Add SoundCloud to your App Studio Project

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. Read more “Add SoundCloud to your App Studio Project”

Windows Phone App Studio + SoundCloud API – Part 2

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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Windows Phone App Studio + SoundCloud = Music Apps

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! Read more “Windows Phone App Studio + SoundCloud = Music Apps”

Building a Windows Phone Controlled Arduino Robot – Part 2

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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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Build an App and Your Biz!

It is easy when you are a large company to employ a technology department or hire an outside consulting firm to build you a mobile app. It is more difficult if you are a startup or small business. At times, the startups and small businesses do not have the luxury to outsource a build for an app. Even more, they might not have the time to do it. So how does a startup or small business build an app with no time, no money and little effort?

Welcome to Windows Phone App Studio!

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Add Your Windows Phone App to All Devices!

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If you followed my Windows Phone App Studio tutorial then you are well on your way to become an app developer. Windows Phone App Studio makes it easy to create an app for the WindowsPhone. But why not take that great app idea and make it available for more devices my making it a Windows 8 application. PC’s and Tablets can enjoy your app as well. Check out this video to see how you can enable your phone app to work across multiple devices.

Learn more at http://aka.ms/appstudioeducation

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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Windows Universal App with Arduino

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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 was Beta 1 with the phone

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Updated GitHub Repository

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 a 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.

And then check out the giveaways at the //publish event

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