You Can Now Have 100 Free Apps in Windows Phone Marketplace

Several updates regarding Windows Phone Marketplace were announced today on the Windows Team Blog. Free app limit is raised to 100 and a new way to submit apps globally has been announced. The team also announced the future support of additional open source licensing models. The posting provides more details: An Update on Windows Phone…


New Controls Added to Open Source Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit

Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit offers developers additional controls for Windows Phone application development, designed to match the rich user experience of the Windows Phone 7. A new February 2011 update available on Codeplex now includes: TiltEffect PerformanceProgressBar Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit Components AutoCompleteBox ContextMenu DatePicker GestureService/GestureListener ListPicker LongListSelector Page Transitions PerformanceProgressBar TiltEffect TimePicker…


Samples Show Table, Queue, Blog Storage for Windows Azure for REST, .NET Side-by-Side

David Pallmann has posted a sample code that is useful for anyone who wants to store data in Windows Azure. The samples show REST implementation and a .NET StorageClient implementation with identical functionality. And he shows every single operation you can perform in the Windows Azure Storage API against blob, queue, and table storage. Pallmann…


Expose Data as OData Through Web Services

WCF Data Services Toolkit has recently been released to make it easier to expose arbitrary data sources as OData services. Whether you want to wrap OData around an existing API (SOAP/REST/etc.), mash-up SQL Azure and Windows Azure Table storage, re-structure the shape of a legacy database, or expose any other data store you can come…


Labs Help You Get Started with Enterprise Library 5

Check out the download center for free hands-on labs for Microsoft Enterprise Library 5.0 and Unity 2.0. These labs were built by developers for developers, and they cover all application blocks and advanced configuration scenarios. Labs include Caching, Configuration Sources, Cryptography, Data Access, Exception Handling, Interception, Logging, Security, Validation, and Unity. All labs come with solutions and…


Add a Windows Azure CloudPoll to Your Facebook Page

The CloudPoll Facebook application has launched and is hosted on Windows Azure. CloudPoll is available for free to all Facebook users to create, manage, and evaluate polls for their pages, all using blob storage, SQL Azure, and compute hosted in Windows Azure. What is CloudPoll? CloudPoll is Live, hosted on Windows Azure, and ready for…


How To, Getting Started Videos for Developers

Windows Azure Windows Azure Platform Training Course The Windows Azure Platform Training Course includes a comprehensive set of technical content including samples, demos, hands-on labs, and presentations that are designed to expedite the learning process for the set of technologies released as part of the Windows Azure Platform. Everything You Need to Know About Azure…


Microsoft Offers Political TownHall Software for Windows Azure

Microsoft is offering TownHall, a new Windows Azure-hosted engagement platform that fosters, moderates and houses conversations between groups. TownHall is an ideal tool for politicians and other public officials (among others) who want to host online social experiences that drive richer discussion around top interests and concerns with the American public. TownHall allows you to…


patterns & practices Releases Enterprise Library 5

The patterns & practices team has released version 5 of the Microsoft Enterprise Library. This major release of Enterprise Library contains many compelling new features and updates that will make developers more productive. These include: Major architectural refactoring that provides improved testability and maintainability through full support of the dependency injection style of development Dependency…


PHP Developers Get SDK for SQL Server Reporting Services

A new software developer kit (SDK) helps PHP developers work get new business intelligence capabilities with a free SQL Server Reporting Services SDK for PHP. The SDK works all editions of SQL Server including the free SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services edition, featuring the SQL Server 2008 database and graphical administration tools and…