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James Quick- Microsoft Technical Evangelist South Florida

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    Construct 2 Trivia Template

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    A while back I posted a five part series on how to create a trivia game using Construct 2 where I posted links to the Construct 2 solutions for each post.  Recently (as of a couple of days ago) I decided to post an updated Trivia Template to my GitHub...
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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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    Developer of the Week - Adam Pound

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    It’s been a couple of weeks since the last Developer of the Week, so when I came across his game, Peg Out , through an email list for Windows developers I had to take a look.  As it turns out Peg Out is Adam’s first game made with Unity.  I...
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    Quick Links of the Week 8/14/2014

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    Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Features Check out the new features in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 http://windowsphonedaily.com/2014/08/more-windows-phone-8-1-update-1-features-revealed-in-official-release-notes.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign...
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    Quick Links of the Week 8/6/2014

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    Ok, so I have been out of town for a couple of weeks, and am a couple of weeks behind but here we go for this week.  I apologize for the short list Microsoft Dual Display Patent Not sure what this means or how it will be used but sounds like things...
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    Developer of the week- Aron Davis

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    I started working with Aron several months ago at a Microsoft workshop, and then later on at the Florida International University hosted site for the Global Game Jam.  Aron uses Unity to create mobile games, so I asked about his interest in potentially...
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    Quick Links of the Week 7/21/2014

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    Cortana Integration with Insteon Just yesterday I bought an Insteon IP Camera from the Microsoft Store.  I haven’t yet finished all of the setup yet, but I cant wait!  As cool as the Insteon starter kit is, it seems that it will soon coming...
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    Quick Links of the Week 7/14/2014

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      Increasing the Popularity of Your Windows Phone Apps by Bill Reiss and Russ Fustino Are you a Windows Phone developer and want to learn more about how to increase popularity of your apps?  Look no further.  Bill Reiss joins Russ Fustino...
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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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    REST APIs in App Studio Part 1- Building the Shell

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    In this series, I am going to talk about how to add support for REST APIs with projects built in App Studio.  If you have never used App Studio before, I would recommend taking a quick look at some of the documentation and videos.  You can check...
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    Rotten Tomatoes API

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    If you followed my series on data binding, then you probably remember me briefly covering the Rotten Tomatoes API in Part 5 Dynamic Data From Rotten Tomatoes . However, since the focus of that post was on data binding and not on the REST APIs, I didn...
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    Apps of the Week 7/9/2014

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    This week I am going to focus on a couple of local Windows Phone apps from South Florida! Push It in Addicting puzzle game.  You definitely have to get creative here.  Yu only get five chances before you are forced to wait for more lives, so...
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    Quick Links of the week 7/8/2014

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    Something Big for Windows Phones Apparently, something big is coming for Windows Phone that will upset the Mobile Phone market.  There haven���t been any official announcements, so what could it be?  What are your thoughts? http://www.wpcentral...
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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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