Universal apps - create JavaScript apps for Windows and Windows Phone

At Microsoft’s BUILD conference this week, platform and tool supporthas been made available for developers to build “universal apps”.Developers can now create a single solution that targets Windows 8.1 andWindows Phone 8.1 using shared code. You can do this using XAML with C#/VB/C++,or by using HTML and JavaScript. Being a JavaScript enthusiast, and also assigned…


Part II: Running Multiple CSS3 and HTML5 Animations (Windows Store, IE)

In part I of my exploration of CSS3 for building a casual game, I talked about dynamicallysetting the @keyframes rule using JavaScript. In this, more introductory, post, I’ll talk about some of the options for running animations, and provide some tips for starting animations and running multiple animations at the same time. The game I’m…


Part I: Using JavaScript to set @keyframes in CSS animations (Windows Store apps, IE)

I’m currently exploring the potential of CSS3 for casual game scenarios. For Windows Store apps in particular, CSS3 animations are enticing because you don’t have to worry about cross-browser compatibility or APIs that won’t work with older versions of Internet Explorer, since everything is IE 10+. Compatibility is one of the main reasons why proponents…


5 ways to help your game or app gain mass appeal (Windows Phone & Windows Store)

An application or game does not have to be flashy or sophisticated to please customers and get lots of downloads. My simple text adventure games (Wizard’s Choice and Zombie High Volume 1) have had 800,000+ downloads of Windows Phone and Windows Store versions over the last year and has been in the top 100 free games on…

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