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James Quick- Microsoft Technical Evangelist South Florida

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    Construct 2 Windows 8 Object - IAP

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    Let’s talk about some exciting stuff…MAKING MONEY.  Game making is fun sure, but the real fun is when you earn money from something that you created.  There are countless success stories of these simple mobile games that make tons of money. ...
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    Construct 2 – Display High Scores

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    As I prepare for my 2nd Microsoft Virtual Academy course on Game Development with Construct 2, I am realizing how many supporting blog posts I need to add.  For example, before I get into saving Global High Scores using Microsoft Azure, it would...
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    Azure Mobile Services REST API

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    Although Azure is a Microsoft product, it has made huge strides to be able to support whatever platform, code base, and tools you choose to use. For instance, on the developer side, there are native SDK’s for Azure Mobile Services for IOS and Android...
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    Construct 2 Advanced Game Development MVA Coming Soon!

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    Date/Time : March 12, 2015, 9am‒1pm PST CTA(s): Registration page: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/liveevents/construct-2-advanced-game-development Alternative link: http://aka.ms/gamedev-advanced-construct2 Reg page Construct 2 Advanced Game Development...
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    Adding Ads for Windows 8.1 Game Made with Construct 2 – Option 2

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    As part of my preparation for my upcoming MVA part 2 on Construct 2, I have written several blog posts and have several more to write :)  Most recently, I finished Construct 2 Windows 8 Object Intro , which introduces the Windows 8 Object. ...
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    Azure Mobile Services – Adding a Leaderboard Table

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    One of the more common and tangible examples for leveraging Azure Mobile Services is for saving Global High Scores for your game.  Again, since Azure Mobile Services are cross platform, you can have one leaderboard for the same game across all of...
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    Azure Mobile Services – Adding a Table

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    In my post,  Creating an Azure Mobile Service , you should have successfully created your first Azure Mobile Service.  In this post, we are going to walk through the steps of adding a table to our Azure Mobile Service.  If you recall, under...
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    Creating an Azure Mobile Service

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    Let’s say that you are creating a mobile application, regardless of the platform (Windows, Android, IOS,etc.), and you want to have a backend to store some data.  Sure, you have the ability to manually set up your own database and connect to it,...
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    FREE Microsoft WebCamp on 3/3/2015 in Miami

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    Want to push your coding even further? Join us for a live, FREE WebCamp on 3/3/2015 in Miami and learn how to build cutting-edge websites with the new release of ASP.NET and Web Tools for Visual Studio 2013 – then deploy and scale them with Microsoft...
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    FREE Microsoft Cloud DevCamp on 2/24/2015 in Miami

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    Roll up your sleeves and explore the latest Microsoft Azure development tools and technologies. Join us at a Microsoft Cloud DevCamp and leave with code running in the cloud! Cloud DevCamps are free and fun events for developers, by developers. ...
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    Construct 2 Advanced Game Development – Microsoft Virtual Academy

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    After having success with recording my first ever Microsoft Virtual Academy Course on Construct 2, I am currently ramping up to record Part 2!  Over the Holidays, things will be a little slower in terms of public activity because of Winter Break...
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    Adding Ads for Windows Phone 8 Game Made With Construct 2

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    Ok, so I just finished a post on Adding Ads for a Windows 8.1 Game Made With Construct 2 , and in that article I mentioned that there is currently no way to implement ads in a Windows Phone 8.1 game made with Construct 2 because there is not yet an ads...
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    Adding Ads for Windows 8.1 Games Made With Construct 2 – Option 1

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    As part of my preparation for my upcoming MVA part 2 on Construct 2, I have written several blog posts and have several more to write :)  Most recently, I finished Construct 2 Windows 8 Object Intro , which introduces the Windows 8 Object. ...
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    Monetization with PubCenter Ads – Creating App ID and Ad Unit ID

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    In my mind, building mobile apps and games is just simply fun.  I am extremely lucky to be in a position where I deal with mobile application development on a day to day business.  In fact, I enjoy it so much that it feels much less like work...
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    Construct 2 Windows 8 Object – Open Windows Store

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    There’s so much to do with the Windows 8 object, where did we leave off last time?  Oh yeah…we added the ability for our Live Tile Text to reflect each time the user got a new high score.  Where do we go from there?  How about giving the...
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    Microsoft Student Game On Contest

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    Ready. Set. //GameOn. Win an all access pass and free trip to the 2015 Game Developer’s Conference! Submit a game that runs on a Windows Platform by February 9th. We will select three teams as winners and provide them all-access passes and a travel stipend...
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    Construct 2 Windows 8 Object- Live Tile Text

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    In my previous post, Construct 2 Windows 8 Object- Charms Bar Part 1 , we started to work with the Charms Bar functionality of the Windows 8 Object.  As you might expect, the Windows 8 Object has lots of functionality, so in this post, we are going...
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    Reserving Your Universal Windows App Name

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    Reserving Your Universal Windows App Name in the store ensures that no one else can publish an app with the same name.  For this reason, it is helpful to reserve your app name as soon as possible, potentially even before your start developing your...
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    Reserving Your Windows Phone App Name

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    Reserving Your App Name in the store ensures that no one else can publish an app with the same name.  For this reason, it is helpful to reserve your app name as soon as possible, potentially even before your start developing your app.  It would...
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    Reserving Your Windows App Name

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    Reserving Your App Name in the store ensures that no one else can publish an app with the same name.  For this reason, it is helpful to reserve your app name as soon as possible, potentially even before your start developing your app.  It would...
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    Creating a Test Certificate with Windows Apps

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    If you create a Windows Universal App in Visual Studio 2013 +, your packaging is automatically taken care of.  Visual Studio provides you with a test certificate so you don’t have to do anything additional to be to run your Windows app on your Local...
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    Construct 2 Windows 8 Object – Charms Bar Part 2

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    In Part 1 of working with the Charms Bar via Windows 8 Object in Construct 2 we walked through adding About, Support and Privacy pages as well as giving the user the ability to share his score via the Share Charm.  Although we set all of that up...
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    Construct 2 Windows 8 Object – Charms Bar Part 1

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    As I mentioned in my Windows 8 Object Intro post , we will focus on a couple of different areas but will start with the Charms Bar.  I would recommend going back and reading the Intro if you have not for a high level overview of what we will be looking...
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    Construct 2 Exporting to Windows

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    Construct 2 is such a fabulous tool because it allows users to create cross-platform games without having to write any code.  These are two immensely useful features.  Not only can someone with no computer science or programming experience get...
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    Construct 2 Windows 8 Object- Intro

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    As I mentioned in my previous post , I will be learning and sharing more content for Construct 2 over the holidays.  No better way to spend your down time than building games in the Christmas spirit obviously.  Well, at least it makes sense...
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