Shawn Wildermuth


My Rants and Raves about technology, programming, everything else...

Phoney Windows Phone 7 Project Now Available!

Url: http://phoney.codeplex.com/

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Learning OData? MSDN and I Have the videos for you!

Url: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/ee720180

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Ten Pet Peeves of WP7 Applications

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I've been looking at a lot of applications on the Windows Phone 7 platform since even before launch. It seems that a lot of the apps out there need polish to make them easy to use. I've put together my ten top annoyances when trying out new application on my Windows Phone 7.

R.I.P. GooNews

GooNews Deceased

I recently wrote about the release of my GooNews application for the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.  The Application has now been pulled from the marketplace and will not be resubmitted.  There were a variety of issues that finally forced me to give up and just pull the application and give up on ever getting it out there as a successful application. Here's the story:

MIX 11 - Vote for My Talks (if you want)

MIX11 Vote

MIX 11 is coming and the Open Call sessions are ready to be voted on. If you like hearing me speak, feel free to vote for my sessions:

Architecting WP7 - Part 9 of 10: Threading

Windows Phone 7 Architecture

In this ninth part of my series on architecting Windows Phone 7 (WP7) applications, i'll discuss threading on the phone. If you've missed the past parts of the series, you you can visit them here:

Look What I Built: GooNews for WP7

Url: http://social.zune.net/redirect?type=phoneApp&i...

GooNews for the Windows Phone 7

The New Silverlight Tour - Now With MVVM and Unit Testing

Url: https://agilitrain.com/Workshop/Outline/Silverl...

The New Silverlight Tour

Architecting WP7 - Part 8 of 10: Toast Push Notifications

Windows Phone 7 Architecture

In this eighth part of my series on architecting Windows Phone 7 (WP7) applications, i'll show you how to deal with Toast Push Notifications.  If you've missed the past parts of the series, you you can visit them here:

Navigating with the WebBrowser Control on WP7

GooNews

I am writing a new Windows Phone 7 application called GooNews to show Google News in an application for the phone.  I am writing this application because I needed an app like this. Being able to keep up with news (and create news categories based on keywords) is key to what I wanted to get on my phone. I tried a lot of the other apps out there and when I didn't find what I wanted, I decide to build it myself.

Atlanta MS Pros HTML5 Presentation

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I recently presented on HTML5 (with a sidebar on Silverlight's role in HTML5's world) at the Atlanta Microsoft Professionals' User Group (AMP). I promised them i'd share my slide deck from the talk. So here it is:

The Next Application Platform? All of them...

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UPDATED: Added comments on backend story.

Short Notice! Silverlight Tour is coming to Cincinnati

Url: https://agilitrain.com/Workshop/EventInfo/231

Paul Wildermuth

Paul Wildermuth (1964-2010)

Url: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-11-14/n...

Paul Wildermuth

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.

Canvas Tag Rant (was too long for Twitter)

Url: http://diveintohtml5.org/past.html#webapps-cdf

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Architecting WP7 - Part 7 of 10: Data on the Wire(less)

My WP7 Phone

In this (somewhat belated) part 6 of my Architecture for the Windows Phone 7, I want to talk about dealing with data across the wire (or lack of wire I guess). If you've missed the past parts of the series, you you can visit them here:

AgiliTrain announces 1H 2011 Schedule and New Early Bird Pricing!

AgiliTrain

Today AgiliTrain is announcing their schedule for the 1st half 2011. We are visiting cities with both our Silverlight Tour Workshop and our new Silverlight for the Windows Phone Workshop. We are visiting cities around the US including Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta and San Francisco.  You can view the full schedule (which also includes our partner's international stops) here:

Post-PDC HTML5 v. Silverlight Debate

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I've been an advocate of Silverlight since it was called WPF/E, so I am not quite an unbiased observer. I decided to sit back and watch the twitterverse explode and see what the world thought. The Silverlight guys got angry; the ASP.NET guys got glib; the open source guys ignored us all.

A Week with WP7 from an Android User's Perspective

My WP7 Phone

I spent most of the last week with my early demo Windows Phone 7 (e.g. WP7) phone as my primary phone.  See I am a Verizon customer currently and therefore I couldn't use Verizon on the demo phone (as it takes SIM cards and Verizon can't spell SIM). So I took the opportunity while in Europe to get a pre-paid SIM card and use it as my main phone (since my Droid was useless there). You're probably wondering what my impressions were?  Well, two caveats to start with...I have bet pretty heavily on the phone so I am not exactly a neutral party, but I'll try to be. Also, I've never owned an iPhone (AT&T is true evil incarnate) so take that for what its worth.

Architecting WP7: Not Forgotten!

Windows Phone 7

Sorry everyone but I am still going to finish the last four parts of the Windows Phone 7 Architecture series, but with travel and conferences I am a little behind.  But they *are* coming!  I promise.

Last Two Stops of the Silverlight Tour 2010!

Confused...

The last two stops of the Silverlight Tour are headed to Atlanta and Portland (OR) in the next two months. The Silverlight Tour Workshop is a three-day course on Silverlight 4. It divides the content into three distinct areas: Design, Development and the Server-Side. Students should be able to develop Silverlight 4 applications once attending the workshop. The Workshop is structured with a mix of didactic lessons, demonstrations and hands-on labs. Each student will leave the workshop having created several small Silverlight applications. This variety of learning techniques will ensure that all students become proficient in the technology quickly and in an exciting way.

SDC in the Netherlands and Who I Follow

Confused...

This week I am in Zeist, The Netherlands at the SDC conference. This morning I did a talk on "Drinking from the Fire Hose" which included a discussion on how I keep up with technology. A couple of key think I shared in this session were:

Architecting WP7 - Part 6 of 10: Loosely Coupled Messaging

Windows Phone 7

While I recognize my original schedule is slipping, let's continue the ten part Windows Phone 7 architecture discussion. In this sixth part of the article series, I want to discuss messaging in phone applications. If you've missed the past parts of the series, you you can visit them here:

Architecting WP7 - Part 5 of 10: Tombstoning

Windows Phone 7

In this fifth part of my Architecting Windows Phone 7 applications I will tackle the nature of tombstoning. If you've missed the past parts of the series, you you can visit them here:


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