Nick is a software architect and developer with experience across a range of technologies, and has a particular interest in the future of rich client and mobile device applications. Nick is a speaker, author, a Microsoft MVP and owner of Built To Roam.

Nick's articles

  1. WP7 Push Notifications Part 2

    Previously in this short series on WP7 push notifications, we considered the different types of notifications. In this post Nick Randolph goes through setting up your application to receive notifications and how to actually send notifications.

  2. BuildMobile: Push Notifications in Windows Phone

    In my previous posts I’ve referred to the notification system that comes with Windows Phone, specifically in reference to updating the Live Tiles on the Start screen. We’re going to jump in and take a closer look at how the push notification system works and the types of notifications that are available to you. Firstly, there are three types of notifications that your application can make use of: Toast Notification If you want to notify the user of an important event within your application you can send a Toast Notification. This notification is made up of two pieces of text that appear as an overlay across whatever application the user is currently in, as shown in Figure 1.

  3. Push Notifications in Windows Phone

    Nick Randolph has written previously to introduce Windows Phone 7 Live Tiles. In this post we jump in and take a closer look at how the push notification system works and the types of notifications that are available to you to make use of.

  4. BuildMobile: Personalise Windows Phone 7: Live Tiles

    In my previous post I discussed the importance of the Start screen and Live Tiles on the Windows Phone 7 platform. Applications that have been ported across from other smartphone platforms Windows Phone 7 don’t normally go beyond creating a default start screen tile. A static start screen tile is little more than an application icon, which the user already has in the applications list.

  5. Personalise Windows Phone 7: Live Tiles

    Learn how to configure a start tile for a Windows Phone 7 application, then define an update schedule to periodically update that start tile for your application. Nick Randolph discusses everything you need to know and provides sample code to use.

  6. BuildMobile: Get Pinned: Windows Phone 7 Live Tiles

    I often get asked to comment on “why Windows Phone 7” and it’s taken me a long time to put together a response to this question that I’m happy with. If you look at the major smartphone platforms they all offer very similar capabilities from a hardware and core operating system perspective. They all have an integrated camera, 3G connectivity, capacitive screens, WiFi, application marketplace and so on.

  7. Get Pinned: Windows Phone 7 Live Tiles

    NIck Randolph opens up the Windows Phone 7 discussion here at BuildMobile. Why choose WP7 as a developer platform or as a consumer. With the next release “Mango” about to drop, Nick introduces Live Tiles and Getting Pinned, some of the latest and greatest tools available on the platform.