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  • Blog Post: My first experience developing for Windows Phone

    Windows Phone developer Christian Hissibini (Histech Solutions) shares the story of his first encounter with Windows Phone and share the lessons he learned along the way. This post is also available in French /Cette poste est aussi disponible en francais . Curious by nature, passionate, and too often...
  • Blog Post: MA PREMIERE EXPÉRIENCE DE DÉVELOPPEMENT WINDOWS PHONE

    Développeur Windows Phone Christian Hissibini (Histech Solutions) partage son premier rencontre avec la platforme Windows Phone. Son histoire raconte des trucs et lecons pour tout développeur interessé au platforme Windows Phone. Cet post est aussi disponible en anglais /This...
  • Blog Post: How Blend made creating a Windows 8 app in 24 hours easy.

    Having never used Blend before I was amazed how fast and easy it was to create my simple app .   The source code for this Windows 8 app and many others can be found on my GitHub ( http://bit.ly/17NwuAw ) After joking with a friend of mine, we came up with a fun little app that would tell you your...
  • Blog Post: Building a great app: Options for making money

    If you are building a great app, you may want to make money doing it. You have a couple of options, charge for the app, in app purchases, and ads. This blog is part of a series, you can see the rest of the series here . Less than 5% of app downloads are paid apps. But, that doesn’t mean you...
  • Blog Post: How to build a great Windows 8 app Step 8: Protect the user, tell them what your app can do!

    For the security of your users, your app must declare what devices and features it will use. As an app user, I wouldn’t want to be playing a video game only to discover afterwards that the app had been taking video footage of me during the game without my permission. I also wouldn’t want to use a social...
  • Blog Post: Video of the week: Cross platform gaming with MonoGame – Draw a Stickman Epic

    With XNA not supported on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 a lot of XNA developers are turning to Monogame I get a lot of questions from XNA game developers asking what they should use to develop games on Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 since there is no support for XNA. Not everyone wants or needs to turn...
  • Blog Post: Building a great Windows 8 app Step 5: Reserve your app name

    You can reserve your app name before you publish your app This blog post is part of a series This blog post will explain Why is your app name important? How to create your store account (required to reserve an app name) How to choose a good app name How to reserve your app name Why is your app name important...
  • Blog Post: Tips and gotchas for Windows 8 apps: Convertr

    This series features interviews with student Windows 8 app developers who share the lessons they learned building windows 8 applications. This week’s interview features Richard Ye a student from The University of Waterloo who built an application called Converter. Could you briefly describe your application...
  • Blog Post: Get your Windows 8 app published by December 31st and you could win a Surface

    Canadian Developers who register for Developer Movement and publish Windows 8 apps between December 6th and 31st could win a 64GB Surface. Wouldn’t you like to start the new year with a Surface? Odds of winning will depend on the number of people who publish apps, but these are still pretty good odds...
  • Blog Post: Waterloo WowZapp Microsoft Worldwide Hackathon

    Waterloo WOWZAPP 2012 was an amazing experience! We were thrilled to see the creative work that people came up with in less than a day’s work. Our advertisement efforts successfully reached out to almost 70 students including nearby colleges. We started the event with a brief presentation on Windows...
  • Blog Post: What cross platform development tools support Windows 8 and Windows Phone?

    Want your app on multiple platforms without rewriting all the code? Here’s a summary of some of the tools, libraries and SDKs out there to support building multi-platform apps. Every mobile developer struggles with the decision of which platforms to support, and most end up building for more...
  • Blog Post: Need to preload assets? Check out PreLoadJS

    PreLoadJS is a JavaScript library to help you with asset preload management. It’s part of CreateJS an open source suite of JavaScript libraries to help HTML5 developers When you build a great web site, you need to plan your asset loading so that users don’t get frustrated and leave your website. When...
  • Blog Post: Could Windows Phone 8 mean no more bulky wallets?

