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James Quick- Microsoft Technical Evangelist South Florida

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  • Blog Post: Git- Integration With Visual Studio 2013

    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.  This way, you are not responsible for manually...
  • Blog Post: Git- Introduction and Basic Commands

    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 it.  For that reason, I figured I would...
  • Blog Post: Lifetime Developer Accounts for Win 8 and Win Phone!

    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 no renewal fee. That means that if you have never...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Academy on Construct 2

      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.  You can find the promo video with the link two...
  • Blog Post: First Mobile Web App with JQuery Mobile

    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 nonetheless, I enjoyed it, and I hope you do as...
  • Blog Post: Intro To JQuery Mobile

    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 around with JQuery Mobile, and am excited about...
  • Blog Post: Rotten Tomatoes API

    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’t go into too much detail.  That said, I am now...
  • Blog Post: Quick Links of the week 7/8/2014

    Something Big for Windows Phones Apparently, something big is coming for Windows Phone that will upset the Mobile Phone market.  There haven’t been any official announcements, so what could it be?  What are your thoughts? http://www.wpcentral.com/wait-itsomething-major-coming-windows-phone...
  • Blog Post: Data Binding Part 4- Observable Collection

    In Part 1 of this series I covered the basic theoretical idea behind data binding, and in Part 2 , we got a little more concrete with a hands on example in code.  We created a Movie class, then bound the three properties of that object (title, rating, year), to our UI in both Windows and Windows...
  • Blog Post: Data Binding Part 3- Implementing the INotifyPropertyChanged Interface

    In Part 1 of this series I covered the basic theoretical idea behind data binding, and in Part 2 , we got a little more concrete with a hands on example in code.  We created a Movie class, then bound the three properties of that object (title, rating, year), to our UI in both Windows and Windows...
  • Blog Post: Apps of the Week 6/9/2014

    I have been writing what I call “Developer of the Week” posts for the last several months- although not every week I grant you :) – so I figured I would try and follow suit with apps each week.  The “Apps of the Week” posts will try to promote apps by local developers as well as general cool apps...
  • Blog Post: Custom Styles in Universal Apps Part 2

    In Part 1 of this two part series, I covered how to create a ResourceDictionary with a custom style and reference that style in a Textblock control.  Although, I created a Universal App, I did mainly focus on the Windows 8 project not taking advantage of the Universal App capabilities.  Here...
  • Blog Post: Construct 2 Trivia App Part 5 (Additional Features)

    This Construct 2 Trivia App series was originally intended to be a 4 part series, but I have had a couple of questions on how to add a few additional features. So, I figured I would just add a part 5 here to cover those features. If you haven't read through this series yet, you can start with Part 1...
  • Blog Post: Construct 2 Trivia App Part 4 (Final Features)

    This is the fourth part in a 4 part tutorial on how to create a trivia app using Construct 2, a free drag and drop type tool for creating cross platform games. In this tutorial, we will continue where we left off in part 3 , now focusing on adding final features to our game. If you haven’t read...
  • Blog Post: Construct 2 Trivia App Part 3 (Game Logic)

    This is the third part in a 4 part tutorial on how to create a trivia app using Construct 2, a free drag and drop type tool for creating cross platform games. In this tutorial, we will continue where we left off in part 2 , now focusing on adding some game logic. If you haven’t read through part...
  • Blog Post: Construct 2 Trivia App Part 2 (Reading From File Cont.)

    This is the second part in a 4 part tutorial on how to create a trivia app using Construct 2, a free drag and drop type tool for creating cross platform games. In this tutorial, we will continue where we left off in part 1 , focusing on and continuing with reading input from a file. If you haven’t...
  • Blog Post: Construct 2 Trivia App Part 1(Layout and Reading From File)

    This is the first part in a 3 part series on how to build a Trivia App using Construct 2, a free drag and drop type tool for creating cross platform games. This tutorial will cover some of the basics of Construct 2, including editing layout and text boxes as well as reading text from a file. The intent...
  • Blog Post: Every Dev Has A Story

    https://build.windowsstore.com/rewards HOW DOES IT WORK? Between April 16 and June 1, developers can enter by joining App Builder Rewards and completing the "Every Dev Has a Story" quest with 50-200 words about an application published in the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Publish an App, Get a Phone

    Currently, Nokia is having a promotion that allows first-time Windows Phone App publishers the chance to receive a free Nokia Lumia 800 (Windows 7 phone) for their efforts (applicable in Canada and US). It’s simple, if you publish your first Windows Phone app, you get a free phone. To keep up to...
  • Blog Post: The Voluntiers- Winners of Best Windows App at BattleHack Miami

    This past weekend I had the pleasure of witnessing a great sight, a room of fifty people or so all programming 24 hours straight in order help the community at BattleHack Miami . The premise for the hackathon was to get a team together and create an app that solves a local problem, and the winner from...
  • Blog Post: "Quick" Tips for Gamemaker (Part One- The Basics)

    So, recently, I wrote about my experience hosting and teaching a game making workshop with high school students using Gamemaker . I also mentioned that, previous to the workshop, I only had about a week of experience using the tool. Gamemaker, for those of you who don't know, is a "drag and drop" type...
  • Blog Post: Miami-Dade Gamemaker Workshop

    Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this past week, I had the pleasure of teaching a workshop at Florida International University for 25 Miami-Dade high school students. The workshop was focused on building Windows 8 games using a “drag and drop” game making tool called Gamemaker (tutorials...
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