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  • Blog Post: Trade Up Your Device - Get Up to $350 Back

    Just got wind of a fantastic program we've kicked off. Trade in your old iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Samsung and dozens of other makes and models of phones and tablets , and get up to $350 back (via a prepaid Visa card) when you buy a Surface, Windows PC or laptop, or Windows Phone. And you can trade in...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Game Development for Windows - Sep. 21

    Nothing like an amazing time at Boston FIG to get you in the mood to start your game development career! The games there were absolutely amazing – and perhaps daunting to consider building – but everyone started somewhere, and that’s the goal of my workshop this coming Saturday in Cambridge. If you’re...
  • Blog Post: Build and App (or Game) Workshops

    Michael, Steve, Josh, and I are kicking off the “school year” with another series of Saturday workshops focused on making you a certified Windows 8 app publisher! As we did this past Spring, we’ll be running the workshops at the Microsoft offices in Cambridge and Farmington, and now with Steve’s presence...
  • Blog Post: Build Apps. Get Stuff.

    Are you looking to build your first Windows Phone or Windows 8 app? Got an iOS or Android app and want to expand its visibility to a new platform and market? Have you already built a few Windows 8 apps and published them in the store? Well, the new and improved App Builder site covers whichever of these...
  • Blog Post: Testing Your APIMASH app with Fiddler

    The primary goal of our Windows Store and Windows Phone Store APIMASH Starter Kits is to pave your way toward integrating a great many diverse data sets into your own applications. To that end, the provided projects tend to focus mostly on the “happy path,’ where the expectation is that the service is...
  • Blog Post: Unity – Your Path to $30K?

    With the release of Unity 4.2 yesterday , Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers have another fantastic option to build AAA quality 3d- games leveraging the C# skills they already have. With this update, developers using either the free version of Unity or Unity Pro (a $1500 license) can publish their...
  • Blog Post: APIMASH: Porting to Windows Phone 8

    You may recall that in May my evangelist colleagues and I launched a series of workshops around a bevy of API Starter Kits designed to kickstart HTML5/JS and C# developers into building their own, unique Windows 8 applications. Since then we’ve seen a few of your efforts appear in the Windows Store including...
  • Blog Post: Practical Azure #24: Windows Azure Mobile Services

    Well, this one went a bit longer than most, but only because Windows Azure Mobile Services has so many cool features that are relevant to just about anyone building mobile applications today - regardless of platform. Join me for this pre-Build 2013 session , in which I build a Windows Phone 8 application...
  • Blog Post: Beat the Heat – Build a Game

    Join me on Saturday, July 13th , at the newest Microsoft Store in New England (at the Natick Mall).  I’ll be leading a session to show how you can build a game for Windows 8 – programming background NOT required! As in the longer hands-on workshops my colleagues and I held this past Spring, I’ll...
  • Blog Post: Screencast Trifecta: Publishing to the Windows Store

    My evangelist colleagues and I are just finishing up a series of workshops leveraging our (now over 20) APIMASH Starter Kits . During our travels we’ve had a chance to meet many of you budding Windows Store developers and hopefully get you off to a great start building Windows 8 experiences from the...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: June 24, 2013

    It’s the last week of the Keep the Cash program, and remember your app has to be in the store, not just submitted, by the end of the month.  It can take several days for the certification process, so time to burn that midnight oil! In your down time though, consider attending some of the developer...
  • Blog Post: APIMASH Starter Kits: Adding Sharing Capabilities

    I’ve been putting the finishing touches on an app that I’m writing based off of the Bing Maps/TomTom Starter Kit I published a few weeks ago. In that app you can view the current image from any of 13,000 traffic cams across the US and Canada, but the Starter Kit itself is designed to allow you to display...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Building a Windows 8 App with the Yelp API

