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Monday, March 29, 2010

Miss Anything Developer Related? Charlie Kindel Sums It Up

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

"It's been almost two weeks since we made the Windows Phone Developer Tools available at MIX10, and hopefully you've all been off coding up some great apps and games! There's a lot of "surface area" to this platform, so I thought I'd make sure everyone knew where the developer documentation for Windows Phone 7 Series was, and give you highlights of what's available. Keep in mind that the Windows Phone developer documentation was written for the CTP and that it will be expanded as we get closer to final release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools. We'll also be doing much more to "bring it together" so that blog posts like this are not as necessary :-)."

In case you missed anything during all of the excitement of MIX10 a few weeks back, Charlie Kindel at the Windows Phone Developer blog has put together a "getting started" post for developers looking to start making killer Windows Phone 7 Series apps!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Windows phone 7 Developer Q&A: Alex Kac, WebIS

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 10:00 AM

We've had some intense discussions in our forums around the development story for Windows phone 7, but not being a developer myself, I don't have the insight required to understand how the radical changes Microsoft is implementing will impact the applications, and developers, that we're familiar with. This is part one of a short series of Q&A interviews I'm doing with some of the top Windows Mobile developers in this space. First up, we have Alex Kac the Founder/President of Web Information Solutions (WebIS).

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

WebIS: I'm pretty impressed by the development toolset and I think Microsoft has definitely made some good choices in their platform vision here. I'm really excited to see how far we can go with the tools and APIs. I understand that right now the APIs are pretty weak because you have to start somewhere and its really designed for consumer/feature phone type apps, but the foundation is really good so long term that's a good thing. Read more...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Marketplace Can Revoke Application's License - Remotely!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:30 AM

"Speaking at a MIX10 session about Windows Phone 7 Series architecture this morning, Microsoft's Istvan Cseri mentioned that the Windows Phone Marketplace -- the one and only clearinghouse for apps in WP7S -- will be able to remotely revoke licenses. Since devices will only run properly-licensed apps, this effectively means the company will be able to shut down apps remotely -- a capability they'd probably invoke if a Marketplace app were to badly misbehave en masse, for example."

The paranoid in me says "Whoa... what if I want that app". The sane person in me says this is actually a good thing - it can be invoked to prevent bad applications from messing up the phone experience. While it sacrifices flexibility, it increases the likelihood that your Windows Phone 7 Series experience will be much better than (certainly) Windows Mobile 6.5. Now lets just hope that this 'bad' applications discipline extends to provider bloatware!

Microsoft Windows phone 7 Team Member Leaves Create Windows phone 7 Apps

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

"All naysaying aside, people are pretty excited about Windows Phone 7. Our readers are excited for it. I'd be outright lying if I said I wasn't excited about it, too. Know who else is excited? The Windows Phone 7 team - but perhaps not for the reasons you'd expect. With a few years of work finally coming to a head, some of the folks on the Windows Phone 7 team are taking a step back, looking at the fruits of their labor... and leaving. Not because they're ashamed, and not because they're being poached by the competition - but because instead of making Windows Phone 7, they want to make things for Windows Phone 7."

Going back a few years, anyone remember Two Peaks software, headed up by Mel Sampat? I always liked Two Peaks software - in fact, I'm still using FlexWallet to this day, despite it being replaced by eWallet, and always like what Sampat did for users in terms of creating really superb software. He went to work for Microsoft a few years ago, and I kept in touch - in fact, at one point we had a conference call about what a pain that stupid birthday alarm triggering at midnight problem was. I'll have to find out if that lunacy has continued on into Windows phone 7 - I kind of doubt it, but then again, I never thought after 7+ years the same problem would continue to cause problems. But I digress... Read more...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Free Ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 09:30 PM

"That's Charles Petzold! Looking stylish with the cover of his free ebook on his tee shirt. It's a draft preview of his upcoming book (to be published in the fall): Programming Windows Phone 7 Series. This preview ebook contains six chapters in three parts (153 pages total):"

A draft version of the upcoming book Programming Windows Phone 7 Series is available for free download. So if you haven't had a chance to start playing around with the new developer tools, here is one more reason to start - and if you have, here is another thing for your development arsenal.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What You Need To Get Started Developing for Windows Phone 7 Series

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

Lots of development news came out of MIX10 yesterday, and if you're interested in coding up something special for Windows Phone 7 series, here's the info you need.

First you'll want to download the development tools at the developer website. Next, once you've got everything installed, you'll want to hit up these samples, demos, and Channel 9 labs at this Windows Team Blog post. From there on it's happy coding to those who want to get their apps ready for the next generation of Windows phones!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Highlights From The MIX10 Keynote!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 10:00 AM

MIX10 is on now in Las Vegas and while I'm not there personally (unfortunately I'm in dreary Manhattan this morning) I do have some great tidbits from Scott Guthrie & Joe Belfiore. Here's the lowdown:

  • The Mobile device application story is this: Silverlight for Internet-based applications, and XNA for gaming.
  • Free developer tools: Expression Blend, and Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone.
  • Windows Phone Marketplace is getting one-time credit card transactions, mobile-operator based billing, and advertising-funded applications!
  • Silverlight 4 Release Candidate and Expression Blend beta 4 are on their way!

