Trade Up Your Device – Get Up to $350 Back

Just got wind of a fantastic program we’ve kicked off. Trade in your old iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Samsung and dozens of other makes and models of phones and tablets, and get up to $350 back (via a prepaid Visa card) when you buy a Surface, Windows PC or laptop, or Windows Phone. And you can…

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Intro to Game Development for Windows – Sep. 21

Nothing like an amazing time at Boston FIG to get you in the mood to start your game development career! The games there were absolutely amazing – and perhaps daunting to consider building – but everyone started somewhere, and that’s the goal of my workshop this coming Saturday in Cambridge. If you’re not local, or…

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Build and App (or Game) Workshops

Michael, Steve, Josh, and I are kicking off the “school year” with another series of Saturday workshops focused on making you a certified Windows 8 app publisher! As we did this past Spring, we’ll be running the workshops at the Microsoft offices in Cambridge and Farmington, and now with Steve’s presence in Western New York,…

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Build Apps. Get Stuff.

Are you looking to build your first Windows Phone or Windows 8 app? Got an iOS or Android app and want to expand its visibility to a new platform and market? Have you already built a few Windows 8 apps and published them in the store? Well, the new and improved App Builder site covers…

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Testing Your APIMASH app with Fiddler

The primary goal of our Windows Store and Windows Phone Store APIMASH Starter Kits is to pave your way toward integrating a great many diverse data sets into your own applications. To that end, the provided projects tend to focus mostly on the “happy path,’ where the expectation is that the service is up, the…

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Unity – Your Path to $30K?

With the release of Unity 4.2 yesterday, Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers have another fantastic option to build AAA quality 3d- games leveraging the C# skills they already have. With this update, developers using either the free version of Unity or Unity Pro (a $1500 license) can publish their creations to Windows 8 and…

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APIMASH: Porting to Windows Phone 8

You may recall that in May my evangelist colleagues and I launched a series of workshops around a bevy of API Starter Kits designed to kickstart HTML5/JS and C# developers into building their own, unique Windows 8 applications. Since then we’ve seen a few of your efforts appear in the Windows Store including Because Chuck…

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Practical Azure #24: Windows Azure Mobile Services

Well, this one went a bit longer than most, but only because Windows Azure Mobile Services has so many cool features that are relevant to just about anyone building mobile applications today – regardless of platform. Join me for this pre-Build 2013 session, in which I build a Windows Phone 8 application complete with data,…

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Beat the Heat – Build a Game

Join me on Saturday, July 13th, at the newest Microsoft Store in New England (at the Natick Mall).  I’ll be leading a session to show how you can build a game for Windows 8 – programming background NOT required! As in the longer hands-on workshops my colleagues and I held this past Spring, I’ll be…

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Screencast Trifecta: Publishing to the Windows Store

My evangelist colleagues and I are just finishing up a series of workshops leveraging our (now over 20) APIMASH Starter Kits. During our travels we’ve had a chance to meet many of you budding Windows Store developers and hopefully get you off to a great start building Windows 8 experiences from the myriad APIs available…

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