1000+ Unity Apps on Windows and Windows Phone

Another post on the Windows Phone blog from a couple of weeks ago talking about the uptake of Unity as a development platform on both Windows and Windows Phone. http://blogs.windows.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2013/11/18/1000-unity-apps-across-windows-store-and-windows-phone.aspx And a good video introducing Unity development for Windows Phone. https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Inside+Windows+Phone/IWP50-Introducing-Unity-for-Windows-Phone-Devleopment


Options for publishing Windows Phone beta apps and testing in-app purchase

A nice post on the Windows Phone blog this week on options for testing Windows Phone apps with a discussion of the stages of testing from running in the emulator through the store test kit and into beta testing. http://blogs.windows.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2013/11/27/options-for-publishing-windows-phone-beta-apps-and-testing-in-app-purchase.aspx


Sydney Opera House Hackathon Dec 7-8

The iconic Sydney Opera House are running a Hackathon in Sydney over the weekend of Dec 7-8. With a first prize of $4000, this might just be a great way to spend a weekend. They’re making a heap of great data sets available including archival recordings and a huge 3-D spatial data set with a…


YOW! Conferences in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney

Starting next week, YOW! conferences are running in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Featuring a great line up of speakers and content, YOW! provides an industry perspective on development, design and architecture. If you can’t get to the entire conference there’s an option to just attend the evening keynote session. In addition to the conference sessions…


Free Windows Azure Developer Camps in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in November

Join a Windows Azure Developer Camp and leave with code running in the cloudThis is a free Windows Azure Instructor led Workshop where you roll up your sleeves and get hands-on with the latest Windows Azure services, development tools and technologies.  Day One will start with the basics and Day Two will build on to…


Great Windows Phone 8 Code Sample Hub

As a developer, I’m always on the lookout for sample code showing me good ways to do things I need to do. Finding that code is sometimes problematic, but there’s a great hub put together by Windows Phone evangelist Matthias Shapiro. Check out the Interactive Windows Phone 8 Samples Browser Mathias also has a great…


Windows Phone 8 Update 3 Announced plus Windows Phone Preview for Developers

We just announced that Windows Phone 8 Update 3 is coming. The full feature list is in the post, but in summary: Support for bigger, higher-resolution screens More powerful hardware Driving mode Internet Sharing improvements Lots more, including the thing that’s going to bring cries of joy in my house, screen location lock! At the…


Free Nokia Design/Developer Workshops in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne

Nokia are running Design/Developer camps in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne. The Sydney event is on this Friday/Saturday 18/19 October. Perth is 25/26 October and Melbourne 1/2 November. These look like great sessions, delivered by experts Shane Morris and Nick Randolph, in conjunction with Nokia’s Vaughan Knight. Full agenda and details are on the sign up…


FranklySpeaking’s Back

Michael Kordahi and I started the FranklySpeaking podcast back in November 2009. We recorded about 75 episodes up to the middle of 2011 and then went quiet with the exception of 2 or 3 false starts (there was other shiny stuff to play with). A couple of months ago we restarted and we’re having a…


My Ignite Sydney Talk

I had a great time doing a talk at Ignite Sydney this year. My title was “Statistics – Learn it or Lose” Andrew Coates: Statistics–learn it or lose. Some other great talks from the night (not all safe for work): Andrew Walker’s quirky The Binary Taxi Driver Ben Grill’s strangely compelling Secrets of drag revealed…