Quick Thoughts

James Quick- Microsoft Technical Evangelist South Florida

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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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    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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    “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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    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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    "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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    Publish an App, Get a Phone

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    Currently, Nokia is having a promotion that allows first-time Windows Phone App publishers the chance to receive a free Nokia Lumia 800 (Windows 7 phone) for their efforts (applicable in Canada and US). It’s simple, if you publish your first Windows...
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    The Journey - IPhone to Windows Phone

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    So if you read my first blog, then you know that I recently made the transition from IPhone to Windows Phone. I’ll admit, from the beginning I had my doubts. I mean would I really be able to completely give up the IPhone that I had had for over...
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    Check Out “Miami Beach View”

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    If you live in South Florida, frequent Miami Beach, or are visiting in the near future, then you should check out Miami Beach View .  This app provides you with weather, parking, parks, traffic…basically all of the information you might need for...
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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...
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    First Windows 8 App

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    Alright, so last week I posted about how to write your Your First Windows Phone App .  I figured I would follow that up by doing the same username generator app for windows 8.1 to give people a starting point for both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone...
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    Developer of the Week: Oneironaut Games

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    This week’s developer of the week is Oneironautgames, a game development start-up that makes creative multi-platform games.  I have been working with this group very frequently over the last couple of months, and I have been able to help them get...
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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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    Microsoft Project Siena

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    I wanted to share a quick post on Microsoft’s Project Siena, which is a Windows 8 store app that allows users to create powerful and enterprise level apps without having to write code.  Project Siena allows you to pull in data from Excel sheets,...
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    Create A Windows Phone App in Hours????

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    Ok, so who out there would love to publish apps, but has no coding experience? Or maybe, you know how to code, but don’t feel like you have the time to dedicate to a side project. Or maybe you are just old school and are nervous about trying to break...
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    Apps of the Week 6/9/2014

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    I have been writing what I call “Developer of the Week” posts for the last several months- although not every week I grant you :) – so I figured I would try and follow suit with apps each week.  The “Apps of the Week” posts will try to promote apps...
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    "Quick" Tips for Gamemaker (Part One- The Basics)

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    So, recently, I wrote about my experience hosting and teaching a game making workshop with high school students using Gamemaker . I also mentioned that, previous to the workshop, I only had about a week of experience using the tool. Gamemaker, for those...
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    Developer of the Week: Nathalie Goh-Livorness

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    So I am going to try and start recognizing one developer a week in my blog, and with this being my first one, I figured I would acknowledge a fellow MACH (Microsoft Academy of College Hires…go MACHS!), who I first met a little over two months ago...
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    Your First Azure Mobile Service

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    Alright, so I will be starting a series of blog posts covering different aspects of using Azure Mobile Services.  In the short term, I will be focusing on creating and leveraging Azure Mobile Service tables, and will branch out from there. ...
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    Developer of the Week: Robert Hellestrae

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    Robert Hellestrae is a South Florida developer who has been very passionate and dedicated to Windows Phone and Windows App development.  Not only has Robert attended almost each one of my workshops since I started working, he has also become an organizer...
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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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    Publish Windows 8 Package to the Store

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    Alright, in my last blog post , I showed you how to get your Windows 8 store package from your Gamemaker game.  Now, I will show you how to take that package and publish it to the Windows 8 Store.  To get started, go ahead and go to the Windows...
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    Developer of the Week: Brady Merkel

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    Although I am a little late for last week- yes, this “Developer of the Week” is actually for the week of October 14th-18th- I want to highlight Brady Merkel as Developer of the Week.  I was actually looking for a Windows 8 app to showcase, but I...
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    Your First Windows Phone App

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    I recently have been able to spend some time really digging in to making some Windows Phone Apps, and I know there are people out there looking to get started.  So, following the motto, “As I learn, you learn”, I want to try to share all of the stuff...
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    Top 8 Apps IE Tab Launcher

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    Yesterday, a member of my team, Tommy Patterson (pictured below), created a script that will open up a tab in Internet Explorer for each of the weekly Windows 8 "Learning Apps". The purpose of this is to give people an easy way to go out and support apps...
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