On a Cloud: Data Storage Techniques

Jef King
Jef King

Data Audit History There have been several times when I needed to ensure that we could understand the changes of data overtime. This is inline with the idea of never deleting data; however, in keeping a full audit history you can more deeply understand user behaviors. Or, if you need to have data retention for…

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It’s not the device, nor the UI. It’s the experience that differentiates.

We’ve all heard the term “Consumerization of IT” (or “Bring Your Own Device”).  Most of us have seen the disruptive power this concept has within the enterprise, both for good and for bad.  But how do you take advantage of this concept with your apps?  How do you make sure that your software serves its…

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You need to control yourself when adding controls to mobile UIs

By now, most people have realized (in theory) that recreating a PC-based app (or web app) is not exactly the right idea for mobile apps.  In practice, however, it is clear that this is not as easy as it sounds.  When you’re building an app that has no history on the PC or web, building…

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Ok. Let’s Start from the Beginning.

One of my favorite things to do is to check and see what folks are talking about on that Internet thing and one of the people I enjoy reading is the handsome and dapper Martin Beeby who we lovingly refer to as “The Beebs”. He is a developer evangelist for Microsoft and loves HTML5 just…

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Windows Phone links for the week

A good number of us from the team are in Redmond this week on our annual pilgrimage to the mothership (Microsoft Headquarters) for training, so content from me will be a little lighter than usual. As a result, I wanted to share with you a set of links and resources that are new to help…

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Web Design Predictions in 2012

With the end of the year it is always an industry staple to pontificate on what is going to be important in the coming year. Although I am not a psychic, I have spent time this week getting a read on what will be important around HTML5. Here is my list: Responsive Web Design grows…

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2 in 1! A Metro primer and a webcast.

If you waited on reading my 5-part Metro and Mobile app design series until the final post, there’s great news in that you can now read each of them online.  Also, if you want an overview of the developer perspective of Windows Phone, from a development standpoint as well as a Marketplace and marketing strategy…

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Unlocking the motivation of your mobile app user

When you look at successful mobile apps and games, there are a few common traits that you will notice in them.  They all achieve a certain set of goals that may be subtle or completely obvious (or both!). If you harness the power of motivation for your app user, you have created an experience for…

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THIS is How You Do It: The USGA Golf Score App for Windows Phone 7

One of the tricky things about helping developers build for a platform that has yet to be released is that it’s a tabula rasa. There’s no history, which is both blessing and curse: we developers get to make that history, but at the same time, we’re working in the dark. There are no examples to…

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