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James Quick- Microsoft Technical Evangelist South Florida

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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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    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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    REST APIs in App Studio Part 2- Changing the Source Code

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    In Part 1 of this series, we used App Studio to build the shell of a project that will (eventually) display data from a REST API call, specifically the Rotten Tomatoes API.  In App Studio, we were able to create a dynamic collection, select the type...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Construct 2 Generic Game Template

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    Just a few days ago, I decided to put a Construct 2 Game Template that I have been using in workshops on my GitHub page.  Honestly, don’t know why it took me so long to do so, but either way, there it is.  So that begs the question then, “What...
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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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    Market Your App with WMPowerUser

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    Have you ever published an app for Windows Phone or Windows 8 that you were proud of, but didn’t see the downloads that you were expecting or hoping for? Well,then you are going to want to check out WMPoweruser.   This website calls itself “The Largest...
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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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    30 Halloween Games in 30 Days?

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    A local game developer of Deep Space Exile recently decided to attempt to create 30 Halloween themed games in 30 days, to all be released by Halloween.  When I first heard this, I thought, “Man, what an awesome idea”, but as you start to think about...
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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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    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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    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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    Developer of the Week: CNG Studios

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    Alright, I’ve definitely missed the last several developers of the week, but I am here to make it up to you.  I am here to introduce everyone to CNG Studios, an incredible group of people that are putting out games for Windows 8 and Windows Phone...
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    Fast Approval Time for Windows Phone Developers

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    Just wanted to share with everyone that the amount of time it takes to get a Windows Phone app approved or not after submitting has significantly dropped. I have heard this from countless people, and last night decided to try it out myself. I used the...
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    Promotions Update

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    There are several different promotions going around in my area right now, and I want to make sure that everyone knows about them. First off, let’s start with the Microsoft sponsored stuff. Microsoft 1. Windows 8 app Challenge Build, publish, and promote...
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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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    ...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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