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  • Blog Post: Tower Game Starter Kit gives you a head start on your game!

    Woot Studio has released an HTML Cross platform Tower Game Starter Kit! One of the challenges of building games is the time it takes to build art assets, game logic and multiple levels. That’s why starter kits and re-usable art assets are so helpful. Christer Kaitila (aka MCFunkyPants) has developed...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tips for HTML web or windows developers: ZenCoding

    Whether its for HTML websites or Windows 8 apps, there are some nice features hidden in Visual Studio for HTML developers! Check out Zen Coding in Visual Studio 2012! If you do a lot of HTML and haven’t discovered Zen Coding, read on! If you already know ZenCoding and all you want to know is how do I...
  • Blog Post: Learn how a little extra code can enhance HTML5 games

    With a little code, you can add new game elements to make even a simple game like Pong more engaging You can download the complete source code for this project here ( http://sdrv.ms/10B0H6l ). Also, check out my GitHub, it’s stuffed full of free to use templates and projects to help you get started developing...
  • Blog Post: Template of the week: Platformer HTML5 Game

    Woot Studio , MC Funkypants and Plexi Pixel have just released a Platformer Game Starter Kit for Windows 8 You can find more templates and starter kits here . Platformer games are always popular. Most of us remember the first time we made Mario hop over a mushroom or got Sonic to roll along bouncing...
  • Blog Post: Game developers unite in Edmonton, Ottawa, and Vancouver (or just online!)

    Games are some of the most popular downloaded apps on mobile platforms and they are just plain fun to build! Get a jump start on building a cool game in person, or with some great online resources. Finally, we can get serious about games! Join us at the Windows 8 Gaming Development Clinics, we’re visiting...
  • Blog Post: Template of the week: Game starter kit with high score table

    This game starter kit contains everything you need to get started game programming for Windows 8 including online high scores with Windows Azure. You can find more templates here . This HTML and JavaScript game template kit comes with an example game you can modify and play with. The code is all in one...
  • Blog Post: I don't feel like working, let’s procrastinate together and build a quick game!

    Let’s build the ultimate version of Pong! Each post I’ll give you simple element to add or change, we’ll combine the best to make the ultimate version! Sometimes work feels like work, today is one of those days. So I need to have some fun. I have a template for building a Windows 8 Pong app with HTML5...
  • Blog Post: SXSW 2013 names ChronoZoom top educational resource

    ChronoZoom is a digital tool built with HTML5 and Azure for exploring the history of everything and it was just named Top Educational Resource at 2013 South By Southwest Interactive. Microsoft Research teamed up with the University of California Berkeley to create a digital tool for exploring the history...
  • Blog Post: Template of the week: Windows 8 HTML5 Pong Game

    HTML5 Pong is a great template for developers who are new to HTML5/Canvas or game development in general This blog is part of a series Okay full disclosure I wrote this template but that’s not the only reason why I think its great. This template shows you how easy it is to get your game up...
  • Blog Post: Template of the week: Windows 8/Web/Phone HTML5 Game Yeti Bowl

    Yetibowl is a great resource for the XNA developer who wants to learn how to cross over to HTML5/Canvas or the HTML5 developer who wants to learn games. This blog is part of a series Okay Yetibowl isn’t exactly a template, but it serves a similar purpose. A template helps you get a jumpstart on an app...
  • Blog Post: Learn to build an HTML5 game and how to migrate HTML5 games to Windows 8

    Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 from 1-5PM Eastern catch an online Game developer camp for anyone interested in HTML5 game development. HTML5 game development is a great way to build casual games for the web or for Windows 8. So, we’ve got a Game Developer camp planned to help you learn about both HTML5 game...
  • Blog Post: Template of the week: Crowd sourcing and location based Windows 8 apps

    This template gives you a great start for an app which allows the user to submit location based information. This blog is part of a series Have you ever wished there was an app you could use to tell the city about the potholes that on your daily commute? Or maybe you just want to an app for fellow runners...
  • Blog Post: Find quick fixes for your website with modern.ie

    Modern.IE is a new tool from Microsoft which will examine your website and recommend code changes for better modern browser support Today, Microsoft released Modern.IE , a tool that examines your code and detects code that may cause compatibility problems or that may prevent your users from getting the...
  • Blog Post: Video of the week: Helping web developers build apps with appMobi

    This video shows you how a web developer can use appMobi to build cross-platform apps with HTML and JavaScript There are many videos out there, we wanted to dig through and share some of the best, we hope you enjoy this new series. In this video, Microsoft evangelist Dave Ibitski invites appMobi developer...
  • 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: 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: 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 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: 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: Atari goes HTML5 and we can help you do the same!

    Not only can you now play HTML5 Atari games you can build your own! We’ve got code and workshops to help! Okay I am going to admit to my age for a moment. I remember bugging my dad to buy me Pong. Pong was released in 1972 and Atari released and inspired many generations of gamers and game developers...
  • 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: Taking your HTML controls into Windows 8 Metro

    How do you take the HTML you know and love and give it a Metro look and feel for Windows 8 apps? The Windows 8 team put up an interesting blog post this week about how you take existing HTML controls and style them to look metro. You can read the full blog post here , but I’ll highlight a few of the...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Update–New Hardware and events!

    Windows 8 news keeps coming, new hardware, a developer camp, and free book!   Windows 8 Events in Canada If you are interested in building a Windows 8 app, and you want some help learning the developer platform and some of the unique aspects of developing on the Windows 8 platform such as Share...
  • Blog Post: Professors, instructors these sessions are for you!

    We’ve put together a series of sessions for faculty Thursday June 21st to help you keep up with what’s new and find out about the resources Microsoft has for you Teaching courses is a lot of work, the constant pressure to keep courses relevant, and of course it’s not just teaching...
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