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Getting Started With Windows Phone in Finland

Windows-Phone-7Where do you get the tools? What is the App Hub? How do you submit apps? Where can I get a phone?

Here’s a set of links to get you going on your path to Windows Phone world. Microsoft have a great community of MVP support, which can be found on the App Hub forums, or on Twitter #wpdev and #wpdevfi (for Finland) are the hashtags. Very good student community on Facebook can be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/winphoaalto/.
There is also a Finnish professional focused group at LinkedIn.

Insofar as training, Microsoft arranged 2 day training about how to build apps for Windows Phone.

To see what the training was about check http://wpdev.ms/wpmgojs.  

 

 

 

Students and Faculties

If you are a teacher, faculty member or a student developer in Finland, your best first stop is to contact me as I have ways how you can get free phones to your Windows Phone classes.

My email is jukka.wallasvaara(at)microsoft.com and my twitter is @jukkaw.

Phones

We have phones for developers committed to building apps and games for Windows Phone. This isn’t a free ride program where we just hand out phones to people because they say they want one. You need to have a solid plan what you’re building and when you’re ready with it. I’ll help you getting a device if we agree together about the quality and timing of the app.

We have current retail phones, and in the coming weeks/months, we will have updated Mango retail hardware phones. We also have prototype Mango devices (which have the gyros not available on current retail devices), so if you are building an app which requires Mango hardware, you can make an ask of those as well. Let me know as it’s an easy way to get a phone for your final tests.

Online Resources

Topic

What is it?

Link

App Hub

The central repository for all things Windows Phone for developers. This is where you will go to create an account, get the tools, submit and manage your apps, participate in forums, et.c

http://create.msdn.com

Getting Started

Your first stop to get going on dev

http://wpdev.ms/startwpdev

Getting Started

/w DiggTheDrazen

Very good resource for tips and trips with all codes available by @DiggTheDrazen http://www.DiggTheDrazen.com

Downloads

The dev tools – FREE – are here

http://wpdev.ms/wpdowns

Registration

Some people need a little extra help, and this walkthrough of the developer registration should be useful

http://wpdev.ms/regwalk

Submissions

A little extra help on the submission process.

http://wpdev.ms/subwalk

Certification Requirements

OK, your app is done, but will it pass cert? We aim to give you plenty of visibility into the process and be very transparent on why your apps failed, but please read through this.

http://wpdev.ms/certreq

Jump Start

A video series sponsored by Channel9, our developer focused online video destination portal.

http://wpdev.ms/jumpstarts

Design Day

Every developer could probably use a little extra help with their app design. Here are some great tutorials all about the Metro UI design language for Windows Phone.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jaimer/archive/2010/08/13/windows-phone-design-day-recordings.aspx

Absolute Beginners

There’s always the possibility that you are big on ideas, but maybe not so much on dev skills. That’s OK. We have a great course which will get you up to speed even if you are an absolute beginner.

http://wpdev.ms/beginvids

Mango Hands On Labs

If you want to dig a little deeper, but prefer the lab walkthrough format, we have some great labs here for you.

http://wpdev.ms/mangohol

Mobile Champs

Our mobile champs are our developer evangelists in different areas. They are empowered to do whatever it takes to make you successful. They will have invites to in person Windows Phone training events, access to coding resources, will be able to introduce you to our marketing programs once your apps are in Marketplace, and they have phones and tokens for App Hub accounts (if cost of an account is a hardship). I’m working as a champ in Finland but if you’re from other company and don’t know who to contact see the champ list below.

