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May 2011 Entries

The GeeksWithBlogs Reader app for Windows Phone 7 is now available in the marketplace. This is still very much a 1.0 product, but it's free and I'm continuing to tweak it and add stuff to it, so if you have a windows phone, please give it a download and let me know what you think. ......

I'm running into some bizarre behavior with JavaScript in Mobile IE 6. I have an ASP.NET MVC 3 Web App, designed primarily for Mobile IE6 (WinMo 6.5 devices) I have 2 Session variables. The first one simply contains a "0" or "1" and I can access it by doing something like this in JavaScript: var lbType = '<%= HttpContext.Current.Session... %>'; I can use it, display it in an alert, whatever... that works, no problem. The other session variable is also a string, but is a bit longer (roughly ......

Overall, this year has been a pretty good TechEd. I’ve always thought ‘05 & ‘08 (both in Orlando) were the best I’ve attended and ‘10 was probably my least favorite (this was more due to the weather than anything.) This one is right in the middle, maybe leaning towards good rather than bad. There’s a lot of really excellent content on Windows Phone and Azure, plenty of interesting side events (including the WP7 Hackathon – which overall was awesome.) The facilities are nice and OMG huge. Until ......

If you’re at Tech Ed, be sure to stop by the GeeksWithBlogs Tech Ed Blogger Hub and say hi. Jeff & John have done a phenomenal job of setting up a great place to chill and do some blogging. I’ll be here most of the week when I’m not hitting Windows Phone dev sessions. If you don’t know how to find the Blogger Hub, it’s really quite easy. Enter the Expo Hall from any point, turn left and keep walking until you can’t go any farther. We’re right next to the big stage ......

In case you missed it, the Windows Phone Hackathon was last night. TechEd attendees and community folks from around Atlanta showed up to get some free training on Windows Phone development (Silverlight, XNA, Azure) and have some Q&A with various subject matter experts (and free help with their projects.) We had a really good turnout, with most people in the Silverlight room learning about making apps. We had a few folks in the XNA room, some who were brand new to XNA and others who were already ......

I'm a fan of pretty much all kinds of music, but certain types of music really resonate with me. For most of my adult(?) life, I've been a huge Danzig fan. I've seen them play live at least 5 times and have managed to collect a few backstage passes, guitar picks, tshirts, etc over the years... along with buying everything they've ever released, for better or worse. Mostly, I'm a fan of the first three albums and the Demonsweat Live EP. After that, there were too many lineup changes and musical direction ......

Windows Phone 7 Unleashed Hackathon Monday, May 16, 2011 6:00p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Register: Don't miss this opportunity to get hands on help with your Windows Phone 7 app, from the experts! This is a "hands on" hackathon where you will learn from Windows Phone 7, XNA and Azure experts how to build, scale and publish your Windows Phone 7 app or game. If you are just a beginner, or already have apps in the Marketplace this event will should not be missed. BYO Laptop! RSVP ......

You guys know I'm all about Windows Phone 7 these days, and being a self-proclaimed recovering social media addict, I found this to be a pretty interesting tool. Give it a download, try it out and let me know what you think! Once I've had a chance to play with it some more, I'll post some more comprehensive thoughts on it. From the site: If you want to jump start your Windows Phone application development, why not download the Social Viewer template available at http://socialviewer.codeple... ......

Looks like I'm going to TechEd 2011, thanks to and all of you that helped get me there by clinking the Tech Ed link in my previous posts. I'm really looking forward to going, and I wouldn't be if not for your help, so seriously... THANKS!! If you're going too, hit me up on Twitter (@ChrisGWilliams) or Facebook ( or maybe catch me at the INETA booth or the Blogger Hub (run by the fine folks at GWB.) ......