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  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Hackathon (with prizes) in Birmingham on November 13

    Hey Alabama developers! Are you itching to get started building Windows 8 apps? Now that the OS has been released along with some amazing new devices, end users are going to be hungry for apps and games. Why not get in on the action? Here’s an amazing opportunity to get started. A few enterprising folks...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Wednesday schedule for October 31 in ATL

    Once again it’s about to be Wednesday, so that means it’s about to be Windows 8 Wednesday, another opportunity to come discuss app and game ideas, get help with your app in development, talk about monetization strategies, and more. Join me in the Alpharetta Microsoft office between 11 AM and 2 PM on...
  • Blog Post: Developer sessions at the Microsoft Store in Atlanta starting October 29

    We’re putting together some great sessions for developers at the Microsoft store in Lenox Square. Come out each Monday night from 5 to 8, learn about Windows 8 development, do a hands on lab on your own machine, and get started building apps today! Sign up for the sessions here! http://www.msdnevents...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 *Monday* on October 22

    Next week I have a conflict on Wednesday, so I’m changing Windows 8 Wednesday to a Windows 8 Monday. Since I’m in charge of it I can do that. Please join me between 11 AM and 2 PM at the Microsoft office in Alpharetta to chat about Windows 8 apps, get your in-development app running on a slate so you...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Wednesday Office Hours for October 17

    On Wednesday October 17 I’ll be at the Microsoft office in Alpharetta from 11 AM until 2:00 PM. Bring your Windows 8 app in development or your game or app on other platforms  you want to discuss porting. I’ll have a slate device we can test your app on if you like. See you there!
  • Blog Post: New Windows 8 app meetup starting in Atlanta

    If you are in the Atlanta area and want to get started (or have already started) building Windows 8 apps, this meetup is for you! http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Windows-Apps/ The organizers are taking a fresh approach to technical meetups. In addition to presentations, there will be a lot of peer sharing...
  • Blog Post: Managing Settings in Windows Phone and Windows 8 Store apps

    I received a few questions at an event recently as to how to handle application settings in a Windows 8 Store app and how it is different from doing so in a Windows Store app. Turns out there is a lot of similarity, in the code as well as the platform offering for storing them, but Windows 8 does have...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 apps for the PhoneGap developer-Files

    (This is part 5 in my series on Windows 8 apps for the PhoneGap developer.) Most applications save and read data. That can be just something as simple as a counter, the users credentials, or game high score. Or it can be complex sets of data the user manipulates as “documents” or all the data your application...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 apps for the PhoneGap developer-Contacts

    This is part 4 in my series on Windows 8 apps for the PhoneGap developer. It’s time to make contact with a user’s contacts! Since a user’s device is very personal to them, it often has their list of contacts. And it’s very common to build functionality into phone apps for interacting with a user’s contacts...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 apps for the PhoneGap developer–Motion and orientation

    This is part 3 in my series on Windows 8 apps for the PhoneGap developer. Here we are going to focus on writing apps that respond to the various ways a user can move the device around. The basic accelerometer code in PhoneGap is generally used to determine the orientation of the device with respect to...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 app dev for the PhoneGap developer–Location

    In my previous post about PhoneGap to Windows 8 migration , I used the location API as comparison point about how similar the programming approaches were. In this post I’m going to examine location in a bit more detail. Location information in Windows 8, as in PhoneGap, can be accessed either in single...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 apps for the PhoneGap developer

    Abstract: Windows 8 apps can be designed and coded using HTML/CSS/JS just like PhoneGap apps can. And with very little effort you can use your skill and existing resources to crank out a sleek, modern looking Windows 8 style app in no time. PhoneGap and Windows 8 development – more similar than...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 are on the way–released to manufacturing today!

    Today, various Microsoft team blogs joined together in announcing some huge news to the tech industry. Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing and will soon be available to download – first for MSDN and TechNet subscribers, then via other channels. This means the Windows Store is now open...
  • Blog Post: Generation App is here. Join in!

    The release of Windows 8 is on the horizon, and soon millions of people will be looking for Windows 8 apps . Now’s the time to make sure your app is ready for them. Begin your 30-day journey to create a great Windows 8 Metro style app. Get started at www.generationapp.com and receive: Insider tips and...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 DevCamps and Hackathons coming in August

    Windows 8 changes everything. Combining the broad reach of Windows, best-in-class developer tools, a re‑imagined user experience, support for new chipsets, and a built-in store with industry-leading business terms, Windows 8 is the largest developer opportunity – ever. Join us for free events with new...
  • Blog Post: Release Candidate (RC) of Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8 Release Preview now available

    Today marks another huge milestone on the road towards getting Windows 8 out to the world and Visual Studio (for building Metro style apps) out to developers and designers. I’m so excited I don’t know which one to talk about first! But this is a developer blog, so I’ll start there....
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Game Development resources

    Earlier this week, for the Atlanta chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) I gave an introductory talk on building Metro style games for Windows 8. It was great to see so many folks excited about building games for Windows 8, out of the 50 people who attended, almost all are going...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Developer Camps – Coming Soon!

    Ready to dive in and learn more about Windows 8 and the developer opportunity it represents?  Then get ready for the series of Windows Developer Camps !  These are free, full-day, developer-focused events featuring a combination of sessions and hands-on labs, and we’ll have 10 of them right...
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