D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

October 2010 Entries

Free Programming WP7 E-Book from MS Press

Microsoft Press is giving away Charles Petzold’s new Programming Windows Phone 7 book! This isn’t just a short intro-type book either. 24 chapters and over 1000 pages, this is a huge piece of Windows Phone 7 steak. You can download the e-book and the associated code examples from the MS Press blog here.



Adventures in WP7 – Pin To Start Image Madness!!!

One of the items I got hit with in my initial WP7 app rejection was that my “Pin-To-Start image didn’t match with the rest of the icons”. Hmm, come to think of it I never did test that. So I tried it out. To pin an app, you hold down until you get the menu below, then you pin it to the start screen. After I did this, I saw a big blue box where my app logo should have gone. So that’s what they were talking about. Now, my image is set in my project’s properties page… …but maybe because I was messing ......

Invent Your Job, Don’t Look For One

There was a quote in The Social Network last night that struck me. I can’t remember it verbatum, but it sounded like the title of this blog post: Invent your job, don’t look for one. The context of The Social Network movie of course is Harvard students who create a revolution in social media and earn crazy money in the process. It’s a similar pattern to another software company from a few decades ago called Microsoft (interestingly, there’s a scene where Bill Gates is doing a presentation at Harvard ......

Adventures with Windows Phone 7 – REJECTION!

I submitted my math flash-card app today, and less than 24 hours I have a response! Very fast indeed. Unfortunately, the response was a big *FAIL*. However, this is a good opportunity to show what the process looks like when things don’t go well when submitting an app to the marketplace. So first off, when you review your application and its status, you’ll see this: “Testing failed” is in the Status column, and the drop list in the Action column has an option to “View test results”. Ok, let’s see ......

Review of The Social Network

Every creation myth needs a devil. That’s a line from The Social Network, the movie about how Facebook came to be, shining the spotlight on its CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In this creation myth though, there is no one devil and nobody plays the saviour role. Instead we see a whole lot of grey. This surprised me, as earlier reviews that I had read seemed to suggest this was heavy on the anti-Zuckerberg camp and not so flattering for Mark. But I didn’t find this to be the case. Instead we see, beyond the ......

Get Your Special Edition WP7 User Group Kit!

Microsoft is making available user group kits around Windows Phone 7! You get everything you need to put on that special WP7 event: USB drive loaded with “everything you need to put on a fun and informative event” 5 USB drives for your group, containing templates and tools to get started developing apps. Swag including t-shirts, WP7 eGrips and Neoprene phone holders. There’s a limited quantity available, so head over to the site below to order your kit today! http://ms.kpcorp.com/wp7eve... ......

Speaking at Microsoft TechDays Winnipeg

Microsoft TechDays has been rolling through Canada over the last few months, and we’re coming up to the Winnipeg stop on the tour December 7 – 8! I’m going to be presenting two sessions at this year’s event: Building Web Forms Applications Made Easier with ASP.NET 4 and New IDE and Language Features in Microsoft VS.NET 2010 Using Visual Basic and C# I also have a local flavours track submission in for telling my own development story around Windows Phone 7 (which, if you’ve been following my blog, ......

SDEC10 Is In The Books!

For the second year in a row, my employer Protegra entrusted myself and my colleague Ryan Caliguiri to put on the Software Development and Evolution Conference here in Winnipeg. Last year we did a one day event with 15 sessions featuring mainly Protegra presenters. This year we expanded it to two days, 24 sessions, and brought in speakers from various companies and from out of town. And from the surveys we collected, this was another hugely successful conference! A big thanks to the presenters for ......

Government Security Law in Cloud Computing is a Consideration, not an Excuse

Jennifer Kavur recently published an article on IT World Canada’s website stating “Don’t use the Patriot Act as an excuse.” Let me sum up the article: You shouldn’t worry about it because Canada has their own anti-terrorism act that is close to the Patriot Act, so really Canadians are under similar scrutiny. Data isn’t guaranteed to travel only in Canada and could cross over wires to the US, putting it under US laws (i.e. Patriot Act). So it could go there anyway. Canadian and US authorities share ......

Windows Phone 7 App Hub Launched

I posted just the other day about some intricacies with the Windows Phone marketplace. I got some intel that the info that was available was outdated and that the program had changed, but nothing official was available online yet. Well, now its official, and the changes are definitely developer friendly! Instead of it being just a phone marketplace, Microsoft has combined the Windows Phone and XBOX Live development programs under one program. Registering for the App Hub allows you to submit for both ......

Windows Phone 7 Launch – Thoughts and Canadian Availability

Just finished watching the Windows Phone 7 launch event that streamed live from NYC this morning. Was a great event that really set the stage for the platforms launch next month. My general thoughts are that the platform looks very promising and Microsoft is definitely leveraging lessons learned from Apple and Google’s phone offerings as well as the various platforms that they’ve developed (.NET, Silverlight, XNA, Zune, etc.). Of course, until people actually get their hands on the devices and put ......

Adventures with Windows Phone 7 – The Marketplace

With the upcoming announcements around Windows Phone 7, I thought now would be a good time to dive into the platform and see what its all about. For those thinking that writing apps for the WP7 platform would be like writing apps for any other platform, prepare for a reality check (unless you’ve written XNA apps for the XBOX Live marketplace…I’m assuming the process is somewhat similar). A key aspect of the WP7 experience is the Marketplace – a Microsoft controlled gateway to getting your mobile ......

Announcing the Prairie Developer Conference 2011!

This past June I put together a technology conference in Regina, SK, Canada called the Prairie Developer Conference. It was a huge success and I had a great time doing it. One of the lessons I learned from that experience was that you can never start planning too early for a conference event, which leads me to this announcement: The Prairie Developer Conference will be happening June 13 and 14 2011 in Regina! The planning is in the early stages right now, but if you’re interested in learning more ......