Jennifer Marsman

Windows Development

Student Event Resources

Student Event Resources

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I have run a number of Windows 8 student events recently at numerous universities and colleges, and I’m gearing up to start again for the fall.  Here is the list of links and resources that I provide to students, gathered in one place. 

Getting set up

Visual Studio Windows 8 Development Resources

Scirra Construct 2 ResourcesWindows 8 Logo

TouchDevelop Resources

I need help!

Promotions

 

First, here are some general event resources.  This includes a document on where to get free assets (sprites, backgrounds, sound effects, and music) and a PowerPoint describing the different types of Creative Commons licensing.  This can help with game development. 

 

Getting set up

Get Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012

If you already have Windows 8, download Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 (free download, halfway down the page in blue).  If you already own Visual Studio 2012 in the Professional, Premium, or Ultimate editions, that will work too. 

If you don’t have Windows 8, either install it (and then see above) or follow the instructions on Keith’s blog to set up a Windows 8 dev environment on Windows Azure. 

Register for the Windows Store

Registering for the Windows Store is a two-step process for students. 

  1. Get your free access token from DreamSpark
    1. Click on the light blue square in the bottom right corner which says “start developing for Windows 8”. 
    2. Under step 3, click “Get your registration code”. 
    3. Click “Verify Now” and then “I do not have a DreamSpark account.”  Enter your information.  Then verify through your school. 
    4. After this, navigate back to the link, repeat steps a and b above, and click “Get code now”. 
  2. Register for the Windows Store.  Use an individual account.  Enter your free access token when it prompts you to pay $49, and hit "Update total".       

 

Visual Studio Windows 8 Development Resources

If you want to do straight Windows 8 development in Visual Studio using HTML5/CSS/JavaScript or XAML with C#, VB.NET, or C++, these are the resources to help you learn. 

 

Scirra Construct 2 Resources

A company called Scirra makes an awesome tool called Construct 2 for game development.  Games created with Construct 2 can be exported as Windows Store apps for Windows 8, Windows Phone apps, Android apps, iOS apps, and more. 

 

TouchDevelop Resources

TouchDevelop is a development environment optimized for touch, created by Microsoft Research.  Apps created with TouchDevelop can be exported to Windows 8 and Windows Phone. 

 

I need help! 

If you are working on your Windows 8 app and get stuck, you can get help from the forums listed above, or directly from me and my team. 

 

Promotions

The following programs and promotions may be beneficial. 

App Builder ProgramLearn to build Windows 8 and/or Windows Phone apps, and earn points to redeem for rewards (including XBOX games, Xbox LIVE 3-Month Gold Membership, Windows 8 Pro Upgrade, and/or developer registration costs paid for the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store!) 

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