Archive for October, 2007

An introduction to mobile development on Windows Mobile

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Another day, another HackDay presentation. This one is a little more lightweight than yesterday (a breakneck crash course through learning how to use and extend PowerShell).

It’s basically a beginner’s guide to mobile development – some scene-setting and a few walkthroughs how to do “Hello World”-type stuff with the key Windows Mobile libraries.

Hopefullly will be interesting to someone!

I guess I’ll know in about an hour 🙂

An introduction to Windows PowerShell

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Later today, I’m giving a presentation on Windows PowerShell as a part of the lead-up to this year’s internal IBM HackDay.

It’ll be good to address some of the misunderstandings I had about PowerShell when I wrote about it before. In the presentation, I will be giving an introduction to Windows PowerShell – what is it, and how it works.

I’ll also be talking about how you can extend it to provide support for administering your own product or project (which is where the HackDay element comes in – hopefully to encourage some PowerShell projects!).

Impatient people can get a sneak peek at my slides here…


We need a personal Twitter glossary

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Something Luis Suarez said on Twitter last week got me thinking. I tweeted back at the time, but thought the idea was worth fleshing out.

We need a Twitter glossary. My tweets stand a chance of making sense to people who know me, or have been following me for a while, but to anyone else? Perhaps not. But with only 140 characters, I haven’t got the space to put everything in context in every tweet.

What I want is an up-front way of defining a list of terms that I am likely to use often in the future. For each term, I could give a definition – a description that could be used in a tool-tip when you hover over the word in a tweet, and/or a URL to a page with more info if you click on it.

For example, instead of a tweet like:

Gotta take Grace with me to a SYA meeting tonight

it might be useful if the tweet showed up on the twitter webpage like this:

Gotta take Grace with me to a SYA meeting tonight

Getting the currently selected text from Pocket Internet Explorer

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

As part of my hack for mobileCampLondon, I wanted to get the current selection from the web browser on my Windows Mobile phone.

The plan was to add a new menu item to Pocket Internet Explorer that lets you search for the text you’ve selected in Google. So I needed to get the currently selected text in order to include it in a Google search page URL. I thought it’d be simple, but it turned out to be more of a hassle than I expected.

My final approach is more of a hack than I’d have liked, so in this post, I’ll outline my unsuccessful approaches before showing what I finally ended up doing.