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.

Visit  for more information.

Happy Coding. 🙂



Microsoft Visual Studio Gallery – Products and Extensions for Visual Studio

Are you to looking to find products, extensions, and add-ins for Visual Studio.

 Microsoft Visual Studio Gallery

Your search ends at Microsoft Website. Microsoft is providing Gallery with

Tools  (Build, Coding, Data, Documentation, Modeling, Performance, Programming Languages, Reporting, Security, Setup & Deployment,Source Control, Team Development, Testing and  Web )

Controls (ASP.NET Controls, Silverlight Controls, Sharepoint Controls, Windows Forms Controls, WPF Controls and Framework & Libraries)

Templates (ASP.NET, Office , Mobile Device, Silverlight, SQL Server, WCF, Windows Forms, Workflow and WPF)

click here to access all the above mentioned  Tools, Controls and Templates.

Happy Coding !!!



  • ASP.NET Controls
  • Silverlight Controls
  • Sharepoint Controls
  • Windows Forms Controls
  • WPF Controls
  • Framework & Libraries

.NET Book Zero by Charles Petzold

Charles Petzold is a well known author of over fifteen programming books. To many, his books on programming Windows are the definitive books on the subject. As part of a new book on .NET programming, he wrote a chapter zero, to help bridge the gap between Windows developers and .NET developers. This chapter grew and grew until it became a book in its own right and he has now made it available as a free download.

Charles Petzold explained how this book originated : 

This book originated as a Chapter Zero in my book Applications = Code + Markup: A Guide to the Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation (Microsoft Press, 2006), which is about the new Windows client program-ming platform that‘s part of Microsoft .NET 3.0 and Microsoft Windows Vista. I wanted Applications = Code + Markup to focus almost exclusively on the Windows Presentation Foundation. I knew there was enough to cover without going into the basics of general .NET programming and C#. Yet, I wasn‘t sure how much .NET my readers would know.

I started writing a Chapter Zero for the book that would summarize all the basics of .NET and C# for the C and C++ programmers who might be coming to .NET for the very first time. It soon became evident that this Chapter Zero would be very long. It occurred to me that I could extract the material and make it a book on its own. And so I did and this is it. What you have in your hands (or are reading on a screen) is an introduction to C# and those topics in .NET that are typically found in all .NET programming.

 The contents of .NET Book Zero are copyrighted by Charles Petzold, but the book is freely distributable. 

You can find the book @ 

PDF version of the book (requires PDF Reader): DotNetBookZero11.pdf (1.2 megabytes)

XPS version (requires Windows Vista or .NET 3.0 or XPS Reader): DotNetBookZero11.xps (2.4 megabytes)

Source Code: (190 kilobytes)

WPF BootCamp 2008

The WPF BootCamp 2008 was a 3-day event providing developers and designers information on the concept behind WPF as a technology, what tools were useful in the development and the knowledge in order to start developing their own applications.

This is MIX University’s most updated training, delivered recently in Redmond by several experts from Microsoft and MIX University’s partners.  It takes you from beginner to intermediate in the first two days, and then dives deep into some real-world implementations on day 3.

The sessions are available to watch here and can be downloaded here.

If you have problem downloading videos, click here to get the direct link to dowload videos or audio.

Charles Petzold: WPF Book samples in VB

In order to help VB developers trying to learn about WPF, the VB team worked with a couple of VB experts to convert all samples appearing in Charles Petzold’s book to VB.  (Buy the book, follow along with the VB samples).

Late January, they posted the final chapters…so have at it!

Link to a single download:

To access code files for individual chapters, visit which will take you to the MSDN Code Gallery page for this project.  Click on ‘Releases’ tab to access code files.

Note: This post is from rob_relyea blog. Thanks rob_relyea