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

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

Part 3 – XAML Styling – Customizing the views

Part 4 – Windows Azure – Enabling Windows Azure Mobile Services

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

Stay tuned!

Sometimes All You Need is a Spark!

fluvium When Philip Hooker, owner of a consulting company in Farmington CT called Acellan, purchased a new Windows 8 computer he did not know what it would spark.

Philip was a programmer by that was fluent in Java but has a background in design when he attended Kenyon College in Ohio. Philip was interested in the new UI/UX design that the Windows platform championed and decided he would start looking into building apps for Windows.

Watch the video below to learn what was the spark for Acellan.

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Gifs N Giggles Released for the Windows Store

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My newest app has jus made it to the Windows Store. It is called Gifs N Giggles. The app is powered by Giphy.com and utilizes its repository of animated gifs for you enjoyment.

My first release is just consuming the Giphy API to show the top trending and most recent gifs. There is a feature called “Make me Giggle”, which will get a random gif. Sharing is done via the Windows charms bar for now.

My next release will add some for features. I am thinking of adding a meme generator, like and dislike functions, rating/ranking and more.

I am using the MVP (minimum viable product) approach to get a product in the market, test and gather feedback and iterate on it.

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Go download it now and let me know what you think.

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Are you ready to begin your Quest of the Cloudwalker?

cloudwalkerHark beleaguered IT Professionals! We know of the evils which plague you daily—mountains of help desk tickets, crashing computers, ridiculous requests from management, and far, far worse. But fear not, for we have felt your misery and despair, and created a fantastical world where you can use your hard-earned knowledge to crush demonic personifications of your IT woes.

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Microsoft Workshops for April and May

spring has sprungSpring has sprung and so have our workshops and events for the Connecticut region! I have been hosting workshops at the Microsoft Stores, on campus events and Build Your Biz workshops.

What we have lined up over the next few weeks makes these workshops even more exciting.

We have 2 great contests going on to support these workshops.

First we have a BAM or Best App a Month contest. Attend a workshop session or Studio Time and create a Windows 8 app for a chance to win a Dell Venue Pro tablet.

Secondly, attend the Workshop at the Westfarms mall with Lance McCarthty publish an app within a few weeks and BAM! You are in the drawing for a Nokia phone.

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Announcing Best App a Month Contest – Hartford

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I am pleased to announce a new contest we are running from April to June 2014 that might be of interest to some of you working on your Windows 8  apps. It’s called Microsoft’s Best App a Month Contest or BAM!.

We want to find and showcase cool and innovative apps and games on the Windows 8 platform. Have you created something recently we should know about and have attended one Studio Time that month? Do you have an idea for a cool Windows 8 app or game and you’re just getting started? If so, enter your app / game into the Best App A Month Contest, where you could win a new Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet.

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Build 2014 – Microsoft Announcements for Windows Phone 8.1

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Photo Credit: Tim Andersen

Have a Windows Phone? Then get ready we’ve added a BUNCH of new features that make your smartphone even more a reflection of your personality and desires.

Here is the demo and then read on for the full list.

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Build 2014 – Microsoft Announcements for Windows 8.1

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Photo Credit: Tim Andersen

Microsoft announced a lot of new updates and features during Day 1 of the //build conference. From new hardware to Windows 8.1 Update 1 to Cortana, there is a lot to be excited about.

The Windows 8.1 Update delivers a collection of refinements designed to give people a more familiar and convenient experience across touch, keyboard and mouse inputs. It also brings improvements for business customers, really accelerates opportunity for developers, and enables device makers to offer lower cost devices.

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Hello Master Chief, Looks Like You Are Free This Weekend

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Watch as Cortana, the most personal smartphone assistant, comes to life. With the power of Bing behind her, Cortana learns your interests and helps keep track of all that matters.

WinJS Goes Open Source – Hello GitHub

github-winjsThe developers for Microsoft Open Technologies and a collaboration of open source developers in the community has created a WinJS project out on GitHub. Both teams are dedicated to creating the best possible solution for HTML/JS/CSS application development.

WinJS is a set of JavaScript toolkits that allow developers to build applications using HTML/JS/CSS technology forged with the following principles in mind:

  • Provide developers with a distinctive set of UI controls with high polish and performance with fundamental support for touch, mouse, keyboard and accessibility
  • Provide developers with a cohesive set of components and utilities to build the scaffolding and infrastructure of their applications

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Day of Unity

Day of Unity

Free, hands-on developer workshop | Register today
 

Join Microsoft and Unity for a free “Day of Unity” at your local Microsoft office. This fun event is ideal for both beginners and advanced builders, so don’t miss your chance to learn about Unity and the Windows platform. We’ll also have some awesome prize giveaways and will keep you fueled with free food and beverages.

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