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The new HTML standard is part of a proliferation of challenges and opportunities that developers face today: Browser Wars v2.0 Going back 10 years ago, Internet Explorer could claim 95% of the browser market (http://en.wikipedia.org/wi... Today you have to include IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari to get past the 95% support mark (http://marketshare.hitslin... And this only includes desktop browsers! Safari, the Android browser and Opera all have strong market shares in the mobile/tablet ...
Disclaimer Firstly, I must come clean, I work for a digital music company which is involved in digital music streaming and downloads. In no way are the views expressed are the views of the company for which I work. They are merely the subjective views of an atypical music consumer. I say atypical because despite being over 40, I seek out new bands on the radio, using listen again on 6Music and BBC Introducing programmes, such as Christian Carlisle’s excellent BBC Sheffield programme. I make an effort ...
Todays's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Windows Mobile Game Development"This book will provide you with a comprehensive guide to developing games for both the Windows Mobile platform and the Windows Phone using the industry standard programming languages C# and VB .NET." ...
Demostration of Windows 8 Lots of great stuff going on with Windows 7 installs Touch First, Mouse Second – Wow, that is going to be interesting Demo of a netbook from two years ago running Windows 8 using only 380mb of RAM, nice. Steven even said it was his daily use machine for a year, Microsoft needs to buy him a nicer machine. Windows 8 Start still feels like Windows Mobile and Windows Media Center had a child We decided every time they said “SUPER”, we are drinking They are very nervous and the ...
Fellow Techies of the world.. Welcome! In this obligatory first post I want to just tell you a little about myself and what I intend to do with this blog. I’ve worked in fits and starts on a tech blog before so I’m happy to be a part of the GeeksWithBlogs community now and make it my new home. Let’s begin at the beginning… Sometime back in 1995 my dad (who has worked with computer pretty much since there have been computers) brought home 2 books. Visual Basic 4 and Visual C++ 4 (For Beginners). I ...
The title of this blog post is a lie. I don't actually love MFC C++, in fact I think it's safe to say I hate it. Hate may actually not be a strong enough word... but it's the best I can do at the moment. Recently, I had the pleasure of having to come up with a printing solution for Windows Mobile 6.5 devices. For those of you not in the know (which until recently included yours truly) there's no printing capability in Mobile IE 6. As in... NONE. There's no print option hiding on a menu somewhere, ...
Billy Hollis, my Visual Studio Live! colleague and fellow Microsoft Regional Director said recently, and I am paraphrasing, that the computing world, especially on the consumer side, has shifted from one of building hardware and software that makes things possible to do, to building products and technologies that make things easy to do. Billy crystalized things perfectly, as he often does. In this new world of “easy to do,” Apple has done very well and Microsoft has struggled. In the old world, customers ...
Note: I am currently in the process of relocating my blog from http://www.geekswithblogs.n... to my new address at http://www.techtwaddle.net I suggest you point your feed readers to the new address as I slowly transition to my new shared-hosted, ad-free wordpress blog :) You probably remember my rant from a while back about my windows mobile developer account having problems with the new AppHub, well, there have been few developments and I thought I should share it with you. First up, ...
So what happens when you need to build an application that works on a variety of mobile platforms that need to work offline from a backend database? This is the situation I’ve found myself working on a proof of concept application, that needs to use a common data store on SQL Azure. The mobile application, needs to periodically synchronise to this data store but importantly work offline. Microsoft have done just this with Microsoft Sync. Services 4.0 CTP. Just watch this http://player.microsoftpdc.... ...
Todays Apress $10 deal of the the day is: Windows Mobile Game Development: Building games for the Windows Phone and other mobile devices This book will provide you with a comprehensive guide to developing games for both the Windows Mobile platform and the Windows Phone using the industry standard programming languages C# and VB.NET. $49.99 | Published Apr 2010 | The book dates from the VS2005/VS2008 era but should still be useful to VS2010 developers. Given that such games development can now be ...
I’m just back from the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). I go to CES to get a sense of what Microsoft is doing in the consumer space, and how people are reacting to it. When I first went to CES 2 years ago, Steve Ballmer announced the beta of Windows 7 at his keynote address, and the crowd went wild. When I went again last year, everyone was hoping for a Windows tablet announcement at the Ballmer keynote. Although they didn’t get one (unless you count the unreleased HP Slate running Windows 7), ...
