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mars 12
Windows 8 Super Hackathon – 27 March – 4 locations

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Don’t miss this opportunity

Join us in Mons, Brussels, Genk or Kortrijk  on March 27th for the 4-locations Super Hackathon. Code, build, eat, drink & win.
Experts will be on site to help you with the last phase of building your first Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 application. We’ll be streaming live everywhere to the world.

 

We come to your cities (4!), we bring the experts (many!), feed you with breakfast, pizza, coffee (lots!) and Red Bull, honor you with prizes and rewards (countless!). You are the center - we are there for you, because we want you to be successful. image


One day – March 27th - four different locations.
All connected in a group or single. With designers or without. From scratch or working at a large scale app. Fast or faster. Veggie or not.  End goal: Get to Windows Store, have fun doing it, go home with prizes.

And oh yes … the Super Hackathon is of course FREE to attend!

So where is the action

 

Go ahead and reserve your spot. Join us for the Day event or the Night event or both. See the agenda setup at the bottom of this post.

 

Superhackathon theme
Yes, winter is cosy with the snow and all – but after months of darkness we all need light. So the theme for the superhackathon is around spring, well-being, health and happiness. To be interpreted very broadly Smile
Feel the ideas coming?

First time app? Build your first one – see how to get started here.

Design reference templates
You can use a template fully created for the Windows 8 style & experience. Just by binding the relevant data, you should have a good looking app that runs in the paradigm of Windows 8. And the good news: the templates are available as Visual Studio 2012 project in both C#/XAML and HTML/JavaScript options. So pick your template and platform and build your app in a breeze.

The template addresses App Views (Landscape, Fill, Snap and Portrait), Live Tiles, Search & Share Contract, Settings, Navigation across pages, Bottom & Top App Bar (If applicable). So get started today and finish off the app together with us!

Agenda

Day

  • 8:30: Welcome and registration
  • 9:00 – 9:30: Introduction and getting started
  • 9:30 – 12:30: Coding (alone or with your group)Guidance, hands-on labs and expert advice on site
  • 12:30 – 13:30: Lunch
  • 13:30 – 16:00: Coding (alone or with your group)Guidance, hands-on labs and expert advice on site
  • 16:00 – 17:00: Demo time and best app showdown for Day attendees
    Publish your first finished app: prize
  • 17:00: Break and end of the Day part

Night

  • 17:30: Welcome and registration (or continue working for those going for the full day)
  • 18:00 – 18:30: Introduction and getting started
  • 18:30 – 19:30: Coding (alone or with your group)Guidance, hands-on labs and expert advice on site
  • 19:30 – 20:30: Dinner
  • 20:30 – 23:00: Coding (alone or with your group)Guidance, hands-on labs and expert advice on site
  • 23:00 – 24:00: Demo time and best app showdown
    Publish your first finished app: prize
  • 24:00: End

CU you there !

février 05
Windows Phone 8–Security deep dive

 

All you want to know about security on Windows Phone 8 is here.

 

It’s always very tricky to talk about security. It’s a question of point of view about what’s important and we can never say never.

 

Our challenge is to provide a trusted environment for users, corporate & developer and keep a user experience as simple as possible.

 

In this presentation, I make a global overview about

  • Our vision about security, what’s important to have on a Smartphone.
  • How we protect the integrity of the device  - Boot loader
  • How to provide a trusted operating system - Signature
  • How we prevent malware attack – Application Chamber
  • How we protect users and data – Device encryption
  • How to manage corporate apps – Policies
  • Remediation, if something wrong..

The presentation is available here: http://sdrv.ms/14OQ92j

 

 

janvier 14
How to upgrade your app from Wp7 to Wp8

 

With the release of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft introduced a number of new features for developers to use in their apps. Aside from these new features, there have also been quite a few improvements to the platform such as resolutions and the inclusion of the Panorama, Pivot and LongListSelector controls in the ROM of the OS. In general, the Windows Phone app platform enables apps that target Windows Phone OS 7.1 to run without modification or recompilation on Windows Phone 8. But you may want to use some new features to differentiate your app from the others. You will find here a exhaustive list of modification App platform compatibility for Windows Phone.

