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  • Published January 28, 2014
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Last Wednesday was a special day, after weeks of preparation the first WPDev Fusion kicked off a new initiative with a huge success. With live attendees from all over the world, hundreds of tweets on our #wpdevfusion hashtag and great sessions by our top speakers we couldn’t have imagined a better start. After the success of Windows Phone Week in October we realized something bigger and longer-lasting should be available for our beloved #wpdev community. This event was the first step towards the WPDev Fusion community the will be organizing events and hosting content online throughout 2014 and beyond.

We are well aware that not everyone has been able to attend the full event and therefore we are happy to announce the availability of recordings, slides and samples for every WPDev Fusion session. See the bottom of this post for an overview.

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Thanks again to everyone for being part of this event, enjoy the recordings and slides and we hope to welcome you back to a WPDev Fusion event in the future.

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Utilizing the Speech API – Maciej Grabek

Is there any other way to establish communication between user and app different to graphical user interface and touch? Yes… there is… Instead of normal interaction we can simply TALK with our app. What more is that our app can talk to us! This gives you lot of new possibilities and WOW factor. Join this presentation to learn more how to surprise users of your app.

SlidesDemos

Local data access in Windows Phone – Matteo Pagani

One of the most common requirements in a Windows Phone app is to store data locally, so that they can be accessed also when the Internet connection is missing. During this session we’ll see the available solutions: local storage, serialization and databases.

Slides - Demos

Mapping Tips and Tricks – Joost van Schaik

Windows Phone has a very exciting and versatile set of APIs around maps, location and routing. This session takes you on a short roundtrip through the features and ends with some real GIS integration
Basic Map manipulation & querying
Drawing and querying points on the map
Drawing and querying lines/polygons on the map
Integrate with routing
Basic proximity detection using Location tracking

SlidesDemos 

An App – No Code: The Microsoft App Studio – Peter Nowak

With Microsoft App Studio it is finally possible to create Apps without developer knowledge. There are some basics to learn. What these are and what you need to know is shown in this session.

Slides  

Sharing Data between W8 and WP8: SkyDrive for developers

Users love being able to share data between apps on Windows 8 and Windows Phone. This session shows you how to use SkyDrive to share data between platforms as well as encryption techniques.

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 Ask the experts

A full 30 minute “Ask the experts”-session with our speakers: Peter Nowak, Maciej Grabek, Ginny Caughey, Matteo Pagani and Joost van Schaik to wrap up the event.

 

 

 

Speaker Interview – Maciej Grabek

In just a few days we will kick-off WPDev Fusion. With about 350 registered (and counting) this will be a great start for what promises to be a big year for Windows Phone developers We still have spaces left, so if you’d like to join please head over to our EventDay page to register. In the meantime, let’s meet the speaker who will kick-off the first session on wednesday. Our Polish WPDev MVP Maciej Grabek:

1. Tell a little bit about yourself. How long are you already into Mobility?

My name is Maciej Grabek. I live in Gdańsk in Poland and my daily job is a Software Engineer for Holte Software. After work I’m .NET passionate, speaker, writer and editor in Chief of CodeGuru.pl. Member of great Windows Phone MVP’s family since January 2012. Software development is my hobby as this is reason why I spend so much time in front of my computer. My journey with .NET I’ve started during studies – even now I remember when I first launched Visual Studio 2003 and its WOW factor. Since then I became an active speaker about Microsoft technologies – best way to learn something is to be able to speak to others about this. I did that more and more… Could not stop. Then I’ve got invitation for Windows Phone 7 training juts after it launched and it was my real beginning with mobility.

2. When did you start working with Windows Phone? Why did you like it in the first place?

I always wanted to do something mobile, but without large success. Always there was one problem – wrong platform, but this one was different – this one was perfect! This is how it started. I created lot of apps to test different things, for fun etc. I liked is so much that I decided to share it with as many people in Poland as I can. One of results was that I prepared series of webcasts on Channel9 for polish community. Why it is so cool? It is simple, developer friendly, clear, well documented and almost perfect!

3. Why a developer should jump on the Windows Phone ship and start developing apps for the Microsoft platform?

This is perfect time to work with Windows Phone. This system is getting more and more stable, we can say it mature now. We are getting new possibilities from API perspective with each version and new scenarios are available. This gives developers lot of space to create their own apps which are not available for Windows Phone yet and this is straight way to success.

4. WP Dev Fusion is the successor of the Windows Phone Week initiative, which brought almost 30 events all around the world.  Which is the best moment you remember?

