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Nokia's Current Offerings for Developers

Thanks for everyone who listened to me talk at PADNUG last night about Nokia's current offerings for developers building Windows Phone apps. The two programs I talked about were DVLUP and their Premium Developer Program (PDP).

DVLUP is FREE to join. In fact you should all join it right now if you already haven't. There's a 80 second video on the homepage that gives a quick overview of what DVLUP does for you. Go ahead and watch it now, I'll wait.

The other program (PDP) will cost you $99 and includes a lot of tools (see below). But save your money, I have free tokens for the Premium Developer Program to raffle out. In order to be entered in the raffle I need you to email me your DVLUP username. You already signed up after you watched the video, right? I mean, it is FREE to join and I did wait for you. Here's what PDP gives you:

  • One year of Windows Phone Developer Center membership ($99)
  • Free license for Telerik RadControls for Windows Phone ($99)
  • Up to 12 months' worth of access to up to 1 million API calls per month with Buddy.com's cloud APIs ($1200)
  • Two Nokia Tech Support Tickets ($198)
  • Marketing In A Box
  • Remote Device Access

Like I said, I have tokens to raffle out, but what I need is you to email me your DVLUP username. So if you haven't already the please go sign up now.  I'll be doing the raffle on Friday, so please get me your information soon.

Also, I want to introduce you to Jan Hannemann. He is out of Vancouver B.C., and is the Nokia Ambassador over our region (Oregon). He's has two promotions going on right now, one is WriteOneGetOne and the other is 620 hours of April. Last night I was explaining the WriteOneGetOne promotion. Here are the rules:

  1. You must not have previously released a Windows Phone app to the Windows Phone Store or Marketplace.
  2. Your app must have been Certified and available in the store AFTER January 1st, 2013.
  3. The app must be a QUALITYapp… What does that mean? It means:
    • Must pass Marketplace Certification
    • No Hello World or Flashlight apps.
    • The app must have a useful function.
  4. All Apps will be assessed by Jan and his decisions regarding validity in this promotion are final.
  5. This is limited to as long as he has the phones to give away, which is right now.

As you can see, this WriteOneGetOne program benefits those of you who have been sitting on the fence wondering when is the right time to get into Windows Phone development.  NOW IS THAT TIME!

Please let me know if any of you need help finishing your apps so you can submit to Jan for these contests. Many of you saw me pairing with Scott Hanselman last night as I was helping him with an app he's working on.  Know that I am more than happy to do the same for any of you.  Just reach out and ask and let me know.

tags: Windows Phone | wpdev | Nokia | Lumia | DVLUP

Mobile Hackathon - Portland (4/6)

This upcoming Saturday (April 6th) there is a hackathon being sponsored by Act-On Software in Beaverton, Oregon (map and directions).  The hackathon is themed around creating a mashup that uses gamification to drive green behavior in the community.  There is a very big emphasis on mobile.

Schedule & Registration

The event starts at 9:30am with Voodoo Doughnuts, and will wrap up around 11:00pm with an awards ceremony.  Yes, awards.  Bring any existing project you have or start from scratch and build a brand new project that uses gamification to drive green behavior in the community.  You have the chance to will $$ for your favorite charity or non-profit, as well as some really cool beer-ware made in Portland, Oregon.

While this event is free, you do need to register in advance in order to help with meal planning and logistics.  Please take the time to register now.

Making you successful with Nokia

I'll be there looking to hack with various folks on Windows Phone.  Don't have a Windows Phone?  No problem, you can borrow one of mine.  I'll be there with an extra Nokia Lumia 920 or two that I'll be loaning out.  I'll also be there talking about Nokia's current offerings for developers, primarily DVLUP and Nokia's Premium Developer Program, but also other not well known features such as Marketing in a Box, Remote Device Access, and Nokia Ad Exchange.

Free Phones for Dedicated Developers

If you're interested in getting a free Windows Phone, or interested in getting a free token to Nokia's Premium Developer Program then make sure you come find me and let's talk.  If you're serious about getting an app built then I can make sure you get hooked up and taken care of, but you've got to be serious (i.e. it's time to be serious about publishing).

Enterprise App Development

I've also been doing some "real" Enterprise App development with Windows Phone.  I'm not talking about faking it like we did in Windows Phone 7.5, I'm talking about real enterprise development and management of apps (e.g. think System Center and Intune).  I'm happy to talk more about this with any of you, I'll be blogging on that in more details in the future.

