Mango Developer Tools

On the off chance you haven’t heard, we shipped the first beta of the next release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools last week. The Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta allows you to target both the next version of Windows Phone (Mango) as well as the current version (WP7). There’s also a “Go Live”…

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Jumpstart Building a Windows Phone App

If you’ve been thinking about building a Windows Phone app but weren’t sure where to start, how about this for an idea? Nick Randolph of Built to Roam has created a customizable Social Viewer app template for Visual Studio. The template is the core of an application that allows you to aggregate multiple feed such…

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Tech.Days 2011: Save the Date

It’s that that time of year again when the big one approaches – the big event that gives us an opportunity to get out and about and tell the story of the platform, current and future. This year Tech.Days will run from 23-25 May at a venue in London. It’s an event for both developer…

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A Couple of Upcoming Events

Firstly the UK Bing Maps User Group are holding their next meeting on the evening of 19th January in London. The agenda looks like this: 6.30pm – Coffee and socialising 7.00pm – Session 1 "What’s new in the Bing Maps world" – Johannes Kebeck (Microsoft) 7.45pm – Food and socialising 8.15pm – Session 2 “Show…

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Tech Days Online Conference in January

Looks like I’ll be presenting on the Tech Days Online Conference “Build an app for that” on 20th January 2011. It’s an online conference featuring demo-rich sessions on building applications for the browser, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 7. The online day will offer three tracks, letting you choose which sessions are most relevant to…

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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…

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PDC 10 Sessions – The Pick of the Bunch

I’ve created a list of my favourite PDC10 videos for next week’s MSDN Flash and thought I’d share it here first so you get early access. The Future of C# and Visual Basic The Future of F# Lambdas, Lambdas Everywhere LINQ, Take Two – Realizing the LINQ to Everything Dream Inside Internet Explorer 9 Performance…

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What’s new for developers in SharePoint 2010

The feature article for this week’s MSDN Flash is by Jussi Roine, Chief Architect at Onsight Helsinki. I want to thank Jussi and everyone else who’s taken the time to submit articles to me – I’m still wading me way through them all! If you have an idea for an article for the MSDN Flash,…

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Visual Studio 2010 Events

Just noticed there are 4 Visual Studio 2010 application lifecycle management events coming up in the near future. These are free, full-day events being held in Reading, London Birmingham and Edinburgh. Here’s the event abstract: “Unable to attend Tech Days 2010? This key event enables technical decision makers and heads of development to quickly grasp…

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MSDN Flash Poll #7 – Visual Studio Add-Ins

This time around we want to know about your favourite / most used Visual Studio add-in. I can’t include them all so if your favourite isn’t here, be sure to add a comment to this post to let the world know. Otherwise, Visual Studio extensions, prepare to do battle…

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