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  • Blog Post: HSN Publishes Windows Store App - Florida Local Software Economies

    One core tenent for me in my job as a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft in Florida has always been "help make Florida a great place to do software development". In Microsoft terms that's called Local Software Economies . And I truly LOVE seeing great apps from Florida that represent us well. Home...
  • Blog Post: Signing in with your Microsoft Account - Dev Eye for Azure Client VMs

    Azure Client VMs for Win81 dev. Try it, you might like it. Let's talk about how to login to your Microsoft Account on an Azure VM. Assumedly you've setup your Azure Client VM and created a developer account to run under. You should also have added your Microsoft account as a primary sign in. (If you...
  • Blog Post: Adding a Microsoft Account - Dev Eye for Azure Client VMs

    Azure Client VMs are an awesomely cool way to have a Windows 8.1 client in the cloud for development efforts. Assumedly you've setup your Azure Client VM and created a developer account to run under. (If you haven't see the resource links at the end of this post). But once you've got a dev account running...
  • Blog Post: Unable to activate Windows Store app - Dev Eye for Azure Client VMs

    SUMMARY As documented here [ http://blogs.msdn.com/b/devfish/archive/2014/05/19/visual-studio-wpf-app-in-win81-dev-eye-for-azure-client-vms.aspx ] I recently setup a Windows 8.1 with Visual Studio 2013 Client Virtual Machine in Windows Azure . The second thing I did after creating the VM ( creating a...
  • Blog Post: Unity editor has stopped working - Unity 3D 4.3.4 f1 with Windows 8.1 Update

    I'm not sure of the how or why, but I showed up today to the May 10 Unity Dev event at Full Sail and my Unity 3D IDE had quit working. When attempting to start Unity 3D, a dialog would pop saying "Unity editor has stopped working" as shown below. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling Unity to no avail...
  • Blog Post: May Windows 8 App BAM Contest Update - Florida Devs Only

    Our April results are in. And the winners are ... drumroll sound ... SOUTH FLORIDA - Robert Hellestrae for Essential Trivia NORTH AND CENTRAL FLORIDA - William LaMartin for Manhattan Then and Now Just a reminder on how to enter the BAM! contest . Publish a Windows 8 App, submit it the reg sites...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Update - Error 8024401C - I'm sorry Dave I can't do that - Domain joined machine failure

    Windows 8.1 Update (aka Windows 8.1 Update for x64-based Systems (KB2919355) ) is great. I love the minimizable and closable Modern App windows, and the search button on the home screen. I have it installed on a Samsung Series 7 Gamer rig (notebook), an HP 810 Elitebook, a HP Elitebook 8540, and an ASUS...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Update - Is the kb installed on my machine already?

    I've spent alot of last week watching the Build 2014 Keynote Videos . Tuesday became my "Happy Day" as the Windows 8.1 Update arrived. I'm digging the cool features like windows "Modern" apps and feel a "must install now desire" to udpate a bunch of machines to put the update through it paces. I hop...
  • Blog Post: GameMaker Windows Desktop App wouldn't run on my Dell Venue Pro

    I'd been working on my " MistleToe Kiss Me " app using gamemaker by YoYo games . I was targeting Windows 8 and Windows Phone for the end product release. The debug tools in GameMaker are much better for the Windows desktop output target, and I was working my app through its paces on a few various Windows...
  • Blog Post: Mistletoe Kiss Me released for Win8 and WP8

    Forgot to buy some MistleToe? Inspired by my new Dell Venue Pro 8, the perfect device to hold over my head with a Mistletoe app running on it, I'm happy to announce the release of "MistleToe Kiss Me" for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Download your app via the links below and give it a run. Simply...
  • Blog Post: HP u160 Flip-n-Fold Portable Monitor - Gadget Time!

