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James Quick- Microsoft Technical Evangelist South Florida

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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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    Construct 2 on Microsoft Virtual Academy Part 2

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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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    Microsoft Innovation Center Grand Opening Miami

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    On December 9th in downtown Miami, Microsoft and the City of Miami celebrated the grand opening of the first ever US based Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC).  As a local Microsoftee, I have been involved in the planning and execution for the MIC...
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    Twitter Integration in App Studio

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    App Studio has been updated as of a few days ago to include Twitter as one of their Data Sources.  Data Sources such as Facebook and Instagram have been around for a while, but Twitter is one that users everywhere have been waiting for, and it’s...
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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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