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Windows Phone 8 SDK Finally Released To All Developers

Microsoft finally released the Windows Phone 8 SDK today at the build developers’ conference!

You can get the Windows Phone 8 SDK at the new Windows Phone Developers’ Center. If you are not a Windows Phone dev yet, you have 8 days to take advantage of the 8$ license offer. At the same time, Nokia has started its Windows Phone Premium Developer Program in which they offer the developers’ license, Telerik Windows Phone RAD controls and a whole year and up to 1 million calls of Buddy.com cloud APIs. What are you waiting for? :)

By the way… the build keynote was great! Check the video below about Developers you love, and why they love developing to get a flavor of what is going on right now at Redmond and remember that you can follow the build conference live on channel 9.

Enjoy!

The Windows Phone 8 Launch Event Was A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

I have just watched the Windows Phone 8 launch event and it was just great. You could really feel the anticipation, energy and excitement in the atmosphere and appreciate how strongly Microsoft is pushing for mobile in all its variants. It was particularly interesting to see both Joe Belfiore and Steve Ballmer positioning Windows Phone as the reinvention of the smartphone and in opposition to iOS and Android; to one side joy, color and a truly personalized and full of life experience, to the other the same old boring stuff. Take a look at the actual devices, they are truly gorgeous:

Some Windows Phone 8 devices

Here goes a list of some interesting news that were showcased in the event:

  • The Windows Phone 8 SDK will be available to all developers tomorrow 30th November
  • Super customizable home screen and lock screen
  • Partnership with Facebook and Twitter to release new awesome apps for Windows Phone 8
  • New Data Sense functionality that compresses the data usage of the phone device, finds nearby Wi-Fi hotspots, automatically adjusts behavior as you get near your data limit and provides detailed information of the data usage of every one of your apps
  • New Skype for Windows Phone 8 that is active at all times
  • New People Hub concept that let us group contacts into rooms. These rooms work basically as private groups within which we can share information, photos, etc
  • Seamless integration between Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices via SkyDrive
  • Kids’ corner, a phone within your phone that creates a secure and control environemnt for when your kids want to play with your phone (there was a suuuuuper cute and adorable moment right there when Joe Belfiore’s kids came on the stage to showcase this feature)
  • 46 of the top 50 mobile apps are available for Windows Phone 8
  • New Pandora app for Windows Phone 8
  • Xbox integration with Smartglass and Xbox music
  • 120000 apps available today for Windows Phone 8
  • Jessica Alba uses Windows Phone 8 (XDD)

Don’t miss the verge coverage for a really thorough review of Windows Phone 8.

And if this was not awesome enough already, the build conference starts tomorrow!

Build Windows 2012

Epic Articles and News Week 42: Programming beats Blogging

Welcome stranger, sit down by the fire and let us hear the epic deeds, the tales of joy, of woe and of note that occurred these past seven days.

Days and Weeks pass by in a blur, wake up at 5, work on quiz4couples, cuddle with Malin, breakfast, go to work, gym, more work, home, dinner, Malin, sleep and restart! I find myself spending most of my free time working on quiz4couples and I am having a hard time to find any time to blog at all! But fear not, I think that as soon as I finish quiz4couples I will spend a couple of weeks writing blog posts about my experiences on that, that will surely be interesting :).

Here are the most interesting stuff I consumed last week:

Epic News

Epic Articles

  • Great interview with Jeff Atwood where he talks about his passion for programming, StackOverflow, usability and building a community.

Epic Podcasts

Epic Courses

And that’s all for today! Have a nice one!

Epic Articles And News Week 40: Falling From The Edge Of The Space

Welcome stranger, sit down by the fire and let us hear the epic deeds, the tales of joy, of woe and of note that occurred these past seven days.

Epic News

  • Super exciting jump of Felix Baumgartner from the edge of space breaking the speed of sound with a peak speed of 1,342.8 km/h and a free fall of 4 goddam minutes! Freaking awesome!
Felix Baumgartner sitting on the capsule in the Stratosphere just about to jump

Epic Articles

Epic Podcasts

I finished reading Five hundred years later so I had more time than usual to go through some nice podcasts:

Epic Courses

P.S: This morning just after my early-morning-programming-session-of-awesomeness I turned in the wrong corner and ended up in a strange place of the internet… XDD

Barbaric September: And So The End Approaches

Barbaric Monthly is my attempt at building/improving a coding project per month so that I can experiment with old and new technologies, learn ad infinitum, remain excited about the craft and nurture my passion for software development. This Barbaric Monthly is about developing a windows phone application, in this case a simple quiz game called quiz4couples, and releasing it to market.

Tomorrow it makes 1 month since I started this monthly project! It would be great to be able to release the app tomorrow but I am afraid it may take a liiiiittle bit longer. I have pretty much finished the core of the app but I need to draw some art and do some Q&A before the release. I have a bunch of things in the quiz4couples backlog as you can see below (I have been using sprint.ly + GitHub for my latest projects) but most of them will remain for future versions of the app.

Project dashboard for Quiz4couples

And here you can see the new look of the app (I have shifted from anime into cute-minimalistic-easy-to-draw theme XD). I think I have probably spent 50% or more of the total quiz4couples development time drawing the art, designing the different views and customizing the theme for the app. Definitely need to improve my Gimp/Photoshop skills though, perhaps I can devote another month in the future to doing just that :)

Quiz4couples Screenshot

Time to continue developing!! Cheers!