Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7, by Charles Petzold

In case you didn’t see this, it’s a free downloadable pdf format ebook, including source code samples:  


Love Windows Phone 7? Got a Mac? Then read this

The beta of the Windows Phone 7 connector for Mac is available to download here: It basically allows synchronization music, videos, podcasts and photos from iTunes and iPhoto to your phone. I’m sure this will make some people quite happy 🙂


Professional Developers Conference – Live from the Microsoft Redmond Campus this Friday!

The Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) kicks off this Friday (29 October) morning and we would like to invite you to participate in this year conference LIVE in New Zealand. This year’s PDC online event will include live streaming of the keynote, as well as concurrent live streaming of all sessions. No registration is required….


Windows Phone 7 Challenge: Nearly finished!

And I’m very keen to see what people have been building. Feel free to drop me an e-mail with your phone app details, videos, comments or questions: Good luck! 🙂


Important correction about ordering your WP7 on internet, please read.

Hi, An important correction since lots of people asked this specific question: If you want to be one of the first buyers in the world, you can order it from the internet from 12:01, BUT the phone will be shipped to you, not delivered right away in that case. Please keep that in mind. Now…


Kiwis will be the first in the world to be able to buy Windows Phone 7!

If you didn’t know that yet, it’s now confirmed! So if you want to be one of the first in the world, the day is tomorrow (Thursday, 21st of October) and the time is 12:01am. You can do it from Vodafone website ( If you do so, the phone will be shipped to you. The option…


Help! Can’t unlock my Windows Phone 7, can’t deploy my XAP file, or can’t run my app!

Don’t panic! Usually these issues are very easy to fix:  1-Zune software isn’t installed or wrong version: Usually if this is the case, when you plug your phone’s USB cable, Windows won’t recognize it. Check if your Zune software is 04.07.1404.00 or above that. 2-Zune software detects the phone but it says it can’t connect to…


First kiwi application on MarketPlace!

Record this date: 14th of October, 2010. A (not so) small step for a team, and a huge step for New Zealand: The first kiwi made app is just there, and free! The application is “The official all blacks app” and you can download to your Windows Phone 7 for free (well, when you have your…


Why my Trade Me application can’t update the watch list?

Shame on me for not reading the API documentation. In my defense, I didn’t have much time anyway! (Will keep using this excuse until the end of the days) 🙂 If you downloaded my sample application, you found that my request token URL was looking like this: public static string RequestToken = “”; It turns…


Building localized applications for Windows Phone

If you are building localized applications for Windows Phone you should read this article before submitting your app to Marketplace: Basically there are things to keep in mind when it comes to using the AppRes.DLL and MUI files, so avoid further issues with app certification by preparing your application according to the article’s guidance…