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  • Blog Post: Weather Man-Chicago apps live Windows 8 and Windows Phone

    I spoke at the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.  As part of the talk I also built to apps.  One for Windows 8 and one for Windows Phone 8.  I am happy to say they are both live in their respective stores.  I share more...
  • Blog Post: Windows Key + Down Arrow–I didn’t know that

    I accidently did Windows Key + Down Arrow.  For Windows Store apps - It turn out that is closes an app.  Interestingly enough, the app isn’t removed from memory.  If is suspended and removed from the Windows 8 Task list (Windows Key+Tab), but it remains in memory in case you load it again...
  • Blog Post: New apps from Velin

    Velin a student at IIT and a friend.  He has built some new apps recently.  Here is a bit of info on the apps and their URLs. App info Link Romantic Movies Romantic Movies Texas Holdem lessons - Texas Holdem is the best and most famous poker game right now!!! This app will teach you everything...
  • Blog Post: Adding a New Line to your TextBlock

    I am in the early stages of building a new Windows 8 app (you’ll get more details when I publish it).  As I worked on the app I found for formatting purposes I needed a new line in my TextBlock and I needed to add it programmatically.  My initial guess was simply inserting a \n to get the new...
  • Blog Post: New Windows 8.1 APIs Reference

    New Windows 8.1 APIs - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/bg182410.aspx Devices Point of Service http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/bg182882.aspx#two supports barcode scanners and magnetic stripe readers USB - for devices to don't have an in-box driver - http://msdn...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 App Makeover Challenge

    Did you build a starter kit app or game before July during one of my campus events? Here is an opportunity to do a app/game makeover and publish it was a sparkling new app. Take the Windows 8 App Makeover Challenge for your chance to win $75 for your higher quality app. You can see the details here http...
  • Blog Post: Integrating Windows 8 Sharing into the Run Prey Starter Kit

    The code below is snippet from the Run Prey starter kit.  This code will allow your app to respond to Windows 8 sharing requests when you are at the start of the game, between levels or at the end of the game.  How do you activate sharing?  Use the Windows Key+C and then select sharing...
  • Blog Post: Construct 2–how change sprites to not rotate

    Fix hunters and prey so they don't pivot as they move (e.g. go upside down) What you see when you using Set Angle Toward as done below the sprite Set angle Toward Postiion(Touch.X, Touch.Y) is that the sprit will turn in up to a 360 degree circle to pursue it's prey. This means the Hunter is moving to...
  • Blog Post: Does your XAML app need more (good) ratings? This will help!

    A colleague of mine, Jared Bienz , created a great library that lets you can incorporate ratings into your app super easily (NuGet package easy).  It’s a ratings control to include in your app, but this rating control has some smarts in it.  It won’t prompt the user for a rating on the first...
  • Blog Post: App Enthusiasts App–download and enjoy

    Are you a developer yearning for ideas and inspiration for an app to build for Windows 8? Do you want to download, test, and review apps written by your peers? If you so, you need to download App Enthusiasts for Windows 8! App Enthusiasts is a curated collection of Apps, updated monthly, that showcases...
  • Blog Post: Finding your Windows Store App URL

    There are a couple of ways to get the url for your Windows 8 Store app.  One of the easiest ways to look in the email account tied to your Windows Store account with the title “Windows Store: your app is in the Windows Store!”.  In that email will be the link to your app in the store. ...
  • Blog Post: Handling Application Settings (Windows 8 App settings change notification)

    I received two a great question last night at an ACM event at Illinois Institute of Technology.  We were using  the ApplicationDataContainerSettings via ApplicationData.Current.RoamingSettings.Values which is a Map type collection (.e.g.; it holds key and value pairs).  We were specifically...
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