    Grab your lunch and hang out at your desk or in a conference room with co-workers to catch Chris Bowen’s webcast TODAY from 12 -  1 p.m. ET , where he’ll walk though his Yelp API Starter Kit , one of 18 applications that my evangelist colleagues and I have put together to help you get your first...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: June 17th, 2013

    First of all, apologies for not getting my weekly post out last Monday. It was actually written and submitted, but somehow I managed to set the publish date to the 17th and not the 10th! We’ve got another full week coming up with events in the Boston area as well as in Burlington, Vermont, and Portland...
  • Blog Post: Build Your Own Bing Maps API Mash-Up: Architecture

    In my last post , I mentioned the “starter-kit” applications my colleagues and I have built around the many open APIs available across the web. My contribution to this effort is a sample that leverages both the Bing Maps control and API and the TomTom Traffic Cams API to show the location of and display...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: June 3rd, 2013

    I hope you managed to stay cool this weekend – no better way than building Windows 8 apps, right?!  Here’s what Chris, Michael and I have planned for you this week. And for those of you not in the immediate Boston area, take note of our “Northeast Roadshow” hitting sites around New England and upstate...
  • Blog Post: Build a Windows 8 Mashup App with Bing Maps

    Before I delve into the main topic, I wanted to provide a bit of context. My East coast colleagues and I have been busy working on a number of Windows 8 “Starter Kits” that leverage a host of popular, open data APIs, such as those managed by Mashery as well as others like Yelp, Twitter, Wikipedia, etc...
  • Blog Post: Port Your App to Windows 8 and Win a Trip to BUILD

    As you might know, my Technical Evangelist colleagues and I spend a lot of time on StackOverflow helping out with Windows 8 questions, but somehow I missed this!  This promotion started on May 2nd and has a June 7th submission deadline (at which point the app must be in the Windows Store) , so get...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: May 20th, 2013

    As we head into Memorial Day, we won’t be running our normal Saturday workshops this coming weekend, but we’ll be back in June (and we’re cooking up some other on-line opportunities too!)   Don’t forget the $100-per-app incentive and several partner promotions end next month, so be sure to...
  • Blog Post: Construct 2: Windows 8 Summer Competition

    My colleagues and I have run a fair amount of events over the past few months demonstrating how easy it is to build games for Windows 8 with Scirra Construct 2 , and by doing so be able to Keep the Cash – $100 each for up to 10 apps accepted in each of the Windows Store (or Windows Phone store)! Now...
  • Blog Post: Construct 2 Tip #4: Round Tripping With Event Variables

    In a previous post , I showed how you could extend Construct 2’s generated Visual Studio project to add your own custom Settings flyouts. In this post, I’m going to take things one step further and show how to have controls on the Settings flyout interact with the game itself! After all the Settings...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: May 13th, 2013

    It’s another great week of events for Windows and Windows 8 developers – and not just in Boston! Note the inaugural meeting of the Windows Phone Group in New Hampshire and the 6th annual Hartford Code Camp just north of the city in Bloomfield.  Tuesday, May 14th Office Hours , 1 Cambridge Center...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: May 6th, 2013

    Welcome to May! We’ve just kicked off a series of Saturday workshops at both our Cambridge and Farmington offices, so be sure to take advantage of those opportunities to build your first Windows 8 application!   Tuesday, May 7th Office Hours , 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA, 11:30 a.m.-1...
  • Blog Post: Construct 2 Tip #3: (Uniquely) Leveraging Sprite Animations

    In Construct 2 , or any game development platform, sprites are a key component and often used to animate movement of a player or other objects in the game, such as demonstrated by this tutorial . When you edit the Animations property of a sprite, four independent windows appear and represent a tremendous...
  • Blog Post: It's Time to App-up New England!

    Join us for a series of weekly workshops at both our Cambridge (Boston) and Farmington (Hartford) office locations where we'll help you get your first (or second, or tenth!) application published to the Windows Store - and you get to Keep the Cash ! We'll be running five-hour workshops each Saturday...
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