My notes from the Windows Phone 8 announcement

Note: the first few screenshots were low quality, the later images are fine once the connection improved. I’ll update the images once the session is downloadable

Summary

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Windows 8 developer camp companion application + source code

I put aside a few hours over the weekend and created a companion application for the “Windows 8 developer camps” that are currently running all around Australia. http://www.lalaninja.com.au/2012/03/19/windows-8-developer-camps-australia/

It only took a few hours to throw something simple together for the attendees. The application provides some basic features to help out on the day

  • Daily schedule
  • Dates
  • XDDN details. So that attendees can continue with their Windows 8 learning
  • Links to online Windows 8 developer resources
  • Links to source code of the demos I gave in my presentations (submitted in pending app update)

Download the Windows Phone 7 marketplace right now
http://www.windowsphone.com/en-AU/apps/1a7853b1-1d2c-4d1c-9ba1-6d709053eced

I have made the source code available for anyone that wants to see how a simple app can be put together in only a few hours and submitted to the marketplace.
https://github.com/DavidBurela/Windows8DeveloperCampPhoneApplication

scheduleXDDN informationonline resources

By David Burela

XDDN around Australia

To try and streamline the XDDN groups around Australia, I have been working with the organisers of the other cities to create a few central locations for everything.
For those unfamiliar with XDDN, it is a usergroup I run that focuses on UX, Design and Development on Microsoft UI platforms. Such as Win8, WinPhone7, HTML5, etc.

The main reason for moving everything to Meetup is that it allows everyone to easily see upcoming events and get automatically notified when new events are created.
Having XDDN on Meetup.com also supports my other goals of getting more people involved with their local development communities. Joining the groups will allow you to easily find other local groups that you may want to attend, such as Agile or Alt.Net groups.
Please join the group for your city, as the old event sites (such as EventBrite) will be slowly decommissioned over the next few weeks.

Community report–Melbourne SDDN April

I am now in charge of organising the speakers for the Melbourne http://sddn.org.au group (Silverlight Designer and Developer Network).

This month I arranged for three speakers to present:

  • David Glover (@dglover) – Windows Phone 7 social View Template
  • Cristian Prieto (@cprieto) – Creating plugins for Expression Blend
  • Chris Walshie (@ChrisWalshie) – Upcoming features in Windows Phone 7 Mango update

David Glover showed a new Windows Phone 7 template that has released on codeplex. It allows anyone to very quickly put together a Windows Phone 7 app that aggregates data feeds (RSS, Twitter, etc.). This means that you can create an application that displays the latest news from your business, or perhaps a sports team. The template is available at http://socialviewer.codeplex.com/

David’s session was recorded and can be viewed below (8 minutes)

Glover also created a screencast after the event that can be viewed here

 

Cristian Prieto’s session explained the basics of creating a plugin for Expression Blend. The session was recorded but not online yet. Here is a link to an old blog post of mine that explains how to get started and configure Visual Studio for creating plugins. https://davidburela.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/guide-to-creating-expression-blend-3-addins/

Chris Walshie gave a slideshow presentation explaining the new features that are in the upcoming Windows Phone 7 update, codename Mango. He attended Mix11 so was able to tell us all about

  • Background workers
  • Multiple live tiles
  • Deep linking into your applications
  • Changes to the push notifications
  • etc.

By David Burela

My notes from PDC10 day 1 Keynote

Overview

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

Other links

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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.

Location

Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place
Southbank
Melbourne, Victoria 3006

5:30pm onwards

Abstract

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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