Canadian Mobile Developers' Blog

Don’t have a Fitt, size does actually matter (for mobile controls, that is)!

By now, you probably are aware that when you’re building a mobile app or mobile website, trying to...

Author: Date: 04/02/2012

Securing Windows Phone Apps–Tips to make your app lock-solid

Securing your software product is one of the key, non-negotiable items you need to do before you...

Author: Date: 03/18/2012

In Search Of… Finding Open Source code for Windows Phone on CodePlex

If you were born in the 70’s like I was, you may remember a show hosted by Leonard Nimoy called In...

Author: Date: 03/12/2012

You need to control yourself when adding controls to mobile UIs

By now, most people have realized (in theory) that recreating a PC-based app (or web app) is not...

Author: Date: 03/05/2012

Get brained up on Windows Phone and build your app

In March, we are visiting four cities across Canada to give a full day workshop to help you get...

Author: Date: 02/27/2012

Mobile screen != PC screen. Raise your hand if you knew that.

Ok, I admit it. The headline was a bit of link bait given how obvious it is. That being said,...

Author: Date: 02/20/2012

(Guest Post) WP App Lifecycle Series – Maintaining Your Apps: Dealing with Crashes

The following post is the second in a series about how to manage apps you’ve built after you’ve...

Author: Date: 02/19/2012

(Guest Post) WP App Lifecycle Series – How Do I???

The following post is the first in a series about how to manage apps you’ve built after you’ve...

Author: Date: 02/19/2012

Winning on the Marketplace: Tips on getting promoted

Once you have built your app or game and have published it into the Windows Phone Marketplace,...

Author: Date: 02/06/2012

A good number of us from the team are in Redmond this week on our annual pilgrimage to the...

Author: Date: 01/30/2012

Winning on the Marketplace: The differentiation game

When a mobile app marketplace hits a population of five figures, it becomes a little tough at times...

Author: Date: 01/29/2012

Winning on the Marketplace: Finding the pricing sweet spot

Ah, the ultimate question for developers trying to maximize their profits on the Marketplace:...

Author: Date: 01/26/2012

Winning on the Marketplace: Trial mode–the art of the upsell

Part 2 of this 5-part blog post series on success strategies in the Windows Phone Marketplace deals...

Author: Date: 01/24/2012

“A Lap Around Windows Phone 7.5” webcast now available on-demand

Last week I presented a marathon, three hour webcast called “A Lap Around Windows Phone 7.5”. ...

Author: Date: 01/24/2012

Winning on the Marketplace: Where in the world are you publishing?

If you’ve built modern mobile apps, you probably already know that coming up with the idea for...

Author: Date: 01/23/2012

Join me for a developer webcast for Windows Phone 7.5

Tomorrow (Thursday, January 19, 2012) at 1PM ET/10AM PT, I will be conducting a three hour webcast...

Author: Date: 01/18/2012

Signing up for a Windows Phone Marketplace account as an individual is easy peasy.

It’s been a little over a year and a half since the Windows Phone Marketplace opened for...

Author: Date: 01/17/2012

2 in 1! A Metro primer and a webcast.

If you waited on reading my 5-part Metro and Mobile app design series until the final post, there’s...

Author: Date: 01/16/2012

Making users awesome in the moment

Have you ever sat down and really thought about what made games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band so...

Author: Date: 01/13/2012

Going with the flow… Using Metro to control the experience

Figuring out the flow of your mobile app is tough but it’s key to the experience. Without good...

Author: Date: 01/12/2012

Isn’t “tile” just another word for “icon”? Infography vs iconography explained.

Icons are everywhere. Literally everywhere. They have become as mainstream as apple pie and any time...

Author: Date: 01/11/2012

A look back at 2011: How the Windows Phone Marketplace performed

This infographic can be found on the Windows Team blog, but it’s a great summary of how the...

Author: Date: 01/11/2012

My app has principles – understanding the Metro design principles

Metro is gaining popularity as a way to create compelling app designs for Windows Phone. It’s...

Author: Date: 01/10/2012

Unlocking the motivation of your mobile app user

When you look at successful mobile apps and games, there are a few common traits that you will...

Author: Date: 01/08/2012

2012: The year of the Windows Phone app and how we’ll help get you there

Happy New Year! With 2012 upon us and a fresh outlook on what a new year can bring, you might have a...

Author: Date: 01/03/2012

Phone for the holidays!

