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    How to Verify Your Windows Store Account

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    For students the Windows Store Develop account registration is free, however, to ensure you’re a human and not a registration bot a credit card is required for registration.  Also you ensure the account has a valid credit card number between .01...
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    Update Panel Update Mode Always vs. Conditional (or why is my AJAX control losing focus)

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    I have an AJAX timer control on my ASP.NET master page that keeps making another field on the same rendered page lose focus.  The master page contains an AJAX update panel and a AJAX timer control to update the time to the reflect current time with...
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    How to test Private methods using Visual Studio’s testing framework

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      I was recently asked how to test private methods in Visual Studio 2010 and 2012.  Apparently, the supported approach has changed from previous versions.  Testing private methods can be done using the PrivateObject class.  It’s pretty...
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    NIU Event Resources

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    Let’s do the pre-work to publish an app Hello spring OMIS 259 and OMIS 351 Students.  Instructions for getting started and building your app can be found here: http://1drv.ms/1lvtqDP At the event…Need some help?  Look here first    ...
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    Does my Windows 8 app need a privacy policy?

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    From my experience the easiest way to see if your Windows 8 app needs a privacy policy is to open the Package.appmanifest file and go to the Capabilities tab.  If Internet (Client) is checked you could gather information from the user, so you'll...
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    Kinect for Windows Resources

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    The following resources provide a good set of resources to that will help jumpstart knowledge and understanding of Kinect for Windows development. The Kinect development center http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/kinectforwindowsdev/default.aspx (is where...
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    DateTime Formatting–the lost codes (.NET odd date formatting explained)

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    Recently I’ve had a number of reasons to use Date and Time formatting.  Usually, a few educated guesses and you’ve found what you needed.  Except when you educated guess don’t get you want you expected and you need to do a bit of research. For...
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    App manifest compliance test–failed.

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      When I ran the Windows App Certification test kit if failed on the App manifest compliance test.  I’ve included this section of the report below (see below the image found below).  As I did a bit of research I realized that I had app...
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    New apps from Velin

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    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...
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    Click Once deployment via Azure Blob Storage

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    Not a long post, just an idea really.  I was part of discussion related to finding a home for a Click Once application.  The discussion was around a web site, UNC Share drive, and other such locations.  One of the participants mentioned...
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    Practical Naming Standards for C#

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    A colleague of mine, Clint Edmondson , has collected a board set of useful coding standards for C# that can be found here .    I am going to reproduce (e.g. copy) the set related to capitalization and naming in C# below.  I do encourage...
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    Building your exported Scirra Windows 8 Project in Visual Studio

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    Have you exported your Windows 8 project from Scirra’s Construct 2 and are you ready to build it for the Windows Store?  We’ll assume that you have taken care of the application images and made any required changes to package.appmanifest. We’ll also...
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    How to EASILY create application art for your App using PowerPoint 2013

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    He is an approach to easily creating application art for a Windows Store or Windows Phone Store app. Open PowerPoint 2013 Click the Insert Tab>Click Shapes and pick the rectangle Click on the empty slide and stretch the shape Right click on the shape...
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    Chicago Multi-school Hackathon Prizes

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    Here are the draft prize categories for the multi-school hackathon in Chicago and the prize pool. These are the judging categories. I’ll share the judging rubric soon. Are you a student in a Chicago area college or university school? Have you registered...
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    Visually Comparing Code in Visual Studio

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    Learned something small, new and interesting today while using Visual Studio 2012.  Have you had the situation where you wanted to compare two blocks of code in two different files on the screen at the same time?  Right clicking on the tab for...
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    Windows Key + Down Arrow–I didn’t know that

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    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...
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    WinJS for the C# guy: Getting started.

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    I have been learning about building Windows 8.1 apps using WinJS.  This has been a pretty big paradigm shift for me as I have been a strongly typed C# Win Forms, WPF and then WinRT guy for quite a while.  However, learning something new is always...
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    Taskbar Shift Click is awesome

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    I learned yesterday that if you hold down shift and click a taskbar item you’ll start a new instance of that app.  Now that is productive.
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    Refactor your Dev Skills

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    Refactor your Dev Skills at Dev Days 2014.  These events will feature a nice and compact of the best content from Build 2014 with great local Microsoft speakers.  If you missed the latest Microsoft Developer announcements, demos and capabilities...
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    Enterprise Developer Dev Camps

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    Enterprise Developer Boot Camp - Learn how to move your line of business applications to Windows Azure at Enterprise Developer Boot Camp 4/23 - Columbus, OH | REGISTER NOW >> 4/29 - Downers Grove, IL | REGISTER NOW >> 5/5 - Austin, TX | REGISTER...
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    Get your Windows Phone app URL

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    Here are the simple steps to get the URL for your Windows Phone application. 1. Navigate to http://dev.windowsphone.com 2. Click “Dashboard” 3. Click on “Apps” 4. Select the App your App 5. Click on “details” 6. Scroll down the page and copy the “Link...
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    John Martello Student Game Dev Games

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    I met John at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).  I have been working with John to get his game titles into the Windows Store.  John’s games have been doing well in the store and I wanted to share some of my favorites. MLB Team Trivia...
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    Velin Student apps

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    IIT prolific student app publisher Velin is back at again with some great new titles for Windows 8.  These apps are fun and engaging and cover a board set of interests. · Harry Potter Trivia: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/app/harry-potter-trivia...
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    Unriddle and other sports games.

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    Here are some fun sports games I am playing:   Unriddle: NFL teams http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/c544c76c-e8b5-4306-a3c4-daa6cb6cccaa NCAA Football Teams http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/a6400e4f-9f26-4fe0-a159-b45a583a19cf...
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    WP App – Piggy Banker – saving for what you want

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    I have been using the fun, engaging and easy to use app called Piggy Banker .  I have been wanting to save a few bucks for a not required, but desired item and have needed to track my savings.  I discovered Piggy Banker a Windows Phone app that...
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