Get an Xbox 360 wireless controller for learning some JavaScript? Really?

Watch the Microsoft Virtual Academy course “JavaScript Fundamentals for absolute beginners” and you can learn how to add functionality to your websites and video games. If you are in Canada, watching the video could even earn you rewards! Building a great web site, or a cool web game requires JavaScript. Yup, yet another programming language…


Visual Studio Tips: for JavaScript Coders try CoffeeScript

For those new to JavaScript (or those of us who are just lazy) CoffeeScript allows you to forget all those pesky semi colons and still create JavaScript for your websites or Windows apps and you can use it in Visual Studio! CoffeeScript is a neat little language that compiles into JavaScript, but you don’t have…


Learn how a little extra code can enhance HTML5 games

With a little code, you can add new game elements to make even a simple game like Pong more engaging You can download the complete source code for this project here (http://sdrv.ms/10B0H6l). Also, check out my GitHub, it’s stuffed full of free to use templates and projects to help you get started developing for Windows…


Template of the week: Game starter kit with high score table

This game starter kit contains everything you need to get started game programming for Windows 8 including online high scores with Windows Azure. You can find more templates here. This HTML and JavaScript game template kit comes with an example game you can modify and play with. The code is all in one file so…


Template of the week: Crowd sourcing and location based Windows 8 apps

This template gives you a great start for an app which allows the user to submit location based information. This blog is part of a series Have you ever wished there was an app you could use to tell the city about the potholes that on your daily commute? Or maybe you just want to…


Come hack with us at Confoo in Montreal

Make Web Not War is having a hackathon at Confoo February 25, 26th in Montreal. You do not need to attend the conference to be part of the hackathon. Join Make Web Not War at the Confoo Hackathon located at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure, Montreal, February 25th 9:00 AM to February 26th 5:00 PM (EST)…


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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Need to preload assets? Check out PreLoadJS

PreLoadJS is a JavaScript library to help you with asset preload management. It’s part of CreateJS an open source suite of JavaScript libraries to help HTML5 developers When you build a great web site, you need to plan your asset loading so that users don’t get frustrated and leave your website. When you build Windows…


How does a Flash developer get going with HTML5?

EaselJS is a JavaScript library that provides an API that will be familiar to Flash developers to make it easier to work with canvas. HTML5 is supported in Internet Explorer 9 and higher, and other modern web browsers. You can build native apps for Windows 8 with HTML5. The great thing about this broad uptake…


Building a Windows 8 app? Pick your favorite flavour!

When building an app for Windows 8, you have three programming models to choose from: .NET, HTML/CSS JavaScript, or C++ My husband likes cherry ice cream. My son likes chocolate. I like mint chocolate chip. Our favorite ice cream shops sell all three flavours, so we all leave happy! When I started coding, I quickly…