Tips and gotchas for Windows 8 apps: Convertr

This series features interviews with student Windows 8 app developers who share the lessons they learned building windows 8 applications. This week’s interview features Richard Ye a student from The University of Waterloo who built an application called Converter. Could you briefly describe your application/game? Unit converters are one of the easiest and most overdone…

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Building a great Windows 8 app Step 4: Pick your programming language

What’s the best programming language for your Windows 8 app? .NET, JavaScript with HTML/Canvas, or C++? This blog is part of a series, you can see the rest of the series here. If you want to develop for Windows 8, you need to decide which programming model best suits your needs and skills and find…

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Canadian Finals announced for Imagine Cup 2013

How will Canadians compete in this year’s Imagine Cup? What prizes can they get? Here’s the scoop Last year Canadian students showed off amazing creativity in the 2012 Imagine Cup, and team Greeni from George Brown College travelled to Australia to represent Canada at the worldwide finals. This year, the Imagine Cup Canadian finals will…

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Building a great Windows 8 app Step 3: Installing the SDK & Tools

How do you get the Windows 8 SDK and Visual Studio? What if you have Visual Studio already? This blog is part of a series, you can find the entire series here. In Step 2 we learned where to find and different options for installing Windows 8 which is required before you download and install…

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Building a great Windows 8 app Step 2: Installing Windows 8

Where do I get Windows 8? Can I set up a dual boot? Can I install it in VM? How? This post answers those questions This post is part of a series, you can see all the posts in the series here. You can’t build a Windows 8 app without installing Windows 8. So you…

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Building Great apps step 1 : Refining your app idea

An app can’t be great at everything, what will your app be best at? Figure that out you are well on you way to a great app This blog is part of a series, you can see all the posts in the series here. We all know the value of apps, we’ve used good apps,…

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Got a WordPress site? Bring it to Windows 8 quickly and easily

This open source template makes it easy for you to take a WordPress site and provide it’s content through a Windows 8 store app if you are a WordPress user (WordPress.org this template does not support WordPress.com), there is an open source Windows 8 template built by IdeaNotion you can use to quickly create a…

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Get your Windows 8 app published by December 31st and you could win a Surface

Canadian Developers who register for Developer Movement and publish Windows 8 apps between December 6th and 31st could win a 64GB Surface. Wouldn’t you like to start the new year with a Surface? Odds of winning will depend on the number of people who publish apps, but these are still pretty good odds! A big…

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Tips and gotchas for Windows Phone apps:InkSpill

This series features interviews with Windows Phone app developers who share the lessons they learned building windows phone applications. This week’s interview features Studio SYD, a software development startup who built a game called InkSpill Could you briefly describe your application/game? InkSpill is a puzzle/strategy game. The player start at one corner of the board,…

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Waterloo WowZapp Microsoft Worldwide Hackathon

Waterloo WOWZAPP 2012 was an amazing experience! We were thrilled to see the creative work that people came up with in less than a day’s work. Our advertisement efforts successfully reached out to almost 70 students including nearby colleges. We started the event with a brief presentation on Windows 8 tools and development environment. A…

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