And if that's not enough, you can keep up on all of the action at MIX here!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Save $50 Registering for Visual Studio 2010 Launch

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

"Join us for the Launch of Visual Studio 2010 - and get in-depth sessions from the best speakers in the industry! On April 12, Microsoft will launch Visual Studio 2010, and by joining us at the Microsoft Visual Studio Conference & Expo, you will not only experience the launch alongside the Visual Studio team and industry legends - you'll get three days of sessions by the best speakers in the industry on the latest and greatest technologies, such as Silverlight and .NET 4.0. The topics will range from all the new, great features in Visual Studio 2010 to Silverlight, WPF, WF, WCF, Application Lifecycle Management, .NET 4.0, ASP.NET 4.0 AJAX, ASP.NET MVC and much more! And remember: If you sign up for Microsoft Visual Studio Conference & Expo, you'll automatically get access to both the ASP.NET and Silverlight and the SQL Conference and Expo! That's a Visual Studio launch and three conferences for the price of one!"

Thoughts Readers get a discount of $50 on registration for the Visual Studio 2010 Launch, the ASP.NET, AJAX, & Silverlight Conference, and the SQL Server Conference when they use the discount code WESTF during registration! If you're heading out to the launch, be sure to save some cash (Or use that extra $50 on some Vegas-style entertainment!).

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Series Developer Info Starts to Flow

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 09:52 PM

"Different is often good. Especially when it's different for good reasons. Windows Phone 7 Series is different because we reset everything we were doing to focus on end user experience. This extends directly to the developer platform. Developers, designers, and producers of applications, games, and content these days are demanding that we be different as well. Over the last year we've had face to face conversations with 100s of developers all over the world about what we should do with Windows Phone 7 Series."

I think the above screen shot is fantastic, because it shows exactly how different Windows phone 7 really is - there's a strong sense of sameness as you move from left to right, but when you hit the Windows phone 7 user interface, you have to stop and take note that it's completely different from the others. Microsoft is taking a big risk by breaking away from the pack of normalcy every other mobile phone OS brings to the table. Read more...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Windows Phone 7 To Only Accept Managed Apps?

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 11:30 AM

Electronista has posted information on the application environment for Windows Phone 7, and initially, it doesn't look good. Native code will mostly be inaccessible and they say that the restrictions will be even tighter than what the iPhone platform has. It was enough for Pocket Informant developer Alex Kac to say that it probably spells doom for Pocket Informant.

We'll have to see how this turns out when official information from Microsoft is released. It is expected that much more developer info will be made known at the March MIX event.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Windows Marketplace Makes Changes

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

Greetings from the Microsoft MVP Summit. Today I'm happy to write to you and tell you... absolutely nothing from Summit due to NDA! But I do have some interesting developments regarding Windows Mobile Marketplace which should make developers smile. These will all be rolling out over the next few days from Microsoft.

  • The $10 fee to submit to additional marketplaces. The $99 fee is still applicable, but to submit to smaller market segments, the additional fee is now gone.
  • Registration flow for ISVs should be improved.
  • Users in Russia will now be able to access Marketplace.
  • Acceptance policy changes, including allowing VoIP applications unless specifically prohibited by the carrier.

Hopefully this will help remedy a few Marketplace issues, and encourage its growth!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Resco Releases MobileForms Toolkit 2010

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

"Bratislava, Slovakia - November 17, 2009 -Resco, a supplier of advanced developer components and tools for mobile devices, releases today Resco MobileForms Toolkit 2010, which is optimized for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 3.5. "Since 2003, when the first version of Resco MobileForms Toolkit was released, we have been working hard to enrich each new release by adding new components to support modern and ground-breaking mobile technology," said Radomir Vozar, Resco Developer Tools & Enterprise Division Director. "The current year is no exception; the 2010 edition not only allows developers to develop attractive and fully competitive mobile applications, but it reasonably simplifies the development process and saves time."

MobileForms Toolkit 2010 is out now for developers looking to rapidly develop new apps on Windows Mobile. Check it out if you're a fan, and I don't think you'll be disappointed by the new features.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Latest Update on Windows Marketplace for Mobile

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Developer" @ 12:00 AM

"With less than a week until the launch of Windows phones and Windows Marketplace for Mobile, I wanted to take a minute to thank the global developer and ISV community for rallying around Marketplace and offer a quick update on what we've been up to. First and foremost, the response to Windows Marketplace has been impressive in terms of the number of creative developers we're working with and the depth of engineering- and process-oriented feedback we've received and incorporated. Our commitment to transparency has generated a surprising level of collaboration that impacts Marketplace development on a daily basis. I know that getting in on the ground floor of an ambitious effort like Marketplace isn't easy. I sincerely appreciate your patience, feedback and desire to help us create a world class experience for both developers and end users."

