Proximity Sensors and Bluetooth in Windows Phone 8

During this video, Andy and I cover local communication with Windows Phone 8. After a Bluetooth overview, we show you how to use Bluetooth from an application, Near Field Communications (NFC), bump-to-connect, as well as the proximity API functionality. Be sure to check out previous Windows Phone 8 Jump Start videos from Rob and Andy: Introducing Windows Phone... Continue Reading →

Network Communications in Windows Phone 8

During this video, Andy and I show developers how to leverage patterns for the asynchronous use of networking APIs in Windows Phone 8. Topics include WebClient, HttpWebRequest, Listener Sockets, Web Services, OData V3, Data Compression support, Simulation Dashboard, Data Sense and apps. Storing data in Skydrive, encryption and authentication are also covered. Accessing services running on localhost from... Continue Reading →

App to App Communication in Windows Phone 8

Learn all about app to app communication in Windows Phone 8. In this video, Andy and Rob demonstrate app to app communication in Windows Phone 8. Topics such as auto-launching with File and Protocol Associations (URI), launching apps to handle particular File Types, and launching one app from another are covered. Be sure to check... Continue Reading →

Using Phone Resources in Windows Phone 8

In this video, Andy and I demonstrate how to leverage a variety of Windows Phone 8 resources. Working with Launchers and Choosers, using Contacts and Calendars (SaveAppointment Task, Custom Contacts API), taking still images and manipulating video streams (Camera APIs,  lenses), working with the Windows Phone Microphone and Sensors (such as the Motion sensor) and working... Continue Reading →

Windows Phone 8 Push Notifications

During this video, Windows Phone 8 Push Notifications and server-initiated communications are discussed. Andy and Rob discuss the Push Notifications Infrastructure and demonstrate three kinds of notifications including: Raw, Toast and Tile, as well as Push Response Headers. Be sure to check out previous Jump Start videos from Rob and Andy: Introducing Windows Phone 8... Continue Reading →

Windows Phone 8 Background Agents

Andy Wigely and I cover concepts during this video that will help ensure your apps have the best possible performance and battery life for the phone user. Topics such as Windows Phone task management, multi-tasking with background agents, updating tiles from a background agent, creating tasks in Visual Studio, File transfer tasks, and Background notifications... Continue Reading →

Building Microsoft MEAP: Scaling Out SQL Server 2012

In this third article on building Microsoft MEAP, I’ll show you how to Shard your SQL Server 2012 database using Replication to create a Shared Nothing data architecture to support Internet-scale mobile solutions. In the previous article, I discussed Gartner's Enterprise Application Integration Tools (EAI) critical capability for building a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) using Microsoft... Continue Reading →

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