Windows Store Apps

And yes, I'll be there with my Surface and HP Slate, so if none of you want to do Windows Phone apps but you've got a great idea for Windows Store, then I'll be happy to help you hack out a solution for that.

Making Money

Let's be clear, I'm interested in publishing apps to stores and making money.  That's a big reason why I'm spending so much time in Nokia's programs and offerings.  Microsoft helps with the technical end of getting an app built.  Nokia helps with the business end.

I'm planning on having a lot of fun on Saturday at this hackathon.  Hopefully you are too and I'll see you there.  Please ping me after you register and let's start talking about we're going to build.  Might as well get started now, eh?

tags: Windows 8 | Windows Phone | wpdev | Nokia | hackathon

Helium - 27" Multi-Touch Monitor / Coupon Code

First things first, this is not an all-in-one, it's a 27" multi-touch monitor designed expressly for Windows 8. It's like a big Samsung Slate, only better. Developers will absolutely love this. I got the chance to use it for a couple weeks while building Windows 8 apps and I love it. After using the Helium I absolutely regret the HP TouchSmart monitors that I've purchased in the past 6 months. Be sure to check out the video at the bottom.

I took the Helium up to a Windows 8 Unleashed event in Seattle on September 28th and there was lots of excitement from developers about this device. One thing I noticed was if I brought up My Computer settings I could see that Windows 8 was recognizing the display and saying it was capable of 64 touch points. Whoa. So then I opened some drawing apps to see if that was true. One app I tried tried was stuttering with 2 touch points, but another was running like a champ with 30 touch points (3 sets of hands). Once I found someone to add another set of hands (40 touch points) then I started seeing some stuttering. Apparently my Samsung Slate from last year's BUILD conference is not as strong as I thought it was. :)

BTW, this works absolutely great for Windows Phone development. I'll be sure to write up another review and screenshots of that experience after I get back from BUILD.

I could honestly see having one of these in the kitchen where my kids are already using a PC for their homework. It's just so much more efficient to use, because sometimes you just really don't want to sit and use the keyboard and mouse.

Photos

Planar Helium - 27" Multi-Touch Monitor

Planar Helium - 15° Incline

Planar Helium - 70° Incline

Planar Helium - lying flat

Planar Helium - Windows 8

Planar Helium - 64 Touch Points

$200 off coupon code

These things have been selling like crazy and are on back-order until December 6th.  My friends at Planar are trying to help developers out by providing a special coupon for devs.  If you order it now and use the code WHITE - you'll get $200 off.

 

tags: Windows 8 | wpdev | Helium | win8dev

Free Windows Phone Game Training in Portland - 5/11

FREE WINDOWS PHONE

XNA GAME DEVELOPMENT TRAINING!!

On Friday, May 11th, at the Microsoft Portland Office!!

Even if you have developed applications for Windows Phone before, you won't want to miss this opportunity to learn how to develop XNA games for Windows Phone, and maybe win some of the $800 in prize money! Not only that, but we'll feed you all day long!  This is a great opportunity to jumpstart your game development!

BUT HURRY!!! THESE ALWAYS SELL OUT, SO

REGISTER NOW!!!!

Here's the agenda for the event.  In the hands-on-labs you will develop a Windows Phone XNA game that models one in the marketplace.

Session 1 - Introduction to XNA


• What is XNA
• Game Development Tools
• XNA Game Projects
• XNA Game Loop
• Debugging Games
• Working with Textures
• Playing Songs and Sound Effects
• Drawing text with SpriteFonts
• Getting input on the phone
• Using the Accelerometer
• Using Touch


Session 2 - Game State Management


• Keeping Score
• Tracking Health and Lives
• Adding Levels
• Creating Multi-Screen games
• Loading content in the background
• How to pause the game
• Phone Application Lifecycle
• Supporting Fast Application Switching
• Persisting and Restoring State
• Silverlight and XNA Integration

Session 3 - Advanced XNA Games


• Understanding the Windows Phone Marketplace
• Submitting your Game to the Marketplace
• Adding Advertisements to your game
• 3D Support in XNA
• Creating a simple 3D Game
• Building Games for Phone, PC and XBOX
• Other Multi-Platform options
• Using Windows Azure
• Social Gaming Toolkit

tags: XNA | wpdev

Building a Developer Community

Over the years, I’ve been involved in a number of Microsoft related user groups here in Portland.  For some I’ve just been an attendee, others I’ve spoken at, and a few I’ve even organized and ran.  Here’s a few that come to mind:

  • Portland Area Dot Net User Group (PADNUG)
  • PDXUX.Net
  • Portland Silverlight User Group (PDXSLUG)
  • Portland Windows Phone User Group (PWPUG)
  • Portland Area XNA User Group (PAXNAUG)

It’s been tough having my efforts split up amongst all these technology groups.  In fact, all of these groups except one had a specific technology as part of its name.  What’s scary is that I was thinking of doing this again with WinRT.  Really?