I was not able to participate in this event because of other conference. Best thing I can remember about that is passion during our calls which was related to this initiative. Someone told – “lest do it” and there was no need to wait for response… This is great thing about Windows Phone MVPs family… our passion!

5. Tell us a little about your involvement with communities. Do you think that their support can make the difference for a Windows Phone developer?

I love to talk with people and this is why you can see me at many events in Poland. Presentations and webcasts are my most common way to involve with communities. Second way of interaction is my activity on CodeGuru.pl portal where I’m editor in Chief. There is also a lot of topics to cover from very basic like what is Windows Phone to very detailed like application performance analyze etc. As far as I know communities around other mobile platforms are not so strong comparing with Windows Phone. This gives additional bonus for each developer related to this platform and this is where Windows Phone MVPs are needed – spread the word about Windows Phone to all developers.

6. What are you excited most about your session at WPDev Fusion?

Title of my session explains all. If you can interact with app in more friendly way than only touch then it becomes better. Speaking to each other is most common way of communication between people. Now it is possible to do the same with Windows Phone app… So why to touch when you can talk?

Speaker Interview – Peter Nowak

With just under a week left until our next event it’s time to introduce you to another great speaker. Registrations passed the 300 mark two days ago, so we’re already looking at a great start for WPDev Fusion this year. Be sure to join us next week and don’t forget to invite your friends. For now, let’s talk to our German speaker Peter Nowak and allow him to answer some questions.

 1. Tell a little bit about yourself. How long are you already into Mobility?

My name is Peter Nowak. I’m 35 years old living in Germany. I’m into Mobility since Pocket PC 2000, as I found it fascinating what you could achieve there already with the .NET Compact Framework in conjunction with the .NET Framework. This already opened a wide spectrum of possibilities to develop what I called then “hybrid Applications” – create once run on Pocket PC and Windows. This was a fun time, so that I sticked with the platform to see what it becomes even nowadays.

2. When did you start working with Windows Phone? Why did you like it in the first place?

As being an MVP I had the chance get my hands at the very first bits of what was called the “Windows Phone 7 series”. This was like a revolution as changing from a similar “Android” system model to a closed system like iOS. This gave a lot of headaches how to convert existing solutions to the new platform. What we know from today is, that not only the Apps had to change, but also the way how we work has evolved.

Since then I’m excited to help the system getting better and better. But still there is a lot of work ahead and we also know, that Windows Phone has come very late to the party. But I take this as an opportunity to get things done better.

3. Why a developer should jump on the Windows Phone ship and start developing apps for the Microsoft platform?

Everybody being asked about Windows Phone gives more or less the same answer: The tooling support is way better than with any of the competitors. But actually we lack of a system being spanned among Windows Phone and Windows itself. Yes, we can use C#/VB and XAML to create our Apps, but this is already it. We need some effort to port the Apps nowadays to the one or the other platform.

But I think this will vanish so my prediction for the future is, that this will become somehow one platform. So if I already know one platform, why shall I wait for my idea to become true? The right point to step in is today!

4. WP Dev Fusion is the successor of the Windows Phone Week initiative, which brought almost 30 events all around the world.  Which is the best moment you remember?

I personally missed this event announcement totally, as I was in a personal changing phase regarding business. So coming late to the party I was still able to organize a german event in just 21 days, so that we could join the initiative. Being part of this made me very proud!

5. Tell us a little about your involvement with communities. Do you think that their support can make the difference for a Windows Phone developer?

I still see a lot of potential in this space, as the question is, which part of community you are aiming at! At the end of November I had the chance to speak to a group of pupils regarding Bluetooth development. Getting asked, what this “weird version of Word I’m using there is good for” (This weird version was Visual Studio) opened my eyes, that even sessions of level 100 and 50 are still needed to get pupils even involved. This is a potential we aren’t using today, so this is one part to focus on.

Having this great tools and the possibility to create an app very easy is really a game changer IMHO. I for myself make it very simple: I tend to say that if I understand some technical documents I can “translate” them to ideas and a description people can understand. This is what I’m good at and like to share.

 6. What are you excited most about your session at WPDev Fusion?

I live the idea to show how you can create an App without even using a Development environment. Nearly everybody likes Apps, but being able to create one becomes now fairly simple. I have to admit, that the possibilities are still limited, but for a lot of Use Cases the possibilities are already sufficient. I’m very excited to see, how this will be received.

 

Speaker Interview – Ginny Caughey

With just over a week left we’re getting everything for the big event. There’s new registrations coming in everyday and speakers are preparing their decks.

Ginny will be covering “Sharing data between W8 and WP8: SkyDrive for Developers”. Those following Ginny on Twitter will already now that she never sleeps, but for now let’s ask her some real questions.

