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Jul 03

On Friday I got a pleasant e-mail from Microsoft with the subject: “Congratulations 2011 Microsoft MVP”. I am very happy and humble to be recognized by Microsoft for the work I have done for the communities the last year.

I also got awarded the Microsoft MVP Award in 2010 and I’m looking forward to be a part of the MVP program for one more year. During my year as an MVP I have had the pleasure of meeting many other MVPs and also connected with some of the core teams in Microsoft. I am already looking forward to see many MVPs (both new and returning) at the Global MVP Summit 2012 in Redmond, Seattle.

Thank you Microsoft for re-awarding me with the MVP Award :)

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Apr 01

When I develop Windows Phone 7 apps I use a lot of online and offline resources to learn best practices, tips and tricks from other developers. Why use a lot of time figuring out how to do things that already have been done. This post is a collection of all my favorite Windows Phone 7 development resources. The post will be updated as I continuously find new good resources.

Articles

All about WP7 Isolated Storage

Making a Voice Recorder on Windows Phone

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Feb 13

This is part three in a series of four and will step by step explain how to use WCF services to access SQL Azure Database from Windows Phone 7 app. As an example I will develop a Windows Phone app where the user can create an account and later on log in to the account by user name and password. The accounts are saved in SQL Azure and I am using WCF for communication between the WP7 app and SQL Azure Database.

The book Beginning Windows Phone 7 Development has a very detailed chapter about using SQL Azure Database.

Part 1: Signing up to Windows Azure and create your SQL Azure Database

Part 2: Creating a cloud service (WCF service) to connect to the SQL Azure Database

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Feb 13

This is part two in a series of four and will step by step explain how to use WCF services to access SQL Azure Database from Windows Phone 7 app. As an example I will develop a Windows Phone app where the user can create an account and later on log in to the account by user name and password. The accounts are saved in SQL Azure and I am using WCF for communication between the WP7 app and SQL Azure Database.

The book Beginning Windows Phone 7 Development has a very detailed chapter about using SQL Azure Database.

Part 1: Signing up to Windows Azure and create your SQL Azure Database

Part 2: Creating a cloud service (WCF service) to connect to the SQL Azure Database

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Feb 13

This is part one in a series of four and will step by step explain how to use WCF services to access SQL Azure Database from Windows Phone 7 app. As an example I will develop a Windows Phone app where the user can create an account and later on log in to the account by user name and password. The accounts are saved in SQL Azure and I am using WCF for communication between the WP7 app and SQL Azure Database.

The book Beginning Windows Phone 7 Development has a very detailed chapter about using SQL Azure Database.

Part 1: Signing up to Windows Azure and create your SQL Azure Database

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Jul 08

The Norwegian Windows Phone Developer Community are together with Microsoft Norway hosting a Windows Phone 7 application contest. The three best Windows Phone 7 applications/games entered in this contest will win a HTC Windows Phone 7 device!

Who can participate in this contest

Anyone located in Norway and a member of Windows Phone Developer Community (WPDC) can enter in this contest. If you are not a member of WPDC you can free of charge become a member by registering at WPDC’s group at www.meetup.com. The content in this group is only available in Norwegian at the moment, but everyone located in Norway are welcome to join us.

The contest

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Jul 06

As a Microsoft MVP I was given three Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscription activation cards for me to give away. This is to celebrate the launch of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4. I chose to distribute these activation cards to persons in online communities and I used twitter to see how many I could reach.

I announced a ReTweet contest from my twitter account.

I have 3 Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscription (12 months) to give away. RT this and you might be the lucky one!

I was quite amazed by the number of re-tweets and totally the numbers of RT ended on 42.  All this in less than 16 hours!

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Jul 01

Earlier today I received an e-mail with the subject: “Congratulations 2010 Microsoft MVP”. I had almost forgotten that I was nominated for the MVP award 4 months ago and I nearly choked on my coffee and continued humbly to read the e-mail.

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2010 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Device Application Development technical communities during the past year.

You can read more about the Microsoft MVP Award at Microsoft MVP website.

Receiving this award inspires me greatly and I will keep up and hopefully share more of my work to you through this blog and online communities.  I will also continue working with the Norwegian Windows Phone Developer Community and I really hope that this will become a natural place to meet for Norwegian Windows Phone developers.

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Jun 03

Microsoft Norway invites you to a day filled with Windows Phone 7 hands-on training. Ben Riga and Neil Hutson will demonstrate the Windows Phone 7 platform and show you how to develop applications for WP7. You will also get information about the Marketplace and you will be able to finally try a Windows Phone 7 device!

Date: June 11th, 2010
Time:
9:00 am – 5.00 pm

Location:
Microsoft Norge
Lysaker Torg 54
1366 Oslo

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May 02

The MSDN & TechNet Live tour 2010 in Norway visited Oslo as the final destination 26th April. Microsoft invited me to join them on this tour and to be on their Windows Phone stand, off-course I accepted this invitation.

I was not able to be in all of the four cities this tour visited, but I got to be in Stavanger and Oslo. The period this tour lasted was the same period that Norway and the rest of Europe had to shut down the air traffic because of the ash cloud from the volcano eruption on Iceland. This caused some difficulties for the crew, speakers and partners to get to the different cities. Despite the difficulties the tour was completed successfully.

Facts from my car computer: Oslo - Stavanger - Oslo

I needed to travel by car from Oslo to Stavanger and this is normally an 8 hours drive each way. We thought that it would be exciting to drive from Oslo to Stavanger via a route we had never driven before and ended up on a spectacular and very long drive. During the drive we had all the 4 seasons with sunny weather in Oslo, snow storm at a mountain passage (1060 meter above the sea level) and rainy weather in the long valleys. Easy to say we took the safe 8 hours drive route back home to Oslo :)

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