CES 2012 has just finished and I came across the challenge “SmokedByPhone” [REF-02].
You can watch the videos on YouTube [REF-03]. The challenge results are interesting, specially for a phone OS which have only about 1.5 % of the global phone shares market (see my previous entry on that).
Overall results for Windows Phone 7.5 (aka Mango):
=> 88% wins. Not bad !!
Let’s see by the end of 2012 where Windows Phone will be – Nokia and HTC launched this week new phones in USA, that should boost Windows Phone sales and shares market. (more…)
Posted by Joao Morais on January 14, 2012
I am looking forward to coming to this event in the USA and also to visiting my friends.
Earlier this year, TechEd Europe 2011 (usually in November) was cancelled (or “postponed” to June 2012). So, it had to be in USA.
Since last March, I was searching the web for the PDC or TechEd conference in USA – 2012 is going to be a major year in term of releases from Microsoft (a lot of new products, enhancement on .NET platform and development tools and maybe a new OS – Windows 8). It was a relief when I managed to get a little more information about the Build conference back in May. However, there was not any agenda and even the dates were not settled. Finally, on 13th June I managed to book it. Apparently, MS started to sell tickets on 1st June and they sold out on 1st August (2 months – no surprise, when you cancel (or “postpone”) other events).
Summer is gone in Europe. In a few hours time, I will be on my way to this conference…
Like last year, at TechEd Europe in Berlin, I will post information/observations about the sessions. See you there !!
Posted by Joao Morais on September 7, 2011
Today, I went to 4 sessions.
First one was presented by Dino Esposito and about “Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) in Action”. MEF is now part of .NET 4.0 framework
The primary role of MEF is to extend the application at runtime. As a framework, it is to improve productivity by providing the required features for extensibility and dicosvery. (more…)
Posted by Joao Morais on November 11, 2010
I started the day with the session presented by Peter Provost about “Architecture Discovery with Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate”.
He did a demo on the dependency feature – a great visual way to look at your code and navigate through it. The dependency file format is XML, more specifically DGML (Directed Graph Markup Language).
He went on presenting the “Layer model diagram”. I never used it before, but definitely I will. As an Architect you can now draw “boxes and lines” in a diagram that can not only be used to communicate with the team, but also use it to validate your architectural design at compilation time. (more…)
Posted by Joao Morais on November 10, 2010
Today, the rally of sessions started.
The first one was on “Code First Development with Entity Framework (EF)“. EF v4.0 is still a new product, but for RAD (Rapid Application Development) this can help to quickly create a new project and have a sense of the data model in a short period of time. However, the feature that “re-creates” the database everytime you launch the application must not be delivered into Production (right now, you must implements the logic in the configuration or comment that part of the code before building the application and shipping it into Production).
Next, I went to “Open Data for the Open Web” (OData) – speaker: Jonathan Carter – Excellent session. (more…)
Posted by Joao Morais on November 9, 2010
Today, I attended Jaime Rodriguez (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jaimer/) sessions on Windows Phone 7. Great sessions!!
Some of my notes:
- Main goals of Windows Phone 7:
- “End users” first (or at the center). Two aspects:
- METRO : Like in the subways stations, a pure and simple iconography can make a lot of sense to many people, i.e. they understand how to move around on the transports (not always easy to get started, but here in Berlin looking at the signs it was easy for mr to follow and get on the trains – I am french, and the principle worked). (more…)
Posted by Joao Morais on November 8, 2010
This year, the Messe Berlin is hosting the “TechEd 2010” event in Europe. Around 6,000 people are attending this year.
I am coming to this event mainly to attend some Architecture, Development and Technical tracks on : Windows Phone 7, C# 5.0, Entity Framework, MEF (Managed Extensibility Framework), Windows Server AppFabric Cache and Memory Management.
Yesterday, on my way to the event I met the Bogdanov’s brothers, Igor and Grichka, at Charles De Gaulle Airport. They were on their way to Vienna and spare a couple of minutes for the picture. Their “Temps X” (Time X) fans will appreciate:
Today, Monday is the Pre-conference day and I am going to attend the sessions on “Windows Phone 7”. My friend Bruno B. is attending the sessions on Silverlight 4.0.
Posted by Joao Morais on November 8, 2010