Guest Post by Atley Hunter, Windows Phone MVP.  This post is also found on Atley’s personal...

Author: Date: 12/20/2011

Are you ready to #StartSomething? Canadian Windows Phone devs, start your engines and score killer rewards!

The Mango App Challenge has come and gone. The contest elicited a huge response and many happy,...

Author: Date: 12/16/2011

Enabling Fast App Resume in Legacy Windows Phone 7 apps by upgrading to 7.5

One of the more complicated concepts in phone development, regardless of the platform you are...

Author: Date: 12/12/2011

Getting Paid on the Marketplace Just Got A Lot Easier!

Ok, I’ll admit it.  As a Canadian app publisher, getting paid on the Windows Phone Marketplace...

Author: Date: 12/09/2011

Great book references for Windows Phone Development

There are a great number of books on Windows Phone development out there and one of the common...

Author: Date: 12/07/2011

Like a Boss! Understanding the Difference between Panorama and Pivot in Windows Phone

One of the great features of Windows Phone is the natural feel of the left-to-right (or...

Author: Date: 12/05/2011

Get to know the author of the TechDays Windows Phone Application: Louis-Philippe Pinsonneault

As you may know, the Microsoft TechDays Conference took place in Montreal last week and we have...

Author: Date: 12/03/2011

Tick Tock… The Mango App Challenge is close to a stop…

The Mango App Challenge, a promotion Microsoft Canada launched a while back where you build and...

Author: Date: 12/01/2011

Going Metro in your Windows Phone Apps

I’ve been on the road for the better part of the month of November, meeting with developers and IT...

Author: Date: 11/28/2011

GoWebMo! Mobile Web Development on Windows Phone

HTML5 is all the rage these days and with good reason. As the HTML5 specification moves closer to...

Author: Date: 11/24/2011

31 Days of Mango: #31AwesomeWPDevTutorials

If you’re looking to start learning Windows Phone 7.5 development, this could be the perfect place...

Author: Date: 11/21/2011

Did you know? TechDays Attendees get a free copy of Telerik Rad Controls for Windows Phone!

Although many of the attendees from TechDays Toronto already know this, for those of you attending...

Author: Date: 11/11/2011

TechDays Post-Event Resources: Windows Client/Windows Phone Track

TechDays is in full swing, with (as of the time of writing of this post), TechDays Toronto complete...

Author: Date: 11/03/2011

Free Phone Reminder: Get Your Apps in to the Mango App Challenge!

A couple of weeks ago I introduced the Mango App Challenge – in essence, a contest for you to...

Author: Date: 10/31/2011

Download the Canadian Techdays 2011 Windows Phone 7 App

Today we published the Windows Phone 7 app for Techdays 2011! If you are attending Techdays in...

Author: Date: 10/26/2011

Hey you. Yeah, you. Wanna Windows Phone?

Now that I’ve caught your attention with the title of this post, I want to introduce you to a really...

Author: Date: 10/17/2011

Techdays 2011: Windows Client and Windows Phone Track Unleashed

By now, you may have seen that TechDays 2011 is now open for registration. TechDays is Microsoft...

Author: Date: 10/02/2011

Dude, Where’s My Mango Update?

By now, many of you have probably seen the news that carriers around the world will start pushing...

Author: Date: 09/26/2011

Why Can’t We Be Friends? Art and Function in Windows Phone Apps.

Even ten years ago, “experience” was not really something that was given much thought in building...

Author: Date: 09/19/2011

Like HTML5? Like Phone Apps? Then you’ll LOVE Mango because…

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post referencing how you as a developer don’t have to be torn between...

Author: Date: 09/11/2011

Mobile Devs: Why Windows Phone Matters to You

Everyone knows how competitive the mobile space is.  There are a wide range of platforms...

Author: Date: 08/29/2011

Premiere Training on Mango – And it’s free!

If you find you aren’t busy on Tuesday, August 23 and Wednesday, August 24, you may be interested in...

Author: Date: 08/21/2011

On Phone Apps and Web Apps

Being a mobile developer over the past 4 years has been an interesting experience. With the advent...

Author: Date: 08/15/2011

IE 9 on Windows Phone, Now That’s What I’m Talking About!!!

This post was originally created by Atley Hunter here and is re-posted with his permission. More on...

Author: Date: 08/10/2011

Mango RTMs! Now what?

Last week, we announced that Windows Phone 7 Codenamed “Mango” RTM’ed (RTM = Release to...

Author: Date: 08/04/2011

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