I was working on an application at work when I needed to figure out a really trivial case, well, trivial in theory at least. All I wanted to know was if a button was completely inside a rectangle. Could anything else be simpler you think. Just check the button bounds against the rectangle bounds, pseudocode if (Button.Top > Rectangle.Top && Button.Left > Rectangle.Left && Button.Right < Rectangle.Right && Button.Bottom < Rectangle.Bottom) { //Button is inside rectangle ...
Please buy XP Tablet edition - Steve Balmer, 2002 Recently there was a story on PC world explaining why tablet computing hasn't been successful with businesses despite the fact that hospitals, the sales industry and delivery services have been begging for tablets forever. Their explaination is that Apple's iPad gave users the freedom to figure out what to do with the tablets rather than force them into certain usage scenarios. Wrong. iPad was successful and tablets were not for one simple reason: ...
I just got my first WP7 (an LG Quantum) about ten hours ago. Since then I’ve explored it, played games on it, registered it as a dev phone, deployed my project that’s nearest to completion and tested that, taken some pictures, transferred some essential albums to it, downloaded some apps and some trials, and setup my twitter account and several email accounts both standard and custom. Between one thing and another, I never had a chance to use an actual phone until now. So I’ve been running on pure ...
It’s been a while since my last post so I thought I’ll write a filler. Forgive me but I’m going to start off with some rant. My windows mobile marketplace account hasn’t been accessible for a couple of weeks now. Every time I try logging in I get this annoying error which says, “WE’RE SORRY. AN ERROR HAS OCCURRED. We encountered an issue connecting your App Hub account with your Xbox Live Profile. Please visit Xbox.com and update your contact information. After you have updated your contact information, ...
La mensajería es ya una aplicación crítica para cualquier empresa, pero disponer de una solución adecuada no es sencillo. Los requisitos regulatorios cada vez son más complejos. La fusión y diversificación de actividades requiere de un ajuste rápido de la capacidad. Cada vez es necesario tener mayor conocimiento y experiencia en la tecnología y el balance entre el comprar o construir está cambiando. Una solución atractiva a este reto es el Microsoft® Exchange Online, un servicio de mensajería de ...
La primera tarea en la preparación para un despliegue BPOS es garantizar la compatibilidad de la plataforma con todos los dispositivos cliente. En cuanto al software, el sistema operativo es bastante simple: Windows XP (Professional o Tablet Edition, tanto SP2), Windows Vista (Business, Enterprise, Ultimate o Home, todos los Service Pack 1), o MacOS X 10.5. Para aquellos curiosos sobre el manejo de dominio utilizando Vista Home, BPOS no sincroniza sus credenciales con el Dominio de Windows, conservando ...
I was lucky enough to be nominated to receive the Windows Phone 7 from a representative at Microsoft. The phone that was given to me was the LG GW910. Please note that this phone is not mine, it’s going back in a couple of weeks. The review of the phone below is my personal opinion. Keep reading to find out if I’m actually going to buy one and to see other screen shots. Back to the phone, the first thing that I did was remove the sim card from my iPhone 3G and drop it into the WP7. It immediately ...
One of the things I really wanted to do lately was to get SQL Azure, OData, and Windows Phone 7 working together; in essence, expose SQL Azure data using the OData protocol and consume that data on a Windows Mobile Phone 7 device. This blog will explain how to do just that. This example is also in our SQL Azure book in a bit more detail, but with the push for WP7 I thought I'd give a sneak-peak here. You will first need to download and install a couple of things, the first of which is the OData client ...
Recently, I had to hard reset my HTC Touch phone running Windows Mobile 6.1. Post that, I couldn’t connect my Touch with the PC using Active Sync (Windows Mobile Device Center). That is, WMDC stopped popping up, when plugging the phone through USB. I was troubleshooting and thought that WMDC might have been corrupted and went ahead and removed it. I reinstalled, did soft reset of the phone, restarted the machine and did everything that I could see in some forums. The phone would be detected by the ...
