Windows Apps JumpStart Publish Hack

Don’t forget, if you can get to London on Saturday September 20th, come to our Publish Hack at Microsoft’s Cardinal Place offices near Victoria Station and get your app published to store! Our goal for this day is to make it a fun, informal day where you can overcome those last blockers and issues that…

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Windows Apps JumpStart LIVE Events Series

We’re starting a new series of events for UK developers that will help you on the journey from initial interest in developing apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone right the way through to publishing an app to the Windows Store. You can join into the series at whichever point makes sense to you, so…

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SQLiteWinRT: Opening databases shipped as app content or from an SD Card

Recently, I was asked about opening a database file inserted into a device on an SD card. I had to make a slight change to the SQLWinRT wrapper to enable it, so this post explains how, and also looks at opening databases shipped in the app package as content. Opening databases shipped as content You…

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NDC London 2013

I just spent 3 enjoyable days at the NDC conference in London. NDC usually stands for Norwegian Developer Conference which happens every June in Oslo, Norway and which is a popular conference – I really hope that I can speak there next June! The organisers of that, NDC Conferences, decided to bring their show to…

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How to massively improve SQLite Performance (using SqlWinRT)

Use ConfigureAwait(false) on calls to SqlWinRT async methods to improve INSERT performance up to 145 times, and SELECT performance up to 80 times  Sample project: SQLitePerformance.zip I have been seeing a few comments by people complaining of poor performance when executing SELECT statements against a SQLite database using the SQLWinRT wrapper, or when adding new…

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Now easier than ever to developer unlock a handset to get started building apps for Windows Phone!

Great news reported in the latest Windows Phone Developer Blog post, Making it easier to get started with Windows Phone App Studio beta, simplified phone registration, support options & more payout markets. There you can read about a great new tool, Windows Phone App Studio, that can help people without coding skills to create a…

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SQLite-WinRT: Database programming on Windows Phone and Windows 8

Today at TechEd North America in New Orleans, I am presenting a session on programming the SQLite database on Windows Phone 8. You can watch the video and download the slides from here: Support Your Demanding LOB Apps With SQLite and Windows Phone 8. The sample application I walked through is here: SqlitePhoneSample.zip The session…

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PhoneGap devs–bring your app to Windows Phone and win!

From now until  June 30th, 2013, we are running a competition aimed at developers who have built PhoneGap apps and published in other stores – for example, Apple iTunes, Google Play, Blackberry World, Bada, Symbian, or Palm OS – to take any of their existing PhoneGap apps and port it to Windows Phone 8, like…

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