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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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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Announcing Best App a Month Contest – Hartford

Best App a Month

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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Windows Phone App Studio Workshop

Windows Phone App Studio Workshops

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM I will be hosting a Build your first app workshop using Windows Phone App Studio. The workshop will be at the BRAND NEW Microsoft Store located at the Westfarms Mall. The store can be found located on the Upper Level between Center Court and Macy’s.

We know you, you’ve got a great idea for an app, you want to share your interests with the world, but you just don’t have enough time. If only you had a way to quickly bring this app to life. With Windows Phone App Studio, you do!

Windows Phone App Studio lets you swiftly build apps for inmediate 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!

For more information on App Studio please visit appstudio.windowsphone.com
To participate in the workshop you will need at a minium the following:

• Computer or Tablet

• Microsoft Account

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Find more information on our MeetUp page.

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Build Your Biz

Build Your Biz

BuildYourBiz is a site created by local Boston Technology community leaders and technology business owners.  The great content and success factors covered are a collaboration of many technology leaders including John Ross, Dan Stolts, Tommy Patterson, Blain BartonJames Quick and others.  Together, These experts as well as other technology experts and business owners will help you build your business on free Microsoft resources. This site and project was put together to help people start and build their business. BuildYourBiz will teach business owners, consultants, technologists and students how they can leverage technology to build their business. This will include many tips, tricks and resources available to help start, build and grow your business.

This coming Saturday, March 1st 2014, I will be leading the workshop on how to build your first app. This will be a step-by-step lesson to building a business for Technology Professionals and Students. Now we will dive into how you (an IT Professional or Student) can get started in building your first Windows Store application. No prior development experience required.

Register Now

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WormRun for Windows 8. Interview and more!

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My fellow evangelist, Stacey Mulcahy welcomes Mike Christatos and Andy Wallace from Golden Ruby Games as they discuss how they created “WormRun” for Windows 8. Tune in as they share their story from concept to creative to code as well as how they integrated the use of an Xbox controller to play their game.

Download “WormRun” for Windows 8

If you’re interested in learning more about the products or solutions discussed in this episode, click on any of the below links for free, in-depth information:

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Windows App Studio Updated

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4 easy steps and you have an app. It is true!

Head on over to App Studio for the Windows Phone and you will find an updated site and features to build yourself a Windows Phone app in a few easy steps.

Redesigned UI, touch enabled, a better emulator, new templates and other features makes this a pretty powerful tool.

Most of all when you generate your project you have a choice of a Windows Phone project or a Windows Phone AND Store project! Woohoo!

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Start your app today!

Read more about the enhancements fromt the developer blog

Unity and Windows: Road to Success

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Unity developers listen up! Microsoft has created a great oppurtunity for success on the Windows Platform. Using a great tool like Unity, and a great platform like Windows, success is an easy few steps away.

Head on over to Unity3D.com to view the progam and the step to qualify and start feeling the success!