Quick Thoughts

James Quick- Microsoft Technical Evangelist South Florida

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    First Windows 8 App

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    Alright, so last week I posted about how to write your Your First Windows Phone App .  I figured I would follow that up by doing the same username generator app for windows 8.1 to give people a starting point for both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone...
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    Your First Windows Phone App

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    I recently have been able to spend some time really digging in to making some Windows Phone Apps, and I know there are people out there looking to get started.  So, following the motto, “As I learn, you learn”, I want to try to share all of the stuff...
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    Windows Developer Success Kit

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    So you’ve worked long and hard to publish your game or app… Congrats! Now what? Get your app noticed with your personalized Windows Developer Success Kit. With customized promo materials specifically for your app, plus a little fun thrown...
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    South Florida Windows 8 Developers

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    I wanted to take a minute to give a huge THANK YOU to Colt Taylor, Frank Haggar, Bill Reiss, and Robert Hellestrae, the organizers of the “South Florida Windows 8 Developer” meetup group.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been working very...
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    Developer of the Week: Robert Hellestrae

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    Robert Hellestrae is a South Florida developer who has been very passionate and dedicated to Windows Phone and Windows App development.  Not only has Robert attended almost each one of my workshops since I started working, he has also become an organizer...
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    Developer of the Week: Brady Merkel

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    Although I am a little late for last week- yes, this “Developer of the Week” is actually for the week of October 14th-18th- I want to highlight Brady Merkel as Developer of the Week.  I was actually looking for a Windows 8 app to showcase, but I...
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    Top 8 Apps IE Tab Launcher

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    Yesterday, a member of my team, Tommy Patterson (pictured below), created a script that will open up a tab in Internet Explorer for each of the weekly Windows 8 "Learning Apps". The purpose of this is to give people an easy way to go out and support apps...
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    Windows 8 Holiday Rush Challenge!!

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    Looking for a new tablet this holiday season?  Maybe a present for a family member?  Maybe even a new toy for yourself?  Well, look no further.  Why not enter the Windows 8 Holiday Rush Challenge, where you can win a FREE Dell Venue...
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    Check Out “Miami Beach View”

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    If you live in South Florida, frequent Miami Beach, or are visiting in the near future, then you should check out Miami Beach View .  This app provides you with weather, parking, parks, traffic…basically all of the information you might need for...
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    Developer of the Week: Craig Simon

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    Following suit from the last Developer of the Week , this week’s developer of the week is Craig Simon.  I met Craig at our phone app workshop last week, and I was amazed by the app he was able to produce using Microsoft’s App Studio , an online ...
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    Create A Windows Phone App in Hours????

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    Ok, so who out there would love to publish apps, but has no coding experience? Or maybe, you know how to code, but don’t feel like you have the time to dedicate to a side project. Or maybe you are just old school and are nervous about trying to break...
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    “Quick” Tips for Gamemaker (Part 4- Start/End Screen)

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    In my last “Quick Tips” gamemaker blog post, I covered how to keep and display a score for the user during your game.  Today, I will show you how you can add simple start and end screens.  This is not a complex idea but is very important as...
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    “Quick” Tips for Gamemaker (Part 3- Score)

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    So, in the last gamemaker tip, we covered movement for your character.  In this post, we will cover adding a score to your game.  Obviously, having a score is a necessary way to keep your users interested in playing.  I mean what’s the...
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    Publish an App, Get a Phone

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    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...
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    Developer of the Week: Nathalie Goh-Livorness

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    So I am going to try and start recognizing one developer a week in my blog, and with this being my first one, I figured I would acknowledge a fellow MACH (Microsoft Academy of College Hires…go MACHS!), who I first met a little over two months ago...
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    APIMASH and Game Dev Workshops

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    Announcing hands on workshop segments for South Florida in Fall 2013, located at the Microsoft Fort Lauderdale Office . Each workshop is a one to two hour lecture, followed by an opportunity to do "hands on" work. Co-work during the session on YOUR app...
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    "Quick" Tips for Gamemaker (Part 2- movement)

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    Alright, so by now you have probably at least gone through the “Your First Game” tutorial in Gamemaker. If not follow this link and find supplemental information in my previous blog post, Part One . 1. Movement Now, let’s say...
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    The Voluntiers- Winners of Best Windows App at BattleHack Miami

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    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...
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    The Journey - IPhone to Windows Phone

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    So if you read my first blog, then you know that I recently made the transition from IPhone to Windows Phone. I’ll admit, from the beginning I had my doubts. I mean would I really be able to completely give up the IPhone that I had had for over...
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    "Quick" Tips for Gamemaker (Part One- The Basics)

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    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...
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    Miami-Dade Gamemaker Workshop

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    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”...
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    ...did you say Technical Evangelist?

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    Did you just say TECHNICAL EVANGELIST?!?! “Haha yes”, is how I usually respond. I always laugh when people ask me my job title because I know the reaction that they inevitable will give me. Utter confusion. Probably 90% of the time that people...
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    Hello World from a Microsoft Technical Evangelist

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    As everyone who has ever programmed anything in any language knows, the first program that you write is called “hello world”. The “hello world” program is the starting point for any beginner, and it’s simple. It just prints...
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