 

They are multiple solution to approach this problem    

  • Create a separate copy of the app for each version. Easy to do but difficult to maintain, you ll have to replicate every update that you make in two places
  • Create two copies of the app that share a class library of common code. Two projects in the same solution and refactor common code into a shared class library project. but the class library project must target Windows Phone OS 7.1. With this approach, your shared class library can’t use any of the enhancements or new features introduced in WP 8.
  • Create two copies of the app that share linked source code files. A same solution that share source code and use conditional compilation constants in your code to isolate app features that are new in Windows Phone 8

 

Independently of the method you choose, you can easily upgrade an existing Windows Phone app project that targets Windows Phone OS 7.1 to target Windows Phone 8 by

In Solution Explorer, use the Upgrade to Windows Phone 8.0 command.

 

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In the project designer, change the Target Windows Phone OS Version value to Windows Phone OS 8.0.

  • WP82

You cannot upgrade XNA Game Studio 4.0 projects to Windows Phone 8. For more info, see XNA Framework and Windows Phone 8 development.

 

Tips :

  • Advertising SDK. Windows Phone SDK 7.1 installs version 5.2 of the Microsoft Advertising SDK assembly. Windows Phone SDK 8.0 installs version 6.1 of the same assembly in the same path for apps that target Windows Phone OS 7.1. As a result, you can’t build the project successfully with Windows Phone SDK 8.0 either before or after upgrading the project. You must Manually remove the reference to the older version and add a reference to the newer version of the SDK assembly
  • Adding Windows Phone 8 Tile functionality to Windows Phone OS 7.1 apps. I invite you to check this blog post http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/jj720574(v=vs.105).aspx

 

After the upgrade , don’t forget add references to your project for the assemblies that contain the new APIs, and import the namespaces into your code files and edit the manifest file, or run the Capability Validation test in the Windows Phone Store Test Kit. However the upgrade process automatically removes the deprecated ID_CAP_MEDIALIB capability and replaces it with the new ID_CAP_MEDIALIB_AUDIO, ID_CAP_MEDIALIB_VIDEO or ID_CAP_MEDIALIB_PHOTO capability as appropriate.

You will find here after the default app manifest for wp7 and wp8

Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 8

<Deployment
    xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/
      windowsphone/2009/deployment"
    AppPlatformVersion="7.1">
  <App
      xmlns=""
      ProductID="{<GUID>}"
      Title="EmptyNewWP71Project"
      RuntimeType="Silverlight"
      Version="1.0.0.0"
      Genre="apps.normal"
      Author="EmptyNewWP71Project author"
      Description="Sample description"
      Publisher="EmptyNewWP71Project">
    < IconPath
        IsRelative="true"
        IsResource="false">
      ApplicationIcon.png
    </IconPath>

<Deployment
    xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/
      windowsphone/2012/deployment"
    AppPlatformVersion="8.0">
  < DefaultLanguage xmlns="" code="en-US"/>
  <App
      xmlns=""
      ProductID="{<GUID>}"
      Title="EmptyNewWP80Project"
      RuntimeType="Silverlight"
      Version="1.0.0.0"
      Genre="apps.normal"
      Author="EmptyNewWP80Project author"
      Description="Sample description"
      Publisher="EmptyNewWP80Project"
      PublisherID="{<GUID>}">
    < IconPath
        IsRelative="true"
        IsResource="false">
      Assets\ApplicationIcon.png
    </IconPath>

 

<Capabilities>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_GAMERSERVICES"/>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_IDENTITY_DEVICE"/>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_IDENTITY_USER"/>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_LOCATION"/>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_MEDIALIB"/>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_MICROPHONE"/>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_NETWORKING"/>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_PHONEDIALER"/>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_PUSH_NOTIFICATION"/>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_SENSORS"/>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_WEBBROWSERCOMPONENT"/>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_ISV_CAMERA"/>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_CONTACTS"/>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_APPOINTMENTS"/>
< /Capabilities>


<Capabilities>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_NETWORKING"/>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_MEDIALIB_AUDIO"/>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_MEDIALIB_PLAYBACK"/>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_SENSORS"/>
  < Capability Name="ID_CAP_WEBBROWSERCOMPONENT"/>
< /Capabilities>

