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  • mschray

    NIU OMIS 351 Summer of your app

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    Let’s do the pre-work to publish an app Hello spring OMIS 259 and OMIS 351 Students.  Instructions for getting started and building your app can be found here: http://1drv.ms/1lvtqDP
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    Dude Where’s my Car? Ever lost your car? No more!

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    Ever lost your car at the airport or parking lot at the mall or the park?  Happens to me often (don’t judge me).  I was thrilled to discover the Car Locator for Windows Phone.  How does it work?  Before you leave just run Car Locator...
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    Math Flash Game

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    Nice math flashcard game .  The fact you can configure if you can do addition, subtraction, multiplication, division is really nice.  Also you can set the range of numbers you can use which allows you to tailor it to your child's current skill...
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    Tally Tool App for Windows Phone

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    Ever needed to count the number of laps you or your child does or the number of 25 foot (the length of my tape measure) segments you’ve measured.  Trying to hold this information in my head hasn’t typically worked to well.  I stumbled across...
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    BMI Calculator For Windows Phone

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    I had been wondering about my Body Mass Index (BMI), when I came across a BMI app, BMI Mobile , on the Windows Phone ( http://aka.ms/BMImobile ) that provided this information.  I downloaded the app and provided feedback to the author on some cool...
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    Don't tell the boss – Fun WP 8 Fire My Laser

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    I have been playing, Fire My Laser - http://aka.ms/FireMyLaser , which I find to be a fun, challenging and engaging game for Windows Phone 8.  It’s built with the Unity engine and has good production quality.  One of the things like about this...
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    Rating Windows Phone and Windows Apps

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    Rating an app and especially providing feedback via comments can make a huge difference as an app developer.  If you’ve built an app and published an app you are eager to get feedback, even negative feedback, because this provides a clear path to...
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    WP App – Piggy Banker – saving for what you want

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    I have been using the fun, engaging and easy to use app called Piggy Banker .  I have been wanting to save a few bucks for a not required, but desired item and have needed to track my savings.  I discovered Piggy Banker a Windows Phone app that...
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    Unriddle and other sports games.

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    Here are some fun sports games I am playing:   Unriddle: NFL teams http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/c544c76c-e8b5-4306-a3c4-daa6cb6cccaa NCAA Football Teams http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/a6400e4f-9f26-4fe0-a159-b45a583a19cf...
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    Velin Student apps

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    IIT prolific student app publisher Velin is back at again with some great new titles for Windows 8.  These apps are fun and engaging and cover a board set of interests. · Harry Potter Trivia: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/app/harry-potter-trivia...
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    John Martello Student Game Dev Games

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    I met John at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).  I have been working with John to get his game titles into the Windows Store.  John’s games have been doing well in the store and I wanted to share some of my favorites. MLB Team Trivia...
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    Get your Windows Phone app URL

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    Here are the simple steps to get the URL for your Windows Phone application. 1. Navigate to http://dev.windowsphone.com 2. Click “Dashboard” 3. Click on “Apps” 4. Select the App your App 5. Click on “details” 6. Scroll down the page and copy the “Link...
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    Enterprise Developer Dev Camps

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    Enterprise Developer Boot Camp - Learn how to move your line of business applications to Windows Azure at Enterprise Developer Boot Camp 4/23 - Columbus, OH | REGISTER NOW >> 4/29 - Downers Grove, IL | REGISTER NOW >> 5/5 - Austin, TX | REGISTER...
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    Refactor your Dev Skills

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    Refactor your Dev Skills at Dev Days 2014.  These events will feature a nice and compact of the best content from Build 2014 with great local Microsoft speakers.  If you missed the latest Microsoft Developer announcements, demos and capabilities...
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    Taskbar Shift Click is awesome

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    I learned yesterday that if you hold down shift and click a taskbar item you’ll start a new instance of that app.  Now that is productive.
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    List-ObservableCollection-INotifyPropertyChanged Explained

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    The link below contains a brief, concise, clear and use comparison of List, ObservableCollection and INotifyPropertyChanged.  http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/42536/List-vs-ObservableCollection-vs-INotifyPropertyCha
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    4/5 Multi-School Hackathon Schedule

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    Need a team, an idea or team members for the Hackathon?

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    Hackathon participants will be in one of several board categories listed below.  If you have an idea and team that is great- see Have an idea and team below .  If you have an idea and need a team prepare the information below to pitch your idea...
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    Presentation Format for Judging Round

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    There are a lot of teams, so we need a structured, fair and repeatable process for judging.  Here are details relating to judging.  Teams will declare their intent to compete by signup for a judging slot from 9:00 AM Sunday until 11:30 AM Sunday...
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    Multi-school Hackathon Judging Rubric

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    The draft judging rubric is list below.  There are four criterion the judges will be looking at.  They are Problem Definition, Solution Design & Innovation, Idea Viability and Does it work.  Each of them is weighted equally.  Criterion...
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    Chicago Multi-school Hackthon More Details

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    If you want more information on the multi-school hackathon than follow links for schedule , short rules , awesome prizes , judging rubric judging presentation format and helpful learning resources .  If you have an idea and need a team, don’t have...
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    Chicago Multi-school hackathon: Resources

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    A Hacker’s Guide to Windows 8 Apps is a four step guide to building apps at a hackathon on the  Windows platform. The guide is  designed to point you to quick resources and short tutorials you needed to building  winning apps at a hackathon...
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    Video Walkthrough Building for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps

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    This is a set of three videos that walk from an empty project through the creation of a Windows Phone 8 project, the creation of Portable Class Library (PCL) and importing of series of portable class I built.  We’ll then reuse these portable in our...
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    Chicago multi-school hackathon draft rules

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    Here are the draft rules for the Microsoft Recruiting Hackathon. They are in draft form and are subject to change. Let me know if you have any questions, comments and concerns. Rules: - individuals who are at least 18 years of age as of April 5 th 2014...
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    Chicago Multi-school Hackathon Prizes

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    Here are the draft prize categories for the multi-school hackathon in Chicago and the prize pool. These are the judging categories. I’ll share the judging rubric soon. Are you a student in a Chicago area college or university school? Have you registered...
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