Your Employer Owns Your Job, but YOU Own Your Career: Why Mobile Dev Matters

Have you ever built and published a mobile app? Maybe you’ve tried and abandoned the idea because you didn’t make any money. Maybe you gave up before even trying because it’s a saturated market and making money is hard. Forget the app money, mobile development can be your path to a better career, and yes,…

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The Maker Show: Episode 4 – Building and Printing a 3D Model to Fit a Real Component

A week ago I blogged about The Maker Show, a new Channel 9 show for makers. The Maker Show is an informal dive into the exciting world of makers. Each week, one of our expert makers will go hands-on with techniques, how to’s, tips & tricks in various maker areas including electronics, programming tools, hardware…

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Take a Video Tour of the Visual Studio Emulator for Android

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with my good friend Robert Green to record another episode of Visual Studio Toolbox on Channel 9. This was my third appearance on the show, having covered my AzureChatr cross-platform chat app and developing Windows 10 apps with speech and Cortana in previous shows. This time, Robert…

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Introducing The Maker Show

Greetings, and welcome to The Maker Show, a new Channel 9 show for makers, hackers, developers and disassemblers. If you want to know how to get started with Arduinos and Raspberry Pi’s, this is the show for you. If you grew-up taking stuff apart like your family’s toaster or your dad’s VCR, this is the…

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Ultimate Guide & FAQ to Setting-Up a Windows Phone Development Environment

by Nick Landry (last updated on 9/22/2014) Mobile development is full of exciting opportunities, but setting-up your development environment can sometimes be a challenge depending on what your current hardware is, and what mobile platform you want to target. I work with a lot of developers at hackathons, workshops and meetups, and helping developers get…

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Getting Started with 2D Game Development Using GameMaker

Anyone who knows me personally or follows me on Twitter knows that I’m a huge gamer. The problem is that between work, community events, social life, my wife and twin babies, I virtually have no time to play games. I now game vicariously through occasional mobile games, listening to gaming podcasts when I drive, and…

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Event Session – Building Universal Windows Apps for Smartphones and Tablets with XAML & C#

The “Blue Wave” is in full swing. Thanks to the new Universal Windows app templates in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2, it is now easier than ever to build mobile apps for both Windows Store and Windows Phone. Developers are curious about the new features and I’ve been touring around speaking at events to spread…

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Event Session – Beyond Cortana & Siri: Using Speech Recognition & Speech Synthesis for the Next Generation of Mobile Apps

Speech is probably the topic I’m most passionate about when it comes to app development (ok, I have a soft spot for GIS too). From HAL900 in 2001: A Space Odyssey and Joshua in WarGames, to Star Trek computers, Siri and Cortana, having conversations with a semi-sentient computer using natural language and speech is probably…

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Internet of Things Expo Power Panel with Microsoft, IBM, Kaazing, LogMeIn & Aria

I recently had the pleasure of joining a team of experts on the Things Expo Power Panel about the Internet of Things (IoT). The panel was recorded on Monday June 9, right before the Internet of Things Expo – which is part of SYS-CON’s Cloud Expo – which was held June 10-12 2014 at the…

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Dads: Teach Electronics to your Kids

My Three Dads Yesterday was Fathers Day. I feel very lucky because I didn’t grow up with one father, I grew up with three fathers. My father, my stepfather and my godfather. All three had a presence and an important role in my life. I am eternally grateful to them. My dad was a career…

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