    My primary laptop is a HP EliteBook 810 . Things I like about it include very small form factor, great battery life, i7 processor, 12 gig of ram, 256gig ssd for a hard drive, touch/swivel display, backlit keyboard, usb3, displayport, nfc, buildin gsm radio stack, mil-spec 810G tested for abuse, and more...
  • Blog Post: Florida App Hub by Z_Williamson - App Callout

    Zack Williamson is starting an effort to have a Florida Application Developer Hub to catalog our local development efforts. He's put together Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps that offer up catalogs of Florida developed apps. Unfortunately at the time of this writing the catalog is a bit light, but I...
  • Blog Post: Can't install GameMaker on Win8 - 0x80070026 Reached the end of the file

    SHORT VERSION If you're trying to install GameMaker and get a 0x80070026 error, run the FIX below. If you have a blank Windows Features dialog, the command below may work for you also. FIX If you're trying to install GameMaker and get a 0x80070026 error, run the fix steps as illustrated in my previous...
  • Blog Post: Windows Features Blank on Windows 8

    SHORT VERSION You're running Windows 8, and for some reason or another need to install the .NET Framework 3.5. Open up the Windows Features dialog, and its totally blank, without any add/remove options. What the heck? FIX Each of these command can take upwards of an hour to run. BE PATIENT, some of...
  • Blog Post: From Florida? Publish any Windows or Phone Apps to the store this past 12 Months?

    Each year, on June 30 our fiscal rolls over and a new year starts. So I'm in my 'reflective' mood. I know there were a bunch of apps produced from Florida. But who and what? That's really not public. So I'm asking for a "role call". In Florida and published apps? Post a comment with your App Name, the...
  • Blog Post: Porting BlastEngine HTM5 Game Into Win8

    I spent this weekend hanging with the crowd at the fifth annual Front End Design Conference in St Petersburg, FL. Dan Denney runs this annual event, which always sells out, and draws some top names in design and front end development from across the world. Needless to say, I was one of about eight PC...
  • Blog Post: APIMASH GeoNames Wikipedia API Walkthrough

    Having a hard time getting your Windows 8 apps jumpstarted? Wouldn't it be nice to have some templates out there that allow you to easily integrate in data from various sources? Good news for you who are wanting a jumpstart accessing various internet APIs! DPE East has put together a series of APIMASH...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Training Kit - April 2013 Update

    The updated Windows Phone 8 Training Kit is live! http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38782 This kit contains 20 Hands-On Labs and a set of 6 presentations that can be used to drive code camps or for general training purposes. HANDS ON LABS include: Hello Windows Phone Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: IDFLinkable 2013-04-13 : Views from the fish fry

    Links and apps and Florida flavor I’ve found interesting since the last time I posted this! GENERAL Construct2 GitHub Repository for C2 templates by Jim O'Neil - https://github.com/jimoneil/Construct-2 Functional Programming in Csharp - free ebook - by Oliver Storm - http://it-ebooks.info/book/1419/...
  • Blog Post: Superscript / subscript in XAML

    If it takes more than 5 minutes to write up and wasn’t easy to “bing” then its something that should be blogged for SEO purposes later in my life, as my memory fades, and I need to find things again! Recently I was asked how to super and subscript in XAML using TextBlocks. My...
  • Blog Post: IDFLinkable 18 March 2013

    EVENTS Legal Hackathon Miami - May 10-11 - http://mobileappjdmia.eventbrite.com/# - Native code (aka Win8 or Winphone ) counts as "other" WEB ASP.NET and Web 2012.2 Update - from da gu - http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2013/02/18/announcing-release-of-asp-net-and-web-tools-2012-2-update...
  • Blog Post: IDFLinkable 11 Feb 2013

    WINDOWS 8 Making it easier for your tester - http://michaelstark.azurewebsites.net/?p=1511%3Ftitle%3DMaking+it+easy+on+your+tester Surface Pro - note the pen and usb 3.0 usage - take that evil fruitco - http://www.wpcentral.com/surface-pro-struts-its-stuff-video WINDOWS PHONE Making JSON Web Requests...
  • Blog Post: WinJS Grid Template – overriding load causes HierarchyRequestError

    Interesting query I responded to recently regarding WinJS apps and the base JavaScript / Grid template. The person wanted to preload some data in the load method before running the page. Makes sense…. Basically the coder simply created a new Grid template application. Then they went into...
  • Blog Post: IDFLinkable - 14 Jan 2013–favorite links and Florida flavor

    Essential Apps for Windows Phone - http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/collections/essential-apps/2ac293c6-7765-4118-9c1a-8d92f714c62e Essential Games for Windows Phone - http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/collections/essential-games/1b72dde0-e923-4b74-8449-af96e9e65670 Mark Cuban on Windows...
  • Blog Post: FREE Windows 8 Dev with HTML5 Exam Voucher

    I’m loving this offer. Get a free promo code for MCP Exam 70-480 “Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 ” . Note this exam is about HTML5 dev, not Windows 8 dev (thanks @armen). All you have to do is complete the online course “Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and...
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