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  • Blog Post: Localizing your Windows Phone app – why and how?

    Windows Phone developer Christian Hissibini (Histech Solutions) shares how he created apps that target multiple languages and countries. His apps have been successful in both the French France and Canadian English and French stores. Note from Susan: I hope Christian’s story helps you build better...
  • Blog Post: Double Points for Developer Movement until May 10th!

    Developer Movement is offering Double points for every Windows 8 app you publish until May 10th and you could win a $500 gift card! The Developer Movement program which gives Canadian developers points for publishing cool apps to the store has a new challenge! Until May 10th, for every Windows 8 app...
  • Blog Post: Unity Windows Store Open Beta – Get it and Learn it!

    Unity now has an open beta for Windows Store apps, and there is a two day training event to help you build games with Unity for the Windows Store. Last week Unity announced the availability of Unity 4.2 as an open beta for Windows store apps . Let’s take a quick look at how this affects you! Where do...
  • Blog Post: Canadian and US Phone Developers can get rewards through DVLUP

    Complete challenges related to Windows Phone development, earn points, cash in points for rewards that can help you create great apps and help get them noticed! Canada has already got a great program to reward developers with cool stuff called Developer Movement . Now, Windows Phone developers can double...
  • Blog Post: Video of the Week: How to Port iOS apps to Windows apps

    This video talks about how to port iOS apps to Windows Store apps Many of you have built apps for iOS and may be interested in how developing for Windows Store varies from developing for iOS. In this video Rafe Wu explains some of the comparisons between the two platforms. This is not an exhaustive list...
  • Blog Post: How do I get started building Windows Phone 8 apps?

    What do you need to build a Windows Phone 8 app? Windows Phone 8 was released at the end of 2012 and I am already getting questions from students about developing and testing Windows Phone 8 apps. First of all let me clear up two common misconceptions Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 are not the same platform...
  • Blog Post: Building a great Windows 8 app Step 4: Pick your programming language

    What’s the best programming language for your Windows 8 app? .NET, JavaScript with HTML/Canvas, or C++? This blog is part of a series, you can see the rest of the series here . If you want to develop for Windows 8, you need to decide which programming model best suits your needs and skills...
  • Blog Post: Building Great apps step 1 : Refining your app idea

    An app can’t be great at everything, what will your app be best at? Figure that out you are well on you way to a great app This blog is part of a series, you can see all the posts in the series here . We all know the value of apps, we’ve used good apps, and lousy apps. We appreciate...
  • 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: 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: 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: How does a Flash developer get going with HTML5?

    EaselJS is a JavaScript library that provides an API that will be familiar to Flash developers to make it easier to work with canvas. HTML5 is supported in Internet Explorer 9 and higher, and other modern web browsers. You can build native apps for Windows 8 with HTML5 . The great thing about this broad...
  • Blog Post: Don’t be Timer76! Start coding and publishing Windows 8 apps now!

    You can publish an app to the Windows Store today. Getting your app in now, gives it a better chance to get noticed! October 26th, 2012 Windows 8 becomes available to the public. People buying laptops, desktops, or some of the new hardware like Microsoft Surface will be running Windows 8. It won’t be...
  • 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: How to get your free student Windows Phone store account

    Student can publish their apps to the Windows Phone store at no charge through the DreamSpark program. Here’s how. There are perks to being a student, in this case it’s not having to pay to register and publish in the Windows Phone or Windows 8 stores. In this blog post you’ll see...
  • Blog Post: Free events for students to help you build your apps

    ObjectSharp is organizing a series of AppFests to help developers with their Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps, the event is free for students! ObjectSharp has put together a series of events called .NET AppFest Revolution where you can learn from experts how to design, deploy, and support your apps on...
  • Blog Post: Top Windows Phone apps from Canada and beyond

    Check out a few of the many cool apps out there for Windows Phone! We all know there are great apps out there, the challenge is finding them! Our very own Canadian evangelist Paul Laberge is highlighting a few of his favourites every week. Here’s are this week’s highlighted apps. You can keep an eye...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 + Azure Events makes for better apps!

    In addition to the Windows 8 events coming up, we’ve got a couple of great Azure workshops coming up as well! Adding Azure to your Windows 8 app can take it to the next level. Jump to Event listing Windows 8 provides a great opportunity for developers, and last week I talked about the app excellence...
  • Blog Post: If I can build a Windows Phone app anyone can! Extra controls for free!

    While the default controls in the Windows Phone SDK are nice, there are more free controls you can download and use as well to make your applications even better! My continuing adventures exploring Windows Phone application development. If you missed my early stories, you can find them here . Don’t forget...
  • Blog Post: Tips and gotchas for Windows Phone: Road Trip Runner

    This series features interviews with student Windows Phone app developers who share the lessons they learned building windows phone applications. This week’s interview features Kam Shing (Joe) Yip a student from Concordia University who built a game called Road Trip Runner To see more stories...
  • Blog Post: Publishing an App to the Marketplace - How to!

    Submit your app to the marketplace. Read this walkthrough and you will know what is essential and what isn’t! This is a two blog series about how to get your app ready for certification and then how to submit it. Remember to register for the Developer Movement . Each app you publish earns...
  • Blog Post: Getting your app ready for submission to the Marketplace.

    Get ready for submitting your app with this checklist and instructions. Getting of Icons, images, blurbs and the actual app package ready for deployment worldwide! This is a series of two blog posts. One for getting ready and one for submitting your app to the marketplace. Remember to register...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8–Start Coding!

    Windows 8 Consumer Preview is now available, and you can start building apps for Windows 8 now so they are ready to go when Windows 8 is launched. We are having camps to help you learn how. It’s time to register for camp, no tents required! I’m talking about a Windows 8 coding camp. It’s time to start...
  • Blog Post: You need to control yourself when adding controls to mobile UIs

    By now, most people have realized (in theory) that recreating a PC-based app (or web app) is not exactly the right idea for mobile apps.  In practice, however, it is clear that this is not as easy as it sounds .  When you’re building an app that has no history on the PC or web, building the...
  • Blog Post: Mobile screen != PC screen. Raise your hand if you knew that.

    Ok, I admit it.  The headline was a bit of link bait given how obvious it is.  That being said, it’s surprising how often the mistake is made by app developers to add more features and screen activity than is necessary.  This is especially true of developers porting a PC app to the mobile...
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