You Definitely Want to Beta Your App

The process of creating an application does not only revolve around its development. There is another important aspect that we tend to avoid or not take seriously enough: user testing. Beta phase, as I like to call it. No matter which platform you build your app for, you need to test your app at some…


HTML5: The Parts You Care About (Part 2)

This is post 2 of 3 in a blog series previewing the upcoming presentation, HTML5: The Parts You Care About by David Wesst at Prairie Dev Con in Saskatoon, SK (November 4-5). Read Part 1 here. As discussed in my previous post, HTML5 has come a long way since its inception and release in the…


Security Risks and Recommendations for Mobile Apps

For the purposes of the below, let’s set the context that mobile apps include both Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps. Windows 8 introduced several security features, which are being rolled out gradually. Secure Boot, Early Launch Antimalware, as well as the new AppContainer technology added the security controls and features needed to enable developers…


Data Everywhere, All the Time

For people visiting Data.gov for a little while there, this is what met them. From a developer perspective, this meant the data housed there, the same data many of those developers had built apps around, was inaccessible. Unless they took some action to ensure their continued access that meant their app had no data or…


Making Money From Your Windows Phone Apps

After reading my last few posts, and being inspired to develop your first Windows Phone app, now it’s time to talk about what options you have for making money from your app before you publish that bad boy to the Windows Phone Store! First and foremost, we can all agree that building mobile apps can…


Know Your 8.1 (Windows 8.1 that is)

With Windows 8.1 now generally available and starting to come down to Windows 8 machines worldwide, now would be a good time to flip open Visual Studio 2013 (also now available), crack open your apps, and take a look at what you can do to update your apps to Windows 8.1. In a previous post,…


HTML5: The Parts You Care About (Part 1)

This is the first of 3 posts in a blog series previewing the upcoming presentation, HTML5: The Parts You Care About by David Wesst at Prairie Dev Con in Saskatoon, SK this November. Documents Evolved HTML began back in early 90’s when a physicist by the name of Tim Berners-Lee created the spec for HTML…


The Importance of an About Page

Over the last few weeks, you’ve been reading Lori Lalonde’s (@LoriBLalonde) posts on building out your Windows Phone app (the one on time saving tips is definitely worth a read).  While you’re working on your app, I wanted to share with you a little something so important to your app and relatively quick to do,…


Easy Background Processing with WebAPI and Windows Azure

The Problem Assume, for example, that you are developing your own mobile app (or apps, in my case) and want to be able to send push notifications to these apps every once in a while. You would require a server that will run somewhere in the background, collect new information every given interval and send…


Time Saving Tips to Get Your Windows Phone App Started

Now that you have your development environment set up and ready to go (in case you’ve missed it, check out my earlier post, Setting Up Your Windows Phone Development Environment in 30 Minutes (or less)), let’s go over the ways that Visual Studio can easily get you started without having to dig too deep into…