Windows Phone 7 introductie in Doetinchem

Written by Tom Verhoeff. Posted in MSP, WP7

Last friday i did a Windows Phone 7 introduction in front of about 500 students in Doetinchem. Since this blogpost is pointed at the students who attended, it will be presented in Dutch. Stay tuned for some more WP7 articles in English. Afgelopen vrijdag organiseerde Microsoft in samenwerking met het Graafschap College een ochtend met technische sessies voor MBO-studenten uit de regio Doetinchem. In het Amphion waren uiteindelijk ruim 500 studenten aanwezig voor een sessie van Tony Krijnen en Daniel van Soest over Windows 2008 R2/Windows 7 en aansluitend een sessie van mij over Windows Phone 7.  Gelukkig heb ik al veel enthousiaste reacties gekregen, wel hebben een aantal studenten aangegeven graag wat meer informatie te willen om eens rustig aan de slag te kunnen met Windows Phone 7. In deze blogpost vinden jullie alle benodigde informatie.

Implementing and debugging trial mode in a WP7 app

Written by Tom Verhoeff. Posted in WP7

With app numbers in the marketplace already rising over 3K getting your application noticed is more and more important. One of the features a lot of applications still miss is trial mode. Personally i would not consider buying an app unless i get the chance to preview it and i know this opinion is shared by a lot of users around the world.
Fortunately Microsoft provides an easy way of implementing trial mode and a lot of information on different implementations is available all over the web. Since people keep asking me how i implemented it i will cover it in this blogpost.

Easy unenrollment from Blackboard Courses

Written by Tom Verhoeff. Posted in TU Delft

Every student at Delft University of Technology and possibly many more students around the world know this problem. You have to enroll for course in Blackboard to get access to all the material, but once you passed the course there is no easy way to unenroll. After a few years of studying your course list seems to be neverending. Fortunately one of my fellow student Alex Nederlof created a little tool to solve this problem, just follow 4 easy steps and you are unenrolled (making the course disappear from you list). Do note that this relates to unenrolling in Blackboard terms, it has got nothing to do with actual course enrollment (for which the university in Delft uses Osiris)

Follow this link to go to the tool

Update: Unfortunately this tool only works for courses that already have the Blackboard Unenroll tool enabled. Therefore it doesn’t really add anything to the functionality already available

Launch of MyTimetable at Radboud University Nijmegen

Written by Tom Verhoeff. Posted in Eveoh

Eveoh is proud to announce the launch of our personal schedule application MyTimetable for Scientia Syllabus Plus at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Last week the application became available to all students at the Radboud Student Portal, resulting in a personal schedule for each student, including a real-time feed to Google Calendar, Outlook or mobile phone. With a second university moving to our solution, MyTimetable has reached another milestone.

Windows Phone 7 Review Reader

Written by Tom Verhoeff. Posted in WP7

It’s been about 2 weeks since the first Windows Phone 7 devices became available and the Windows Phone 7 Applications Marketplace officially launched. This means consumers now have access to all the applications and for us developers this means our products (apps) can actually be sold. Unfortunately Microsoft does not provide easy access to reviews on the marketplaces just yet, all you can do is fire up the Zune software and check out the ratings in your local marketplace. I discussed this issue with Matthijs Hoekstra and have been trying to find a solution during the last few days.Fortunately i found one:

Gebruik van de Windows Phone 7 marketplace met een Nederlandse creditcard – beknopt

Written by Tom Verhoeff. Posted in WP7

Update: Nu de Mango update voor Windows Phone beschikbaar is kan elke Nederlandse WP7 gebruiken gewoon een Nederlands live id gebruiken om uit de Nederlandse marketplace applicaties te downloaden. Onderstaande methode is dus niet meer nodig. Starting October 21st Windows Phone 7 devices will be available in the Netherlands. During the upcoming months I will regularly blog about Windows Phone 7. Most of these blogs will be relevant to all of you and therefore written in English. My first two blogs deal with some specific Dutch issues and will therefore be published in the Dutch language. Thanks for you understanding. Vanaf 21 oktober begint de lancering van Windows Phone 7 toestellen over de hele wereld. Voor de verandering zijn wij als Europa/Nederland er als een van de eersten bij en vanaf aanstaande donderdag zullen de eerste toestellen in de winkels verkrijgbaar zijn. Helaas hoort Nederland niet bij de landen die vanaf dag 1 een marketplace en xbox live beschikbaar hebben voor de telefoons. Medio 2011 wordt ondersteuning voor een Nederlandse marketplace verwacht, maar tot die tijd missen de telefoons in Nederland een belangrijk onderdeel van het platform. Gelukkig is het door een aantal dingen slim in te stellen toch mogelijk om gebruik te maken van een volledige marketplace en xbox live integratie. Hiervoor wenden we ons tot de Duitse of Engelse marketplace die gelukkig wel vanaf dag 1 beschikbaar zijn. In deze post zal ik beknopt beschrijven hoe een toestel zo in te stellen is dat gebruik wordt gemaakt van de Engelse marketplace en dat daarvoor desondanks een Nederlandse creditcard gebruikt kan worden. Later deze week zal ik ook een uitgebreide stap voor stap handleiding publiceren waarmee iedereen uit de voeten zou moet kunnen.

Windows Phone 7 Introduction at TU Eindhoven

Written by Tom Verhoeff. Posted in MSP, WP7

Yesterday my MSP colleagues in Eindhoven organised a lunchbreak event as a kickoff towards the rest of the year. Together with study society GEWIS they managed to attract around 90 students, so the event was a success before it event started. The event would consist of two parts. The first 45 minutes would be filled by me talking about Windows Phone 7 and application development followed by the Eindhoven MSPs introducing themselves, the MSP programme and possible benefits for the students.

TU Delft MyTimetable – New PDF Export preview

Written by Tom Verhoeff. Posted in Eveoh

Since our MyTimetable Blackboard module officially launched back in February the most criticized feature has been the PDF export. The current PDF export looks a little chaotic and does not present a clear view of the schedule. During the last week i finally came to improving this part. The functional implementation is now complete so i have been able to generate a first preview. Please note that the PDFs design still needs to be improved, but this requires some feedback. So please take a look at the preview and then let me know things how you think about it. The work-in-progress preview can be found here. Please leave your feedback down here in the comments or send an e-mail to Also note that any other feedback on the module is really appreciated. Update 15:55: The updated version now dynamically adjusts based on activity times. An updated preview can be found here Update 03/09: The announcement on Blackboard only credits me for the application. Marco Krikke, Mike Noordermeer and Maarten van der Beek also deserve credit for MyTimetable