Side Loading Windows 8 Apps

At the Columbia Windows 8 DevCamp this weekend, the topic of side-loading apps came up in a few different scenarios, but it was particularly appropriate during the app showcase.  We had a number of developers working in the lab room, all competing to come up with the coolest app at the end of the day. …

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Primer: The Windows Store Certification Process for Windows Phone Developers

As I travel around, I’ve met many people who are familiar with the Windows Phone application certification and submission process – it’s been around for a couple of years now!   Perhaps not surprising, though, is that few people I’ve met have the same comfort level with understanding the Windows 8 Store and understanding how that…

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Azure and Phone … Better Together

We had an excellent time presenting today’s Windows Phone Camp in Charlotte. Thank you to everyone who attended. Here are some resources and major points of today’s “To the cloud…” session. First, here is the slide deck for the presentation.  To The Cloud… Next, download the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone. This contains both…

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Windows Phone Garage Events

By way of Glen Gordon:  Two great community guys – Chris Eargle and Chris Williams – are setting up community led Windows Phone Garage events next week in Columbia and Greenville. Remember, at a Windows Phone Garage you get instruction on the basics of creating Windows Phone apps, but also you get a lot of…


Windows Phone 7 Garage Event Coming!

In a few weeks, my colleagues Glen and Joe will be in Charlotte (and a few other locations around that time) holding their successful Windows Phone garage events.  The latest event is coming to Charlotte on May 24th!  Here’s the breakdown: 9 – 10 am Introduction to Windows Phone Development No experience with Windows Phone…

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Windows Phone 7 App Sales

I wanted to make my app experience as open as possible, so now that reporting for Windows Phone 7 app sales is out, I’m going to share my details with the world for those interested in developing for Windows Phone 7.  First: device sales, as of this writing, have not been released by Microsoft.  I…

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Windows Phone 7 App Roundup for 10/18

While this is by no means an exhaustive list, here’s what is catching my eye this week in the phone Marketplace: Shazam (Music & Video), Free Sample a few seconds of a tune, and Shazam uploads and parses what tune you’re listening to.   Pretty cool.  I’ll be honest, I’m much more interested in this technically…

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WP7 Ad Control Experience

This post has been updated on 21-Oct-2010 with new information contained in the last paragraph. Most developers realize you can bring in revenue through advertising, and the Microsoft Ad Control lets you do that easily in your Windows Phone 7 application.   For most simple apps, you might offer a trial version that is fully functional…

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Windows Phone Emulator and Fiddler

On an internal alias, Eric Lawrence chimed in on setting up Fiddler for the Windows Phone 7 emulator.  This is really useful, of course, for monitoring traffic to/from the emulator … since so many apps are use data services, this is a must have feature. The first step is to set the local machine as…

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SqueakBox for Windows Phone 7

While I spend most of my time focusing on Windows Azure and cloud computing, naturally as a developer evangelist I need to dive into Windows Phone 7.   I had an idea for an app (not overly original, I admit) and thought I’d explore developing this in my spare time.  The result is an app called…

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