<Tokens>
  < PrimaryToken
      TokenID="EmptyNewWP71ProjectToken"
      TaskName="_default">
    <TemplateType5>
      < BackgroundImageURI
          IsRelative="true"
          IsResource="false">
        Background.png
      </BackgroundImageURI>
      <Count>0</Count>
      < Title>EmptyNewWP71Project</Title>
    </TemplateType5>
  </PrimaryToken>
< /Tokens>

<Tokens>
  < PrimaryToken
      TokenID="EmptyNewWP80ProjectToken"
      TaskName="_default">
    < TemplateFlip>
      < SmallImageURI
          IsRelative="true"
          IsResource="false">
        Assets\Tiles\FlipCycleTileSmall.png
      </SmallImageURI>
      <Count>0</Count>
      < BackgroundImageURI
          IsRelative="true"
          IsResource="false">
        Assets\Tiles\FlipCycleTileMedium.png
      </BackgroundImageURI>
      < Title>EmptyNewWP80Project</Title>
      < BackContent></BackContent>
      < BackBackgroundImageURI>
      </BackBackgroundImageURI>
      < BackTitle></BackTitle>
      < DeviceLockImageURI>
      </DeviceLockImageURI>
      < HasLarge></HasLarge>
    </TemplateFlip>
  </PrimaryToken>
< /Tokens>


 

<ScreenResolutions>
  < ScreenResolution Name="ID_RESOLUTION_WVGA"/>
  < ScreenResolution Name="ID_RESOLUTION_WXGA"/>
  < ScreenResolution Name="ID_RESOLUTION_HD720P"/>
< /ScreenResolutions>


<Tasks>
  < DefaultTask
    Name ="_default"
    NavigationPage="MainPage.xaml"/>
< /Tasks>

<Tasks>
  < DefaultTask
    Name ="_default"
    NavigationPage="MainPage.xaml"/>
< /Tasks>


  </App>
< /Deployment>

  </App>
< /Deployment>

janvier 07
Du financement, du coaching et du support marketing pour les créateurs d’app mobile

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Vous avez une idée fantastique et vous voudriez en faire une application mobile. Mais vous rencontrez des difficultés ou vous avez besoin de financement, alors ceci vous intéressera surement.

L’université Aalto, Microsoft et Nokia ont créé un programme d’aide à la réalisation d’application mobile –« Appcampus ».

Ils ont alloué un fond de 18 Millions d’euros réparti en 3 ans. Ce programme est ouvert à tous même si il est basé en Finland. Tout entrepreneur, startup ou société français, belge ou luxembourgeoise peut soumettre une candidature. C’est un programme mondial.

 

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Les sélectionnés recevront une enveloppe allant de 20.000€ à 70.000€ dépendant de la pertinence et complexité de l’application. Vous recevrez aussi de la formation, de l’assistance en design, développement et enfin du support marketing afin de vous donner une visibilité World-class.

La participation à ce programme d’accélération est complètement gratuite et ne demande rien en retour (ni participation, ni remboursement, ni propriété intellectuelle). L’idée, l’application, le code et la propriété intellectuelle, tout reste à 100% en votre possession

 

L’unique condition pour être éligible est d’accepter une exclusivité sur WindowsPhone pour une courte période déterminée. Toutes les informations sont disponibles ici.

Vous avez une idée brillante – N’attendez plus, inscrivez-vous ! www.appcampus.fi peut vraiment vous aider à la réaliser.

janvier 07
Du financement, du coaching et du support marketing pour les créateurs d’app mobile

Capture

 

Vous avez une idée fantastique et vous voudriez en faire une application mobile. Mais vous rencontrez des difficultés ou vous avez besoin de financement, alors ceci vous intéressera surement.

L’université Aalto, Microsoft et Nokia ont créé un programme d’aide à la réalisation d’application mobile –« Appcampus ».

Ils ont alloué un fond de 18 Millions d’euros réparti en 3 ans. Ce programme est ouvert à tous même si il est basé en Finland. Tout entrepreneur, startup ou société français, belge ou luxembourgeoise peut soumettre une candidature. C’est un programme mondial.

 

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Les sélectionnés recevront une enveloppe allant de 20.000€ à 70.000€ dépendant de la pertinence et complexité de l’application. Vous recevrez aussi de la formation, de l’assistance en design, développement et enfin du support marketing afin de vous donner une visibilité World-class.