Country

Mobile Champ & Email

Australia

Chris Bright Chris.Bright(at)microsoft.com

Dave Glover (DPE MELBOURNE) dglover(at)microsoft.com

Austria

Andreas Schabus Andreas.Schabus(at)microsoft.com

Max Knor Max.Knor(at)microsoft.com

Belgium

Katrien De Graeve Katrien.DeGraeve(at)microsoft.com

David Hernie dhernie(at)microsoft.com

Brazil

Silvia Valadares silviav(at)microsoft.com

Caio Chaves Garcez caiog(at)microsoft.com

Canada

Paul Laberge paul.laberge(at)microsoft.com

Joey DeVilla joey.devilla(at)microsoft.com

Chile

Wilson Pais wilson.pais(at)microsoft.com

China

Liwei Zhao liweiz(at)microsoft.com

Felix Yan Felix.Yan(at)microsoft.com

Simon Duan simon.duan(at)microsoft.com

Czech Republic

Filip Rehorik Filip.Rehorik(at)microsoft.com

Columbia

Walter Novoa (Adecco) v-wnovoa(at)microsoft.com

Ricardo Marulanda ricardo.marulanda(at)microsoft.com

Denmark

Bjarne Dollerup Bjarne.Dollerup(at)microsoft.com

Finland

Jukka Wallasvaara Jukka.Wallasvaara(at)microsoft.com

France

Antoine Markarian antoinem(at)microsoft.com

Pierre Cauchois pierreca(at)microsoft.com

Alex Danvy Alex.Danvy(at)microsoft.com

Germany

Frank Prengel Frank.Prengel(at)microsoft.com

Bernhard Carli bernhard.carli(at)microsoft.com

Greece

Gina Tiriakidou ginati(at)microsoft.com

Hong Kong

Andy Cheung (HK DPE) ancheung(at)microsoft.com

Hungary

Zsolt Batorfi zbatorfi(at)microsoft.com

India

Girish C Joshi girishcj(at)microsoft.com

Indonesia

Irving Hutagalung irving.hutagalung(at)microsoft.com

Ireland

Dave Northey daven(at)microsoft.com

Italy

Roberto Cavallini Roberto.Cavallini(at)microsoft.com

Lorenzo Barbieri Lorenzo.Barbieri(at)microsoft.com

Japan

Shinobu Takahashi Shinobu.Takahashi(at)microsoft.com

Akira Onishi aonishi(at)microsoft.com

Korea

Jinho Seo jinho.seo(at)microsoft.com

Kyoung Yoon Kim kykim(at)microsoft.com

Malaysia

Hoong Fai Lai lai.hoongfai(at)microsoft.com

Mexico

Edgar Omar Aviles Rosas Omar.Aviles(at)microsoft.com

Netherlands

Matthijs Hoekstra Matthijs.Hoekstra(at)microsoft.com

New Zealand

Nigel Parker nigel.parker(at)microsoft.com

Mike Zeff mike.zeff(at)microsoft.com

Norway

Petri Tapio Wilhelmsen petwil(at)microsoft.com

Philippines

Zandra Nicolas alnichol(at)microsoft.com

Poland

Bartlomiej Zass Bartlomiej.Zass(at)microsoft.com

Portugal

Nuno Silva Nuno.Silva(at)microsoft.com

Puerto Rico

Yamille Morales ymorales(at)microsoft.com

Russia

Mik Chernomordikov mikcher(at)microsoft.com

Vladimir Kolesnikov vladkol(at)microsoft.com

Singapore

Chris Ismael chism(at)microsoft.com

South Africa

Nyaladzi Mpofu nmpofu(at)microsoft.com

Spain

Isabel Gomez Miragaya isabelg(at)microsoft.com

Elisa Garcia Anzano elisa.garcia(at)microsoft.com

Sweden

Dag König dagk(at)microsoft.com

Switzerland

Stefano Malle Stefano.Malle(at)microsoft.com

Sascha Corti sascha.corti(at)microsoft.com

Taiwan

Eric ShangKuan ericsk(at)microsoft.com

Thailand

Ekaraj Kongswangwongsa ekarajk(at)microsoft.com

UK

William Coleman wcoleman(at)microsoft.com

Paul Foster paulfo(at)microsoft.com

Mike Ormond Mike.Ormond(at)microsoft.com

US

Joe Shirey joe.shirey(at)microsoft.com

Reza Alizadeh rezaali(at)microsoft.com

Christian Thilmany christhi(at)microsoft.com

Max Zilberman max.zilberman(at)microsoft.com

Rob Cameron Rob.Cameron(at)microsoft.com

 

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