Free Windows Phones to Developers and Students in INDIA

In an effort to make its presence felt in the widespread use of smart phones. Microsoft has started a new  “I unlock Joy” program for developers, students and provides them an opportunity to win free Windows Phone handsets and other gifts.‘I unlock Joy’ program for developers will start from November 1, 2011 and will continue till March 30, 2012.

Mr. Moorthy Uppaluri, General Manager, Developer Partner Evangelism, Microsoft India said, “India is a vibrant developer market, and we see a lot of excitement and enthusiasm around the availability of marketplace for customers in India. We believe that opening up this marketplace will provide the developer community in India with an opportunity to showcase creativity. He added, “The best part about Windows Phone Marketplace is that developers will be able to use familiar development tools and technologies. They create global market opportunities for themselves and reach out to a large user base.”

The main offer has three categories:

Submit and Receive: Developers get a chance to receive a Windows Phone by submitting three distinct, original and non-trivial Windows Phone applications.

Port 2 Apps and Receive: Developers submitting two Windows Phone applications that are ported from existing Android and iPhone applications will get to receive a Windows Phone.

Women Special: The first hundred women developers to submit one Windows Phone application will qualify to receive a Windows Phone each. The applications can be based on entertainment, fashion, leisure, sports, recreation or travel themes.

In addition to these categories there is also a special offer for students. Each student to submit a Windows Phone application will receive a Merit Certificate, a Windows Phone T-Shirt and a 2GB USB flash drive. Students submitting four apps will additionally receive a Windows Phone. Submissions for the student category will close on December 18, 2011. Any app submitted under this initiative will be considered as a valid entry only after it passes Windows Phone Marketplace certification testing.

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Happy Coding. 🙂



Cool Features of Visual Studio 2008 – Part 2

It took almost a month and half for me to present Part-2. In second part, I would introduce LINQ, VB 9 and C# 3.0.

Part-2 of this series covers the following topics:

  • LINQ – Language Integrated Query
  • VB.NET: Implicit types
  • VB.NET: Extension Methods
  • VB.NET: IntelliSense
  • C# 3.0: Implicit typed local variables
  • C# 3.0 Object Initializers
  • C# 3.0 : Collection Initializers
  • C# 3.0: Anonymous Types
  • C# 3.0: Lambda Expression

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Cool Features of Visual Studio 2008 – Part 1

Visual Studio 2008 promises numerous improvements for Visual Basic, a data query called the Language Integrated Query (LINQ), a new Entity Framework for ADO.NET and updated tools for ASP.NET AJAX and Office 2007 development.

This series examines the IDE’s new features . This article looks at the improvements to the IDE and the aforementioned ADO.NET Entity Framework. Also we look looks at what’s new in Visual Basic 9 and LINQ; as you will see, these two concepts are closely related. All the new features in C# 3.0 are also discussed more clearly in further parts.

Part-1 of this series covers the following topics:

  • Multi-targeting
  • N-tier application development
  • Transparent Intellisense Mode
  • CSS Style Manager
  • Split view
  • Web Designer, Editing and CSS Support
  • JavaScript debugging
  • Project Designer
  • ASP.NET AJAX and VSTO for Office 2007
  • The ADO.NET Entity Framework

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