Windows Phone App Studio Tutorial

Windows Phone App Studio Tutorial

Windows Phone App Studio lets you swiftly build apps for immediate publishing, testing, and sharing with clients, co-workers, friends, and family. Need to make changes or try variations? With App Studio it’s a snap!

And when you’re ready to add advanced programming features, Windows Phone App Studio generates your source code – a feature no other app-builder tool provides. Get with the program!

Over the next few days I will be covering Windows Phone App Studio and its features. I will be discussing how to create an app, customize it and publish it.

Part 1 – Getting Started – Building an app with App Studio (UPDATED)

Part 2 – RSS Reader – Extending the RSS Reader and fixing its limitations

Part 3 – XAML Styling – Customizing the views

Part 4 – Microsoft Azure – Enabling Azure Mobile Services (NEW!)

Part 5 – Publishing – Getting your app ready to publish to the store

Stay tuned!

Windows App Studio Updated

Windows App Studio
Windows App Studio is an online tool that allows users to create Windows Phone and Windows 8 applications in a drag and drop environment. You can create simple fan type apps that consume resource from blogs or social sites like YouTube or Instagram or you can get a little fancier by using Data Collections. If you are real courageous you can export your project and have the full source code. Be sure to visit my tutorial to get some in depth help on using App Studio.

In the past few days the site and tool has been updated with new features and training options.

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Microsoft Azure and Construct 2

Your Modern AppWhen you start building applications or games at some point you are going to run into the question “Where do I save data?”. Some apps can keep data locally but if the app or game wants any viral or social activity then a central data store will be needed at some point. There are plenty of ways to go about doing that but today I am going to touch briefly on Azure Mobile Services and Construct 2. Continue reading

Microsoft Retail Store Summer Camps

Experience summer camps at the Microsoft Retail Stores!

DigiGirlz Smart Game Designing and YouthSpark CodeIT!

Experience a whole new world by using a touch screen on a Surface Pro and learn to use two new tools that program great games. With TouchDevelop if you can point, you can program and play with mobile app games. After this, enter into a virtual universe where players create and creators play. With Project Spark you create entire new worlds, program heroes and villains, edit a characters brain, and design an entire game. This is a fun filled workshop with lots of hands on features.

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Microsoft Ventures Connected Devices Accelerator Pitch Event in NYC 7/17

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Recently Microsoft Ventures in partnership with American Family Insurance, announced a new Seattle based accelerator for Home Automation. This 4 month program based in Redmond, will provide mentorship, workspace,  a $25,000 investment, and access to Microsoft Technology & Design.

To help launch this initiative, MS Ventures will be holding an event on July 17th at the Invisible Dog in Brooklyn NY for startups innovating in the Home Automation and Connected Devices space. This event will provide an opportunity to network and identify incubator applicants through a pitch process.  Continue reading

What is BizSpark?

BizSparkIf you already have an enrollment code – go here: https://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/signup/

When you publish a Windows / Windows Phone app, you are a publisher. Software publishers are entrepreneurs; you are investing time and sometimes money to create software and get it in front of users. Entrepreneurs are startups – new companies, even if it’s only you as the sole proprietor. And for software startups, Microsoft has BizSpark.

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HTML5 Devs! Get Ready for DevCon5

DevCon5

Are you a HTML5 Developer? Are you a Web Developer? Are you just a developer? Come down to the DevCon 5 conference on July 9th and 10th and join in on the fun with other developers and designers, thinkers and creators in breaking though in the mobile world!

Join me and fellow evangelist Jason Walters as we take on the topic of cloud enabling your web application. We will look at Microsoft Azure and its services to deliver solutions to the mobile world. We will also touch on Visual Studio app templates to get you started.

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Windows Universal App with Arduino

I decided to take on a project that involves creating a Windows Universal App that communicates to an Arduino device via Bluetooth. I found a blog post (thanks Channel 9) and used the Arduino Sketch to get going but modified it to include 2-way communication. The sketch accepts input from the Windows device but also sends data based on push buttons.

Here is the video.

Code will follow.

Here was Beta 1 with the phone

Updated GitHub Repository

DreamSpark Contest

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Download Visual Studio Professional 2013 FOR FREE and enter a chance to win an Xbox One Titanfall Edition!

By using Visual Studio Professional 2013, you can deliver quality applications on Windows, Office, Windows Phone, the web, or the cloud. When you combine it with Windows 8.1, you’ll be able to build Windows Store apps. It’s a great way to be prepared for that summer internship, or for your new job after graduation. Best of all, it’s FREE to download as a DreamSpark member.

Go here to learn how you can earn a chance to win 1 of 20 Xbox One Titanfall editions. Act fast – the offer ends June 15th!