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James Quick- Microsoft Technical Evangelist South Florida

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    App Studio in the Classroom

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    Over the summer, a Curriculum Supervisor, Brian King, from Broward County Public Schools reached out to me for help on creating curriculum for a pilot program centered around mobile application development as a result of the Superintendent, Robert Runcie...
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    Visual Studio Community 2013 FREE

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    The full power of Visual Studio is now completely free for students, individual developers, or small teams.  The power of Visual Studio, in my mind, has never been in doubt, but the cost of Visual Studio has been a factor for me to consider when...
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    US Imagine Cup 2015

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    This year you can choose when you want to compete. The 2015 US Imagine Cup Competition offers two opportunities to compete - one starting now and with the first deadline in November (Fall Competition) and one starting in November and with the first deadline...
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    Git- Integration With Visual Studio 2013

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    In my previous post, I did an intro to Git, what it is, what the basic commands are in the Command Prompt, and the general cycle of adding and committing files.  In this post, I want to show how Visual Studio 2013 integrates Git into the IDE. ...
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    Git- Introduction and Basic Commands

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    If you are a programmer of any type, you are probably either familiar with Git or at the very least have heard of it.  I have heard of Git for a long time, but just recently have taken the time to begin to truly understand what it is and how to leverage...
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    Join us at the Dolphins Stadium October 25th-26th

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    Sponsored by Citrix and Microsoft, Grand Prizes will be awarded for the use of the Podio API, Submission of Windows Phone & Store apps to the Store, Web App - Real Time Data, Best UI/UX. Whether you're a gamer, student, or just someone who uses the...
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    30 Halloween Games in 30 Days?

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    A local game developer of Deep Space Exile recently decided to attempt to create 30 Halloween themed games in 30 days, to all be released by Halloween.  When I first heard this, I thought, “Man, what an awesome idea”, but as you start to think about...
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    Lifetime Developer Accounts for Win 8 and Win Phone!

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    Developing for Microsoft platforms just got cheaper and easier a couple of days ago! Starting this week, the Windows Dev Center requires only a one-time registration payment, which will grant developers the ability to publish for both platforms with...
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    Microsoft Virtual Academy on Construct 2

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      Interested in developing games with Construct 2? Check out a promo video of my colleague Shahed Chowdhuri and I on MSDN’s Channel 9 (with DevRadio host Jerry Nixon ,  to promote our upcoming video tutorial on Microsoft Virtual Academy. ...
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    REST APIs in App Studio Video Version

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    I recently finished a 3 part series on incorporating REST APIs in your App Studio project, and just wanted to follow up with the video version.  If you prefer to read, you can find the posts here . Part 1   Part 2   Part 3 Thanks for watching...
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    REST APIs in App Studio Part 3- Adding Any API

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      In the previous post , we worked on changing the source code in our App Studio project to support specifically the Rotten Tomatoes API.  We replaced the existing ServiceDataProvider file with one specifically tailored towards the Rotten Tomatoes...
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    Listviews and Collapsibles in JQuery Mobile

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      As another follow up to my Intro To JQuery Mobile post, I am adding another video post to add to my first video post, First Web App with JQuery Mobile .  In this video, I will walk through a hands on example of using Listviews and Collapsibles...
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    First Mobile Web App with JQuery Mobile

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    I just posted my Intro to JQuery Mobile write up, and as promised, I am following up with a couple of videos. The first video is a hands on demo of building your first Mobile Web App with JQuery Mobile. The web app will be a simply Magic 8 Ball app, but...
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    Intro To JQuery Mobile

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    I just recently got interested in exploring different web technologies, frameworks, etc.  In college, I did a tad bit with html and javascript, but not enough to feel very comfortable.  Anyways, in some of my recent free time, I have been playing...
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    Construct 2 Trivia Template

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    A while back I posted a five part series on how to create a trivia game using Construct 2 where I posted links to the Construct 2 solutions for each post.  Recently (as of a couple of days ago) I decided to post an updated Trivia Template to my GitHub...
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    Construct 2 Generic Game Template

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    Just a few days ago, I decided to put a Construct 2 Game Template that I have been using in workshops on my GitHub page.  Honestly, don’t know why it took me so long to do so, but either way, there it is.  So that begs the question then, “What...
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    Developer of the Week - Adam Pound

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    It’s been a couple of weeks since the last Developer of the Week, so when I came across his game, Peg Out , through an email list for Windows developers I had to take a look.  As it turns out Peg Out is Adam’s first game made with Unity.  I...
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    Quick Links of the Week 8/14/2014

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    Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Features Check out the new features in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 http://windowsphonedaily.com/2014/08/more-windows-phone-8-1-update-1-features-revealed-in-official-release-notes.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign...
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    Quick Links of the Week 8/6/2014

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    Ok, so I have been out of town for a couple of weeks, and am a couple of weeks behind but here we go for this week.  I apologize for the short list Microsoft Dual Display Patent Not sure what this means or how it will be used but sounds like things...
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    Developer of the week- Aron Davis

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    I started working with Aron several months ago at a Microsoft workshop, and then later on at the Florida International University hosted site for the Global Game Jam.  Aron uses Unity to create mobile games, so I asked about his interest in potentially...
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    Quick Links of the Week 7/21/2014

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    Cortana Integration with Insteon Just yesterday I bought an Insteon IP Camera from the Microsoft Store.  I haven’t yet finished all of the setup yet, but I cant wait!  As cool as the Insteon starter kit is, it seems that it will soon coming...
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    Quick Links of the Week 7/14/2014

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      Increasing the Popularity of Your Windows Phone Apps by Bill Reiss and Russ Fustino Are you a Windows Phone developer and want to learn more about how to increase popularity of your apps?  Look no further.  Bill Reiss joins Russ Fustino...
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    REST APIs in App Studio Part 2- Changing the Source Code

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    In Part 1 of this series, we used App Studio to build the shell of a project that will (eventually) display data from a REST API call, specifically the Rotten Tomatoes API.  In App Studio, we were able to create a dynamic collection, select the type...
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    REST APIs in App Studio Part 1- Building the Shell

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    In this series, I am going to talk about how to add support for REST APIs with projects built in App Studio.  If you have never used App Studio before, I would recommend taking a quick look at some of the documentation and videos.  You can check...
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    Rotten Tomatoes API

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    If you followed my series on data binding, then you probably remember me briefly covering the Rotten Tomatoes API in Part 5 Dynamic Data From Rotten Tomatoes . However, since the focus of that post was on data binding and not on the REST APIs, I didn...
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