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Microsoft BizSpark is a program to support entrepreneurship and help independent developers and startups grow their business. BizSpark provides access to leading technology products, business and technical support, and market visibility. There is a lot of risk and costs associated with developing software for public consumption and Microsoft is here to help reduce that risk with the BizSpark program.
If you are interested in joining, or have questions about BizSpark benefits, or want to talk about if you qualify, then grab one of my office hours slots and lets talk about it!
Of course you can always send me an email and we can setup a time to talk outside of my office hours.
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Scirra Construct2 is a GUI event driven game engine that allows developers to rapidly build games for Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, and many other platforms. In Construct2 developers do not write actual code but instead use a GUI event sheet that allows them to create conditions and actions. Example of FizzBuzz in Construct2
As you can see from the above example Construct2 allows for Functions, Loops, and If statements just as you would write in any programming language. Construct2 also has a library of standard gaming attributes, behaviors, and movements that can be added to any object to rapidly build and prototype 2d games.
One of my favorite Microsoft Services to tell developers about is Windows Azure. Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform which offers developers a ton of great resources for building cloud enabled applications.
December 9-15, 2013 is Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) and many students around the nation will be participating in code.org’s Hour of Code. This program was created to inspire K-12 students to take interest in computer science.
Why is this important?
Because 9 out of 10 elementary / junior high / high schools have zero computer sciences classes, and by 2020 it is estimated that millions of technology jobs will be left unfilled by American workers. Of course these jobs will be filled by employers choosing to outsource the work or hiring foreign employees. This is a large opportunity that the future American workforce will potentially be missing out on, if this trend continues.