Becoming a real mobile developer, and a return to blogging

This site has been pretty quiet for a while now, but I will begin adding content here again soon. I’ve got my first app submitted to the Windows Phone app store and I’m hopeful that it will pass Microsoft’s testing and be published soon.

My work towards this target has meant in general I’ve been on a  bit of a blogging hiatus for a while but I really wanted to get something published.

So, yeah.. more to come, including some developer focused posts, with code samples and the like.

Microsoft Virtual Academy

In the meantime, I want to mention Microsoft Virtual Academy and their Windows Phone 8 JumpStart series.  These video tutorials run through a lot of information for budding Windows Phone developers, some obvious, but other bits are real nuggets of useful info that you might not otherwise come across or figure out until it was too late.

Andy Wigley and Rob Tiffany host it, and it’s broken down in to 20 parts which run between 30 minutes and 1 hour each.  There isn’t any self-assessment, but you can download the presentations and code snippets from some of the modules. While these videos are available through Channel 9, accessing them through the MVA makes them in to one continuous course, and can track your progress as you go through the videos.  They have now added an associated Exam – Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Phone Apps. So if you are looking for some training material around windows phone, this might be a decent place to start.

Building Apps for Windows Phone 8 Jump Start is here, and the Microsoft Virtual Academy is free.


About bluechrism

I am a software developer with most professional experience in the Windows .Net realm and I'm currently a WPF developer with Starkey Labs. However, I have wanted for some time to start the mobile developer journey properly and being an N900 owner, this was to be in the realm of QT. Job hunting, moving to Minnesota and changing jobs put my plans on hold 6-12 months but things are starting to settle now, just as I'm getting sorted to start some things, Microsoft and Nokia merge. This blog is about my novice mobile development experiences and hopefully will end up complete with links to download some apps on various platforms, but obviously by the name, Sybian, Maemo/Meego and Windows Mobile. In other stuff, I am English, I support Everton FC, I have visited Glastonbury music festival 5 times and recommend it to anyone. I am married and my wife and i have a dog called Friday.
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