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    Game Development Tutorial

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    Bite-Sized Lessons, A Great Single-Screen Experience

    This combination video and text tutorial set teaches basic 2D game development on Windows, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone 7 using XNA Game Studio 4.0 my be found here

    • Videos are each less than 5 minutes in length
    • Accessible with a web browser, no special installs needed
    • All source code is plaintext, easy to copy and paste
    • Assets and code projects downloadable for a quick jumpstart
    • Downloadable checkpoints throughout to keep learners on track
    • Entire experience can be run windowed, side-by-side with Visual Studio

    COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION

    Learn the following lessons in our easy-to-follow chapters:

    • Game Design from Start to Finish
    • Animated and Static Art Creation
    • The Game Loop Explained
    • The XNA Content Pipeline
    • Rendering Static and Animated Sprites
    • Player Input on Windows, Xbox 360, and Phone
    • Collision Detection and Response
    • Debugging Game Code
    • User Interface Design and Rendering
    • Sound Playback
    • Information on Xbox LIVE Indie Games and Windows Phone Marketplace

    YOU’ll ALSO FIND…

    On this new Game Development Page

    • A full “graduation path” for game developers from Beginner to Pro
    • Step-by-Step guidance for each level
    • Information about Xbox LIVE Indie Games and Windows Phone 7 marketplaces.
    • Links to “Going Professional” guidelines and contact points for Xbox LIVE Arcade and Microsoft Game Studios

     

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    Microsoft DigiGirlz Day

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    Microsoft's DigiGirlz programs give high school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-n computer and technology workshops at the  NERD Center in Cambridge, designed to provide high school girls with a better understanding of what a career in technology is all about.

    During the event, students interact with Microsoft employees and managers to gain exposure to careers in business and technology and to get an inside look at what it's like to work at Microsoft. This exciting event provides girls with career planning assistance, information about technology and business roles, thought-provoking exercises, and interesting Microsoft product demonstrations. By participating in the Microsoft DigiGirlz Day, young women can find out about the variety of opportunities available in the high-tech industry and can explore future career paths.

    There is no cost associated with this event. Microsoft provides the day free of charge for the girls who attend. Microsoft accepts girls and schools on a first-come, first-served basis. Local high schools are encouraged to send in registration requests for their interested girls for this event as soon as possible.

    How do girls register to attend a DigiGirlz Day?

    High schools can request to register girls for a DigiGirlz Day in their city by contacting msgirlz@microsoft.com.

    An individual girl who is currently in high school is welcome to register for a DigiGirlz Day in her area by sending an e-mail message with her name, her city and state, and the name of her high school to msgirlz@microsoft.com.

    Release Forms: All students and parent/legal guardian (if under 18) must complete and sign a media release form in order to attend the DigiGirlz event. The form can be obtained by e-mailing msgirlz@microsoft.com.

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    Windows Phone Ad SDK - Grossing Revenue with you WP7 mobile application

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    Jake Poznanski and his classmate Sam Kaufmann are computer science majors and first time mobile app developers that started with one rule… develop simplistic quality. Choosing the Windows Phone 7 platform because it was a clean slate for development, Jake and Sam have created several apps with the aim of infusing all the entertainment quality and nuances of a paid app in the form of an ad supported app.  Some of the apps are 'Spades, Word Search, Solitare, Ice Ball, Free Cell, Word Chief, Hearts' 

    You may find the tool set here

    Tutorials and more information about the SDK can be located here

     

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    Build a Windows Phone 7 App with no coding required using AppMakr

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    It is sometimes difficult to make mock up or to prototype your mobile concepts.  Coding out certain features might be easy when you are familiar with the platform and tools but time to produce a function application might be long and with lots of growing pains.

    Imagine developing an app in less than 30 minutes with no coding required. Creating a Windows Phone App has never been easier! Microsoft is excited to announce the relationship with AppMakr—get the tools and resources you need to develop an awesome Windows Phone 7 App. Watch the Demo »        

     

     

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    Microsoft Virtual Academy - IT Skills Training

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    Improve your IT skill set and help advance your career with a free, easy to access training portal. Learn at your own pace, focusing on Microsoft technologies, gain points and get recognition.  Courses being offered currently and with more being added in the near future are:

    Microsoft Virtual Academy

    1. Planning, managing, and building a private cloud
    2. Welcome to Windows Azure
    3. Introduction to SQL Azure
    4. Windows Azure Security

     

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