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James Quick- Microsoft Technical Evangelist South Florida

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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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    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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    “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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    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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    “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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Intro To JQuery Mobile

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    I just recently got interested in exploring different web technologies, frameworks, etc.  In college, I did a tad bit with html and javascript, but not enough to feel very comfortable.  Anyways, in some of my recent free time, I have been playing...
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    First Mobile Web App with JQuery Mobile

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    I just posted my Intro to JQuery Mobile write up, and as promised, I am following up with a couple of videos. The first video is a hands on demo of building your first Mobile Web App with JQuery Mobile. The web app will be a simply Magic 8 Ball app, but...
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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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    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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    "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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    Get Windows 8 App Package in Gamemaker

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    So, I have done a couple of different blog posts on working with Gamemaker, but I have yet to do a post about how to actually take your game, create a Windows 8 package, and then submit to the Windows 8 store.  Therefore, I will begin that process...
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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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