Quick Thoughts

James Quick- Microsoft Technical Evangelist South Florida

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    “Quick Dev” Live on Channel 9

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    You know, it’s amazing.  You spend tons of time working on a certain problem, only to later on find that there’s already a tool that does exactly what you’re looking for.  Maybe it’s not even something that takes tons of time, just something...
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    Quick Links of the Week 9/15/2015

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      Nfl Launches Official Windows 10 App   I couldn’t be more excited that the NFL season kicked off over a week ago.  In watching, you might have noticed all of the Surfaces being used on the NFL sideline.  It’s no secret that the NFL...
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    Quick Links of the Week – 9/8/2015

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      Windows 10 on 81 Million Machines Just a week after the previous “Quick Links”, the number of machines running Windows 10 has gone from 75 to now 81 million.  In one week, 6 million more Windows 10 machines :). http://microsoft-news.com/windows...
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    Quick Links of the Week – 8/31/2015

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      Windows 10 on 75 Million Machines Windows 10 was released almost exactly a month ago with a bold goal of reaching 1 billion devices over the next couple of years.  Far from it after only a month, but the attained reach so far is impressive...
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    Free Xamarin For Windows Phone Developers

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    Developing for Windows Phone (especially previous to universal apps and now the Windows 10 Universal Platform) has historically been a difficult sell. Windows Phone, by itself, is a distant third in the mobile market, so understandable the focus has been...
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    Windows 10 Adaptive Triggers - Intro

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    Intro I have already done a couple of blog posts on some of the new XAML features for Windows 10 development, namely the new SplitView control, so I am going to follow up with a couple of posts on another new capability, using Adaptive Triggers. Adaptive...
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    Windows Live Writer Code Snippet Plugin

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    I have been blogging for about the past two years using Windows Live Writer to create and edit my posts.  Since I am on the technical side, a lot of what I have blogged about involved actual code.  However, I never had a great way to incorporate...
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    Windows 10 SplitView – Build Your First Hamburger Menu

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    With all of the new and exciting features coming out with Windows 10 development, the SplitView control is a new addition to XAML. For a quick intro to the SplitView, you can check out my previous post here. This post covers the basics of implementing...
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    Windows 10 SplitView – Creating a Hamburger Button

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    **YouTube Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykFj582AoDY ** **GitHub sample - https://github.com/jqquick223/Win10Universal/tree/master/HamburgerButton ** Although we have added the SplitView control to XAML with the ability to create a hamburger...
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    Windows 10 SplitView – Intro

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    The SplitView control is a new addition to XAML for Windows 10 Applications. It’s basic use is to display a side menu, such as the one usually called “hamburger menu”. One thing to note is that the SplitView is not a built in "Hamburger...
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    Windows 10 Universal App Platform

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    Intro I'm sure many of you out there are already running Windows 10 somewhere, maybe on a laptop, phone etc. You are probably doing this because you are just as excited about the future of Windows 10 as I am! Windows 10 promises the same Core OS across...
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    //build Tour - New York

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    If you are anything like me, you are probably very excited after seeing all of the announcements at Microsoft's Build Conference last week. So many BIG announcements: ability to port IOS and Android apps to Windows maintaining the same native languages...
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    Preparing for Universal Windows Development

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    Windows 10 is coming, and I can’t help but be excited.  I won’t go into many specific details here, but through the Insider Program you can already check out a Windows 10 Technical Preview https://insider.windows.com/ .  I encourage everyone...
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    Construct 2 – Global high Scores with Azure Mobile Services REST API

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    Ok, so I just finished a post on adding global high scores to a Windows 8.1 app using the AzureForWindows8 plugin.  However, there are two big downsides to this approach.  The first is that it only works for Windows 8.1 and you have to export...
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    Construct 2 - Global High Scores for Windows 8.1 with Windows Azure Plugin

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    One of the quintessential pieces of a good game is having global high scores. Users love to be able to see their time spent in your game rewarded with a high score. Regardless of how many scores you choose to display to the user, it gives them something...
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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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