1. Tell a little bit about yourself. How long are you already into Mobility?

I wrote my first mobile app many, many years ago for an industrially hardened device made by Telxon in a language that was a Cobol variant. It used the occasionally connected model for managing data (actually we’d call it “batch” today). It was for water meter readers and it synced its data with an app written in Clipper. How things have changed since then! And yet some things have remained the same: the importance of sharing data between/among devices.

 2. When did you start working with Windows Phone? Why did you like it in the first place?

I started work with Windows Phone before it was even in beta and loved the platform immediately! In truth getting my head around Silverlight/XAML took at bit longer, but the C# language was very familiar to me. Windows Phone was the first platform I built apps for that I didn’t have to also worry about selling since the platform has a Store. It was also the first platform I targeted that had users all over the world, and I found and still find that very exciting.

3. Why a developer should jump on the Windows Phone ship and start developing apps for the Microsoft platform?

Many developers are already familiar with the excellent Microsoft tools and languages. This makes developers productive right away so they can focus more on the apps they want to build and spend less time twiddling bits. (In fairness I should point out that C++ developers are also very welcome.) What’s interesting is that as the Windows mobile platforms gain traction in the marketplace, there is a rapidly growing audience for apps built for Windows Phone. The platform is still new enough that an innovative app can still get noticed and not lost in a sea of apps though.

4. WP Dev Fusion is the successor of the Windows Phone Week initiative, which brought almost 30 events all around the world.  Which is the best moment you remember?

I didn’t take part in the Windows Phone Week since I live in a small town, so having a virtual worldwide event is great for me.

5. Tell us a little about your involvement with communities. Do you think that their support can make the difference for a Windows Phone developer?

I been involved with developer communities for many years, and it has been a great way for getting the help you need when you need it. No matter how well platforms are documented, there are always little surprises. The Windows Phone community is also a great place to get feedback and moral support – pretty important since many mobile apps are built by developers working alone.

6. What are you excited most about your session at WPDev Fusion?

Even before I built the Windows companion app for my popular Windows Phone password keeper app, I used SkyDrive as a means of providing secure (via encryption) backup of users’ data. Once I also had the Windows Store app, sharing data among devices became important, and I’m still fine-tuning the way this should work based on user feedback. I’m looking forward to sharing my techniques so all developers who need to share data among devices can easily add this functionality to their apps.

Speaker Interview – Joost van Schaik

WPDev Fusion is coming up in just two weeks and registrations are growing every day. It’s the right time to focus on another great speaker. Today we spent some time with Joost van Schaik, a WPDev MVP and Nokia Developer Champion from the Netherlands who can be considered a mapping expert. During WPDev Fusion he will be sharing his mapping tips and tricks, so let’s get to know him a little better.

1. Tell a little bit about yourself. How long are you already into Mobility?

I am Joost van Schaik, 44 years old, live in the Amersfoort, Netherlands, with my lovely wife Gerda who drives trucks for her living. We don’t have any kids, but we do share other hobbies, like photography and especially gardening. I don’t work in mobility at all. I earn my keep doing web development in the geographic information systems (GIS) area. You can see my work spilling over into Windows Phone development by the excessive attention maps and related subjects get in my blog and – indeed – the session I will be doing for Wp Dev Fusion.

2. When did you start working with Windows Phone? Why did you like it in the first place?

I don’t remember exactly, but on July 7, 2010 the very first article Windows Phone 7 appeared on my blog http://dotnetbyexample.blogspot.com which until then was just a general brain dump for .NET things I learned the hard way (i.e. things that were not or not easy to find on the internet). That was way before Windows Phone actually was released. I liked it immediately because the clean UI appealed to me, and I could just hop over and apply my C# and XAML skills. When I got my hands on my the prototype phone, I knew this was the way I would be going.

3. Why a developer should jump on the Windows Phone ship and start developing apps for the Microsoft platform?

There’s a very big market out there for Windows 8, so you would be crazy not to jump on that. The Windows Phone market is now growing VERY fast, especially in places you would not expect it, like developing countries – courtesy of the very cheap phones plus the unique architecture of Windows Phone that allows a decent performance on very cheap hardware – you don’t see the terrible degradation that Android suffers from on cheap devices, for instance. So – fast growing market, in unexplored territories. Do I need to say more?

4. WP Dev Fusion is the successor of the Windows Phone Week initiative, which brought almost 30 events all around the world.  Which is the best moment you remember?