If you follow me on twitter then this should not be news to you, the Mobile Minesweeper game that I’ve been working on (and off) forever has finally made it to marketplace and is available for download. There were a few surprises for me in store during the entire process. First, the amount of time it took for the app to be approved, one attempt and one working day! And second, the number of downloads! The app has been downloaded over 10,000 times since I made it available on the marketplace 10 days ...
Long ago, in the mid and late-90s, the mobile device market was a bit different from today’s. Palm led the PDA category, with monochrome devices that operated offline, until the Palm VII and its ultra-slow Internet service came out. The Palm VII was all the rage amongst early-adopters…I even bought the erstwhile publisher of Visual Studio Magazine’s predecessor one and shipped it to him, because they were available in New York, but not in the Bay Area, where he was. Then a Canadian company called ...
One of the biggest features that I always heard about with the iPhone is it has an App for everything. Must suck to be an iPhone developer right about now with everything having been created already. Sure looks like it’s a great time to get in on building Apps for Windows Mobile or more specific the Windows Phone 7 device even. In fact you only have to visit the Mobile App Match site to learn what people want and what some of the Devs are creating even. I think this site can be a great source of ...
I came across this by accident the other day and thought it was really neat. So I wanted to share it to help karma balance my last post (more on that at the end). As I’m sure you know, Silverlight apps install automatically in the application menu. For XNA games, you need to use this handy workaround. Once you do, after you’ve deployed your app or game, it stays installed for the duration of the emulator session. “Yes, yes, we all know that,” you say. Ah, but did you know you could tile your app? ...
I’ve been syncing my calendars for years. If you’re interested in why I am using Google, then read the history section, otherwise skip down to the how to section of this post. History For past six years or so, I’ve been using Plaxo to synchronize my calendar and contacts between my work computer and my home computer. My work computers have been Windows XP/Vista/7 with Outlook 2003/2007/2010, so I used the Plaxo Outlook Toolbar to sync calendars and contacts. At home, our main family computer has ...
In this Issue: Ian Walker, Delordson Kallon, Anton Polimenov, Gill Cleeren, Tau Sick, Colin Eberhardt, Kunal Chowdhury, Jag Reehal, Rob Eisenberg, Shawn Wildermuth, Alex Yakhnin, Slobodan Pavkov, and Deborah Kurata. Shoutouts: Jeremy Alles has an MVVM comparison chart up that's very complete: MVVM Frameworks Explorer updated be sure to let him know if something is missing No discussion or code, but this demo code shares between Silverlight and WP7: Shove HalfPenny (Shove Ha'penny) New and untested: ...
A couple of weeks ago I went out and bought myself a HTC HD2. Yes, the 4.3inch monster running windows mobile, probably the best windows mobile device ever; this one running Windows Mobile 6.5. Did you just wince in pain on hearing windows mobile? Well, if it makes you feel any better let me assure you that I’ll buy a Windows Phone 7 device as soon as one is available in market. Ok? I haven’t tweaked around with it too much yet but this week I had some time to look into the accelerometer. The Accelerometer ...
On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that their short-lived social networking-oriented phone, Kin, was being discontinued. I’m glad. In a post I wrote over a month ago, I implored Steve Ballmer to kill the product. I didn’t just do that because Kin 1 and 2 received terrible reviews; I had other reasons to distrust this product’s efficacy. The Kin team has been led by Roz Ho, whose title has been Corporate Vice President, Premium Mobile Experiences. During the development cycle for Kin, a.k.a. Project ...
*Moved to: Flashing your Windows Phone 6 for Dummies The rate at which vendors release new updates for the HD2 is ridiculously slow. You have to wait for Microsoft to release the new OS, then you wait for HTC to build it into a ROM, and then you have to wait up to 6 months for your operator to badly customise it for their network. Once Windows Phone 7 is released this problem should go away as Microsoft is likely to be able to update the phone over the air, but what do we do until then? I want Windows ...
Before you continue reading this post, a suggestion; if you haven’t read “Programming Windows Phone 7 Series” by Charles Petzold, go read it. Now. If you find 150+ pages a little too long, at least go through Chapter 5, Principles of Movement, especially the section “A Brief Review of Vectors”. This post is largely inspired from this chapter. At this point I assume you know what vectors are, how they are represented using the pair (x, y), what a unit vector is, and given a vector how you would normalize ...
