Software in the cloud that builds Windows 8 Store Apps (and Phone as well!)

TouchDevelop is a new tool that is being tested by Microsoft Research.  It isn’t JavaScript, it isn’t C#, nor is it C++ or Visual Basic, it is something completely different. Initially developed for the Windows Phone, it now works in iPads, Safari, Chrome and even IE 10!  This means you can use the Surface or…

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Scirra.Com/Construct 2: Quick way to build HTML5 Games for Windows 8

Scirra.com is an amazing tool to create your game ideas quickly.  Scirra.com’s tool called Construct 2 is a quick and free download, the free download has a few limits, but not so many that you can’t create a multi-level game for Christmas or Halloween! So quick, go to Scirra.com and download Construct 2.  I have…

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Free: HTML5 & CSS3 Fundamentals Training, seriously awesome

If you need to brush up on your HTML: HTML5 & CSS3 Fundamentals This is a nice way to brush up on your HTML 5 Download the source code at: http://media.ch9.ms/ch9/code/C9HTMLCode.zip Couple of tips that save a great deal of time: Bob Tabor is an awesome video speaker, but you can save time by downloading…

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Free: JavaScript training, comments say this one is the BEST

If you are just starting with JavaScript, then you will need to work through the 21 short videos on Channel 9: JavaScript Fundamentals: Development for Absolute Beginners If you need to review JavaScript you should view the videos, it is a worthwhile review Source code can be found at: http://media.ch9.ms/ch9/javascript/C9JS_Code.zip Couple of tips that save…

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Free: Win8 Game Kit

One of my fellow technology evangelists has written a little library of javascript for use in designing simple games with touch, music and sound effects.  The nice thing is that it is a small set of code and Dave Isbitski has carefully documented the small game engine on his blog at: http://blogs.msdn.com/davedev. Download the Win8GameKit…

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IE 10 Preview, you should read it! and use it

IE 10 Preview, wow, this is a great way to learn more about Modern Design and get into the right mind set for Windows 8 Store Apps.  No kidding. Let’s say you are using one of the trailing edge operating systems like Mountain Lion, and you want to get into the new way of design…

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Free Windows 8 help and software tools

Please click on the links and check out these offers, they cost you nothing and might help you make money! Azure 90-day Free Trial: Get started or learn how to build cloud apps! https://aka.ms/socalacademic_90day_azure VS Express 2012 RC for Windows 8 & Windows 8 Release Preview Downloads on Dev Center This has SDKs, hands on…

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Box2D Physics port to JavaScript

So in my previous blog I mentioned Box2D and WinRT.  David mentioned that there was Box2D for JavaScript, which is a great way to add physics to your project: http://box2d-js.sourceforge.net/index2.html This won’t be your final library to build your game, but it certainly is useful if you like to slam code!  Thanks David!  You are…

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First Prize in Imagine Cup: $50,000

Get signed up at http://www.imaginecup.com NOW.  And it’s THREE, that’s right 3 $50,000 first prizes for Game, Innovation and the World Citizenship.  You don’t get to read the rules till you register, but if you are a real software person, you know how to sign up for things before you sign up if you get…

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Free Online Hackathon! This is a first

Hey sign up for this free Hackathon, win prizes (as described in the link): Free Online Hackathon! Build that Windows 8 application and make big money! But I like this process, no spending long hours on Saturday in a room away from home.  You can drink your own coffee and use your own bathroom.  Nice,…

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