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  • Blog Post: Everything you need for the school year and then some!

    As we kick off a new school year I wanted to take a minute to introduce you to the amazing resources we have available to help you at school, and to help you prepare for your career after school. Writing Code? Graphic Design? Building Web Pages? Need a database? Check out Dreamspark . The Dreamspark...
  • 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: Battle of the Apps Code-a-thon - Queen’s University

    It is always important to go beyond your abilities and Microsoft is here to help you in your journey. Microsoft is going across Canada to bring the coding party to your campus. Join your friends for a 24-hour Battle of the Apps Code-A-Thon in Kingston hosted by Microsoft and Queen’s University...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Market Place Walk-through [Video]

    Rob Miles Highlights the importance of students submitting applications through marketplace in order to validate their identity and developer unlock their phones in this must see video ! Great Windows Phone 7 Development Material may be downloaded here as an introduction to Windows Phone development...
  • Blog Post: Registering your Windows Phone 7 and Publishing to Marketplace By Shahrad Rezaei MSP

    Registering your Windows Phone 7 Writing applications for the Windows Phone is really easy, and the provided emulator allows you to test it relatively well. However, there will come a time when you will want to run your application on an actual phone. Microsoft allows students to register their...
  • Blog Post: Introducing XNA: A tri-platform game development framework – Part 1 By Alexander Yakobovich - MSP

    If you do a quick search for XNA tutorials, you’ll notice that the majority of articles introduce XNA as either a platform-specific (PC, Xbox or Windows Phone 7) tool or a completely generic (platform independent) game development framework. Introduction of the framework on all three platforms...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Code-a-Thon: Waterloo University - Day 1

    Waterloo University - Day 1 Velocity is everything that students say it would be; warm with the right atmosphere to promote innovative development. It is the perfect place where incubation happens along with a big screen television with all the games to enjoy. Microsoft gathered at the main...
  • Blog Post: ImagineCup 2011 New York - Deadline Dates

    ImagineCup 2011 Competition Deadline Dates
  • Blog Post: Code-a-Thon - Waterloo University's Session

    University of Waterloo and Microsoft are collaborating together to bring a 24 hour all out creative coding contest on Janurary 21st 2011. This is a great opportunity for students to come meet with Microsoft employees and explore how their ideas may be realized on the Windows Phone 7 device. Students...
  • Blog Post: The Imagine Cup Journey- Part 3: "The Long Road Ahead"

    The end goal was simple enough. Do whatever it would take to get into the finals and go to Egypt to compete. The actual planning and execution was nothing close to being clear cut or clean. Let me explain. Simply put none of us had taken up a project of this scale and none of us understood what really...
  • Blog Post: Tutorial: WebMatrix - By Shahrad Rezaei MSP

    WebMatrix A few weeks ago, Microsoft released Beta 3 of WebMatrix . Now if you’ve been sleeping in or playing video games, (I know I have J ) you might not know what it is. In that case, you’re in luck! This is what today’s post is about. Microsoft WebMatrix is a new IDE...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research & Development: Kinect - Part 1: An Innovative New Approach

    Happy New Year! 2011 is going to be a huge year and wishing everyone the best! 2010 just passed us but it was not with some big announcements. Microsoft released the much anticipated Kinect hardware for the XBOX 360 entertainment gaming console. To kick start the new year, in this 10 part weekly mini...
  • Blog Post: The Imagine Cup Journey- Part 2: "Quitting"

    So this was the competition I have been waiting for. This was the year where I said to myself that I will do something beyond and execute to the end. Imagine Cup is about my big chance to bring world-changing concepts and designs to life. And I quit. 3 weeks into the project and things did not go the...
  • Blog Post: The Imagine Cup Journey - Part 1: "The small IDEA"

    The day that I decided to participate in Imagine Cup 2010 is not exactly clear. Having heard of the Imagine Cup Global Competition event through friends and the Microsoft Student Partner Program, I had always thought that maybe it would be fun to give it a try. At the time, we did not know how much of...
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