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We all have our own methods of studying, learning and practicing newly acquired skills as developers. Luckily nowadays we are not limited only to written text or on-site trainings, but have so many great options like podcasts, webcasts and video tutorials, which we can utilize wherever we are based on our own time schedule.

When it comes to online developer/software training, again, we may all favor different sites. Yet my go to site for developer training has been Pluralsight for some time now. Currently I have 3 Pluralsight 30 day subscription cards, which I would like to offer in a give-away daily this week starting this Thursday, February 23rd. The winner will get a chance to discover the entire set of the hardcore developer training courses offered on the site. Pluralsight’s content is not only limited to .NET technologies, but there are courses for Facebook development, iOS, Java, JavaScript, CSS, Android etc.

What participants need to do:

To participate in most give-away contests aside from user tweets and Facebook likes, you have to find an answer to some random questions. Most of the time you may already have the answer, however thanks to search engines it is not that difficult of a task to find the info in mere seconds. So I decided to skip the knowledge-based questions altogether and try a different approach based solely on your individual feedback.

I would like to know, what Windows Phone application in a specific category you like the most and what you specifically enjoy about it. For example; why it is fun to use, why you could not live without it, which features of it stand out etc. You can provide as much detail as you want. You do not have to come up with an answer of 1000 words or whatsoever, but answers like “because AppABC is soooo awesome” or “AppXYZ blows my mind” would certainly not be sufficient.

Many many developers have already started or are starting out to code for Windows Phone and I would like to add even if it is only the tiniest bit of momentum to that movement. I plan to share all the feedback from participants on my blog. I may also feature certain applications in more detail, in case a single application gets numerous comments. We not all take the time to rate and/or review applications on the Windows Phone Marketplace and this activity would be chance to highlight some Windows Phone applications and specific features, which make them stand out.

Give-away Date/Time/Details:

The give-away is starting Thursday, February 23rd.

Day-1: Thursday, Feb 23rd

Day-2: Friday, Feb 24th

Day-3: Saturday, Feb 25th

Daily Timeline:

8 AM PST – 8 PM PST

My plan is to announce the actual application category for the day at 8 AM PST each day with a short blog post. You can check out some of the potential categories here. At the same time, I am going to select a random number X, let’s say from 1-20. You will be able to post comments on that blog post for 12 hours and I will approve all comments each day at 8PM PST. At that time I will check for comment #X, which has been posted between 8 AM and 8PM PST. The comment owner will win the Pluralsight 30 day subscription of the day. Certainly, if there are less than X comments, the last reader to comment will get the prize. But I do hope, that there is a good amount of  motivation for participation and discussion! The idea here is to collect developer feedback in order to promote developer work plus add fuel and inspiration to applications, that are still a work in progress. It is just supporting fellow developers through a simple activity!

For the curious Windows Phone enthusiast:

If you would like to check out the current Windows Phone training content on Pluralsight, here is a quick look:

Just by supporting your favorite Windows Phone apps with a comment, you will get a chance to win a 30 day Pluralsight subscription and check out their vast library of developer courses.

Good luck to all participants or should I simply say; all supporters of Windows Phone developers?

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Based on my latest Wikipedia wisdom, mango is the the most cultivated fruit of the tropical world. With a little ambitious creativity, the phrase “cultivated” can be interpreted in two ways: The fruit is grown and produced or mangos are sophisticated, refined and well-educated. Yet to support the latter, we need a few facts.

Mango, as a fruit, has long been a symbol of  summer, but this fall it embraced a new role to embody sophistication as the latest Windows Phone Update! Custom ringtones, new speech commands, visual voicemails, linked inboxes, groups, enhanced social network integration, multitasking, even better live tiles, improved search + maps features and the list goes on and on. If you check out the videos on the update feature list page, you will soon discover, that there is sufficient evidence to state, that this fall the term “cultivated” simply translates to “sophisticated/refined” for the mango we are talking about!

Certainly this attempt of literary explanation may sound like a far reach for some of you. So let’s shift our focus to the excitement Mango has in store for Windows Phone developers. As I shared in my previous blog entry, there are numerous Windows Phone Camps taking place allover the country.  Participants get a full day of free training plus a chance to win a Windows Phone 7. But this is just the beginning; the surprises don’t stop here!


Windows Phone – Go Mango App Contest

Just recently, a new US-based contest has been announced: Go Mango! The contest will run from October 15th and December 31st. The APPortunities for Windows Phone developers are two-fold:

  • Every new Mango app you publish within the contest timeline will be entered to win 1 of 5 Samsung Series 7 slates.
  • When you publish 5 new apps, you will earn 1 entry to win free advertising for one app of your choice.

The free advertising will run on the Windows Phone Application Network for about 60 days and include 25K impressions.


The more Windows Phone Mango apps you get into the marketplace until the end of 2011, the more chances you will get to win. You can find the detailed contest rules here.


Windows Phone Ad Campaign

Another great offering for Windows Phone developers is the Windows Phone Advertising Campaign“Your app here” . The campaigns run from December 2011 to February 2012. The application submission deadline for the December campaign ended yesterday, October 25th; however there are still two more months, if you plan to submit your Windows Phone application.