What’s needed here is convergence, not divergence.  I need something that allows me to focus (i.e. simplify) my efforts as a speaker/leader/member and not be overwhelmed.  Let’s be honest though, I’m not the only one who needs their life to be simpler.  Developers need less after-hour meetings to attend.  Recruiters need easier choices for which user groups to attend and sponsor.

I’ve discussed this topic thoroughly (both in public and in private) with various members and influencers in the community.  A consensus has been reached and I now have the following announcements:

  1. The Portland Silverlight User Group has been dissolved.
  2. The Portland Windows Phone User Group has been dissolved.

That was easy.  ;-)  Hah, I wish.

My efforts are now being joined with PADNUG to help transform it into more of a generic “Windows” user group.  PADNUG already caters to ASP.NET, C#, SharePoint, WPF, and WinForm developers.  Who it doesn’t cater to as much are WinRT, C++, Windows Phone, and HTML5 developers.  The focus will be on the platform and in using a variety of technologies that make sense.  While the technologies will change, and the devices we develop for will change, one thing that will not change is that of Windows being that platform on which our applications run.  Whether these apps are in the cloud, or on a PC, or on a phone, they will run on “Windows”.  In my opinion this was the central message that came out of BUILD.  Use what you know, build what you imagine, you know the rest.

So how is this going to kick off?  I’ve already accepted an invitation to join the PADNUG’s board of directors.  Next month I’ll be presenting on Windows Phone Development with HTML5 and PhoneGap at PADNUG.  That topic makes a lot of sense, especially when you consider there is a Windows Phone Camp and an HTML5 Webcamp being held next month.  Next year’s going to be exciting in preparing for WinRT.  However we don’t want to leave anyone to feel left out because of the work they’re doing right now.  There is a need to be forward thinking, but also relevant.  For me, this will be an interesting balance to strike.

So do you have any feedback?  Are you pissed?  Are you relieved?  Could you care less?  Assuming you do care, I encourage you to speak up and share your thoughts.  We’re all volunteers here.  If doing it your way means you’ll willing to pitch in and help, then I’m more than happy to hear what you think.

tags: Silverlight | PDXSLUG | PWPUG | wpdev | PADNUG | winrt

Considering Mobile Development? Think Windows Phone.

I attend a fair number of user groups, code camps, conferences, etc., in Portland and Seattle.  Basically if it’s a developer-oriented event then you can probably count on seeing me there.  I see developers covering a wide range of interests and specialties.  I must admit, that I am continually amazed regarding the population size of mobile developers.  Let’s be honest.  It’s small.  No, it’s very small.

Almost every developer is intrigued by the current opportunities in mobile development.  Most will tell you they want to start developing apps, but they don’t have an idea.  Many have downloaded the development tools for one of the platforms.  Some will even take time out of their schedule to attend a full day of training (either free or paid).  A few of those have actually built an application and deployed it to their personal device.  Very few have gone on to publish an application.

Are you thinking of getting started in mobile development?  If so, then you should seriously consider building apps and/or games for Windows Phone.

As you get ready to start your mobile development career you must first pick a platform.  There are many reason for selecting Windows Phone rather than Android or iPhone.  I’m going to try and outline some of those reasons in this post, but we should really be having this discussion over drinks or a burger where it can be an actual conversation.  This topic of where to focus your energies as you prepare for the next step in your career, it’s a very personal topic and one you feel pressured to get right the first time.  You don’t have time to learn and do everything, which is why you’re first picking a platform to invest in.  You’d be crazy not to try and learn from those who have gone before you.  It would be nice not to make some of the same mistakes.

What you’re looking for is advice and perspective, not answers and instructions.

The case for Windows Phone

Here are 10 reasons for why you should select Windows Phone for the next step in your career as a developer.  This list is by no means complete, but it will have to suffice until you pull me aside and we have this conversation.

