Matt Harrington

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  • Blog Post: Remember webrings? How about an indie dev appring?

    I work a lot with indie developers, students, and hobbyists. If you’re reading this blog, it’s very possible that you came to one of my events and learned how to write apps for Windows 8. If you’re an indie developer, you might think it’s an amazing accomplishment to get your...
  • Blog Post: Office hours: in-person help for US developers working on Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps

    You’re working on a Windows 8 or Windows Phone app, and you’re stuck. You could turn to the MSDN forums or StackOverflow , but if you prefer meeting in person or over Skype, we’re here to help. Here’s a list of US-based evangelists, their office hours, and where they’ll...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft to offer free design and architecture consultations for Windows 8 apps

    Developers who’ve been working on Windows 8 applications can now get a little extra help from Microsoft. We’re launching a new online initiative called Generation App to guide developers through the process of building for Windows 8. Here’s how the self-guided 4 week program breaks...
  • Blog Post: Using the Microsoft Ad SDK in Windows 8

    One of the best ways to make money with Windows 8 is to display ads in your Windows Store app using the Microsoft Advertising SDK. Here’s how you can get started. Prerequisites: You’ll need Windows 8 RTM and Visual Studio 2012. A free 90 day evaluation edition of Windows 8 Enterprise is...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 virtual hackathon, August 2012

    Hackathons are quite popular here in Silicon Valley, but not everyone can make it to one. Maybe you live too far away, or maybe you have family obligations on the weekend. You’re in luck! We’re running a virtual hackathon where everything takes place online. Here are the details in a nutshell...
  • Blog Post: How to get your app into the Windows Store

    This post can also be reached via http://bit.ly/windows8token . Windows 8 is coming in the near future. You can download, use it, and develop apps for it today . As of May 2012, the Windows Store is not open for everyone to deploy. However, we are looking for the first wave of great applications which...
  • Blog Post: Code samples for Metro interactions from the Windows 8 SDK

    Here are the 5 code samples from the Windows 8 SDK that I’ll be showing during my session at the Windows 8 Anchor Camp our team is holding today in Los Angeles. I’ll update this post later with more details, but wanted to give people a resource they can turn to right now at today’s...
  • Blog Post: How to share your Metro style application for Windows 8 with another developer

    If you’re writing a Metro style app for Windows 8, here’s how you can share it with another developer. Note that both the source and destination machines need a valid development license. Verify this with the PowerShell cmdlet Get-WindowsDeveloperLicense . In Visual Studio, choose Create...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 for JavaScript developers video from SFJS

    On March 15, 2012, I gave a presentation at the San Francisco JavaScript meetup about Windows 8 development . Thanks to Dave Edelhart , here’s the video. I wish there had been time to show more code and get into Visual Studio, but that will have to come in a later talk. It’s exciting there...
  • Blog Post: Create a Windows 8 image with recimg.exe to preserve your Desktop apps after a refresh

    Windows 8 supports two new ways to revert your system to an earlier state. From the Settings charm, access More PC settings and then click General . Towards the bottom, you’ll see these two choices: Refresh your PC without affecting your files . This choice keeps your personal data, system...
  • Blog Post: How to create a bootable USB drive from an ISO image for UEFI systems

    At the time this post is being written, March 2012, at least some UEFI systems don't boot to NTFS USB thumb drives. These UEFI systems will only boot to FAT32 USB thumb drives. I have no idea if this will change in the future. The details of UEFI are outside the scope of what I typically deal with. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Event in Silicon Valley, April 4, 2012

    Are you interested in experiencing the next great app platform opportunity, Windows 8? Do you want to learn how to get started building apps for this new platform? We are inviting the Silicon Valley startup community to a full-day, knockout, deep dive event taking place on our Silicon Valley Campus...
  • Blog Post: How to pronounce Segoe, the font or typeface

    In Windows 8 and Windows Phone, you’ll see widespread use of a typeface called Segoe. I’ve always wondered exactly how to pronounce this. It could be SEE-goh, see-GOH, SEG-oh, seg-OH, etc. I took a look at its Wikipedia page, and learned that the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) pronunciation...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 resources for JavaScript and HTML5 developers

    This post can also be reached via http://bit.ly/win8nextsteps . If you’re reading this blog post, there’s a good chance you just saw me give a presentation on Windows 8 development with JavaScript, and now you’re looking for more resources. If instead you arrived here through a search...
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