La participation à ce programme d’accélération est complètement gratuite et ne demande rien en retour (ni participation, ni remboursement, ni propriété intellectuelle). L’idée, l’application, le code et la propriété intellectuelle, tout reste à 100% en votre possession

 

L’unique condition pour être éligible est d’accepter une exclusivité sur WindowsPhone pour une courte période déterminée. Toutes les informations sont disponibles ici.

Vous avez une idée brillante – N’attendez plus, inscrivez-vous ! www.appcampus.fi peut vraiment vous aider à la réaliser.

janvier 07
Windows Phone tool box

 

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Windows Phone SDK /getphone – Phone development extensions for Visual Studio 2010
Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone /azuretoolkit –Cloud services running in Windows Azure
Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit /sltoolkit – Additional Controls for WP application development
SketchFlow Template for Windows Phone /sketchflow – Creates prototype of a WP app quick and easy
Bing Maps Silverlight Control SDK /bing – Binaries & programming ref for the Bing Maps Silverlight Control
Windows Phone Icon Maker /icons – Make multiple icons necessary to build and publish WP Application
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Windows Phone Training Kit /trainingkit – All you need to get up to speed fast on building apps
Windows Phone Quickstars /quickstarts – Introduce the basics for creating WP applications
Windows Phone 7 Developer Guide /patterns – Best practices from Microsoft Patterns & Practices
Hello Windows Phone /hello – My first WP application
Windows Phone Jump Start Training /jumpstart – There are 12 sessions each about :50 minutes in length
Programming Windows Phone 7 /freebook – Free book - 24 chapters, about 1,000 pages
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Developer Registration /register – It all starts here! Register as a developer and let’s build something!
Online Web Marketplace /marketplace – Find the WP app that is right for you
MSDN Belux / Microsoft Belux portal for developers
Windows Phone Blog /phoneblog – Blog directly from the WP development team
Windows Phone Forum /forum – Discuss tools, general development issues and questions

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janvier 07
Windows Phone 8 – Let’s start

This is the  Windows Phone 8 JumpStart training content. The training is a fast-paced, demo-packed and very highly rated learning experience tailored to show developers how to quickly build responsive, appealing and effective apps. All 20 modules are now available online for viewing on demand on Channel 9<. For more detail, refer to the WindowsPhone team blog post

Here is the full outline:


Windows Phone SDK – free tools

The Windows Phone Software Development Kit (SDK) includes all of the tools that you need to develop apps and games for Windows Phone. Click the Download button and the select the option to Run. Follow the instructions that appear.

SDK 8.0

The Windows Phone SDK 8.0 enables you to develop apps for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5 devices.  Get details and additional languages

Download (up to 1.6 GB, English)

SDK 7.1

The Windows Phone SDK 7.1 and 7.1.1 Update enables you to develop apps for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 7.0 devices. Get details and additional languages

Download (up to 730 MB, English)

SDK 7.1.1 Update

The Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update provides additional functionality to the existing Windows Phone SDK 7.1. Using this update, you can more easily develop apps and games that are optimized to run on 256-MB devices. Get details and additional languages

Download (up to 300 MB, English)

RE-IMAGINE EVERYTHING!

juillet 05
Turn up the heat this summer with your Windows 8 app

Windows 8

It's summertime! Time for all of us to throw ourselves into something new, fun and rewarding. With Windows 8 around the corner, now is the time to start building apps!
Will your app be the next big thing? Grasp that first-mover advantage and make sure your app is in the Windows Store by the time Windows 8 hits the market.
We're here to help you get your app ready with a bunch of support tools ranging from online training to App-a-thons, App Clinics and App Excellence Labs.

Follow the 4 steps to getting your app published and start building!

Build your app now! 
Four simple steps to your app in
Windows Store:

Four simple steps


Summer App-a-thons

We have 2 App-a-thons planned this summer: join us in Blankenberge (12 July) or Antwerp (8 August) and start building your Windows 8 Metro Style App!
You can win fantastic prizes too: Xbox 360 + Kinect, Connections Gift Vouchers, ...

Blankenberge

Antwerp

Want to stay in the know about all things Windows 8 app development?
Sign up now for the (Belgian & Luxembourg) MSDN newsletter!