1. Use your existing knowledge and skills
Most of the people I talk to are .NET developers.  They’ve developed in C# or VB.NET and are familiar with the Microsoft stack and how to solve problems using the .NET framework.  They’ve invested time in learning WCF, WPF, Silverlight, and LINQ.  For them jumping to Objective-C and learning a new set of libraries is a scary prospect.  Windows Phone represents a huge opportunity in moving to mobile development while leveraging the skills and knowledge they’ve spent years investing in.  If this scenario applies to you then can understand why I ranked it as number one.

2. The Metro design language
Metro is the design language for Windows Phone.  It focuses on typography and content, and in presenting everything in a very clean fashion.  Metro removes any unnecessary chrome and removes all unnecessary clutter.  Metro apps are easy to use and those who use them don’t become lost or overwhelmed.  Metro also presents a great opportunity for developers to start growing their designer skills.  Metro is also easy for developers to learn.  You’ll quickly break those old habits from years of designing ugly applications in VB6 / Windows Forms.  I think everyone will concede that having even basic design chops makes you so much more valuable as a developer.  You’ll start to be viewed as someone who can conceptualize and capture the vision of a product.  That’s a high-value skill which is easily recognized by upper management.

3. World-class tools and support
Microsoft makes the best development tools in the world.  Period.  Their tools make you more productive in development (Visual Studio), in testing (Windows Phone Emulator), and even during design (Expression Blend).  Building with these tools or using an add-on like ReSharper doesn’t mean you’re a “weak” developer.  Instead it shows a level of understanding and maturity.  A good comparison would be choosing to use a nail gun over a hammer when building a home.  Sure you’ll break out the hammer occasionally, but you’ll get most of your work done with that nail gun.  When you’re developing for Windows Phone you take advantage of that amazing tooling and emulator support.  This translates to faster development, fewer bugs, and a shorter development life cycle.  That then leads to more applications being built, more success stories, and ultimately more profit.  I should probably also mention that the tools for building Windows Phone applications are free.

4. The Windows 8 effect
Arguably this reason could have been number one, however Windows 8 has not even been released.  Let’s think about this.  Windows 8 takes advantage of the Metro design language.  Metro now becomes the common design theme across the three screens (PC, Xbox, Phone).  Let’s be honest, once Windows 8 is released then every PC becomes an advertisement for buying a Windows Phone.  I saw a guy selling a laptop on the home shopping network, and he kept chanting how the world runs Windows, and Windows is what you know, and you won’t get lost when you use it.  Techies will purchase a Macbook Air and an iPhone or Android.  The rest of the world will purchase Windows 8 and then have their first smart phone be a Windows Phone.  I’m generalizing and I shouldn’t be, but we all know there’s more truth in that statement then we’d like to admit.

5. Nokia
I don’t know how many iPhone and Android devs I’ve talked to, but the majority have dismissed Nokia and its ability to have a positive effect in Windows Phone sales.  They won’t be saying that after today*grin*  Monday night during Mobile Portland I had a chance to listen to George Kurtyka talk a little about what Nokia is doing with Microsoft.  Nokia has an established reach into international markets such as India and China that is simply amazing.  However, only two phones were announced today, and the Lumia won’t even be in the US until early 2012.  Let’s be honest, they’re just getting warmed up.  By the end of next year, Nokia will be selling a ton of phones.  You don’t have to take my word for this.  Wait 4-6 months and then see what the landscape looks like.  But don’t look only in the US, look in Europe and Asia.  By the time your kids are out of school for summer vacation you’ll know whether the Nokia partnership was an absolute success or an horrific flop.  I’m pretty confident it won’t be the later.

6. Discoverability
Today it was announced there are just over 35,000 apps in the Windows Phone marketplace.  That means there’s still opportunity for you to build an app and have it be successful without any marketing.  However, one thing I really like about Windows Phone is how the new marketplace in Mango highlights more apps in each of the different hubs.  In addition there’s now a web version of the marketplace where I have dedicated web pages for each my apps (e.g. Alchemy, RunPee).  Anyone who has a Windows Phone can now purchase and install apps directly from those web pages.

