App Accelerator Resources


To everyone who joined @mjconnection and I (@codefoster) at the Windows 8 App Accelerator the last 3 days, thanks for bringing all the energy, questions, and app ideas! I know I had a great time.

I promised everyone that I would provide a list of resources that we brought up in class. If you think of any more that I missed, feel free to leave it in a comment and I'll merge it into this list.

Keep me posted on the progress of your apps!

Metro Tile Sources

The Noun Project - this is a great collection of icons that represent things... you know... nouns
Icon Finder - find icons on the web and get either the PNG or the ICO file
Icons8.com - a cache of free glyphs that work well with Windows 8 Metro style tiles and art
The XAML Project - more
SyncFusion Metro Studio - more
http://raphaeljs.com/icons/ - more

Visual Studio Add-Ins

Debugger Canvas - use this to visualize your code and your call stack while you're debugging. It even supports visualization of multi-threaded stacks and recursive functions.
Bug Aid - some more great help visualizing C# entities while you're debugging
ReSharper 7 EAP - perhaps the biggest source of developer joy you can ask for

Art Tools

Inkscape.com - this is an awesome vector based graphics tool. If you're still using a bitmap based image editing tool for generating app art, you should stop in your tracks and learn to use vector.
Kuler - a color palette picker.
ColourLovers.com - again
colorschemedesigner.com - again

App Stats

None of these support Windows 8 yet of course, but they were mentioned in class so I thought I should include them...

App Annie
Distimo

Other

txt2re.com


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