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Windows Phone, Surface, and Fanboydom

hd7I admit it, I don’t know if that last word in the title is real, but anyway. I’ve used a Windows Phone since betas of Windows Phone 7. Like some of you I have the question of whether to believe the new Microsoft’s lukewarm support for the platform. Will Win10 be the savior of the platform or final coffin nail? I don’t have an answer to that.

I like to think that all that time has given me perspective, but I am not sure that’s true. I liken myself to a detached observer, but the reality is that I own a Windows Phone, a Windows Laptop, an Xbox One (and 360 before it), a Microsoft Band, and I even have a Spot Watch somewhere in a box. Does that make me a fanboy? I hope not, but certainly not a detached observer with a honest perspective.

Where does that leave me? That’s for my readers to judge. I am sure it’s somewhere in the middle but certainly leaning towards being a Microsoft fanboy.

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Debugging PhoneGap with the Android Console

facepalm4If you build PhoneGap apps and test with the browser, moving to phones sometimes causes a boatload of problems. Because there isn't a great debugging story, being able to see the console window would be of great help.

My particular problem was that my JavaScript and CSS links weren't cased correctly. And it seems that the Android implementation is case sensitive (like most Linux implementations) but I couldn't even see what was wrong. Unfortunately the PhoneGap Build tools let's you use the console and interrogate the DOM but console log messages are lost. So I simply dropped down to the Android SDK.

I don't use the Android SDK for development of my PhoneGap apps. I have it installed because I did some early investigation into Android back about two years ago and it was still there. One great thing to say about Eclipse and the Android SDK is that they are simply file-based so when I pave, it still works (still on that drive taking up space). For me this was a lucky break as I needed it to access the console. So how does it work?

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My DotNetConf Talk on Mobile-First Design

Digital Tablet PC With Mobile Smart Phone IsolatedI had a great time at yesterday's online DotNetConf. I think my "Mobile-First Responsive Web Design" talk went pretty well. You can see the talk on YouTube (embedded below). The talk was focused on designing websites to be efficient on mobile platforms by starting with your design on a mobile and scaling up to tablets and desktops.

If you viewed my talk, you might be interested in the slides and source code. You can get them here:

You can view the talk here:

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Why Am I Excited about Windows Phone 8 SDK?

event_wp8_heroToday Microsoft is finally releasing the new Windows Phone 8 SDK. As I've been updating my Windows Phone book for this new incarnation of the device, I am excited that the SDK is finally going to be available for public consumption.

Even though the new phone has completely changed the underlying operation system to use the same WinRT sub-system that powers Windows 8, the basics of how to build apps on the phone is primarily the same. This means if you have experience building XAML-based projects, you should be right at home with Windows Phone 8.

A lot has been talked about the new Operating System and it's new tile layout and other features. But what I want to explain are the new developer features that I am excited about (in no specific order):

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How Copy/Paste Works on WP7-Nodo

Url: http://shawnw.me/fT1Y5v

Windows Phone 7

I was playing with my newly updated Windows Phone 7 (with the March 2011 - or so called NoDo update). While I can attest I can sense the speed increase, especially in games and in tombstoning of applications; the big feature is copy and paste on the phone.

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Phoney Tools v0.7 Released

Url: http://phoney.codeplex.com

Phoney Logo

We're marching towards MIX11 and the Phoney Tools will be ready. The new version is now available that includes a couple of new features and a few bug fixes.  The changes include:

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Phone Tools reaches Beta!

Url: http://phoney.codeplex.com

Phoney Tools

I am proud to announce the Beta version of the Phoney Tools. This version (v0.5) includes a few new features that are detailed below. The official release is still slated for MIX11!

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Review of my Windows Phone 7 (HTC HD7)

HTC HD7

I am pretty invested in the Windows Phone 7 and in that light I went ahead and got a phone at launch. I had a LG developer device that Microsoft got me to help me work on the book. While having an early device is really helpful, I was ready for an up-to-spec device. To get a device early, I left Verizon and moved to T-Mobile (for what its worth, AT&T is just more evil than the rest so I my hand was forced to T-Mobile). I went with the HTC HD7.  I took a leap of faith and actually pre-ordered the phone without getting my hands on it. But because this phone hardware was used for the Sprint Android Phone and the HD2 WinMo phone, I'd had a chance to see the other devices and liked the overall size and heft of the device.

The Phone

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Using OData with Windows Phone 7 SDK Beta

Url: http://wilderminds.blob.core.windows.net/downloads/wp7odatamovies.zip

Windows Phone 7

While I was giving my OData talk, someone asked about consuming OData on the WP7 phone. I had done this on the CTP earlier, but hadn't tried it during the beta. So I figured I'd look into it today. While this is still pretty easy to do, the tooling still isn't in place. This means that you can't simply do an "Add Service Reference" to a Windows Phone 7 project. Instead you have to follow these steps:

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Developing for the Windows Phone 7 - Part 3: Your First App

Url: http://wilderminds.blob.core.windows.net/downloads/lottophone.zip

Windows Phone 7

Part 3 of this series I took this video of building a simple application using the Windows Phone 7 beta tools. The video walks through building a simple random number generator using Visual Studio and Blend to build a simple, single-page application.  Let me know what you think!

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Developing for the Windows Phone 7 - Part 1: The Phone

Windows Phone 7

I am one of the lucky few who received Windows Phone 7 phone this week. For those who will ask, I got a phone because I am writing a book on programming for the Windows Phone 7 (Application Development for the Windows Phone 7 with Silverlight, Addison-Wesley).

My overall first impression is very good.  I was able to get e-mail working, XBox Live integration and play with debugging on the phone. This blog entry will exclusively tallk about the phone, not the development experience.  I will add new blog entries soon on my experience developing with the phone.

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Stolen Cell Phone == New Cell Phone

Url: http://www.htc.com/www/product/touchpro/overvie...

Silverlight Logo

I woke up to the annoying news that my car had been broken into and someone had stolen my phone. My old phone was the HTC Touch an all touch no keyboard phone that I lived with but didn't love. So I took the opportunity to upgrade my phone.

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Pocket Streets for the SmartPhone ROCKS!

Url: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/download...

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