring better user feedback, but we are afraid that it will end up like the Apple Store; that is, filled with simple applications like games with no added value. Read more...

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