Christmas Lists

There’s a tradition in our family (well, my wife’s family but it’s now “our” family) that people write a list of items they’d like to receive as Christmas / birthday presents. Then other people pick from the list. Going “off-list” is generally frowned upon (strongly by some). As a convenience mechanism, it’s great. As an…


Now you can develop for WP7 in VB too

Yes, that’s right. After a successful CTP of VB for Windows Phone 7, the team have now released “Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools – RTW”. If you just want to download the good stuff, here’s the link: Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools – RTW – Download Link What does this mean?…


A Brief Introduction to F#

Out guest writer for this issue is Mark Bloodworth, an Architect Evangelist at Microsoft UK, who kindly offered to write a brief introduction to F#. Mark’s interests extend to all those “other” languages like Ruby, Python and F# so we should be in safe hands. Over to Mark… When you create a new project in…


MSDN Flash Poll #13: Language Shapes The Way We Think

“Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.” Benjamin Lee Whorf This week, given our feature article is on a (relatively) new .NET programming language, we’d like to know which is your favourite.


If I had a Pound (Poll Result)

Well it turns out that most of us could have retired by now had we only been able to charge by the “I-told-you-so”. We asked you “If I had a pound / dollar / euro for every time someone assumed it would be easy to build that app / add that feature, I’d be at…


Live Tiles on a Schedule

If you’ve looked at Windows Phone 7 development, you’ll almost certainly have come across push notifications, a mechanism for efficiently delivering messages to a device whether or not your application is currently running. The architecture looks like this.   Items in green are “your” bits and items in red are “Microsoft bits”. In other words,…


DDD Windows Phone 7 Event Videos

If you weren’t able to make it along to the Windows Phone 7 DDD event in Manchester last month you’ll be pleased to know that all the sessions were recorded. The first few sessions are now available and I’m publishing them on Channel9 so as many people as possible can get to see them. Here’s…


Windows Phone 7 Jump Start++

I’ve just noticed that the “extra” Windows Phone 7 Jump Start sessions added at the end of October don’t seem to have been that well publicised (in a very unscientific check of the number of links to them). So, in case you missed them, here are the direct links to the additional 7 sessions:…


Windows Phone 7 and SharePoint

I’m often asked about Office on Windows Phone 7 (typically how much does it cost it comes bundled with the OS, no extra charge). It struck me though, that if you don’t have a phone (or you haven’t had a chance to play with one) then you wont have seen the Office hub or apps…


Windows Phone 7 Development for Absolute Beginners

I just noticed this new C9 series yesterday and added it to my list of WP7 resources but think it’s worth a separate callout here. If you’re completely new to development (unlikely if you’re reading this) or you know someone who is but fancies getting started by writing an application for Windows Phone 7, then…