Standing before the audience in the Netherlands, kicking off the event on October 5. It was ‘big bang’ day, six events simultaneously, and I knew then there would be 24 events in total. Matteo, Rodo and me had not merely started a few fun events, but lighted a fuse that exploded into a worldwide resonating Windows Phone event. It was so very cool to know on that moment there wasn’t mainly a polite cheer for the platform, but a resounding planet-wide roar of 1700 developers rallying around Windows Phone.

5. Tell us a little about your involvement with communities. Do you think that their support can make the difference for a Windows Phone developer?

My main interaction is writing a blog, an receiving a lot of feedback and questions on that. I have no idea how this works in other communities, but the Windows Phone devs are mostly very supportive. The twitter community is very active, the #wpdev hashtag is the first thing every aspiring Windows Phone developer must learn. Asking a question using this tag will usually get you answers within minutes. So yes, communities are important, you are really doing yourself a disservice not connecting.

6. What are you excited most about your session at WPDev Fusion?

Well, actually I am happy to do a session at all. We were kind of swamped in content on our Dutch event so I did not find any room for a session by myself. Not that I was particularly unhappy with that – I was quite busy with the event itself – the first one I ever organized. That was kind of fun, but also very stressful. I am very happy and proud to be part of the first Wp Dev Fusion installment, to able to contribute to all those people who didn’t have time or the means to travel to an event near their home location.

Speaker Interview – Matteo Pagani

The first WPDev Fusion event wouldn’t be possible without some great speakers from the WindowPhone Development community. While counting down to the event we will be introducing our speakers with special speaker interviews. First up is Matteo Pagani, a Microsoft MVP and Nokia Developer Champion from Italy. He will be presenting a session on local data access in Windows Phone. 

Let’s get to know him a little better:

1. Tell a little bit about yourself. How long are you already into Mobility?

My name is Matteo Pagani, I’m 30 years old and I live in Como, Italy, a small city near Milan. I’ve always loved computers and programming since I was a child so, after school and university, I started my career as a developer 8 years ago, working with web technologies. After a couple of years Apple released the first iPhone, showing to the world that a different idea of smartphone was possible. I started to like, as a developer, the idea of mobile apps and the new scenarios that were born as a consequence, like geo localization, mobile internet access, interaction with other devices, etc. The first approach with iOS development, however, was not so good: I liked the mobile approach and challenges, but I was a .NET developer, so the development approach was very uncomfortable to me. Then Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7, a new concept of smartphone that radically changed the approach used to build his mobile operating system, and it was love at first sight: a fresh user interface, lot of new innovative concepts (like the Live Tiles and the social integration) and a familiar and powerful development environment. In the same timeframe I made my first contact with the community world, thanks to Ugo Lattanzi, a dear friend of mine that was nominated ASP.NET MVP in the same year. And, again, it was love at the first sight: seeing all these people sharing their knowledge and passion was really inspiring, so I’ve started to do the same, by opening a blog and by moving my first steps as speaker in some events organized by DotNetLombardia, a local community. Since that year many things have been changed: I’ve started to share more and more my passion about Windows Phone, by opening an English blog, by speaking at more and more events and by writing two books, one in Italian and one in English. In 2011 I became a MVP myself and in 2012 I became a Nokia Developer Champion. Then, in 2012, I’ve finally been able to turn my passion into a job: I was hired by Funambol to work on the Windows Phone client for the cloud services offered by the company.

2. When did you start working with Windows Phone? Why did you like it in the first place?

As I’ve already anticipated in the previous question, I started to work with Windows Phone as soon as it was announced during MIX in April 2010. In fact, I had the chance to be one of the first Italian developers to publish an app on the Store when the platform was launched in October 2010. When it was announced for the first time, I immediately liked the fresh and innovative approach: even if, from a feature point of view, it was a little behind its competitors, some concepts (like live tiles) were very brilliant and even today aren’t matched by any other mobile platform. In addition, the developer experience was superb: I was already a .NET developer, so Visual Studio was (and still is) the best IDE for me. All these aspects made me realize that Windows Phone was here to stay and, even if it would have been a tough challenge, it satisfied all the requirements to become an important player in the mobile world.

 3. Why a developer should jump on the Windows Phone ship and start developing apps for the Microsoft platform?

I think this is a great time to become a Windows Phone developer. First, because, thanks to the Microsoft and Nokia’s efforts, the platform is growing day by day: important and famous apps are being released every day and the gap with the other platforms is more and more shrinking. As a consequence, Windows Phone’s market share is slowly but steadily growing, especially in Europe: the number of devices all around the world is starting to get big, so there are many opportunities to start doing some serious money or gaining some popularity. Another reason is that the Windows Phone Store is not as crowded as the other platforms: if on iOS or Android is really hard to spread the word about your application and to gain popularity, on Windows Phone it’s much easier. There’s still a lot of space for many applications and you don’t have to be the next Rovio to get the chance to make some money. Third and last reason, the community support: Microsoft and Nokia share the same commitment in supporting the developer communities all around the world and that’s really makes the difference. DVLUP, phones loaning for developers, free training kits and conferences are just a small sample of the support you can get by working with the Windows Phone platform.

