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  • Blog Post: The Developer Movement Phone Challenge is live

      Attention students! You now have a chance to win 1 of 5 Nokia Lumia 920's https://www.developermovement.ca/challenges.aspx#the-prize All you need to do is publish as many qualifying Windows Phone apps as you can from January 25th to February 28th . With every app you publish you automatically...
  • Blog Post: Free resources and SDK-mania!

    What do Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional Edition and Windows Phone 7 Marketplace registration have in common? They both cost money. Money that you, as a student, don’t have to pay! As a reminder, DreamSpark ( http://www.dreamspark.com ) is your number one stop when it comes to getting great...
  • Blog Post: Share your idea, get a Mango device. Simple!

    Now here’s a neat opportunity, so listen up! Most app contests or giveaways require, well, an app. But not #WPAppItUp! For this one, we want to see your app ideas ! If you have a Windows Phone 7 app idea, share it with us for a chance to get a Mango developer Windows Phone 7 device. To get started: Registered...
  • Blog Post: A Windows Phone 7 Malaria Test!

    We’ve seen Windows Phone 7 in a completely different domain doing things that it was never meant to do before , but this is an even more astonishing story. Wilson To, a doctoral student in pathology at the University of California, combined his interests in pathology and photography to create a Windows...
  • Blog Post: Tower Defense Game Engine for Windows Phone 7

    If you’re still unconvinced by the posts on this blog or resources elsewhere that getting started with Windows Phone 7 game development is not that difficult, then here’s another neat little tool for you – a ready-to-go game engine for the tower defense genre.   ScriptTD is a high-level engine that...
  • Blog Post: Social gaming in the cloud!

    Are you a social media geek and a gaming freak? If so, then it’s time you create your own social game in the cloud with Azure. To make it easier for you to get started, the Windows Azure team has a treat for you. The Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games includes everything you need to create your own...
  • Blog Post: Neat little change on AppHub

    Remember that irritating little detail about registering on AppHub as a student, where your identity needed to be verified in order for your account to be activated and for that to happen you had to submit an app? Hard to submit an app when you need to test it on your device, which has to be developer...
  • Blog Post: Get free tools from DreamSpark

    Did you know that as a student, you have access to lots of freebies on http://www.dreamspark.com/ ? Need more development power than Visual Studio 2010 Express can offer? Want to get access to the full Microsoft Expression Studio suite? DreamSpark is the solution! DreamSpark provides students with various...
  • Blog Post: Leveraging Windows Azure for Your Next App Idea

    If you’re not already using Windows Azure somehow in your applications, I’m sure you’ve been hearing more and more about how Windows Azure can help you build applications faster by focusing on development and not infrastructure or how it can help you respond faster to customer needs by having infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Build an app and you could win a trip to Australia

    In case you missed it, the Great Canadian Apportunity ( http://www.greatcanadianapportunity.ca ) is now over and the winner has been announced! The Grand Prize winner will receive a whopping $10,000. The first runner up will enjoy a Mesh 2011 Conference Pack worth $3,000 along with a Windows Phone 7...
  • Blog Post: AzureFest Kitchener

    AzureFest is coming to Kitchener! ( http://blogs.msdn.com/b/cdndevs/archive/2011/05/23/just-confirmed-azurefest-kitchener.aspx ) Why should you care? Well let’s face it, as students we don’t like to attend long and boring lectures. We prefer to get straight to business and get our hands dirty. AzureFest...
  • Blog Post: Introducing XNA: A tri-platform game development framework – Part 3

    Introducing XNA: A tri-platform game development framework – Part 3 In parts 1 and 2 of this series, we setup a multiplatform XNA solution that deploys to the PC, Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7 devices seamlessly. In this 3 rd and final part of the series, we’ll implement platform-specific...
  • Blog Post: Introducing XNA: A Tri-Platform Game Development Framework – Part 2

    Introducing XNA: A tri-platform game development framework – Part 2 In part 1 of this series, we set up a tri-platform XNA solution that can be deployed to three platforms simultaneously. While the cornflower blue screen we saw in the previous part is a truly breathtaking achievement,...
  • Blog Post: Game Development Tutorial

    Bite-Sized Lessons, A Great Single-Screen Experience This combination video and text tutorial set teaches basic 2D game development on Windows, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone 7 using XNA Game Studio 4.0 my be found here Videos are each less than 5 minutes in length Accessible with a web browser...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DigiGirlz Day

    Microsoft's DigiGirlz programs give high school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-n computer and technology workshops at the NERD Center in Cambridge, designed to provide high school girls with a better understanding...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Ad SDK - Grossing Revenue with you WP7 mobile application

    Jake Poznanski and his classmate Sam Kaufmann are computer science majors and first time mobile app developers that started with one rule… develop simplistic quality. Choosing the Windows Phone 7 platform because it was a clean slate for development, Jake and Sam have created several apps with...
  • Blog Post: Build a Windows Phone 7 App with no coding required using AppMakr

    It is sometimes difficult to make mock up or to prototype your mobile concepts. Coding out certain features might be easy when you are familiar with the platform and tools but time to produce a function application might be long and with lots of growing pains. Imagine developing an app in less than...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Academy - IT Skills Training

    Improve your IT skill set and help advance your career with a free, easy to access training portal. Learn at your own pace, focusing on Microsoft technologies, gain points and get recognition. Courses being offered currently and with more being added in the near future are: Microsoft Virtual Academy...
  • Blog Post: TouchStudio - TouchStudioApp

    TouchStudio allows you to script your phone. TouchStudio is a new programming environment built around a single core idea: the programs are authored and executed on mobile devices. No other computers are needed. Write code for your phone, on your phone! TouchStudio is radically new software development...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7

    This toolkit is designed to make it easier for phone developers to leverage cloud services running in Windows Azure. The toolkit includes Visual Studio project templates for Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure, class libraries optimized for use on the phone, sample applications, and documentation....
  • Blog Post: How to Start Building Windows Phone 7 Apps

    If you’re a developer who has experience with .NET, Silverlight or XNA, you already have the core skills necessary to start writing a Windows Phone 7 application or game. Since the Windows Phone 7 application platform is Silverlight-based, most articles or information about writing a great Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Development tools

    The Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools package includes everything you need to write awesome applications and games for Windows Phone 7. All of the tools included in it are absolutely free . You can download them here . The following is installed with the download: Visual Studio 2010 Express for...
  • Blog Post: Incorporating 2D assets in your Windows Phone 7 Games

    What makes a game great aside from the interesting game play, are the static data that makes the game dynamically fun. Pictures, fonts, sounds are all important elements that can make or break a game. These static data are called assets and are used by importers, processors, content loaders. ...
  • Blog Post: XBOX Kinect helping Surgeons in the medical field

    Doctor Calvin Law is able keep his hands sterile before surgery thanks to the Microsoft Xbox Kinect. The surgeons at Sunnybrook hospital have deployed the hardware solution to help their team scroll through CT images during surgery with hand gestures. This allows the doctors to access the patient...
  • Blog Post: Managing your projects with SharePoint Workspace

    With march break over and school starting (again), we will soon be overwhelmed with homework assignments, essays, quizzes, tests and everything else in between. However, while we might think that this sound horrible, we often forget the dreaded project, where not only do we need to work, but we also...
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