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Tuesday, 7/2/2013 1:00 AM
by Peter Kuhn
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2013 MVP Award in Windows Phone Development

Tuesday, 7/2/2013 1:00 AM by Peter Kuhn | 0 Comments

For a long time, a quote by John Quincy Adams has been a part of my web site's front page: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." In fact, over the last years mentoring, in one way or another, has become a great part of my life, both at work and in my free time. I enjoyed and continue to enjoy posting in forums, writing articles and blog posts, contributing to open source projects and local events, or making appearances in podcasts or at conference events, as well as coaching developers in person. If you want to learn more about some of my work, take a look at the projects page; if you are interested in more about me, read the author's page.

Regarding technologies, .NET had captured my attention very early, way back in 2001. After Silverlight was released I added it to my portfolio too. But Windows Phone was what really caught me from the very first second, and to this day I'm still extremely excited and enthusiastic about the platform. Initially it only was a hobby, but now Windows Phone has turned into a technology I'm using at work too, creating enterprise software and mobile clients in large business environments.

mvpI'm honored to announce that the hard work, fun and ups and downs of my contributions and community work resulted in being awarded as Microsoft MVP in Windows Phone Development today. I'd like to thank everybody who supported me with that, including both friends and colleagues as well as those I'm not aware of – thank you all! I hope that many more years of working with this great community will follow.

-Peter

Thursday, 6/6/2013 10:00 AM
by Peter Kuhn
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Karlsruher Entwicklertag 2013: Slides

Thursday, 6/6/2013 10:00 AM by Peter Kuhn | 0 Comments

Thanks to everybody who attended my session on Windows Phone 8 Enterprise Development in Karlsruhe yesterday. It was a lot of fun. I'm glad Windows Phone development is picking up speed in the business world too. Also thanks to all who filled out their evaluations, and the great and overwhelmingly positive feedback! Very much appreciated!

Here are the slides (German):

Friday, 5/31/2013 4:45 PM
by Peter Kuhn
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Meet me in Karlsruhe

Friday, 5/31/2013 4:45 PM by Peter Kuhn | 0 Comments

Next week Software Developers Conference "Entwicklertag 2013" is about to start once again, in Karlsruhe. As last year, I'll be there talking about Windows Phone. This time, I'll present and discuss our project experiences with using Windows Phone 8 for Enterprise Applications, and of course I'll also give a general overview of what's in the box for enterprises with Microsoft's mobile platform. You can find more information on the Conference's web site:

http://www.entwicklertag.de/

My session is described in detail here:

http://www.entwicklertag.de/2013/content/windows-phone-8-enterprise-development

If you want to chat about Windows Phone, .NET or software design and architecture in general, I'd love to see you there ;).

Sunday, 4/21/2013 2:24 PM
by Peter Kuhn
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YLOD 1.2 adds support for passwords

Sunday, 4/21/2013 2:24 PM by Peter Kuhn | 0 Comments

After a short period of testing and use in a project, I released version 1.2 of YLOD (on NuGet) today. It adds support for passwords, a feature requested by Brecht over on CodePlex. I was a bit amazed that I didn't ran into this earlier, as having passwords in your app's options seems like an obvious use case. It once again shows the value of feedback from others – thanks for that. More...

Tuesday, 4/2/2013 9:30 AM
by Peter Kuhn
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Updated Open Source Projects

Tuesday, 4/2/2013 9:30 AM by Peter Kuhn | 0 Comments

I used the time over the Easter holidays to update some of my open source projects. It was mostly fixing small issues and also improving support for Windows Phone 8. In particular:

Your Last About Dialog (also on NuGet)

Your Last Options Dialog (NuGet)

Liphofra (NuGet) – first public release

I also introduced some changes to PAARC lately, and worked a bit on the Phone Net Tools – however not to a point that would justify a new release (see the repository if you're interested).

Enjoy!

Thursday, 3/28/2013 8:00 AM
by Peter Kuhn
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Print Article: dotnetpro 04/2013 – Nicht nur mobil

Thursday, 3/28/2013 8:00 AM by Peter Kuhn | 0 Comments

dotnetpro 04/2013

In the current issue of German print magazine "dotnetpro" (04/2013) I write about the features and chances of Windows Azure Mobile Service, using a practical sample as introduction on the topic. The online description (also in German) can be found here:

http://www.dotnetpro.de/articles/onlinearticle4434.aspx

Have fun!

Monday, 2/25/2013 3:13 PM
by Peter Kuhn
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Windows Phone 8: Voice Commands

Monday, 2/25/2013 3:13 PM by Peter Kuhn | 0 Comments

Part of the last article was a detailed look at the possibility of speech recognition from within your app. A logical continuation of this technology and feature is to seek deeper integration with the operating system by using voice commands. Voice commands are a way for you to register certain phrases with the Windows Phone OS that are recognized when the user invokes the built-in voice recognition, without your app being active or even launched. In this article I will explain what it takes to use this feature, and what you can achieve with it.

Read the full article on SilverlightShow:

http://www.silverlightshow.net/items/Windows-Phone-8-Voice-Commands.aspx

Tuesday, 2/19/2013 2:03 PM
by Peter Kuhn
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Windows Phone 8: Speech

Tuesday, 2/19/2013 2:03 PM by Peter Kuhn | 0 Comments

Windows Phone 7 already has some speech features built into the system, for example voice commands that can be invoked by holding down the start button. As with many other features of this first generation of the platform, accessibility to these was extremely limited for app developers. Once again Windows Phone 8 not only heavily improves this situation, but it also adds a variety of completely new features that both developers and users will benefit from. In this article, I'll take a closer look at text to speech and its counterpart, speech to text (speech recognition).

http://www.silverlightshow.net/items/Windows-Phone-8-Speech.aspx

Have fun!

Monday, 2/18/2013 8:57 PM
by Peter Kuhn
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Developer's Best Friend

Monday, 2/18/2013 8:57 PM by Peter Kuhn | 0 Comments

No matter how much touch and gestures talk is around, the keyboard likely will continue to stay developer's best friend for a long time. My personal companion for serveral years has been the Logitech UltraX keyboard [1]. It sure isn't a high-end or premium model, but it suited my style of typing extremely well. It's not particularly durable either, at least not for someone who's using it several hours a day and likes to write both texts and code – in the last years I have worn out approximately one every year. They start to turn ugly quickly, because the silver color is rubbed off in only few months if not weeks, but technically they're robust enough to see all four seasons. At a price of less than 20€ this is something I was willing to accept. More...

Tuesday, 2/12/2013 3:56 PM
by Peter Kuhn
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Windows Phone 8: NFC-Near Field Communication

Tuesday, 2/12/2013 3:56 PM by Peter Kuhn | 3 Comments

In this third part about communication feature improvements in Windows Phone 8, I will focus on Near Field Communication, or NFC for short, which lately has found its way into many modern smart phones across different platforms like Android, Bada or BlackBerry. On Windows Phone, NFC support has only been added in version 8; there wasn't any support for it in Windows Phone 7 neither built-in nor available to third-party developers. The most prominent use case is for payment services like the "Wallet Hub" in Windows Phone [1], however the range of uses is not limited to that, and with the available API developers can adapt the technology easily for their particular needs.

Read the full article on SilverlightShow.net:

http://www.silverlightshow.net/items/Windows-Phone-8-NFC-Near-Field-Communication.aspx