Windows Phone Developer Saturday


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Is something stopping you from finishing your Windows Phone app?

Welcome to WPdev Saturday!

Please join Nick Landry and other Windows Phone community experts for WPdev Saturday on February 22, 2014 in New Jersey for a fun day of mobile app building. WPdev Saturday is an event brought to you by Nokia DVLUP and sponsored by Microsoft.

Why?

The goal is to help you overcome any obstacles that might be preventing you from publishing an app. Whether you’re working on your first app or putting the polish on your 20th, all are welcome. If you do not have any apps in the works, then come and build a Microsoft App Studio app with our help.

When & Where?

Microsoft New Jersey Office – Iselin
101 Wood Ave South, 9th floor
Iselin, NJ 08830

Find more information on Nick’s site and how to register.

Windows 8 App Developer Workshop Farmington CT

Screenshot (3)Attend a free hands-on workshop this weekend, October 12th 2013! This one is perfect for beginning developers and experienced coders alike. Get individual guidance on designing, building, marketing and publishing your app. Who knows? Your app could entertain, educate or even change the world!

The App Development Workshops provide you Windows 8 and Windows Phone starter kits based on well-known open data API’s such as Twitter, Meetup, Instagram, Edmunds and many more.

By attending a workshop you will:

1. Code Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps by leveraging our API starter kits
2. Publish your apps to the Windows and Windows Phone stores
3. Market your app online and through social media to drive downloads

Workshop Agenda

Hour 1 Presentation: Getting started with the Windows App Starter Kits

Hours 2 & 3 Code your app following our Hands-On Lab Workbooks and get expert, personal help with your project

Hour 4 Presentation: Marketing Apps 101

Refreshments will be served

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Successful Windows Game Development Event in Farmington

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On September 28th, Microsoft Technical Evangelist Jim O’Neil held a Windows Game Development workshop in the Farmington campus. I was in attendance as a “shadow” since I have not held an event yet. My first event is on October 12th in Farmington (more on that later). We had 16 attendees that were a mix of young adults, hardcore developers and developers wanting to learn more about Windows Game Development.

Jim took the lead by introducing some casual gaming concepts and tools to create these games. He showed off a few of his games along with some others that are in the store. The audience provided great feedback in terms of what they would like to see and try to create. Once the slides were out of the way, we got down to creating apps.

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We used Construct 2 to demonstrate how easy it is to get started. If you are not familiar with Construct 2, it is an IDE built on top of Visual Studio. They make the interface very simple to create casual games such as some platformers, top down views along with a few others.

We modified the standard Constcut 2 turtorial to add some Windows features, such as Touch and Snapped Mode. (These Windows Game templates can be found on our Github repository.) After adding the objects to the screen, we got into the event handling aspect of Construct 2. The ease of putting together commands for all of the objects can allow even the novice developer to become seasoned quickly.

The theory behind the “event sheet” in Construct 2 is the same pattern and practice as other development methodologies such as MVC. In the MVC pattern, you have the Model, which is your data storage or object. In Construct 2 these are the Sprites, System, Touch etc. The View which is your presentation of the Model can be found in the Layouts of Construct 2. And then you have the Controller, which provides access to the Model and the View for handling and manipulating data or business rules. This is the Event Sheet.

After wiring up the event sheets to the objects we got a full functioning game by lunch time. There is still more to do, such as exporting to Visual Studio and then importing into the Windows Store but this gave the audience a great jump start on building a game.

So what’s next? Finish that game. Or take our starter kits and build upon them.

If gaming is not for you, then on October 12th I will be going over app development for Windows 8. We will be looking at Bing maps and plotting data points all with HTML5 and JavaScript.

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Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

Your Windows App Start Here!

MicrosoftYour App Starts here! Windows App Developer Workshops

Whether you want to develop Games or Apps we’ve got workshops for you! These free hands-on workshops are perfect for beginning developers and experienced coders alike. Get individual guidance on marketing and publishing your app or game. Who knows? Your app could entertain, educate or even change the world!

Seating is very limited – Registration is required for each workshop.
While you learn how to leverage well known open data APIs (such as Twitter, Meetup, Instagram, Edmunds and more) through our easy Starter Kits we’ll also show you how to approach marketing and publishing your app in the Windows and Windows Phone stores.
By attending a workshop you will:
1. Code Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and/or Windows Phone 8 apps by leveraging our APIMASH starter kits
2. Publish your apps to the Windows and Windows Phone stores
3. Market your app online and through social media to drive downloads

Workshop Agenda:

  • Hour 1 Presentation: Getting started with the Windows App Starter Kits
  • Hours 2 & 3 Code your app following our Hands-On Lab Workbooks and get expert, personal help with your project
  • Hour 4 Presentation: Marketing Apps 101

Refreshments will be served.

Here are our East Coast Events

Ft. Lauderdale http://aka.ms/g7j0jv
Malvern http://aka.ms/we6wac
Cambridge http://aka.ms/Svpnr6
Farmington http://aka.ms/wk7vu3
Alpharetta http://aka.ms/ftdday
Raleigh/Durham http://aka.ms/Ig4y8q
New York City http://aka.ms/lx5ief
Rochester http://aka.ms/oebikj
Reston http://aka.ms/j8tw7b

 

 

Microsoft Azure Developer Camps are Here!

WindowsAzureJoin a Microsoft Developer Camp and learn the critical skills that modern developers need to know. Take part in these hands-on workshops and get trained in the latest Microsoft development tools and technologies.

Discover the latest Windows Azure development environment. Explore Windows Azure websites and virtual machines using ASP.NET and Microsoft SQL Server to deploy Cloud Services.

Sharpen your skills on the Microsoft Modern Platform. Learn how to update an app to a Modern Architecture and configure and test a Modern Application.

All languages are welcome. Move your existing applications to the cloud using almost any language, framework, or tool. Register today for the event near you.