Each month from December through February, up to seven apps will be selected and promoted in campaigns created and funded by Windows Phone. Selected apps will get an online banner and their ads will run across the MSN Network of sites. This campaign will deliver one million ad impressions for each app selected. To participate, your Windows Phone App

Besides these participation terms, your app should certainly be user-friendly and engaging, stick to Metro design principles and provide integration of App Connect if relevant.

You can explore great Metro tutorials on the .toolbox site. You may also want to check out the User Experience Design Guidelines for Windows Phone on MSDN. The Mango Jump Start Series on Channel 9 by Rob Miles and Andy Wigley are also quite informative, if you need a fast-paced deep-dive into Windows Phone Mango.


Fast Track to the Mobile App – Design Contest

This is a Windows Phone Design Contest organized by Core77 and Microsoft. The contest challenges participants to rethink “work everywhere” capabilities of smartphones. Participants are expected to create designs with maximized usability, productivity and integration features by utilizing the benefits and features of the Windows Phone Platform. The contest does not require any coding; a contest entry can consist of a Sketchflow mockup, images of the sketches and an optional video and/or presentation. The contest ends November 18th.



One of the contest taglines summarizes the constantly connected, mobilized life-style of today: “We’re looking for design that understands, your computer is no longer on your desk, it’s in your pocket.


Telerik Special Prize for Windows Phone Unleashed Apps

Though this may not be directly Mango news; it is still a great Windows Phone related activity. It may also motivate you to attend one of the Windows Phone Camps; there could always be new surprises for these latest round of developer events. Telerik has announced a Grand Prize for applications submitted by participants of the Windows Phone 7 Unleashed events. These events were organized by Microsoft and local developer communities. The Grand Prize winner will be announced Friday, October 28th. 



There will also be a special prize for a WP7  community app and you too can support fellow Windows Phone developers. Just click the tweet button placed under your favorite app until Thursday, October 27th; the tweet must include #telerikwp7prize in order to qualify.


Idea of the Week – Student Contest

Microsoft kicked off a new contest called “Idea of Week” for students on October 17th. The goal is to inspire students to come up with unique and original app ideas. You can find out more about the contest on the Windows Phone Developer blog; official rules are listed here. Submitted ideas can be tracked on twitter with the hashtag #wpappitup.


I Unlock Joy – Student Contest

A few months ago, Microsoft India launched the “I Unlock Joy” developer contest for students in India. The contest runs until December 18th.



Students, who get four of their submitted applications certified in AppHub, are eligibile to apply for a Windows Phone Developer Device. Detailed terms and conditions can be found here.


Icing on the Cake

What could top all these developer opportunities such as the free training at Windows Phone Camps, various contests to win cool prizes and free ad campaigns just for building Windows Phone apps, a Windows Phone design contest etc.? Probably a sign, that would provide further assurance, that developing for Windows Phone has a bright future?


Wait no longer; the Nokia Lumia Windows Phone has arrived. Just today, Nokia introduced Lumia, its first device build on the Windows Phone platform, at Nokia World 2011. They are launching an impressive marketing campaign, with the catchy tagline “The Amazing Everyday“.



My first phone was a Nokia, easy to use and sturdy as a brick. Over the years, I used various mobile phones, most of them Nokia devices. Aside my nostalgic bond, I believe, Lumia brings Nokia’s outstanding industrial design and Windows Phone’s elegant UI together. This is truly a stunning collaboration, which I wish to become highly successful. The attractive pricing strategy, prices ranging from 270 to 420 Euros, will also  play a key role in the adoption of Nokia’s first Windows Phone in the consumer market.


Nokia does not shy away from futuristic research, fast forward and your Windows Phone experience  may get you the flexible and twisted interface of the prototype Nokia Kinetic device:



This “fast forward” may have been too fast; but you get the idea. The future is exciting and bright. You can contribute to shape and enrich this future by building Windows Phone applications, which delight and fascinate the user.


Last minute bonus link: There is a contest to win a Nokia Lumia 800 on “the Amazing Everyday” Facebook page. Good luck!


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With the release of Mango, Windows Phone Camps are again in full swing. These free Windows Phone developer events take place all over major US cities throughout this fall and they may even be coming to a city near you!

 

 

A Windows Phone 7 Camp, is a 1 (sometimes 2) day event, which provides an extensive overview of what you need to know to develop a Windows Phone application. This also includes, how to submit your application to the Windows Phone Marketplace and how to monetize your app. You will also get the latest bits and pieces on Mango, which means that you will learn about the updated Windows Phone features and how your existing apps can be mangofied.

 

The Fall 2011 developer events started in September; yet there are still plenty of upcoming Windows Phone Camps. The following is a list of all events taking place within or after this week:

 

If you would like to participate in any of the upcoming Windows Phone Camps, take a few minutes to register, as these events fill up rather quickly. You will need to bring your own laptop to follow along with the training material. You should also install the following beforehand:

You can check out APP HUB to get developer toolslearn about application features, understand common task for Apps and register and load your APP.

 

At each event, there will also be  a Windows Phone 7 giveaway and many other prizes. As a Windows Phone Camp participant, you will get a fun-filled day with free training plus a chance to win a Windows Phone 7! How awesome is that?

 

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