DevRadio webcast: Ashley Gullen on using Construct 2 to build amazing games for Windows 8

I was very excited to speak with Ashley Gullen from Scirra as part of the Microsoft DevRadio series on Channel 9.  Ashley demoed Construct 2, an easy-to-use HTML5 game engine that allows anyone to create gaming apps for Windows 8, Windows Phone, and other platforms.  With this tool, you can add background, sprites, and sounds…

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Windows 8 holiday app challenge for students

Students can create and publish a Windows 8 app by January 20 and win a $100 gift card!  Take advantage of this promotion and some extra time over the holidays to get your app published. Here are the steps: · Get Visual Studio Express for Windows 8: https://aka.ms/JenVS2012 (halfway down the page, in blue) ·…

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Windows Store development for iOS developers

NOTE: this event will live stream today and tomorrow (Dec 13-14) from 9-5pm Pacific time both days.  You can view the live stream at Channel 9 or the Verge.  The recordings will be available later at https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Windows-Camp/Windows-Store-App-Development-for-iOS-Developers.  Join the Big Nerd Ranch and Microsoft for this free, two-day training designed to jumpstart your Windows Store…

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DevRadio webcast: Jason Follas on developing a Windows 8 app

I interviewed Jason Follas as part of the Microsoft DevRadio series on Channel 9.  We had a great conversation about his applications Knave Defender and Knave 21.  He demoed his apps (very cool card games!).  He discussed his HTML5/JavaScript code and the libraries that he found useful.  Then, we talked about a presentation he gave…

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Real-World Live Tiles: Working with Live Tiles in Windows 8 Apps

Some teammates and I have built a “Contoso Food & Dining” app that surfaces top restaurants and their reviews from Yelp based on your location.  We built this app as a reference application to be published on MSDN.  (NOTE: I also have another article on building secondary tile support for this app.)  I owned implementing…

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Real-World Secondary Tiles: Top Three Tips for Working with Secondary Tiles in Windows 8 Apps

A group of colleagues and I developed a Windows 8 reference application called “Contoso Food & Dining”.  This application shows restaurant information and reviews around some location.  Among other things, I owned the implementation of secondary tiles.  Secondary tiles enable users to promote specific content by pinning it to their Start Menu.  Selecting the secondary…

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Common Windows Store certification errors: 6.5 App must be localized

This week, I am writing a blog post series explaining the most common certification failures when submitting an app to the Windows Store. I began the series with some general guidance and overall tips & tricks.  Then, every day this week, I discussed a common Windows Store certification failure, including 1.2 Fully Functional, 3.8 Performance,…

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Common Windows Store certification errors: 4.1 Your app must comply with privacy requirements

This week, I am writing a blog post series explaining the most common certification errors when submitting an app to the Windows Store.  I began the series with some general guidance and overall tips & tricks.  Now I’m going through the specific requirements that fail most often, and we already covered 1.2 Fully Functional and…

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Common Windows Store certification errors: 3.8 App must meet the basic performance criteria on a low-power computer

This week, I am writing a blog post series explaining the most common certification errors when submitting an app to the Windows Store.  I began the series with some general guidance and overall tips & tricks.  Then yesterday we discussed the commonly-failed requirement 1.2 on apps being fully functional.  Today, we will examine certification requirement…

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