Essential book for anyone developing location based apps!!!
By Ricky Brundritt, Bing Map Technical Solution Professional at Microsoft (learn from the best!).
Table of Contents
· Chapter 1: Getting Started
· Chapter 2: The Sensor and Location Platform
· Chapter 4: Bing Maps Native API
· Chapter 5: Bing Maps REST Services
· Chapter 6: Bing Spatial Data Services
· Chapter 7: Working with Spatial Data
· Chapter 8: Drawing on the Map
· Chapter 9: Creating an Augmented Reality App
· Chapter 10: Creating a Templatable Compass Control
· Chapter 11: Cross Platform Development
Download the book
· Direct download (pdf, 17MB)
Code samples for the book can be downloaded here.
Another great news for App developers (well, except the Nokia/Android fiasco): the time to certify and publish your phone app in the Store has been dramatically reduced!
Here are my “from Submit to Store” timings for my latest 3 apps last week:
- 6 minutes
- 20 minutes
- 15 minutes
(those were new apps, not updates)
Looking at those numbers it is obvious that no more human is involved in the process.
= > It means your app won’t be tested anymore for navigation scenarios, light & dark theme, orientation changes, Metro guidelines, back button behavior, …
Chances are that the only thing remaining are automated testing to check your package, API usage and maybe loading time.
As my friend Sebastian wrote: the quality check is now up to the developer… anyway if you build garbage, users reviews will prevent your app to shine in the Store.
More info on this official blog post:
Reduced Windows Phone Certification Times
While helping at Hacking Health last week I ended up gathering useful resources for developers interested in integrating health data in their apps:
HealthVault in Canada is managed by Telus:
HealthVault Developer Center homepage:
HealthVault SDKs (.NET, Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, ...):
As a Windows Store App Developer, you’ll be happy to learn that the publishing process has been improved!
Key things are:
1. Simplified app certification requirements.
2. Manage your app availability (you can temporarily take down your listing).
3. Set app release date/time (including ability to change it while in certification, without resubmitting).
4. Ability to remove your Windows 8 app list and show only your Windows 8.1 app listing.
Read full details:
Here is a link to download 8 Azure posters (and maybe more to come), excellent for learning and training!
If you haven’t look at it yet, the Microsoft Virtual Academy is starting to have some great learning resources. Here is a list of interesting courses I plan to watch in the next weeks:
Microsoft Virtual Academy is hosting a free full week of Azure training January 27-31, 2014.
Each day, a different topic will be covered:
Get Started with Windows Azure Today Jump Start: Overview Day, Monday January 27
Join Scott Guthrie. Azure guru and Microsoft Corporate Vice President, as he builds a real-world application from scratch, and hear about the platform in a nutshell.
Designing Applications for Windows Azure Jump Start: Architecture Day, Tuesday January 28
Developers, do you wonder how to design apps for the cloud? Are you interested in best practices for architectures that include services that run in the cloud? Join Marc Mercuri for a day of design and architecture lessons for Windows Azure developers.
Building Windows Azure Applications Jump Start: Developer Day, Wednesday January 29
If you’ve been thinking about Windows Azure for your next application, but aren’t sure where to begin, join this deep dive with Scott Hanselman and Scott Hunter to get started building applications for the cloud today.
Windows Azure IaaS Deep Dive Jump Start:Infrastructure Day, Thursday January 30
Join Cheryl McGuire for Hybrid Cloud Day, a deep dive on integrating Windows Azure into your infrastructure. She will explore details about creating VMs, how they behave in Windows Azure, and how to configure good network communication to get things up and running in the cloud.
Mobile Apps to IoT: Connected Devices with Windows Azure: Mobile Services Day, Friday January 31
Join Miranda Luna for a comprehensive, infrastructure-focused look at how your mobile apps can use cloud data, manage users with ease, and quickly deliver push notifications at scale.
via Guy Barrette.
Here is a particularly interesting meeting coming to the Montreal .NET Community:
Don't Design Like a Programmer
This will be in January 27th, register fast!
“In this 2 hour session Everett McKay (a programmer and UX design specialist) explains the UI design approach often used by programmers, exactly why such designs fail with users, and presents some practical techniques that programmers can use to design in a truly user-centered way.”
This should be awesome, see you there!
Also there is an exclusive offer for members of the Montreal user group!!
Everett will be doing his UX Design Essentials course (uxdesignessentials.com) in Montreal on March 10 – 12.
> Mention that you are a Montreal .NET Community member for a 20% discount!
Happy to announce that I finished runner up in the Nokia Create worldwide competition!
I submitted my apps in the Cross-8 Master Mission:
“Windows Phone 8 / Windows 8 companion apps that provide consumers with a seamless experience across screens.”
I finished runner up with my Despicable Sounds app, a minions soundboard with funny surprises, I was able to reuse most of my code to create 2 versions (WP8 and Win8.1).
Both versions include:
- Animated live tiles
- Support all tiles sizes
- Support all screen resolutions
- Support both portrait and landscape orientations (and snap views on Windows)
So far I am surprised by the reaction of users, I already received tons of positive reviews… the app is a great success in both Stores!!
Try them now, they are free:
Despicable Sounds for Windows Phone 8
Despicable Sounds for Windows 8.1
I am pleasantly surprised by the release of a new Microsoft exam focused on design!
Exam 74-353: Windows UX Design
This exam validates skills associated with applying Microsoft user experience (UX) guidelines to the design of Windows 8 Store applications.
By passing this exam, you will earn the credential "Microsoft Certified Specialist: Windows UX Design"
This certification complements the skills validated in the MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification.
If you plan to take this exam, the following resources might help:
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