Students: build a Windows 8 app over winter break and get $100

If you’re a student, you’re probably finishing up final exams right about now, and making plans to go home for winter break.  Why not put your downtime to good use and build a Windows 8 app?  As an incentive, we’re offering $100 to students who get their app published between now and January 20, 2013. …

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Microsoft to offer free design and architecture consultations for Windows 8 apps

Developers who’ve been working on Windows 8 applications can now get a little extra help from Microsoft.  We’re launching a new online initiative called Generation App to guide developers through the process of building for Windows 8.  Here’s how the self-guided 4 week program breaks down: Week 1: Planning and design Week 2: Coding Week…

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Silicon Valley Code Camp, October 6 & 7, 2012

Each year, thousands of developers descend upon Los Altos Hills for the Silicon Valley Code Camp.  This year there are 223 sessions scheduled on topics ranging from client development, to mobile development, to web development. As a special treat, Scott Guthrie will give 2 cloud computing sessions on Sunday, October 7: Windows Cloud Walkthrough with…

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Using the Microsoft Ad SDK in Windows 8

One of the best ways to make money with Windows 8 is to display ads in your Windows Store app using the Microsoft Advertising SDK.  Here’s how you can get started. Prerequisites: You’ll need Windows 8 RTM and Visual Studio 2012.  A free 90 day evaluation edition of Windows 8 Enterprise is available, and VS2012…

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Windows 8 virtual hackathon, August 2012

Hackathons are quite popular here in Silicon Valley, but not everyone can make it to one.  Maybe you live too far away, or maybe you have family obligations on the weekend.  You’re in luck!  We’re running a virtual hackathon where everything takes place online.  Here are the details in a nutshell, and more details will…

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How to paginate in Node.js using Azure Table Storage

Imagine you have millions of entities in an Azure table, and you want to page through them displaying 20 entities at a time. Fetching all entities and then dividing them into groups of 20 is hardly the most efficient way to do this. In addition, at the time this document is being written, Azure limits…

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Wine Nodebook: A Node.js app which uses Azure Table Storage

Let’s build a Node.js app which uses Azure Table Storage.  It will record notes from wine tastings, and for kicks let’s call it Wine Nodebook. When building a website, you’ll probably want to use a proper web framework such as Express, but for our purposes we’ll keep things deliberately simple. Otherwise, this would be more…

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From UNIX to Windows: Run GNU commands on Windows with Gow

The bulk of my career so far has been spent in the UNIX world on RISC workstations and Linux PCs.  When I switched to developing on the Microsoft stack a few years ago, it took a little time to get used to doing things differently from the command line.  I thought I’d document some useful…

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How to get your app into the Windows Store

This post can also be reached via http://bit.ly/windows8token. Windows 8 is coming in the near future. You can download, use it, and develop apps for it today.  As of May 2012, the Windows Store is not open for everyone to deploy.  However, we are looking for the first wave of great applications which highlight the…

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Code samples for Metro interactions from the Windows 8 SDK

Here are the 5 code samples from the Windows 8 SDK that I’ll be showing during my session at the Windows 8 Anchor Camp our team is holding today in Los Angeles.  I’ll update this post later with more details, but wanted to give people a resource they can turn to right now at today’s…

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