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Wigley, Andy
Andy Wigley works as a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft UK, working to support the developer community to create mobile apps on Microsoft platforms.
Andy Wigley works as a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft UK, working to support the developer community to create mobile apps on Microsoft platforms. He joined Microsoft in 2012, and before that was a prominent member of the mobile development community and was proud to be an MVP for 10 years. Andy is well-known for the popular Windows Phone JumpStart videos which are available on He has written a number of books for developers published by Microsoft Press and is a regular speaker at major conferences such as Tech Ed.
Speaker Presentation List
Optimizing Compact Framework
The key to good performance in a ..NET Compact Framework application is good memory management. In this session you'll learn how the garbage collector and JIT compiler work, and the impact of poor design and programming practices. You'll also learn how to monitor and diagnose performance problems using the new Remote Performance Monitor tools.   
Overcoming mobile pain points
The patterns and practices Mobile Client Software Factory is a collection of mobile application blocks, developer guidance and tools that make it easier for mobile developers to overcome the 'pain points' such as data synchronization, working disconnected from a network, and authentication and encryption. This session shows you how to use the mobile Application Blocks, using experience gained from building real-world mobile solutions for customers.   
Programming the Windows Mobile 6 & Software Architectures for Constrained Platforms
In this two part talk, we’ll look at how to take program applications that make the most of the rich Windows Mobile 6 platform: interacting with the GPS & Camera and using the development tools in the Windows Mobile 6 SDK. In the second part of the talk, we’ll take a look at the latest thinking on software architectures that are lightweight and fast and work well on memory and cpu constrained platforms, and in particular at how to develop in a loosely coupled, modular fashion using the Microsoft patterns & practices ContainerModel Application Block, a fast, lightweight dependency injection container.   
Cool UI for Windows Mobile – How to compete with the iPhone
The iPhone has set new standards for how a UI on a mobile device should look and feel. Back in Visual Studio land, we have a bunch of controls that looked snazzy back in Windows 3.1 days, but don’t cut it today, and we don’t have WPF or Silverlight (yet). Despite this, armed with the right knowledge you can create great looking UIs that incorporate transparency and alpha blending, and that alter the presentation of the standard Windows Forms controls. The result can look great and be a pleasure for users to use. Come to this session to discover how!   
WP7 and the Silverlight Toolkit
Windows Phone 7 was released in November 2010, accompanied by the usual excellent Microsoft development tools. Creating a simple WP7 app is pretty easy, but incorporating the correct look and feel that truly makes it extend and integrate with the WP7 platform is a little more challenging. In this session, we will take a look at the Silverlight Toolkit for Windows Phone and how it adds additional controls and features to easily add animations to your apps and make them feel like the phone’s built-in apps. We’ll also introduce the exciting additions to the platform announced recently at MIX and show how they enhance Windows Phone 7 to equal and in some cases, exceed those offered by competing mobile platforms.   
Building Apps for Windows Phone 7.5, 7.8 *and* 8.0
Confused by the different Windows Phone versions? Worried that the platform is fragmenting? Windows Phone 7.5 has been out for over a year now and Windows Phone 8.0 for a little over a month, but early in 2013 the Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade will start to be offered as an upgrade to existing Windows Phone 7.5 users. What should a developer do: ignore 7.5/7.8 and just develop apps for 8.0? Try to build one app that will work great on all the versions? Develop different versions of your app for each phone version? In this session, we will make it clear what features are in each version and show how to develop an app that works on each of these versions and takes advantage of new features on each. This is all about how to maximise the Windows Phone opportunity!   
Building Cross-Platform Apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8
Windows Phone 8 boasts a shared OS core with ‘big’ Windows, both using the same kernel and sharing many other low-level OS components. At the developer level however, the need for backwards compatibility with Windows Phone 7 and the later creation of the Windows 8 Store Apps development model means that while there are many similarities, there are also many differences that you have to account for. With careful application of the correct programming patterns, taking advantage of portable class libraries, and utilising code sharing techniques, between 50 – 75% code re-use can be achieved. In this session, I will show you how.   
Interviews & Articles
Mobile Development  - (Interview)
Rich and John catch up with Peter Foot and Andy Wigley, Mobile Gurus and MVP's to discuss mobile development, Dave joins to see if his phone is upto the job.
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