Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Improving the In-Memory Database

Phone 7

About a month ago, I wrote an article intended to help you fill some of the gaps left by the missing SQL Server Compact database. Since your Windows Phone 7 Silverlight app is consuming an ObservableCollection of objects streaming down from Windows Azure and SQL Azure, it makes sense to organize those objects in a … Read more

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Network Awareness

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By now, you’ve heard me talk a lot about the role wireless data networks play when it comes to the success of your mobile application. They are unreliable, intermittent, highly latent and often slower than they should be due to overtaxed cellular towers and congested backhaul networks.  Hopefully, you’ve built an app that tackles those … Read more

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Working with an In-Memory Database

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In my last article of this series, you finally got to consume wireless-friendly WCF REST + JSON Services from both Windows Server and Windows Azure with data coming from SQL Server/SQL Azure. You now have an ObservableCollection of Customer objects residing in a Singleton on your Windows Phone 7 device.  This Singleton looks similar to … Read more

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Consuming an Azure WCF REST + JSON Service

Windows Phone 7.5

In my last two articles, I showed you how to build WCF REST services using Visual Studio 2010 that can reside on-premise in Windows Server 2008 or in the Cloud in Windows Azure.  Furthermore, I demonstrated pulling data from a table in SQL Server/SQL Azure.  I serialized .NET Objects using lightweight JSON to speed data … Read more

Ray Ozzie sees the Dawn of a New Day for Microsoft

Ray Ozzie

Five years after Ray Ozzie penned The Internet Services Disruption, he reflects on Microsoft’s move to the cloud. While he’s most proud of Windows Azure and SQL Azure, he also gives our competitors their due by mentioning that they have out-executed us when it comes to mobile experiences.  He harps on the subject of how … Read more

Windows Phone 7: If at First You Don’t Succeed

Written by: J. Gerry Purdy 10/20/2010  You have to hand it to Microsoft.   They have certainly fulfilled the old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  Microsoft has had a number of previous attempts to build a successful operating system for the mobile market with WinPad, Windows Mobile and Win CE.  These … Read more

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Moving your WCF REST + JSON Service to Windows Azure

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Ever since my last blog post where I demonstrated how to create lightweight WCF REST + JSON services for consumption by Windows Phone 7, I’ve received many requests from folks wanting to know how to do the same thing from Windows Azure.  Using Visual Studio 2010, the Azure Development Fabric and SQL Server, I will … Read more

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Building a WCF REST + JSON Service

Visual Studio

Let’s start at the server and work our way to the phone.  Anyone who knows me is probably aware that I come from a wireless background so I’m always obsessed with things like coverage, bandwidth and latency when it comes to building mobile systems.  The only thing I assume in mobile development is frequent network … Read more

Build the Mobile Web with WebMatrix

HTML5

Build mobile web sites that adhere to W3C Mobile Web Best Practices using the new WebMatix web development tool. This tool introduces simple-to-use ASP.NET Web Pages which don’t follow the MVC pattern nor do they include server controls like WebForms.  It also introduces the “Razor” templating engine and a model where you have HTML and … Read more

Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta Released

Windows Phone

Just wanted to help spread the word that was posted by Brandon Watson earlier this morning on our Windows Phone Developer Blog.  Go download the new Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta. The term “Beta” is understood to mean that things are close to being finished.  Well, that’s what we mean anyway. This Beta release represents … Read more

Don’t forget to Encrypt your Windows Phone 7 Data

Contoso Encryption

Whether you’re targeting Mobile Line of Business apps for the Enterprise or B2C apps for consumers, ensuring that sensitive data is encrypted is a must.  These days, I can’t have a serious discussion with a CIO unless I can assure her that my mobile device can protect data-in-transit and data-at-rest.  You already know that Windows … Read more

Microsoft by the Numbers

Microsoft

With Microsoft Windows 7 selling more than 600,000 per day, it’s interesting to look at all our numbers and see how they stack up against the competition: 150,000,000 Number of Windows 7 licenses sold, making Windows 7 by far the fastest growing operating system in history.[source] 7.1 million Projected iPad sales for 2010. [source] 58 … Read more