    With the new wallet feature in Windows Phone 8 I can’t wait for developers to start updating their apps so I can get rid of some of the endless cards and coupons in my wallet! How many membership cards, credit cards, and coupons are you carrying in your wallet or purse? I have four sections...
  • Blog Post: Last Call: Join us in Toronto for Windows 8 Pure Imagination

    Learn about HTML gaming, talk to a VC to learn about funding for start-ups, join the hackathon, learn about Windows 8 design, or how to use Azure for free websites or to give you back end services for iOS, Windows8, or Windows Phone, all this and more at Windows 8 Pure Imagination Microsoft with partner...
  • Blog Post: How do you come up with your first app idea?

    Anyone can build an app, that is the truth, but what’s should you try for your first app? If you sat down this weekend and took 3-4 hours you could build an app for Windows Phone or Windows 8. That is the honest truth! You download the tools here (windows 8) or here (Windows Phone), you find a getting...
  • Blog Post: Having trouble finding time to sit down and write that app? Use Pure Imagination to get your app done.

    Sometimes we need a kickstart to start or finish a great app. Pure Imagination November 24 & 25th is just the thing to help you bring your idea to life or to finish up that app you started and got stuck on. Attend in person if you can come to Toronto, or online if you can’t. I am still recovering...
  • Blog Post: Ready to develop for Windows Phone 8?

    Windows Phone 8 launched this week, so how can you build apps for the latest phones? Windows Phone 8 was launched Monday and the reviews are in. If you haven’t seen it yet, the Windows Phone website is a great place to see what’s new for the phone user. For the Windows Phone developer, the Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 development for iOS developers

    If you’ve already built an iOS app, what do you need to know to build a Windows 8 app? The Windows Store site has added some great resources to help iOS developers create Windows 8 store apps. You’ll find Resources for iOS developers that includes all kinds of tips to help you get started How to install...
  • Blog Post: Canada! Join the worldwide WOWZapp hackathon November 9-11th

    Microsoft has created a worldwide hackathon called WOWZapp, Canada has a number of sites so you can be a part of it! You may have already heard about WOWZapp in TechCrunch or on CNBC . This is a worldwide hackathon for developers to get building cool apps for Windows 8. Canada is all in! Co...
  • Blog Post: Tips and gotchas for Windows 8 apps: Fractal Photographer

    This series features interviews with student Windows 8 app developers who share the lessons they learned building Windows 8 applications. This week’s interview features Rudi Chen a student from University of Waterloo who built an application called Fractal Photographer Could you briefly describe...
  • Blog Post: Tips and gotchas for Windows 8 apps: WayTwoGood

    This series features interviews with student Windows 8 app developers who share the lessons they learned building Windows 8 applications. This week’s interview features Three Red Cubes a team of students from Ryerson University who built an application called WayTwoGood. Could you briefly...
  • Blog Post: GameSalad announces Windows 8 support

    Good news for gamers trying to support multiple platforms, GameSalad is adding support for Windows 8 GameSalad has announced they are going to bring Windows 8 app store publishing to GameSalad creator. So what is GameSalad? It’s a tool that allows you to build games and will generate code from your design...
  • Blog Post: Could a Windows 8 app take you to Russia?

    This year’s Imagine Cup finals are in Russia, and there are lots of ways a Windows 8 app could get you to the finals. You are going to see a lot of Windows 8 events and resources over the next few months as we approach the release of Windows 8 RTM. What’s really cool for students is the fact that if...
  • Blog Post: Building a Windows 8 app? Pick your favorite flavour!

    When building an app for Windows 8, you have three programming models to choose from: .NET, HTML/CSS JavaScript, or C++ My husband likes cherry ice cream. My son likes chocolate. I like mint chocolate chip. Our favorite ice cream shops sell all three flavours, so we all leave happy! When I started coding...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 release date announced–get those apps out there!

    Microsoft announced the RTM of Windows 8 the first week of August, and general availability by the end of October. We’ve got events to help you start or finish up your apps and get them into the Windows 8 store! Yup it’s official. As a Canuck, I am also happy to see the announcement was...
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