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  • Blog Post: Tips and gotchas for Windows 8 apps: Day of the Living Dead

      A team of students from Vancouver talks about the experience of bringing a Unity game to Windows 8. 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 Team Hungry ECE Programmers...
  • Blog Post: ZipApp – Can a non-coder use it to create an app with great content?

    ZipApp is a tool that claims to allow non-programmers to build Windows 8 apps quickly. Their claim seems to be accurate! As Windows 8 matures, more tools and templates are appearing to help developers and non-developers create Windows 8 apps. Two weeks ago, I tested IdeaPress . Today, I will test...
  • Blog Post: How does a student get a DreamSpark account for free software and store accounts?

    DreamSpark gives students access to free software and free accounts for the Windows Store but how do you sign up? DreamSpark ( https://www.dreamspark.com/ ) is a program that provides students with free Microsoft software. Chances are your school is already signed up for DreamSpark and all you need to...
  • 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: Template of the week: Windows 8 Find a nearby…

    This template will help you build apps for Windows 8 that find nearby points of interest. This blog is part of a series How many times have you wanted to find a nearby restaurant? gas station? grocery store? This Windows 8 sample project provides you with a good sample structure and code for building...
  • 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: Who ya gonna call?

    You now have two great places to call when you need help with an app: a developer mentor or an expert at the app labs in Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver. So, who ya gonna call? I’ll give you a hint, it’s not these guys . Well maybe Dr. Venkman would know how to build an app. But I have a couple of other...
  • 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 Phone apps:InkSpill

    This series features interviews with Windows Phone app developers who share the lessons they learned building windows phone applications. This week’s interview features Studio SYD, a software development startup who built a game called InkSpill Could you briefly describe your application/game? InkSpill...
  • 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: How to publish your Windows 8 App to the Store

    Ready to submit your first Windows 8 app to the Windows Store? Read this walkthrough to guide you through the process Publishing your app requires a series of steps, we’ll try to walk you through them here! Log in to the windows store Submit your app App name Selling details Advanced features Age rating...
  • Blog Post: WOWZAPP Vancouver – Everyday coders did amazing work!

    The programmers at WOWZapp Vancouver sacrificed sleep for coding time and created some amazing apps. I had to share a couple of the many stories that inspired me, maybe they’ll inspire you as well. I’m beginning to suspect that the WOW in WOWZapp is there for the reaction you have when you see the apps...
  • 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: Your code + Developer Movement = Rewards

    Developer Movement is back and ready to reward you for your Windows 8, Phone and Azure apps Due to it’s incredible popularity last year, Developer movement is back, and it’s bigger and better! The Developer Movement program allows you to collect points for a variety of different tasks...
  • 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: Windows Azure Mobile services help students build professional apps

    Ever wanted to develop a Windows 8 or Windows Phone app which reads and writes data from a database? It just got a lot easier. You want to build an app, a really good app. Depending on the type of app you want to build, you may need your app to access a database. Normally, when you want to create an...
  • 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: My experience attending an app excellence lab

    If you want to pass the certification test at the excellence lab to get a token for the Windows 8 store, you need to attend an app excellence lab and read the tips below. Last week I attended the excellence lab here in Montreal. It is a great experience as I learned more on what you actually can implement...
  • Blog Post: How do you get your Windows 8 app to the store?

    If you want a token for the Windows 8 store, you need to attend an app excellence lab. There is no question that the Windows 8 store is a significant opportunity, and getting in early will improve the chance of your app getting noticed. In Canada, your first chance to get a token to put your app in...
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