So, is being a Game Developer any different from being an IT Developer? I picture a poorly lit environment where I get to purchase my own desk lamp; I'm thinking one of those huge lava lamps that pump out so much heat you could fry an egg on it. To my right: a "great wall" of empty coke cans dwarf me. Eating my last slice of pizza I look across my desk to see a fellow developer with a smug look on his face; he's just coded his latest module for the game and it looks like he's in nirvana. My duty, ...
This past Monday, April 12th, Visual Studio 2010 was launched. And on that same day, Microsoft also launched a new line of mobile phone handsets, called Kin. The two product launches are actually connected, but only by what they do not have in common, and what they commonly lack. On the former point: VS 2010 had released to manufacturing a couple weeks prior to its launch. The Kin phones, meanwhile are not yet available. We don’t even know what they will cost. (And I think cost will be a major factor ...
Thanks to everyone who could make it to what turned out to be an excellent SBUG event. First some thanks to: Speakers: Anthony Cooper and Elton Stoneman Host: The various people at Hitachi who helped to organise and arrange the venue. Session 1 - Getting up and running with Windows Mobile and the Windows Azure Service Bus In this session Anthony discussed some considerations for using Windows Mobile and the Windows Azure Service Bus from a real-world project which Hitachi have been working on with ...
I have now had my iPad for a little over a week. In that time, Apple introduced the world to its iPhone OS 4 (and the SDK agreement’s draconian new section 3.3.1), HP introduced is Slate, and Microsoft got ready to launch Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0. And through it all I have used my iPad. I've used it for email, calendar, controlling my Sonos, and writing an essay. I've used it for getting on TripIt and Twitter, and surfing the Web. I've used it for online banking, and online ordering and delivery ...
For those of you who missed the chat today, here is the raw transcript. By raw, I mean that I copied and pasted the discussion without any edits. This is divided into two parts, the top part is the answers from the Microsoft Experts and the bottom part is the questions from the audience. Answers from Microsoft: Karel Danihelka [MS] (Expert)[2010-3-30 12:2]: Hi everyone, my name is Karel Danihelka and I am developer in partner response team. Sing Wee [MS] (Expert)[2010-3-30 12:2]: Hi, I'm Sing Wee, ...
Another great opportunity to ask Microsoft engineers your technical questions is coming up on Tuesday, March 30th. These chats are your opportunity to get advice and answers from the engineers at Microsoft. You may want to review the transcript from last month to get an idea about what kind of topics are discussed. Title: Windows CE Live Chat! When: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time Add to Calendar Description: Do you have tough technical questions regarding Windows CE or Windows ...
This blog is the result of a fellow twitter, @CraigHawker, mentioning that he was not allowed to run CTP tools on his development workstation at work. I decided to perform a quick investigation of running the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP under VMWare Player. I decided upon VMWare as in the release notes for Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP it mentions that it is not supported under VirtualPC or Hyper-V. Some developers (like Craig) have policies where ‘no non-production code’ can be installed ...
If you haven’t spent the last week in the middle of the Sahara desert or traveling on a sled in the north pole area you should have heard something about the launch of Windows Phone 7 Series (or Windows Phone Series 7, or Windows Series Phone 7 or something like that). Even if you are in the middle of the desert or somewhere around the north pole you may have been reached by the news, since it seems that WP7S (using the full name will kill my available bandwidth!) is generating a lot of buzz in the ...

Attention Windows Mobile developers:

It has been confirmed by Microsoft Corp. that Windows Phone 7 devices will not run applications written for the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system or earlier.

I think this is significant enough news that may need your planning for your software future releases re-thought.

The announcement was found here.

In this post we'll look at the AlphaBlend() api and how it can be used for semi-transparent blitting. AlphaBlend() takes a source device context and a destination device context (DC) and combines the bits in such a way that it gives a transparent effect. Follow the links for the msdn documentation. So lets take a image like, and AlphaBlend() it on our window. The code to do so is below, (under the WM_PAINT message of WndProc) HBITMAP hBitmap=NULL, hBitmapOld=NULL; HDC hMemDC=NULL; BLENDFUNCTION bf; ...
