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Dear MSDN UK Flash Reader

The one device that most people say they can’t live without is their mobile phone. As mobile devices have become smarter, faster and more useful developers have started taking advantage of some of the new hardware features that are now available.

Our top stories this week showcase how the team behind the Domino’s app developed the app and integrated voice recognition and NFC. Andy Wigley takes you behind the scenes with SQLite which is one of the most use database apps used when developing mobile applications. When it comes to marketing your application it is always handy to have a few tips from those who have been there and done it themselves.

Take a look at this weeks’ top video to find some of the latest news from TechEd US on developing for Windows Phone and check out the events section to find out more about events happening in your area.

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3 Top Tips for Windows Phone App Development

If you are an experienced mobile dev but new to Windows Phone, here are three simple, but important things we think you should know.

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Top Articles
SQLite-WinRT: Database programming on Windows Phone and Windows 8
Last week at TechEd North America in New Orleans, Andy Wigley presented a session on programming the SQLite database on Windows Phone 8. You can watch the video and download the slides from his recent blog article. The slides were about how to support your demanding LOB apps with SQLite and Windows Phone 8. Andy has also included the sample code used in his demo and much more.
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3 steps to marketing your mobile app
Sara Allison caught up with Lorraine Starr from Yippee! Entertainment, creators of the hugely popular Windows 8, Windows Phone and iOS game Chimpact, and got her to share some secrets on how they marketed the app.
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Behind the Scenes with the Domino’s Phone App
We caught up with the team at Future Platforms who built the Domino’s Pizza app for Windows Phone and asked them all about how they designed, built and tested their app. They also go into some detail on how they have implemented NFC and voice activation.
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Prism for the Windows Runtime Visual Studio Extension
Prism for Windows runtime now has its very own Visual Studio extension courtesy of David Britch. This extension is a collection of templates to use Prism for the Windows Runtime. Prism for the Windows Runtime provides libraries that accelerate the development of managed Windows Store apps by providing support for bootstrapping MVVM apps, state management, validation of user input, navigation and much more.
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The Windows Phone 8 Networking Survival Kit
Take a lightning tour of the many Windows Phone 8 connectivity options for developers. There are more than ever before: HTTP networking APIs, NFC and Bluetooth including ‘tap to connect’ with Windows 8 slates, WCF and OData services, are just the tip of the iceberg. See how to program with the new DataSense feature. Store data in Sky Drive. Share state between Windows Phone 8 app and the Windows 8 version of your app. See some real practical demos, such as how to connect the Windows Phone 8 emulator to services running on your development PC, how to implement compression with HTTP networking and how you can handle credentials when accessing services that require user authentication.
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Top Video
The Phone That Has Everything the Enterprise Needs: Windows Phone 8
Your requirements for an Enterprise phone must meet the demands of your organization with mobile device management, security, encryption and private software distribution without sacrificing the excitement and fun of an awesome consumer phone. Microsoft’s newest phone has the power of Windows 8 with killer hardware and features like up-to-the minute Live Tiles, offline Nokia maps, great apps like Microsoft Office, Xbox, Skype, Pandora and ESPN, NFC, integrated VoIP and the fastest mobile browser. Windows Phone 8 is unrivaled in the smartphone space. Join us to see how Windows Phone 8 combines everything you love about a personal phone and everything you need in the Enterprise.
 
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In addition to the great events above, you can find all our forthcoming Visual Studio events across the UK here.
 
Events 13th June, London – Super-Scaling SQL Server with Thomas Kejser (£)
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Events 13th June, London – Machine Learning Hands On with F#
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Events 18th June, Online – DevOps with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server
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Events 21st June, London – SQL In The City
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Events 26th June, London – Last-Fi -An F# powered Raspberry Pi internet radio with Ross McKinlay
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Events 25th - 28th June, Madrid, Spain – TechEd Europe
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Events 8th July, London – Windows Azure Security and Compliance Workshop
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Events 16th July, London – Windows Azure BizTalk Services
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