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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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    Building Your First Windows Universal App V2 (Screencast and code)

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    Doing a second event on 9/3 with some updates (e.g. improvements) to the code from 8/27.  I did an event at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) where we had students from Computer Science (CS), Information Technology & Management (ITM...
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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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    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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    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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    Building Your First WinJS Universal App (code and Screen cast)

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    I did an event on 9/11 covering creating a WinJS Universal App.  The topic was building applications for Windows and Windows Phone using Windows Universal apps.  Universal apps allow you to build app targeting Windows Phone and Windows 8 with...
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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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    Scanning a QR Code with Windows Phone 8.1

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    It turns out things have moved a bit in Windows Phone 8.1 when it comes to scanning QR codes.  The QR code scanning is no longer hung off of search.  To scan QR codes you need to access the Bing Vision lens.  How do you access Bing Vision...
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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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    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 and Tab

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    Just made an accidental discovery.  WIndows Key and Tab will works like ALT-Tab except that you tab through Windows 8 apps. 
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    Handling Application Settings (Windows 8 App settings change notification)

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    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...
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    Trade in your iPad, Get a min. $200 gift card

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    Finding your Windows Store App URL

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    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...
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