If you're a developer who's working on an application for the forthcoming Marketplace, you'll want to check out this blog post. Worth noting is that the Windows Mobile 6/6.1 version of the Marketplace is slated for November. That's a good thing, because having the Marketplace start essentially from zero customers (people who own 6.5 devices) is more than a little short-sighted.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Microsoft Launches Race to Market Challenge

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Events" @ 01:55 PM

"Our strategy for all of this is pretty straightforward; we want to create a global marketplace for Windows Phones where developers and users meet to sell and buy high quality and high value applications that make work easier and life more fulfilling. We're creating a clear process and new opportunity for developers and ISVs to make money from their investment in innovation. The applications we feature will be well organized, easily accessible by PC or phone and backed by a money back guarantee. And when they're ready to buy, customers will have a variety of payment options to choose from. These are new customer experiences, and frankly, capabilities that will set us apart."

As of this morning afternoon, Windows Marketplace for Mobile is now accepting application submissions from all 29 supported countries - and the Race to Market Challenge contest also kicks off. That site is password protected at the moment but apparently later today it will be live. Yeah, a bit strange. This contest is a way to build up the content on Windows Marketplate for Mobile, and to give developers a "first mover" advantage in terms of getting their applications into the marketplace. I think Microsoft is taking a realistic approach to this - they're not saying "Develop for Windows Mobile, it's the best!" they're saying "Develop for our platform as well - we have something to offer".

Want to build your application? Here's the Windows Mobile 6.5 developer toolkit (it's not an SDK mind you - you'll need to use the 6.1 Professional or Standard SDKs). Want to submit your application? Here are the Application Submission Guidelines. The prizes are a bit unusual: winners get one of four Microsoft Surface tables (Developer Edition), online marketing & promotion of their app, and a challenge trophies.

Think you have what it takes? Let's see those apps!

Monday, May 18, 2009

MS Opens Up Developer Forum For WinMo Marketplace

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC Developer" @ 01:00 PM

If you are a developer and have questions about the forthcoming Windows Marketplace for Mobile, check out the new forum on MSDN. You'll need a LiveID to sign up, but chances are, if you develop for Windows Mobile, you already have one. The forum is new but seems to have a few Softies in it to answer questions and take feedback.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Samsung SDK Now Available

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Developer" @ 06:30 PM

"Now, Samsung has released the first Windows Mobile-focused result, Samsung Windows Mobile SDK 1.0. It offers APIs to use advanced features unique to Samsung phones. You might already have experience using advanced capabilities featured in the Windows Mobile APIs, like GPS, Bluetooth or multimedia support. In addition to the Microsoft Windows Mobile APIs, you can use Samsung APIs to access phone features such as the accelerometer, notification LEDs and haptics feedback."

Arne Hess over at the::unwired reports that Samsung's Innovator project is now available to join. By doing so you'll be able to access not only Windows Mobile APIs but also Samsung's APIs for device specific stuff like haptic feedback!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Resco Releases MobileForms Toolkit 2009

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Developer" @ 08:22 AM

"Resco, a supplier of advanced developer components and tools for mobile devices, releases today Resco MobileForms Toolkit 2009, which is optimized for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 3.5. "New Resco MobileForms Toolkit 2009 represents one of the most powerful suites for mobile apps development," said Radomir Vozar, Resco's Enterprise Solutions division director. "2009 release allows developers creating apps that set new trends in mobility especially in the area of graphic interface and touch functionality."

Resco's newest mobile forms toolkit is now available, and it looks like it's ready to jump into any app and spice it up a bit (or at least save some time coding). Any MobileForms fans looking to upgrade?

Tags: developer

Monday, February 2, 2009

MobiForms Latest Release Adds More To Mobile Database Sync

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Developer" @ 09:15 PM

"Following the global success of the inituitive drag and drop mobile application development tool MobiForms Developer, the team at MobiForms are proud to announce the release of the MobiForms Advanced edition. The MobiForms Advanced edition includes the MobiForms Developer and the new MobiForms Sync Server. The MobiForms Sync Server (MSS) is a complementary tool to the MobiForms Developer offering a true offline wireless store and forward capability with sophisticated online synchronisation, replication and offline data buffering."

The latest release from MobiForms allows devices to connect to a variety of databases through a dedicated MobiForms server system. Rapid application development plus over the air database access can put together a mean package on the handheld!

Tags: developer

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Microsoft Launches New-Look Windows Mobile Developer Portal

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Sites & Resources" @ 05:02 AM

Microsoft has just launched a new developer portal for Windows Mobile to help advertise upcoming events, showcase applications, and introduce you to a number of team members and MVPs. And, of course, there's no shortage of guides showing you how to turn that idea in your head into a working Windows Mobile application.

Friday, October 10, 2008

GapiDraw 4.0 Released

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Developer" @ 02:30 PM

"GapiDraw is the graphics platform to use when creating applications with high demands for fast graphics on Windows Mobile devices! GapiDraw comprises a framework and a set of C++ classes that together provide everything you need to create state-of-the-art applications such as games, navigational tools and advanced user interfaces for Windows Mobile devices."

If you develop applications that require graphics processing or other displays of graphical goodness, then GapiDraw may fit the bill to save you a bit of time and effort while giving your users a nice experience overall!

Tags: developer

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