Keep the Cash Offer – Make $100/published app!

  App Builder –  Keep the Cash Offer Offer runs March 8 – June 30, 2013 http://www.buildforwindows.com/keepthecash   Keep the Cash • Publish an app • Get up to $2000* Publish your app(s) in the Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store and fill out the form at https://aka.ms/CashForApps to participate. You can submit up to…

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Comparison of Windows Store vs. Google Play

In this article, my goal is a facts-based comparison of the Windows Store (for Windows 8 apps) and Google Play (for Android apps).  I’ve included links to my references throughout this article that were available and published as of April 25, 2013.  Ability to make money First, here is a quick table to summarize the…

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Do you want the Contoso Cookbook (and other Windows Dev Camp content)?

I promised that I would blog when the official Windows 8 Developer Camp content was available online, and now it is!  You can get the slide decks, samples, resources, and wonderful hands-on labs from the Windows Developer Camps at: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29854 (NOTE: there are two separate downloads available at this link.  Both downloads include the same slide decks and…

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Marsman V2.0 has shipped (and I’m now on maternity leave)

Following my earlier product announcement, I’m excited to announce that after a long nine-month development period, Marsman V2.0 has been released.  Features include 10 fingers and 10 toes, a cute little upturned nose, and (so far) a decent sleep mode.  She inputs milk and outputs plentifully.  Here are the specs: <baby> <name>Fiona Elizabeth Marsman</name> <gender>female</gender>…

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Porting apps to Windows 8 Metro

I’ve talked to many developers who are excited about Metro app development, but say that the hardest part is coming up with an app idea.  Some folks want to walk through converting an existing app to Metro as a learning exercise.  There are other folks who have very successful websites or apps that they would…

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My Favorite Feature in Windows 7

It’s the little things that matter most.  My favorite new feature in Windows 7 is this dialog right here: Oh yes!  A default printer can be associated with a network.  That means that you can have a default printer at work and a default printer at home.  When I’m at home and my laptop is…

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Visual Studio 2010: How to understand your code using Dependency Graphs, Sequence Diagrams, and the Architecture Explorer

Have you ever had to work with a legacy codebase?  Designing new functionality on existing applications can be daunting.  There are always differences between the original design and the current implementation.  The new Architecture tools within Visual Studio 2010 help you to understand the application you have, design new functionality you need, and validate that…

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BizSpark: Get free software and cloud services for your startup

Note: if you already know that you want BizSpark, jump straight to the Register section.  Why? BizSpark is a Microsoft program to help software startups at the beginning when money may be tight.  You can utilize it for a maximum of 3 years, but afterwards BizSpark Alumni can keep, at no charge, all the software…

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