Getting to 1.0

I imagine that a lot of my readers are developers like me who got into the business (or stay in the business) because they love the craft of software development. I would go even further and say that a lot of my dear readers are working on a “side project” to create apps for their…

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Proof of Concept Windows Service

Have you ever created an app that would “own” the device it’s running on? Maybe it’s a full-screen notification and marketing app to run in your atrium or at a conference. Maybe you are creating a point-of-sale system for use in your store. Maybe you are a teacher and you want your students to focus on…

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Incredible Training Available Across the Globe

As technologies come faster and faster, we have to quickly gain proficiency with whatever today’s new platform/language/product/service is. Microsoft is comitted to supporting the WORLDWIDE technology community with FREE TRAINING!!! So if your company is holding the line on training costs, I would encourage you to check out one of these free training opportunities from…

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Courage to Change

For those that haven’t heard, Microsoft is planning on discontinuing the MCA/MCM/MCSM certification track. These are the top of the certification pyramid and served as a differentiator for partners and consultants to prove their deep product knowledge. I have never gone through the training rotations, but have worked with several who have and I have…

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Making dreams come true

Growing up I was a huge video game fan, and that hasn’t changed as I’ve grown up. My day job is generally writing business productivity apps, so while gaming is fun, and concepts like gamification are slowly working their way into my world, there isn’t a whole lot of overlap. Listening to the Windows Developer…

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Looking back on another year

It’s time for another year to come to a close at work. I’ve been busy all year, and I’m pleased with my personal and professional growth through the year. So now, it’s time to start planning for the next year. And whatever I decide to work on, becomes my summer reading list, so this is…

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Following up on the Design Guidance for Windows Store Apps

In one of my previous posts, I suggested you check out the Design Guidance for Windows Store Apps. I’ve been taking my own advice, and I want to reiterate how valuable the guidance is. Technical documentation can help you write an app that compiles, but this design guidance can help you make an app that…

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Study Notes for 70-484 – Share Charm

I’ve been working through the certification series for Windows Store applications and I’m currently studying for 70-484 (Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps using C#). (see these previous articles on Security and Touch Interactions),  As with all new certifications, there isn’t a whole lot of study material much beyond poking around in Visual Studio and…

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Study Notes for 70-484 – Touch Interactions

Touch Interactions Another area to review is the gestures and touch interactions supported in Windows Store apps. Microsoft was kind enough to layout the basic uses of the supported gestures. If you are interested in extending the controls, (or just want to learn a bit more), I’d encourage you to read the Design guidance for…

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Study Notes for 70-484

I’ve been working through the certification series for Windows Store applications, and I’m currently studying for 70-484 (Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps using C#). As with all new certifications, there isn’t a whole lot of study material much beyond poking around in Visual Studio and reading the documentation. I’ve included some directed links to…

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