7. Monetization – Ad Revenue
There’s money to be made with free apps which display ads.  The first key is to have an app which users will keep coming back to.  The second key is to display ads which are relevant to your app.  There’s a concept called eCPM which is essentially how much you get paid per 1,000 ad impressions.  Yeah, it’s nice to know you get paid just for showing the ads.  However, what most people don’t realize is that those eCPM values will increase if users click on the ads.  Because more clicks lead to a higher eCPM, your primary concern should be how to generate more clicks.  Consider that users are starting your app because they are interested in it, so why not show them an ad which they’re more likely to click on?  If your app displays movie reviews, then it makes sense to show an ad related to movies in theaters, or home entertainment systems, or even DVDs for sale.  Starting in April of this year I’ve had one app make over $5,700 with over 8 million ad impressions.  Beginning in August I saw my eCPM values double from what they previously were.

8. Monetization – App Sales
If you make a quality app then people will pay you good money for it.  And they won’t just pay 99 cents; they’ll pay 2 or 3 dollars.  I’m not sure if it’s the effect of having Xbox titles on the phone or something else, but this platform is not like Android.  People purchase apps on Windows Phone.  Don’t get me wrong, folks love to have free apps.  However, they aren’t afraid of purchasing an app provided they can see the value of the purchase.  For the last two months the royalties I’ve made on my paid apps have been double what the total ad revenue is for my free apps.  Again, the onus is on you to create a quality app.  If you think you’ve built yourself a winner then don’t be afraid to charge for it.

9. BizSpark
Not everyone has the stomach for starting a new company that’s building a mobile app, especially if it involves quitting their day job.  Regardless of whether you’re even considering such an idea, you should do yourself a favor and become familiar with Microsoft’s BizSpark programThis program is an absolute must for any startup.  Microsoft understands how important innovation from new startups is to the overall ecosystem.  They also know that 80% of all startups fail.  Thankfully Microsoft has made it easy and cheap to get into the program, and easy and cheap to graduate after three years.  Not all, but some developers learn they have the “innovator’s itch”.  If you find out that you’re one of them then the BizSpark program and support it brings is a great reason for developing on Windows Phone.

10. App Contests
Folks laugh that Microsoft keeps promoting contests where you can publish an app for Windows Phone and either win a device (e.g. phone, slate, Kinect, etc.) or free advertising for your app.  What they don’t realize is that members of my local user group have won 2 windows phones, 1 Kinect, over $1400 in cash, and at least 4 apps have won free advertising.  There are two high-value contests happening right now.  In the first contest you can win one million ad impressions for your app (details).  In the second contest you can win either a Samsung Series 7 Slate and/or free advertising for your app (details).  For the second contest you’ll need a promo code (use KWHIT).  Advertising has a huge impact on how successful (or not) your app is, just ask the folks building for iOS.  These contests represent huge opportunities for success, so get your apps finished, published, and submitted to these contests ASAP.  See Cigdem Patlak's blog for a more complete list of contests

Areas of concern (why not to choose)

I didn’t like writing this next section.  It felt like I was taking cheap shots at the friends I have on the Windows Phone teams and that wasn’t my intention.  However, I felt I needed to include this to provide an honest and fair perspective for you readers.  Of course there are areas where Windows Phone is lacking right now.  Are they deal breakers?  If not addressed, then absolutely.  Will Microsoft address and remedy these issues?  Why wouldn’t they?  I mean, isn’t this what the whole “reset” was about? Microsoft taking the time to get it right?  Or did they already have the reset and now we should expect them to be firing on all cylinders?  No, we’re still feeling the effects of that reset, and unfortunately Microsoft is still playing catch up.

1. Missing:  “Amazing” Success Stories
The types of stories I’m talking about are those where someone releases an app/game and after 6 months it’s made over $500K in sales.  Those stories happen routinely on the iPhone and even occasionally on Android.  To my knowledge there has not yet been a success story of this magnitude on Windows Phone.  Notice that I said “yet”.  I want to be one of those success stories (I mean, who doesn’t).  I also need there to be a few of these stories which I can then point to as I answer the critics I face.  I believe it’s only a matter of time.  Within the next 4-6 months I fully expect these types of success stories to become routine.

2. Missing:  Monetization – In App Purchase
Earlier this summer it was confirmed by Todd Brix that In App Purchase (IAP) was a high priority but would not be included for the Mango release.  Two months later during the BUILD conference the Windows 8 App Store was announced with support for IAP.  During GameFest I attended a session on the new in-game purchase API which uses Microsoft Points and is only available to Xbox Live titles (e.g. Beards and Beaks).  In my opinion, not having IAP is akin to not having copy/paste.  It appears that the Windows 8 and Xbox Live teams would agree with me.  Who knows, maybe there will be an out-of-band update similar to Nodo just for IAP.  It really, really hurts not having this feature.  Hopefully we’ll get some news on it around the MIX or MWC timeframe.

