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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Windows 8 Game Design Syllabus: Any comments appreciated

    Instructor: Term: Office: Class Meeting Days: Phone: Class Meeting Hours: E-Mail: Class Location: Website:   Office Hours:   I.1. Course Information University Course Catalog Description At successful completion of this course the student will design, implement and market a game in the Windows 8 store using tools that can also be utilized with…

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SharePoint workspace shows up after installing Office 15 or Office 2013

So, there was groove, the tool that seemed cool but I never really understood.  It would be nice to have a system that simply synched my files between machines.  So groove was ungroovy and others came up with a system that they could own and get others to use.  Groove was unloved.  Then along game…

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Direct2 QuickStart Sample, not for Direct2 with XAML or Win8

The Direct2D QuickStart sample is for use with W32 and not XAML or Win8 .  The sample uses the ID2D1HwndRenderTarget, which is NOT supported in the Windows Modern UI style apps.  I spent a few minutes reading the article and realized that it was relatively useless for the implementation instructions on how to combine Direct2,…

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Changes in Visual Studio 2012: Deployment or installer has significantly changed

If you are NOT building Windows 8 apps, you may want to deploy your app to Windows 7, etc.  Well things have changed. You use the InstallShield and need to sign up when you create the deployment application.  For more information see: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/2kt85ked.aspx You should do Windows 8 apps so to prepare your app use…

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30 Days to Launch: Got the call from the MSPE

Ok, you sign up for the 30 days to launch, you get the emails that hopefully you are paying attention to.  Then you get the phone call.  Don’t hang up if you hear this introduction: Hi I am <Name of caller> of Microsoft Solution Partner Experts calling on behalf of Microsoft. DON’T HANG UP!  This…

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Wear a Hat (^) when you do that thing, if that thing is Object References

You weren’t thinking that I was talking about something else were you?  Some people might call the ^ a carat, but in our world, it is a hat.  Use the “Hat” or ^ only if you are using with Windows Runtime Objects or are creating a Windows Runtime component. (Keep in mind that there are…

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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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Data Structures using Windows 8 approach to UI: WinRT combined with JavaScript

In a blog that I wrote that can be found on https://aka.ms/javascript_winRTp1, where I duplicate but upgrade an excellent video on channel 9, the video lacked the code component and used really early interfaces.  (For people wondering why I didn’t use one of the two “M” words that are used with UI, is that I…

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Data Structures class using Windows 8 Modern UI design

In many schools there is a move to consolidate the two data structures classes into one, so what should a department do with the remaining class.  Well, I guess the General Ed folks might want to steal that spot for another class that doesn’t do a good job of preparing the student.  Or maybe the…

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