My notes from PDC10 day 1 Keynote


Keynote 1

  • New IE9 preview out. No real news apart from they are putting a lot of emphasis on HTML5
  • There is a new profiling tool for Windows Phone 7!
  • New OData SDK

Keynote 2

All about Azure

  • Extra small instance ($0.05/hour)
  • Remote desktop
  • New “Virtual Machine” role. Take a Windows Server 2008 R2 image and upload
  • Enhancements to Azure Access Control Service. Can federate authentication to Facebook, Google, Yahoo, etc.
  • App fabric caching available
  • New Azure app composition service

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I’m presenting on Windows Phone 7 at the Melbourne Mobile SIG

I’ve done a few presentations on Windows Phone 7 now. I still haven’t processed and uploaded my talk on Metro UI concepts, but I’ll get it up next month.

I am doing another presentation next week in Melbourne, this time I convinced Jarred Sargent to join me as a co-presenter.


Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place
Melbourne, Victoria 3006

5:30pm onwards


Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft’s latest approach at the mobile phone market. It is a drastic shift away from their previous attempts at trying to bring Windows XP feel into the palm of your hand. The entire WP7 experience has been standardised to follow the “Metro” theme which embraces concepts such as discoverability, content over chrome, and touch as the primary input (without the fiddly stylus). Microsoft do not actually create these phones themselves, they create the software and hardware manufacturers produce the phones. Similar to how Google does it with Android.

Join David Burela & Jarred Sargent as they give an overview of what the Windows Phone 7 platform is and how to get started with it.

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Microsoft TechEd 2010 Keynote – Deck of Secrets screenshots

Update: the apps have since been released to the app store

This is just a quick blog post to share the screenshots of my Windows Phone 7 application that was shown during the Australia TechEd 2010 Keynote.

I am currently working with to get this application ready for the launch of Windows Phone 7. I only started coding this around a week ago, which is great confirmation of how productive the Windows Phone 7 tools are to work with.

Note: These are screenshots of early development.


By David Burela

Community Report: Hobart.Net usergroup (Windows Azure & Windows Phone 7 Series)

On Friday 16th July, I headed down to Hobart to present at the Hobart.Net usergroup.

It was a good turn out for a Friday afternoon and Christopher Baker as usual had organised a great venue for the event to be held at. It was hosted at the Hobart casino in a members only bar that was booked just for us. The catering provided by the casino was great, there was a nice selection of hot finger food available.

For my talk I spent the first 1.5 hours doing a lap around Windows Azure.

  • I explained the fundamentals of cloud computing
  • What the vision of Window Azure is
  • the basic building blocks available with Windows Azure
  • some code demos
  • How to deploy to Azure
  • how to change the number of instance and deploy new versions

After that initial talk, I then did an hour talk on Windows Phone 7 series

  • What Windows phone 7 series is
  • The programming models available
  • Some code demos
  • I showed Beachy and explained how I had built it
  • Showed some design time data tricks with Expression Blend

By David Burela

Beachy – Runner up Windows Phone 7 application at Bizspark camp

The Windows Phone 7 camp

I spent the last 3 days at the “Windows Phone 7 applications camp” run by Microsoft Bizspark Australia It was a great event and was run well by the organisers.

On Friday David Glover and Nick Randolph helped everyone get the tools installed on their own laptops, then let everybody run through the Windows Phone 7 training kit. Saturday & Sunday were spent with the participants building concept applications that utilise Windows Phone 7.

Finally on Sunday afternoon, the applications were shown to a panel of judges. I was ok with showing my application publically as I wanted to get feedback on the idea, and I was able to record it. Unfortunately the other participants wanted to show their applications privately to the judges so I am unable to comment on what they built and was unable to record their presentations.


Beachy is an application that advises Sydney residents if it is safe to swim at their local beaches. I geocoded 43 beaches around the greater Sydney area, I then bring in data from 6 separate XML feeds from the NSW government that report on dangers at the beaches. All of it is then shown on a Bing maps overlay. GPS in the phone allows the application to show the user where they currently are allowing them to see if the beaches around them are safe to go to.

Detailed information about each beach would also be available to the user such as wind speed/direction and wave height. This would allow recreational users such as surfers or people sailing to decide which beach would have the optimal conditions for them.

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The presentation

I decided to upload my presentation because I go into detail for the reasoning behind my UI decisions such as button placement and colour schemes. I thought that this might be useful for anyone else trying to make Windows Phone 7 applications. I also left in the feedback from the judges as they had some good advice.

The video is in 1080p so feel free to watch it full screen

Beachy – Runner up at Bizspark camp from David Burela on Vimeo.

By David Burela