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Daily WP7 Development News 15 May 2012

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by WindowsPhoneGeek Daily WP7 Development News 15 May 2012: Windows Phone climbs to 3-4% market share in major markets Building a Simple 3d game with physics in Windows Phone Windows Phone Analytics in 10 minutes Use Built-In Application Icon Resources on Windows Phone Subscribe to our News feed or follow us on Twitter @winphonegeek . (We list the latest Windows Phone 7 development activities.

Windows Phone climbs to 3-4% market share in major markets

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source: wmpoweruser Market research company Kantar WorldPanel has revealed in the last 12 weeks to mid-April Windows Phone has shown strong growth in the 7 major markets they monitor on the strength of Nokia's offerings. In 5 of the 7 markets (Germany, Britain, Italy, France and United States) Windows Phone market share is now in the 3-4% range, up from less than 2% in January 2012. In Germany Windows Phone market share more than doubled year on year to 6%. ...Read more

Windows 8 MSDN Webcast Series – Building Metro Style Apps

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Some colleagues and I have just started a new series of one-hour MSDN webcasts focused on many aspects of developing Metro style apps for Windows 8. The series launched yesterday, but all sessions will be made available as on-demand recordings.  (I’ll update this post as they are.)  Thanks to Jaime Rodriguez for the original post. Click on the session titles to register for each.  You can also download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Express Beta ahead of time to help follow along. Enjoy the series! -Chris Monday,
May 14th, 2012
[Webcast Completed] Introduction to the Windows 8 platform and the Windows Store
Jennifer Marsman
Windows 8 is Windows re-imagined! Join this session to learn about the new platform for building Metro-style applications. Get an understanding of the platform design tenets, the programming language choices, and the integration points with the operating system and across Metro-style apps. We will also discuss the enormous opportunity for developers to make crazy money with the Windows Store. You will walk...(Read whole news on source site)

Article: SignalR 0.5 - MSDN UK Team blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

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Article: SignalR 0.5 - MSDN UK Team blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs:

With the increasing desire to provide the most fluid and responsive web applications we possibly can, one of the challenges which developers face is how to build real-time data rich web applications.  A project I have been taking a look at over the last few months is SignalR.  SignalR is an asynchronous library for .NET which enables developers to take advantage of web sockets when available but which automatically switches back to long polling when not available.  As web socket support is mixed
amongst browser versions and server versions, support in IIS will be coming with IIS 8,  SignalR really fills a gap and reduces the work that is required to get up and running.
...(Read whole news on source site)

Semantic search and discovery system

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Information Storage and Retrieval: From MEDLARS to Twitter | Dr Dobb's:

Since the 1960s, NLM has operated computer systems that provide online searches using a controlled, domain-specific vocabulary known as MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). In recent years, the information retrieval capabilities have been augmented to encompass semantic search techniques — finding information based on concepts and not just strict matches against search criteria.

Because the vocabulary is extensive, NLM provides a MeSH Browser for finding descriptors, qualifiers, and other concepts of interest. Today's MeSH vocabulary is hierarchical information 

Twitter arrived on the information storage and
retrieval scene five decades after the original MEDLARS went online. The cost of computing at inception had a lot to do with the size of the audience that each could serve. 

The MEDLARS database originally served a closed community of healthcare professionals, before inexpensive computers and low-cost bandwidth permitted it to serve a web audience. Twitter's charter is to build as large a user community as possible, sustaining as much timely content as possible in the process.

Twitter does not currently create a historical archive of tweets for searching by the user community. Creating...(Read whole news on source site)

PhoneGap on WP7 Tip #8: Alarms and Reminders

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One of the key design decisions the design team made when creating Windows Phone was a focus on providing maximum battery life for the end user. And it seems a major contributor to short battery life is having applications running in the background. So it’s important to realize that apps you create for Windows Phone (including PhoneGap) are paused when the user switches away from them. But frequently, you want to provide information to the user while your application is not in the foreground. There are many ways to do this, including various background tasks and notifications. We’re going
to look at a particular kind of background task today – the ability to set custom Alarms and Reminders. These alarms and reminders can show alerts to the user when your app is not running, and can be used to launch your app either to the starting page or to a deeper page in the app by using a URI to another page as I showed here. Read up on Alarms and Reminders, and then follow along as we interact with them from a PhoneGap app. Begin by creating the plugin class like I showed

How To Make Decisions

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I find that action builds momentum.  The best kind of action is decisive action because then you are "all in."  Dipping a toe in the water doesn’t make the same splash as diving into the pool. When I'm under the gun, "satisficing" to make decisions serves me well.  Gary Klein wrote a great book on how experts make rapid decisions under fire. (The book is Sources of Power.) Some of the techniques I use include: criteria and weights, CARVER (Criticality, Accessibility, Return, Vulnerability, Effect, and Recognizability), and Six Thinking Hats.  At Microsoft, I tend to use criteria and
weight when I need to get agreement with others on what the priorities are.  I also tend to use Six Thinking Hats when I need to rapidly have folks change perspective, and take a more holistic view.  To make the most of Six Thinking Hats, I use questions at the whiteboard to focus the thinking and work our way through the hats. At the end of the day, I've found that a lot of the decisions come down to who do you want to be and what experiences do you want to create.  Basically, the more you can connect...(Read whole news on source site)

Come to the F# Workshop and Tutorial in Pisa, Italy, 27/28 June 2012 - "F# for Education and Innovation"

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 The University of Pisa will be hosting a one-day workshop entitled F# for Education and Innovation on Tuesday 28th June 2012.  Please join us there!
The workshop is preceded by an optional Introduction to F#  Tutorial, run by Antonio Cisternino at the University of Pisa, on 27th June  2012.
Topics at the workshop will include Strongly-Typed Programming for the Information-Rich World, Why F# for Finance, F# for Computer Science Education, F# for Science and Engineering, Parallel Programming with F#, and Research Experiments with F#.  
Hope to see you there!
Workshop aims The F# in Education and Innovation one-day workshop
will be held at the University of Pisa on Thursday 28th June 2012. The workshop provides a forum for attendees to learn and explore the use of F# 3.0 for education, research and in industry. Topics include: F# for computer science, science and engineering education; F# in financial computing; Latest developments in F# 3.0 for information-rich programming, delivered through Visual Studio 11 and Try F# 3.0. The workshop will conclude with a panel session discussing F# adoption in academia and industry. Register here for this free workshop Introduction to F# Tutorial The workshop is preceded by an optional Introduction to F# Tutorial, run by Antonio Cisternino at...(Read whole news on source site)