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James Quick- Microsoft Technical Evangelist South Florida

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    Quick Links of the Week- 6/30/2014

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    “Quick Links of the Week” are here to highlight and share interesting and exciting articles about Microsoft, focusing on Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Trade in Your Macbook Air Right now, Microsoft is offering $650 store credit for trading in their Apple...
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    Data Binding- Video Version

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    As a follow up to my five part series on Data Binding, I wanted to include videos that followed along.  So, check them out! Data Binding Part 1- The Basic Idea Data Binding Part 2- Movie Ex. Hands On   Data Binding Part 3- Implementing the INotifyPropertyChanged...
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    Apps of the Week 6/19/2014

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    Here’s to the second round of “Apps of the Week” which includes apps for shopping and steaks!  JackThreads is a go to source for men’s clothing, and I’ll admit, I signed up to receive their emails :).  HSN is the Home Shopping Network… Let’s...
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    Data Binding Part 5- Dynamic Data from Rotten Tomatoes

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    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...
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    Data Binding Part 4- Observable Collection

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    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...
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    Data Binding Part 3- Implementing the INotifyPropertyChanged Interface

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    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...
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    Apps of the Week 6/9/2014

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    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...
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    Data Binding Part 2- Movie Ex. Hands On

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    In Part 1 of this series on Data Binding, I tried to provide a high level understanding; what it does, how it works,  and how it can benefit the developer.  I talked about the four different components that make up a typical binding (binding...
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    Custom Styles in Universal Apps Part 2

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    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...
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    Custom Styles in Universal Apps Part 1

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    Let’s say that you are working on the UI for an application, and you have several different buttons, textblocks, etc.  Each of them will have similar characteristics; the same font size, horizontal alignment, and vertical alignment for example. ...
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    Data Binding Part 1- The Basic Idea

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    If you are or have ever been part of the Microsoft development community, you probably have heard a lot of talk about data binding.  “Data binding is the best”, “I don't know what I would do without data binding”, you know, that sort of thing. ...
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    Developer of the Week: Chris Jackson

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    A couple of weeks ago I gave a talk about using Microsoft Project Siena to build applications for Windows 8.  In the presentation, I went through most of the basics that are covered in the tutorial videos online.  I have a couple of previous...
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    App Studio DVLUP Offer!

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    OFFER: Windows App Studio Beta has new features that will help make your apps more engaging, while helping you reach more users. Check out some of the new features: • From a single template, build apps for phones, tablets, and PCs running Windows • Incorporate...
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    Construct 2 Trivia App Part 5 (Additional Features)

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    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...
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    Construct 2 Trivia App Part 4 (Final Features)

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    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...
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    BAM- Best App a Month

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    Our April results are in. And the winners are ... drumroll sound ... SOUTH FLORIDA - Robert Hellestrae for Essential Trivia NORTH AND CENTRAL FLORIDA - William LaMartin for Manhattan Then and Now Just a reminder on how to enter the BAM! contest . ...
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    Construct 2 Trivia App Part 3 (Game Logic)

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    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...
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    Dreamspark for Students!

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    Student with a valid school email address in the USA? Here's a great contest for you. Download / install Visual Studio 2013 using your schools DreamSpark account and you will be entered for a shot at one of twenty XBOX ONE's. Dont' have DreamSpark...
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    Construct 2 Trivia App Part 2 (Reading From File Cont.)

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    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...
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    Construct 2 Trivia App Part 1(Layout and Reading From File)

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    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...
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    Every Dev Has A Story

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    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...
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    St. Brendan High School App Producers

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    I am a little behind on this post, but about two weeks ago I did a 3 day workshop with a local high school, St. Brendan High School.  In this 3 day workshop, we met in a fantastic Windows 8 “All In One” touch computer lab at Florida International...
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    Day Of Unity

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    What -   Day of Unity Game Development 2014 Orlando - May 10 - Saturday - Full Sail University - 139 University Park Drive, Building 3 B (FS3B), Winter Park, FL 32792 ( map ) Miami - May 17 - Saturday - Florida International University - 1055...
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    Sleepy Dragon Studios Latest Games

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    Check out the latest games from previous “Developer of the Week”", Sleepy Dragon Studios.  You can follow them on twitter at @SDS_Interactive or on Facebook . Bubble Rescue Description It is a bubble frenzy. Save the animals in the bubbles by...
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    CNG Studios Latest Games!

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    I just wanted to take a minute to highlight some of CNG Studios latest games.  You can follow them on twitter at @CNGSTUDIOS or on Facebook .  Check ‘em out! Fluffy Pirate Owls Description Avast! Pirate owls are scrambling to avoid the crazy...
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