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  • Blog Post: Useful Download Links for Windows 8 and Windows Phone Development

    Part of my job is to help people find valuable resources. I especially like it when they are free. Free is good. These links are for students, faculty and professional (or non professional) developer.  Please check these links out, visit the websites, find what looks interesting and download the...
  • Blog Post: Tip Calculator Hands On Lab for Windows Phone

    This is the basic instructions for the demo I did as part of the Mobile App Development throwdown at the CS & IT Conference July 10th, 2012, Open Visual Studio (you can get it as part of the Windows Phone SDK ) and create a new project. Be sure to select Visual C# as the language, Silverlight for...
  • Blog Post: Round 1 Finalists for 2012 Microsoft Partners in Learning Forum

    The big news for me yesterday was at Finalists Announced for Round 1 of the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum . I attended this event as a judge last year and learned an incredible amount from these amazing teachers. This first round announced 44 teachers representing 32 projects from across...
  • Blog Post: dream.build.play reminder

    The dream.build.play challenge is still wide open for people looking to take their Windows Phone or Xbox 360 game to the next level and win some big prizes. Create a Game & Bring Your Ideas to Life It’s time for the Dream.Build.Play Challenge! Open to anyone over age 14, the...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 2 April 2012

    I spent part of last week Getting Ready For Windows 8 . Sad to admit but it took me until last week to install the Windows 8 Consumer Preview over the developer preview I had been running. But I did. And I also installed Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows 8 and I’m working on my first Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Software Development Kit

    I know I have mentioned the Windows Phone SDK (software development kit) a lot in the past but usually only as a reference along with other things. It really deserves a post of its own though. T he Windows Phone Software Development Kit (SDK) 7.1 provides you with all of the tools that you need to develop...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark and AppHub Sign Up

    We’ve had some changes in the DreamSpark program lately and the web site feels all different to me. So what I decided to do was to step though the process of first signing up for DreamSpark for students with Activations codes such as you get in a high school Dream Spark program of if you get a code from...
  • Blog Post: Programming for Absolute Beginners from Channel 9

    Channel 9 has just launched an absolute beginner series to help people learn to program. There are two versions of the Development for Absolute beginners materials – one for Visual Basic and one for C# Well worth checking out. Visual Basic Development for Absolute Beginners C# Development for Absolute...
  • Blog Post: Big App On Campus

    Microsoft announced a Windows Phone development contest for college/university students in the US (sorry about both the US only and the 18+ only – I’m just the messenger)  The full details with contest rules and other stuff may be found at  Do You Have What it Takes to be the Big App on Campus...
  • Blog Post: Your Chance to Learn Windows Phone Development for Free

    Microsoft is offering a number of FREE Phone Camps around the US. These are fun and interesting workshops – hands on – to help people learn about developing Windows Phone applications. If you are an instructor who wants to add mobile development into your courses, a student who wants to create apps and...
  • Blog Post: What is an app?

    In the Mobile Game Design and Mobile App Design categories of the NFTE World Series of Innovation students are asked to design an app or a game for a mobile device such as an Windows Phone. But what do an “app” mean in that context? The meaning of words changes over time. I hear that the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Mango Jump Start Workshop Now On Video

    IF you missed it live (like I did) you can now view the recording of the Windows Phone Mango Jump Start training on Channel 9. I borrowed these direct links from the official announcement . Microsoft MVPs Rob Miles and Andy Wigley are back! The "Building Applications for Windows Phone "Mango"...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Development Training Online

    SO you probably know that a new version of the Windows Phone software is coming very soon. If you are planning on teaching phone development you may also be thinking “I wonder how I can get some training on this?” Well you are in luck. Online training is coming! “Mango” Jump Start! Aug. 23-24! Pass it...
  • Blog Post: Are your students entered in the Windows Phone app contest

    This Summer, build Windows Phone 7 apps and you could earn exciting prizes to catch a movie, eat ice – cream, buy camping gear and more!! This special competition is especially for students. It’s a great incentive to get creative and do something interesting and possibly win some prizes and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phones for Students

    OK so you are a student and you are wondering what to do over the summer. Perhaps you have a job but maybe it is not fulfilling. And besides wouldn’t it be cool to write some great code and win a new Windows Phone for your efforts. Right? Well the Windows Phone team has a contest just for you. They are...
  • Blog Post: TouchStudio–Script your Phone on Your Phone

    OK you have a smart phone and you want to create an application for it. But you don’t have a computer handy so what do you do? From Microsoft Research here is one possibility  Touch Studio . TouchStudio is a scripting language that you can use to create apps for your phone on your phone. use the...
  • Blog Post: Atlanta (Georgia) Area Windows Phone Camp for Students

    Tara Walker is running a three-day Microsoft Mobile Development appLab at the Library at the Atlanta-Fulton County Library June 7 - 9th : 9:30am - 4:00pm This is a Three-Day Mobile Development Camp that will take you from beginning to learning how to build robust Windows Phone applications and games...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Games in Visual Basic

    I’ve been working all week in C#. Now C# is a wonderful language if you are going to use semi-colons and curly braces. It fixes almost all of the issues I have with C++ and Java. But frankly I have missed the beauty of programming in Visual Basic. So when I saw Sam Stokes’ post ( You can...
  • Blog Post: Never Underestimate a 13-Year Old With a Computer and a Dream

    Now I taught middle school during the longest year of my life. And I do guest talks at middle schools all the time. But honestly I do not have the knack for doing it full time. My wife does and I know many wonderful middle school teachers who do. The thing is with middle school students is that you never...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark, AppHub and Windows Phone Development

    So are your graduating high school seniors bored? or perhaps you are still looking for things to do after the AP CS exam. or maybe you know college or high school students looking to make a few bucks writing code? ( Student Develops Games For Windows Phone 7 ) Edwin Guarin has a new post out called Dreamspark...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links–April 12 2011

    I’m a day late this week. Yesterday was the end of the US Imagine Cup finals and I really wanted to post about that. It was a wonderful weekend and an encouraging weekend as a bunch of outstanding students showed off some really great projects. And I got to spend time with the rest of the academic team...
  • Blog Post: Whack Something Game for Windows Phone 7

    The last several yeas the University of New Hampshire has put on a “Hi Tech” day for area high school students. Between 150 and 200 high school students come to campus to see demonstrations of and to try their hand at some interesting and powerful software. They see tools like Windows Robotics Studio...
  • Blog Post: Rebirth of DIY Software Development

    In the heady, exciting, almost wild West atmosphere of the early days of PCs it seemed like almost everyone I knew was writing software in hopes of making a little extra money. Shareware was big. That was the idea that you would give away the program and if people really liked it they would pay for it...
  • Blog Post: Student Develops Games For Windows Phone 7

    Jakub Poznanski ,  Jake to most people, is studying  computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. He was born in Białystok, Poland, but has lived most of his life in the United States. Jake was an intern at Microsoft last summer, working on Windows Phone 7.Lately Jake has been creating games...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 21 February 2011

    I spent several days in New York City as part of the program committee for CSTA’s Computer Science and Information Technology conference . This year all of the presentations were selected from proposals submitted for review. We’ll also have a day of workshops which were also reviewed. A third day will...
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