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James Quick- Microsoft Technical Evangelist South Florida

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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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    Nagual Sounds at the Microsoft Office

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    This past Monday I was lucky enough to play host to Nagual Sounds, a startup company all the way from Berlin,Germany!  I got to see a live demo of their innovative technology that uses the Microsoft Kinect to allow the user to create music through...
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    2014 MDC Mobile Appathon

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    Attention all students!  Ever wanted to develop a mobile application and have no idea where to start?  Well, Miami Dade College and Microsoft are here to help!  I have been working with Miami Dade College over the past month or so on scheduling...
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    Developer of the Week: Sleepy Dragon Studios

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    This week’s developer of the week is…Sleep Dragon Studios.  This studio has just recently released their first 2 Windows 8 games, and are in the process of porting them over to Windows Phone.  I believe they might even have a few more in the...
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    Azure Mobile Services in Project Siena

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    In this post, I will show you to incorporate your Azure Mobile Service data into your Project Siena App.  If you don't know what Project Siena is, you can check one of my previous posts, Microsoft Project Siena , to get up to date.  Very quickly...
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    Microsoft Project Siena

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    I wanted to share a quick post on Microsoft’s Project Siena, which is a Windows 8 store app that allows users to create powerful and enterprise level apps without having to write code.  Project Siena allows you to pull in data from Excel sheets,...
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