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  • Blog Post: Testing mobile apps using Visual Studio 2013

    by Vinu Chandran , Software Test Engineer, Testhouse . Vinu is a computer science graduate, and has been working with Testhouse India as a software test engineer for more than a year. He’s currently focusing on Coded UI and other testing capabilities of the Microsoft ALM solution. Previously...
  • Blog Post: Learn how to write a 3D Software Engine from scratch in C#/WinRT & in HTML5 using TypeScript or JavaScript.

    With the announcement and availability of Windows 8.1 its now the perfect opportunity for game developers to build games in HTML5 WebGL for IE11.  HTML5 and JavaScript are excellent starting point for Windows App developers , simply because if your game works in IE 11 then the Windows Store app...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Games with Construct 2

    Guest post by Henry Hoffman from Mudvark. Who are Mudvark Mudvark are an independent games studio based in Central London. Specialising in crafting award-winning games for a variety of platforms, they have self-published titles which include Mortar Mellon for Windows8 and Windows Phone 8 . Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: TouchDevelop.com Create Apps and Games Anywhere on all devices

    Do you remember this? Well now you can do much more… on any device which supports Html5   So what is Touchdevelop.com •Create apps on mobile devices for mobile devices •Create and run apps instantly on any HTML5 enabled device (PC, Laptop, Phone, Tablet) •Requires HTML5 Web browsers (IE10, Chrome...
  • Blog Post: Get in the Game… Create some Games over summer with Construct2 HTML5/JS

    Scirra have teamed up with Microsoft to launch a new Windows 8-based competition with some fantastic prizes ! Create a new game with Construct 2, or port an existing one, and successfully publish it to the Windows 8 Store by June 21st to be entered in to the competition. Allow a week for the store submission...
  • Blog Post: Build your next great Windows 8 Game using these FREE Resources

    Simply visit http://wootstudio.ca/win8platstarter   1. Download your free Visual Studio for Windows 8 for all the tools you will need.         2. Download the Platformer Game Starter Kit . 3. Mix it up and ...read more
  • Blog Post: FREE Windows Azure Construct2 Plugin for gaming backend services.

    This plugin for Construct 2 makes it easy to integrate the power of Azure Mobile Services into your games for Windows 8. Saving to the cloud is a great way to seamlessly store data for achievements, leaderboards, save games, user data and lots more! Example ...read more
  • Blog Post: Want to learn HTML5 Game Development

    Yeti Bowl has been developed to instruct and inspire developers to produce games in HTML5 Games. YetiBowl is now a Triple Play teaching solution supporting Window 8 App, Web and Windows Phone 8 its codebase is FREE on CodePlex .  So if your interested ...read more
  • Blog Post: Scirra Construct2 a tool for students to rapidly develop games for Windows 8

    Guest blog by Andrew Wilson , Course Director, BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology, Birmingham City University Introducing students to the processes of game development that is designing, prototyping, play testing and refining the original idea has to ...read more
  • Blog Post: Get FREE certification exam for 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

      Exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s): counts as credit toward the following certification(s): MCSD: Web Applications MCSD: Windows Store Apps using HTML5 Use ...read more
  • Blog Post: New Free Learning Resources–HTML5 Apps Development & LightSwitch Business Apps

    Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start This course provides an accelerated introduction to HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript and helps students gain basic HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript programming skills. This course is an entry point into both the Web application and Windows Store apps training paths...
  • Blog Post: December Construct2 Windows 8 HTML5 games competition results

    In December we announced a number of competitions in partnership with various middleware vendors, the aim of the competition was to simply design, develop and publish a Windows 8 game using one of the various middleware technologies. I am happy to confirm ...read more
  • Blog Post: Using Construct2 to build a HTML5 Window 8 Game

         Using Construct 2 to build an awesome Windows 8 HTML5 game. Construct2 is a superb application for building HTML5 games, you can download the Free edition and get going with the Beginner's guide to get started on building great ...read more
  • Blog Post: Windows 8–Updated flickR Search Demo in HTML/JS

    In a lot of the Windows 8 sessions that I’ve given around the UK I’ve been building out a simple demo app that searches on flickR for some photos. Over time I’ve come to build that app usually with some combination of the following; Build out the basics ...read more
  • Blog Post: Get your free HTML5 exam voucher

          Get ahead of your competition: Earn your MCSD certifications and start developing Windows 8 web and Windows store apps. We’ll get you started with our “Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3” course and exam. It’s all FREE: Register for the free online course , and receive...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store Apps–Sharing HTML with Images

    One of the really powerful features of Windows Store apps is the system-provided ability to share data from one app to the other while keeping those 2 apps loosely coupled. Basics You can read up on it on the dev center ( under “Sharing and exchanging ...read more
  • Blog Post: AppsWorld Demo– Windows 8 Music Player in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript

    I’ve posted a demo similar to this on the site before but I was at the AppsWorld conference yesterday and gave a short example of putting together a native Windows 8 Store app in HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript and someone asked me to record it and put it ...read more
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 UK Developer Events

    There have been a flood of Windows 8 announcements in the past few days… The RTM of Windows 8 has been announced and we know that from August 15th the RTM code will start to drop into the hands of developers and IT professionals who have MSDN and TechNet ...read more
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: An Introduction to LightSwitch

    Tim Leung is a software developer based in the UK. For the past 12 years, he has specialised in enterprise application development using products from the Microsoft technology stack. In particular, he possesses deep knowledge of the Microsoft .NET Framework and SQL Server. He's an active member of the...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8, Stacked Conference, August, Liverpool

    I’m excited to say that I’ll be speaking at the free “Stacked” Conference in Liverpool on August 7th on Windows 8 related topics. alongside me will be my good friends and colleagues Gill Cleeren and Giles Davis – should be an excellent day and I look ...read more
  • Blog Post: Article: Solve browser zoom issues with ‘proportional media queries’

    By Ian Haynes We can cover a range of device sizes with CSS3 media queries and typically do so using % or ems (or rems) for font sizing and test for the device width in pixels. This can give issues with browser zoom modes however, and a solution is to use ems for the media queries too, rather than...
  • Blog Post: Article: A JavaScript alternative to CSS Media Queries

    By Ian Haynes Adapt.js determines which CSS files to load before the browser renders a page. Apart from being JS dependant it does have the advantage of being supported in old browsers without the use of response.js. A case of swings and roundabouts perhaps…. http://adapt.960.gs/ Author...
  • Blog Post: Free (partial!) eBook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML,CSS & JS

    The first four chapters of Kraig Brockschmidt’s new book “Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript” are available for free download from MS Press. Click the book image to go and download. I’m downloading as we speak and putting it on a ...read more
  • Blog Post: How to: Using the new HTML5 form input types and properties

    By Ian Haynes . HTML5 brings several new form input types; email, number, url, date etc, and new properties; placeholder, autofocus, required and so on. All of these are ‘fail safe’ in that they are treated as standard text input boxes in browsers that don’t support HTML5, but...
  • Blog Post: How to: Dynamic, responsive, best-fit layouts using jQuery Masonry plug-in

    By Ian Haynes . Sometimes simply floating everything ‘left’ (particularly images) in a responsive page layout isn’t the ideal option. You end up having empty spaces with some screen sizes and awkward looking layouts with others. The Masonry plug-in solves this by laying objects out...
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