 4. WP Dev Fusion is the successor of the Windows Phone Week initiative, which brought almost 30 events all around the world.  Which is the best moment you remember?

When I got a message on Twitter from a Nokia Developer Champion asking if he could support the initiative and organize an event in his country. In that moment I understood the real potential of the initiative and, in a few weeks, a crazy idea shared by three friends had turned out into more than 20 events all around the world.

 5. Tell us a little about your involvement with communities. Do you think that their support can make the difference for a Windows Phone developer?

Being part of the community world is one of the best things that happened in my life: I had the chance to meet many great people and friends and I was able to grow from a professional point of view; so, I think that communities can make a huge difference for a Windows Phone developer. In the past I had a brief experience with iOS development and, from the community point of view, it was a disaster: no official support by the company, no way to get access to new devices to test the applications, very little chances to share knowledge and solutions between developers. With Windows Phone the experience is totally different: Nokia and Microsoft loans (and sometimes even gifts) devices to developers so that they can test applications; Microsoft, Nokia and communities regularly organize free conferences, dev camps and labs to help developers to improve the quality of their code and their design and marketing skills; the MVP community is made by people always willing to support and help other developers.

 6. What are you excited most about your session at WPDev Fusion?

In my session I’m going to talk about local data access in Windows Phone applications: all the strategies that developers have to locally store their data, like databases, serialization, etc. I think it’s a good opportunity to take a snapshot of the current status and to understand which are the best techniques. I’m looking forward to get the feedback from the participants: I really hope they’ll find the speech useful!

Want to get in touch with Matteo? Find him on Twitter or his blog.

Matteo is one of the five experts that are presenting at the WPDev Fusion event.  Check back later this week for the next speaker interview.

 

Announcing the WPDev Fusion „New Year Edition“

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  • Published December 23, 2013
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Along with Christmas we have a little gift from the Windows Phone development community for you: The WPDev Fusion „New Year Edition“, supported by Microsoft and Nokia. This is an evolution of the Windows Phone Week from last october, where over 1500 developers participated in. But these events also have a few downsides: You have to be at a specific time at a specific place in conjunction with travel costs. Here actually WPDev Fusion comes into the game as this event is pure virtual. Relaxed from your couch you can join this global event on January 22nd.

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Here the according agenda:

January 22 – 6:00 PM – Main Stage
Introduction

 

January 22 – 6:15 PM – Main Stage

Utilizing the Speech API

Maciej Grabek

Is there any other way to establish communication between user and app different to graphical user interface and touch? Yes… there is… Instead of normal interaction we can simply TALK with our app. What more is that our app can talk to us! This gives you lot of new possibilities and WOW factor. Join this presentation to learn more how to surprise users of your app.

January 22 – 7:15 PM – Main Stage

Local data access in Windows Phone

Matteo Pagani

One of the most common requirements in a Windows Phone app is to store data locally, so that they can be accessed also when the Internet connection is missing. During this session we’ll see the available solutions: local storage, serialization and databases

January 22 – 8:15 PM – Main Stage

Mapping Tips and Tricks

Joost van Schaik

Windows Phone has a very exiting and versatile set of APIs around maps, location and routing. This session takes you on a short roundtrip trough the features and end with some real GIS integration
Basic Map manipulation & querying
Drawing and querying points on the map
Drawing and querying lines/polygons on the map
Integrate with routing
Basic proximity detection using Location tracking

January 22 – 9:15 PM – Main Stage

An App – No Code: The Microsoft App Studio

Peter Nowak

With Microsoft App Studio it is finally possible to create Apps without developer knowledge. There are some basics to learn. What these are and what you need to know is shown in this session.

January 22 – 10:15 PM – Main Stage

Sharing Data between W8 and WP8: Skydrive for developers

Ginny Caughey

Users love being able to share data between apps on Windows 8 and Windows Phone. This session shows you how to use Skydrive to share data between platforms as well as encryption techniques.

January 22 – 11:15 PM – Main Stage

Ask the experts

Peter Nowak
Maciej Grabek
Ginny Caughey
Matteo Pagani
Joost van Schaik

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