Add SoundCloud to your App Studio Project

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I’m excited to announce my next tutorial series of adding SoundCloud API to an App Studio project. We look at creating the app out on App Studio as well as different options to integrate SoundCloud into the app. Over the next few weeks I am going to explore adding the SoundCloud services into an app generated by Windows Phone App Studio. If you do not know what Windows Phone App Studio is, you can view the site or follow my tutorials to get you up to speed. In short, it is an online tool to quickly generate Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 apps. You are provided with the source code and have the ability to extend your generated app.

Why SoundCloud? The api is pretty straightforward and the benefits are vast. If you are a local DJ and want to get your music in an app or if you are an independent artist you can do the same pretty easy. Drag and drop to create your app out on App Studio and add a few lines of code to enable SoundCloud. The example I am going to start with is a simple track listing. We will grab a few tracks (we will need to get the URL’s from SoundCloud) and add them into App Studio and then generate our project. From there we will make some modifcations and enable accessing those music tracks.

Here is a video of the finished product

Linux Powered By Azure – 5 Part Series

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If you are a modern day developer you do not have the luxury to know just one type of technology or language. Sure, you can have your specialty, but the more knowledge you have the more valuable you can become. When I worked in the digital agency world, we did not have the luxury to use just one type of technology stack. We had to support all types. Java, Struts, LAMP, .NET, ASP and more. Based on our clients needs we had to switch from using C# with .NET to coding with PHP and CodeIgniter. At Microsoft as an evangelist, it works the same way. I do not have the “traditional” clients, but you do. I support you as a developer and you have many clients with different technology stacks.

This series is to explain how to run Linux VM’s out on Azure, configure and edit and debug as well. The other big thing to note, is this can all be done on a non-Microsoft system, ie. Mac.

  1. Getting Started
  2. Turn on the LAMP
  3. WordPress Installation
  4. Remote Editing with NetBeans
  5. Remote Debugging with NetBeans

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Windows Phone App Studio + SoundCloud API – Part 2

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In the first part of the tutorial we just did the basics. Enter a collection in our App Studio project and add a service provider to communicate to SoundCloud API to “launch” the media to play. While it works, it is not as elegant as we would like.

In this part, we will build upon what we did with the first steps but add background audio so that our media plays when we navigate away from the app. Let’s jump in!

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Every Startup has a Story

Small businesses are doing amazing things in communities across the country. Not only are their owners ambitious, passionate and incredibly driven people, but small businesses also are driving the resurgence of our economy. In fact, according to the SBA, SMBs are responsible for more than half of the nation’s jobs and account for 54 percent of U.S. sales. There are great stories behind every one of these small businesses, and Microsoft wants to hear them.

We’ve recently launched the Microsoft Small Business Contest for entrepreneurs and small business owners to share their experiences. From now until January 11, SMB owners can submit a two-minute video describing their beginnings, successes, or even challenges, for a chance to win $20,000. Check out the Microsoft For Work Facebook page for more details, and follow the conversation via Twitter using the hashtag #MSSmallBizContest.

Need inspiration for your video? Entrepreneur and small business expert Ramon Ray is rooting for you, watch this as well as our own video about the contest below.

 

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Windows Phone App Studio + SoundCloud = Music Apps

ken-soundcloud  This article assumes you are familiar with Windows Phone App Studio and have created at least one application using it. We are going to implement the SoundCloud api into Windows Phone App Studio. In the first part of this series we will make a connection to SoundCloud and pull in our predefined tracks that we specify within app studio. Later, we will look at playing these tracks using Background Audio as well as integrate playlists from SoundCloud. Lets dive in! Continue reading

Building a Windows Phone Controlled Arduino Robot – Part 2

In the first part we built the robot and loaded a sample sketch to make sure all our connections and motors are working. In this part we will add another module to connect via Bluetooth and build a Windows app to communicate to the robot. This is what we will accomplish as a bare bones communication app.

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Building a Windows Phone Controlled Arduino Robot – Part 1

I am partnering with one of the universities near me to perform a few workshops to build a Windows Phone App to control an arduino robot via Bluetooth. I recently built an universal app that communicated to an arduino board to perform a little trivia game. It was fun and straightforward. I am bringing most of that underlying code over to controlling a robot. Here is what I got so far:

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Breakfast Series: BizSpark for Startups and Small Business

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Microsoft Corporation created the BizSpark program to support entrepreneurship and help startups grow their business. By providing founders with access to leading technology products, business and technical support, and market visibility, Microsoft is assisting young companies in their early years, when they need it most.

I will be hosting a 4 part series on BizSpark and how to empower your business by using it. In 4 sessions you will learn about signing up and accessing your benefits, building your presence online, cloud enabling your ideas and moving your business to the cloud. Join us at the Microsoft Store starting on October 28th for these sessions.

October 28th 8:30-9:30am – Getting Started - Download Presentation

November 4th 8:30-9:30am – Build your Web Presence

November 11th 8:30-9:30am – Cloud enable your apps

November 18th 8:30-9:30am – Your Cloud, Your Business

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Linux Powered By Azure – NetBeans Debugging

Now that we got NetBeans communicating with the remote server, we need to configure the remote server to enable debugging.

Prerequisites

We need to SSH to our remote machine. I am not going to go over that since that was covered in the setting up the Linux VM tutorial.

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Linux Powered By Azure – NetBeans Editing

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When it comes to editors there are a few that stand out. Visual Studio is a first class editor. Packages can be added and it can be customized to fit your needs. C#, VB, C++. You can do Unity Development in it, Xamarin Development, Arduino Development. There are a ton of cool features and uses. However, it does not run on a Mac or Linux. When it comes to those platforms there are also some good options. PhpStorm, Eclipse, Android Studio, xCode and more. The editor I like to use, especially when I am building PHP sites is NetBeans. I have been a fan of NetBeans for some time now. Lightweight. Easy to use. Robust. And more importantly, it has debugging and remote publishing built in.

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