Holy //BUILD Batman!

I thought the previous //BUILD conferences (2012 | 2011) had a lot of content but this year definitely surpassed it. Although I couldn’t do the whole conference justice in a single blog post, here are a few key highlights: Windows 8.1 Preview Windows 8.1 Preview is the next step forward for a truly modern computing experience with…


New Dev Center App Preview

Checking the performance of an app is something all good developers do. But until now, you could only check the performance of your Windows Phone app from a browser. Recently at Mobile World Congress it was announced that a handy new app lets you stay connected on the go as well. The new “Dev Center”…


Upgrade or Die

Enhancements in technology move at a blistering pace now a days and before you know it that device which was once “state of the art” is now a museum piece. Of course there’s some hyperbole to that statement but some of it holds true. This movement can easily be found in mobile devices and carrier…

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Hurricane Sandy and My Windows Phone

I’ve lived through my fair share of hurricanes, snow storms and other natural disasters but after Sandy I could easily write a book that had an ending scene of epic proportions. Although Sandy was only a category 1 hurricane, you would’ve thought it was a category 5 as the wind that was generated and the…


Apps, Apps and More Apps

It’s no secret that to have a viable mobile platform there needs to be not only a good foundational operating system but more importantly applications to add to it. While the Windows Phone is a great platform, clearly it needs developers to build applications that enterprise customers want as well as what the consumer market…


Windows Phone 7 Guidance

Over a year ago the Microsoft patterns & practices (p&p) team released the Windows Phone Developer Guide as part of a series on Windows Azure service and client application development. The guide described a scenario concerning a fictitious company named Tailspin that had decided to embrace Windows Phone as a client device for their existing…


Windows Phone – Mango Update

To quote the great and all-knowing Lionel Richie: “Well my friends the time has come; raise the roof and have some fun…” Yes, it’s Mango time! A lot has been said about this update and while this technically is an update, the word “update” really doesn’t do it justice. Instead of me regurgitating all the…


Looking Back; Looking Forward

I’m going to be showing my age here a bit but I remember when Visual Basic (VB) was born. To this day I still recall memories of using v3.0 (circa 1993) to add an icon to a bland gray beveled button whose action was to retrieve data from an Access v1.0 DB (thank you JET drivers) and…

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