Professional Quality Tools for WP7 Developers–Limited Time Offer

The Windows Phone 7 product team announced a partnership with PreEmptive Solutions to provide their Dotfuscator application, which includes Runtime Intelligence, for free, to all Windows Phone 7 developers from today through March 31, 2011. During this offer period, developers will have access to Dotfuscator for Windows Phone. This will allow developers to instrument their…

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Presenting at DevConnections 2010

If you are attending DevConnections 2010, please come check out my session.   My session is VMP02 – Building Integrated Mobile Apps with WP7 Hardware And Services.   I present Tuesday November 2nd  at 11:30am in MANDALAY BAY L.  I hope to see you there!

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Windows Phone Developer Tools - October Update

The Windows Phone Developer Tools update includes a MUCH improved Bing Maps control from a performance standpoint and two additional tools to assist with development.  The first tool helps application better understand certification requirements for their application.  If your application requires a particular capability, be sure to review the related certification requirements in the AppHub…

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Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP – April Refresh

If you are still on the Visual Studio 2010 RC1 build and Expression Blend 4 Beta in order to continue to develop for Windows Phone, Microsoft released updated tools that are compatible with Visual Studio 2010 RTM and Expression Blend 4 RC.  First, read this link posted by Charlie Kindel that highlights changes, updates, and…

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Windows Phones Have Arrived – Developers, Time to Dive in

October 6th was the big launch day for Windows Phone and there are many great posts on the new devices available.  I have more info on devices here.  As background, since the initial release of Windows Mobile 6, the Windows Mobile team has progressively enhanced the Windows CE 5 operating system that powers the Windows…

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Setting up a Windows Mobile Development Environment

An old teammate in DPE now a new Seattle resident working on Channel 9 / part-time Coding for Fun blogger Clint Rutkas posted some good questions recently on an internal discussion list, thus motivating me to create this post. If you are looking to start developing for Windows Mobile (or simply rebuilding a laptop), you…

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How to know when lines are a certain length in Visual Studio

There are many reasons why you would want to know when a line in the code editor in Visual Studio is a certain length.  For me, it has to do with authoring books where the publisher needs to have a CRLF at a certain line size.  I found this page with a handy tip on…

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XNA Game Studio 3.0 Released

Microsoft XNA Game Studio 3.0 has many improvements over its predecessor including support for Visual Studio Professional and higher, which means professional level support such as integrated Application Lifecycle Management / source code control with Team Foundation Server. Also added in this release is the ability to build games for Zune expanding the list of…

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Love SQL 2008 Express RTM but no tools yet...

When you download SQL 2008 Express, the version available currently does not have tools like SQL Management Studio.  The tools will be available soon but if you are like me and cannot wait for the tools to become available, you can use Visual Studio 2008 to perform a lot of tasks.  Visual Studio 2008 Server…

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A Little Light Holiday Reading :-)

I don’t know the authors personally and I don’t work for the publisher—-I publish with Apress:-) but I have to say LINQ in Action is one of the best technical books I have read in recent years. LINQ in conjunction with the language enhancements in C# 3.0 / VB.NET 9 are incredibly important in terms…

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