Helpful Windows Phone 7 Tips

I recently got an email from Sean Iannuzzi, a veteran developer who’s now doing work on Windows Phone 7. He’s enjoying his experience, and passed along a few tips for writing Windows Phone software. I thought they were worth sharing. Here’s what Sean said: I have written many mobile application over the years and have…

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Windows Phone 7 Launches

It’s finally here. Windows Phone 7 was announced Monday, with a host of vendor partners ready to ship devices. I think what I like most about the phone is that it’s the complete opposite of a “me-too” device. Microsoft didn’t just copy what Apple or Google did, slap a colorful flag on it, and call…

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Windows Phone 7 Reaches Technical Preview Stage

Windows Phone 7 development continues at a fast pace. Last week saw the release of the Developer Tools beta, and yesterday came the announcement of the first technical preview. As Terry Myerson blogged, the technical preview means that Microsoft has “signed off that our software is now ready for the hands-on everyday use of a…

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Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools Beta Released

Brandon Watson has announced the release of the Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools beta. As Watson says, “It’s time to get serious about building the actual apps and games for Windows Phone 7 that consumers will be looking for starting this holiday season.” The beta includes some cool goodies like Microsoft Expression Blend for Windows…

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.NET: Fated to Succeed?

My colleague Mike Desmond, the inimitable editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine, has an interesting blog post up about the evolution of .NET, and how it wasn’t always such a slam-dunk to succeed. I’d encourage you to take a look and comment – what were your early impressions of .NET? Keith Keith Ward Editor…

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More Feedback on CompSci Education

I blogged yesterday about feedback related to my July Editor’s Note column. I said more was coming, and here it is. “Until the last 10 years, most colleges had no idea what they were doing when it came to educating those bound for computer job.  They didn’t recognize the distinction between the major career paths…

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Reader Feedback: Is CompSci Education Failing?

My “Editor’s Note” column for MSDN July is getting strong reader feedback, and I wanted to share some of it with you. In general, the run of opinion is that U.S. colleges and universities aren’t getting the job done in terms of preparing the next generation of developers. It’s not a uniform feeling, but a…

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What Were Your Worst Mobile Platform Development Mistakes?

Hi, I’m working on a story, and I’d like your help. It’s about the biggest mistakes made by developers who work on mobile platforms. The mistakes need to be specific to mobile platform development. What were your biggest screw-ups? What have you learned from them? What are the biggest mistakes you see other developers make?…

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Third Tech Preview of IE9 available

The third technical preview of Internet Explorer 9 is available now. According to Neowin, the big news in this one is support for the HTML 5 video tag. For my money, this makes the preview a must-download for developers. I’m also interested in the speed claims; Brandon LeBlanc recently posted a video of IE9 kicking…

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Reader feedback: Back to the future

A reader took issue to my latest Editor’s Note. That doesn’t bother me at all; I love a good give-and-take, and he has some good points to make: “I understand in your position you have to pitch so-called "innovative" technologies like Silverlight. I get a kick out of watching the spin where the industry for…

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