“How to Build a Hogwarts Sorting Hat” Webcast

In the first episode of the new Channel9 show Let’s Dev This, I walk through building a Hogwarts Sorting Hat.  A Windows Phone 8.1 app in a pocket in the hat uses an accelerometer to pick the house and text-to-speech to yell out the house name.  Currently, the trigger is touching a button, but I…

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How to make a Hogwarts Sorting Hat using Windows Phone

In the world of Harry Potter, when a new student entered the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, they are “sorted” by a Sorting Hat into one of four houses.  The student puts the Sorting Hat on his/her head, and the Sorting Hat yells out the house to which the magical students will belong during…

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It’s now even cheaper to build apps for the Windows Store!

Whoo-hoo!  Now, I personally don’t believe that developing for the Windows Store was ever that expensive (an individual account used to be $49/year, and it is $99/year for iOS developer registration), but it has gotten even better!  Starting today, you can develop for both the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store for the single…

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Upcoming Central US Events through Dec 2013

My team and I are running 4 event series through the end of the calendar year, in numerous cities across the Central United States.  You can get caught up on the big announcements from //build, learn Windows 8 and Windows Phone development, and more!   Join us for these free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by…

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Windows Phone 7 –> 8 Upgrade Labs

  Select a date below to register online. Location Date Houston, TX 4/11 Irving, TX 4/15 Southfield, MI 4/16 Columbus, OH 5/3 Chicago, IL 5/7 Edina, MN 5/7 Indianapolis, IN 5/9 FREE Events Seating is limited, so register today. Events run from 8:30am – 5:00pm.     Windows Phone 7.x Upgrade Lab Windows Phone 8…

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Publish an app in the Windows Store or the Windows Phone Store and win crazy prizes/get store registration refunded!

Win the Ultimate Gaming Experience. First, register at https://aka.ms/JenPrizes.  Then, publish your app to the Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store between December 20, 2012 through February 28, 2013 and qualify for the following rewards: A store registration reimbursement† AND a copy of Halo 4 for Xbox 360! A chance to win one of 12…

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Windows Phone Launch and BUILD Day 1 Keynote Summary

Today marks the first day of the BUILD conference.  Recordings of sessions will be available online at https://channel9.msdn.com/events/Build/2012/ within 24-48 hours.  Here are some keynote highlights that were new or interesting to me.  Top-line announcements (downloads/releases) The Windows Phone 8 SDK is available at https://aka.ms/JenPhoneSDK. The download includes the SDK, free version of VS2012, Blend…

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Develop an app in 30 days with phone support and a design consultation

Our marketing team has released a new “30 to Launch” program which helps you build either a Windows 8 or a Windows Phone application in 30 days.  You will receive a tip per day for 30 days that move you from idea to implementation.  In addition, the Windows 8 program offers some pretty amazing support:…

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Are you a Windows Phone dev who is interested in Windows 8 development?

Fabulous!  First, one of the many things on my TODO list is to take a Windows Phone app that was written in Silverlight and convert it to a Windows 8 app in XAML, to see what some of the major differences and gotchas are.  But looking at my calendar, I know that I won’t get…

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Windows Phone Accelerator Labs Coming to Chicago and Dallas in May

Do you have the next million dollar idea that you just can’t find the time to finish? Do you already have an app for Android and iPhone that you want to expand into new markets? It’s time to turn your napkin sketches and leverage your hard work into real, sellable apps for Windows Phone in…

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