Books, books, books

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Seems like today is “books” day. Working really hard for last few months, I completely forgot to blog about the book which I took part in! Announcing: Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight: Indispensible Experiences from 15 MVPs Few months ago, 15 MVPs from around the globe joined together to write an ultimate resource book for discovering and understanding the C#, .NET 4 Framework and Windows Phone 7.5. Today the book is published, and available at Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Real-World-NET-Silverlight-Indispensible/dp/1118021967/ Whole book is very good but I especially recommend Chapter 8, written by...

Sela Developer Practice–December 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Announcing – Sela Developer Practice conference (third time) will take time at Crown Plaza hotel (Tel Aviv, Israel) and the SELA headquarters (Bnei-Brak, Israel) on December 4-8, 2011. This year the conference will focus mostly on Windows 8 and other hot announcements made during //BUILD conference earlier this year at Anaheim, CA. During Sela Developer Practice (SDP) this year, Sela experts and special guests from Microsoft Israel (Guy Burstein and Maor David-Pur) will talk about new features in Windows 8, Visual Studio 2011, .NET Framework v4.5 and other hot technology topics. First conference day...
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My Session at UNETAPlus

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Few hours ago I delivered a session about creating Silverlight/XNA hybrid applications for Windows Phone Mango. I like to thank all the participants – you were great and I had a great pleasure to present for such quality audience. I loved the questions and the conversation after the session. The slides deck I used for presentation can be download from the here.   As promised, the demo applications also published and can be downloaded from the following locations: Demo #1 is here. Demo #2...

Meet me at BUILD

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

BUILD/Windows approaching fast. As previous years with PDC, also this time SELA sends around 20 top experts to BUILD. I will be there also If you want to meet me or someone of other SELA experts to discuss some exciting news I’m sure we are going to get at BUILD (or just say “Hi”) feel free to send me a tweet @DevCorner.   See you at BUILD, Alex

Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) Developer Tools–RC Release!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Microsoft just released a new refresh of Windows Phone Mango developer tools (WPDT) – the RC. This release includes “Go Live” license that permits registered developers to publish Mango applications to the Marketplace! What changed/added: The profiler has been improved, and now provide memory profiling as well The emulator has a couple improvements to make development and testing better: The RTM build (build 7720) is used by the emulator, providing you with confidence that the code you write will work on Windows Phone...

I’m Microsoft MVP for Third Time!

Friday, July 1, 2011

About 15 minutes ago, I received an email presenting me with the Microsoft MVP Award in Silverlight! I am very honored to receive an MVP Award for third time in row and I will continue contributing to the online and offline developer community in Israel and abroad. This is a great opportunity and place to thank quite a few people who helped me to win this Award for third time: My wife and daughter for having so much patience and providing the best support I could only dream about! ...

Windows Pone Mango–Developer Tools Beta 2 released!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Microsoft just released Beta 2 refresh of Windows Phone Mango developer tools! The refresh further improves the tools, resolves bugs from previous release and adds some new features. Most important – registered Windows Phone developers with retail device will get access to Mango updates via invites to Microsoft Connect site which will give them access to Mango for their retail devices! Also, the release brings some breaking changes which we as developers need to be aware of. Here are the list of some breaking changes: Change Improvement Resolution Image decoding moved to the background thread Enables more responsive UI If background loading of an image is not...

Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“Profiler” – Part 9 of 8)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

This post is a “missing part” of series about new features in Windows Phone Mango New and very important feature of Windows Phone “Mango” Developer Tools is the profiler. The profiler enables the developers of Silverlight applications (currently only Silverlight scenarios are supported) to sense important heartbeats of the application and collect information about application behavior at runtime. To measure the performance or the application, navigate to Debug menu option and select Start Windows Phone Performance Analysis: Visual Studio provides the developer with configuration setting screen which enables him to define some profiling settings, like drawing details, depth of stack frames...

Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“Push Notifications & Tiles” – Part 8 of 8)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mango introduces some changes in Push Notifications mechanism which enables the developers to create more attractive scenarios. First feature I’ll show in this post is a secondary tiles for application. Before Mango, every application could have only one pinned tile on the main screen which could be updated using Push Notification mechanism (I blogged about it quite some time ago here and here). Mango release enables to have additional tiles which can be pinned and removed from application code! How about having something like this: All the tiles (beside IE9) on main screen are related to sample I’m going to show...