Arabic Library for Windows Phone 7

I recently received an email about an Arabic library for WP7.  If you’re interested in developing WP7 Apps with some Arabic controls, you should check this out This project provides controls for developing Arabic applications easily for Windows Phone 7. It provides custom right-to-left controls that render Arabic text properly and a keyboard that can…

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Students Compete at the Microsoft Imagine Cup Gulf Finals Held at AUD

The Microsoft Imagine Cup Gulf Finals was held at the American University in Dubai on Monday, April 25, 2011.  The competition was fierce with 10 teams from across the Gulf competing to advance to the next round.  The winning team from each country qualifies for the Microsoft Worldwide Imagine Cup Finals in New York City,…


SharePoint and Silverlight – A Match Made in Heaven

With SharePoint and Silverlight integration, you really do get the best of both worlds.  Silverlight 4 is a powerful development platform for creating rich user experiences with the tools developers and designers need to quickly create these experiences for web, desktop and mobile applications.  There has been more than 500 million downloads and over 500,000 developers and designers…


The Executive Assistant of Windows Azure … the Fabric Controller

In my previous post, I spoke about how Windows Azure supports the goal of a “Never Down” application. In this post, I will give the credit the specific module that allows for such goal to materialize: Introducing … drum roll … the Fabric Controller!   The fabric controller is an integral part of the Windows…


Imagine Cup Gulf – Meet Your TOP Ten Teams

Over the past few months, students from across the Gulf have been applying their passion, creativity and imagination to help solve the world’s toughest problems by using technology.  The proposals rolled in from Kuwait, Oman and the UAE in great numbers.  I’m very happy to present to you the top 10 teams from the Gulf…


Windows Azure … the Platform for “Never Down” applications!

The title above might sound like a stretch to some readers but when you dig into the details, you will find that it is actually true. True not so much by applying magic or jazzing up the marketing message but rather by implementing simple logic that is coupled with strong technological and foundational grounds.  …


What’s New about Visual Studio 2010

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 is an integrated environment that simplifies the entire development lifecycle, from design to deployment.  Work within a personalized environment, and target a growing number of platforms, including Microsoft SharePoint® and cloud applications that accelerate the coding process and allow you to use your existing skills. Developers and testers can work more…


Submit Your Applications for Windows Phone 7 with Yalla Apps!

Yalla Apps is a brand new Windows Phone 7 portal for developers in the Middle East and Africa.  You can start right away by unlocking WP7 phones for testing and then submit your applications to Windows Phone Marketplace. Now you have the opportunity to actually earn money from the apps that you develop! Registration is…


Hurry to enter the Dev Unplugged Contest for IE9!

Hello Web Developers! With all the excitement surrounding the launch of Internet Explorer 9, don’t forget to that developers have an opportunity to enter the Dev Unplugged Contest!  This IE9 competition allows developers to submit amazing web applications and games using HTML5 – a world without plug-ins!  Competition is divided into two main categories- Best Video Game…