If you are interested in the building mobile applications or have been in the past you might want to check out this blog post: Charlie Kindel - Different Means Better with the new Windows Phone Developer Experience What does this mean? Let me take some out takes and highlight them for you. It won’t come as a surprise to many to learn that the Windows Phone 7 developer experience builds upon the following GIANTS (among others): .NET Silverlight XNA platform Microsoft’s developer tools Web 2.0 standards ...
Liveside.net and Mary Jo Foley are reporting that rumors of Live Mesh’s death are greatly exaggerated. That’s excellent, as far as I’m concerned. Mesh is a good product, and it would be a huge pain if I had to switch to something else were Redmond to kill it. Meanwhile, I continue to find it fascinating how many sync standards Microsoft has across its product set. Here’s a list of them (excluding Live Sync and Live Mesh), and I’m betting it’s not comprehensive. Can you think of others?: ActiveSync ...
Late notice Another great opportunity to ask Microsoft engineers your technical questions is coming up on Tuesday, February 23rd. These chats are your opportunity to get advice and answers from the engineers at Microsoft. You may want to review Transcript Archive to get an idea about what kind of topics are discussed. Title: Windows CE Live Chat! When: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time Add to Calendar Description: Do you have tough technical questions regarding Windows CE ...
If you remember Fun with menus! Part I, then you'll also remember that we were able to get two different popup menus on the left and the right softkeys. Morin Marco contacted me through the same post and via email, explaining that the code wasn't working for him. We had a few mail exchanges and exchanges on the post too. It wasn't clear why the same code wasn't working for him, until he sent the screen shots of his problem. Turns out he was trying the code on the latest emulator, Windows Mobile 6.5.3. ...

The Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Developer Toolkit (DTK) is finally out. You can download both the professional and standard images from here. Note that this is again a DTK, not a SDK, so you will need Windows Mobile 6 SDK already installed on your machine if you want to make use of the new DTK.

…or an excuse to write about my cool new phone. I got a new phone this past week. One which I think is really cool, but before I talk about it, I want stroll through the previous cell phones I’ve owned. Almost nine years ago, my wife and I bought a pair of cell phones. These were our first phones, and the excuse to get them was that my wife was pregnant with our first child at the time. We thought it might be useful to have cell phones so she could get a hold of me if or when something was up. The ...
This is a very exciting release for a lot of people. I certainly enjoy using it. Read an FAQ here. You can download it here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... I want to remind you that Windows Mobile development until further notice is not included in the early previews of VS2010. Please continue to use VS2008 for mobile development. We are all patiently waiting until MIX10 conference to hear more about the Mobile Developer Tools story. Be assured that Windows Phone/Mobile development ...
I recently conducted a small poll and it turns out that SQL Mobile is the most requested topic (see ongoing voting results here). So in this tutorial, we will cover how to create a SQL Mobile database for the PDA or emulator. Having seen the SQL Server Express (mentioned here), let's now look at SQL Mobile. Being the successor of SQL Server CE 2.0, SQL Mobile is Microsoft's lightweight database server that has a small enough footprint (~1.5MB) to fit and run smoothly in a Pocket PC device. It is ...
Paulo's blog mentioned about this MSDN magazine article on Windows Mobile Gestures by Marcus Perryman. The article explains about gestures, the design considerations that went in while implementing it, the physics engine and a few tips and tricks. And don't miss the two part series, Let's talk about Touch, by Marcus Perryman, its a good read too. Links Going Places - Gesture Magic Let's talk about Touch - Part I Let's talk about Touch - Part II ...
1. Create your Windows Mobile Project 2. From Visual Studio, Right Click on your Solution > Add > New Project 3. Select Other Project Types > Setup and Deployment > Smart Device CAB Project 4. Name your Smart Device Cab Project accordingly 5. You will then have two projects in your solution 6. You now need to add the output from your application project to the CAB project 7. Right click on HelloWorldInstall > Add > Project Output 8. Select the Application Project and Primary Output ...