3. Missing:  Enterprise Support
From the beginning Microsoft has announced that the first release would be consumer focused.  Mango is still part of that first release (e.g. the version number is 7.5).  Yes there’s SharePoint integration on the phone right now, but I’ve been told that isn’t enough.  So exactly what is needed?  Honestly, I couldn’t tell you.  What I do know is that there is an enterprise application development model for the iPhone.  I also know we don’t have that model for Windows Phone.  I’m sure there’s more beyond just that.  I don’t expect Microsoft to leave this area alone.  In fact, I don’t see how they could.  I mean, we’re talking about Microsoft and they understand the enterprise's needs better than anyone else.

4. Missing:  Native Support
I used to think this wasn’t an issue. After attending GameFest and talking to folks at EA Canada and Unity I started to get a glimpse of how important it really is.  At BUILD I saw Windows 8 making a big deal about native code and not talking about XNA.  Now I finally understand that XNA isn’t the be-all-end-all solution I once thought it was.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love XNA.  However these big game studios have an amazing amount of influence.  Consider that they will be making games for the Windows 8 App Store.  How are those games going to get onto the phone?  Are they going to rewrite them in XNA?  Not a chance.  I know, because I asked them.  Now think about how big of a deal it was to finally bring Angry Birds onto Windows Phone.  I’m not going to draw any conclusions, but you have to wonder what kind of influence Windows 8 and WinRT will have on Windows Phone.

My Experience

I started out on iOS, and then started doing Android and Windows Phone.  Earlier this summer I abandoned all my efforts, projects, and opportunities for paid work using iOS and Android.  I only develop for Windows Phone.  My advice to you?  Mobile is super important to your career, so pick a platform and start developing now.  Personally, I think you should pick Windows Phone.

tags: Windows Phone | wpdev | Mobile

PDX-UX meeting (9/29)

In case you're not already aware, the PDXRIA user group has recently gone through a few changes.  Previously the group had focused primarily on ColdFusion and Flex.  The group is now called PDX-UX, has a new user group leader, and has a new focus (as outlined below).

Hello All,

I'm here to announce some changes to this group. If you saw this message on the PDX RIA Yahoo Groups site you can ignore this.

Simeon has passed on management of the group and with the management change the group itself will be changing quite a bit. In some ways, the PDXRIA group is going away and a new group is starting up: PDX-UX.

"The PDX-UX user group is located in Portland, OR. Our members share their experiences and knowledge around designing and developing next generation user interfaces and user experience. PDX-UX meets on the third Thursday of the month at Thetus Corporation’s office."

What does this mean?

The new group is sponsored and managed by Thetus (where I work). The work of managing the group is done by myself and Sarah Allen (another Thetus employee). Most of the meetings will be held in a very nice, new Thetus space in downtown Portland.

The group is no longer focused mostly on Adobe technologies but on user interface design and development, with an emphasis on development. We will cover any and all related topics no matter the platform. Over the coming year we hope to have presentations on design techniques, HTML5, data visualization, and language and platform specific tools and libraries. We will be focused PRIMARILY on client specific topics, but client related server-side stuff is a possibility.

The group will be hosted on Google Groups.
https://groups.google.com/group/pdx-ux?hl=en

For those of you who have been members since the PDX CFUG days, ColdFusion is not likely to be covered. For those of you who are Flash/Flex developers: those will most likely be covered. We will keep this Adobe group site as long as we still qualify as an Adobe Group.

Thanks,
Ryan Miller

I know Ryan, he's a good friend and will do a great job with this group.  So why does this matter to you?  Because tonight is their first meeting and it's going to be a show and tell of different apps with different designs built by different companies.  I'll be there showing off two apps, the first is the RunPee app built for Windows Phone, and the second is that same app rebuilt in Metro and running on a Windows 8 slate.  Exciting, eh?

The meeting is tonight from 5:30 to 7:00pm at Thetus Corporation in downtown Portland (map).  Food and drinks will be provided, hopefully I'll see you there!

tags: WP7 | wpdev | windowsphone | bldwin | metro