Your MSDN team.

juin 15
Join us for the seaside Windows 8 Summer App-a-thon on July 12

 

The word is out: on July 12 we’ll organize the first Summer App-a-thons, at the Belgian coast in Blankenberge.  What could be more inspiring for building great Metro-style apps than the sound of waves crashing into the beach, ice cream and a beautiful sunset!

We’re building upon the success of the coding night at the Windows 8 Developer Day and have a hackathon to build cool Metro-style apps.  So team up with your best UX or developer friend and form a killer app team or come alone or sign up with an entire group!

This seaside Summer App-a-thon promises to be a unique experience like N.O. O.T.H.E.R!   Hands on. Code. Build. Shine. Totally Windows 8. 

There will be 2 coding sessions: 1 for Day Birds from 10AM - 4PM and one for Night Owls from 6PM - 12AM. You have 3 registration options:

  • Only the Day Birds coding session
  • Only the Night Owls coding session
  • Both the Day Birds and the Night Owls session  

So if you’re a developer or UX designer, sign up right now to join us for an unforgettable experience!

Technical pre-requisites

- Familiarity writing either desktop apps, mobile applications or developing websites. Familiarity with either Javascript, C# or C++.
- Bring your own laptop: any device capable of running Windows 8 and Visual Studio Express
- Required software: 

Windows 8 Release Preview
Visual Studio 2012 RC
Windows 8 SDK samples

juin 07
New Windows Azure Features and Services for spring

Yesterday, Microsoft announced previews of new Windows Azure services that help developers build applications that connect data to users across public and private clouds, take advantage of VHDs and deploy scalable websites quickly and cheaply. 

Today, Scott Guthrie will host “Meet Windows Azure” to introduce these new services.  And on Monday, as part of TechEd North America and broadcast live online, Scott, along with Mark Russinovich, Quentin Clark, and Bill Staples will host “Learn Windows Azure” to provide deeper demonstration of the latest Windows Azure features and services to build, deploy, and manage applications in the cloud.

Among the highlights of the announcements made yesterday:

  • Windows Azure Virtual Machines enable the moving of workloads on virtual hard disks (VHDs) between on-premises environments and the cloud.  Windows Azure supports both Windows and Linux VHD images, which can be customized or chosen from a pre-populated gallery.  With the commonly supported VHD format, developers and IT Pros can move existing workloads like a SQL Server database or an existing line-of-business application into Windows Azure to create greater scale, lower cost or deploy to new users.  It has never been easier to move your applications to the cloud and boost them with virtually unlimited power, flexibility and reliability.
  • Windows Azure Virtual Network enables the creation, extension and management of virtual private networks into Windows Azure.  Organizations can now more effectively and securely extend their corporate networks into the cloud.  Did you ever wish you had an extra couple of servers for running a calculation job or to deal with a peak in user demand?  Now you can seamlessly add and remove computing resources to your network, as your need them.
  • Windows Azure Web Sites makes building .NET, Node.js, Java and PHP web experiences easier and cheaper than ever while supporting deployment techniques like Git and FTP and framework applications like WordPress, Joomla!, DotNetNuke, Umbraco and Drupal that web developers already know and trust. Why should it be hard to setup a website that can scale with user demand, that is always up and running, regardless of the technology you’re using?
  • Python support, new Tools  The new Windows Azure SDK (June 2012) includes updated support for Java, PHP and .NET and adds Python support, while providing 100% command line support for developers using a Windows PC or a Mac.  No matter what your development flavor is, you can build applications that take advantage of Windows Azure and all its building blocks – experience the openness and interoperability of Windows Azure.

To discover, learn and get started building applications on the Windows Azure platform, I encourage you to:

      Follow the live stream of “Meet Windows Azure” and discover the new Windows Azure services.
      Tune into Learn Windows Azure on Monday June 11 for a deeper demonstration of what’s new. 
     

    Set up a trial account for getting free access to Windows Azure.

             
      Of course you want to play with these new features! How can you host your own virtual machine in Azure? What is needed to create a PHP web site using MySQL on Azure?
    As of Monday June 11, the Azure Training Kit will be updated and guide you step-by-step through a series of hands-on labs.

    Download the tools now and get started!        
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