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 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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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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Build 2014 – Microsoft Announcements for Windows 8.1

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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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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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Styling XAML with Windows Phone App Studio

Windows Phone App Studio – Part 3 – XAML Styling

If you are following along then you are well on your way to being able to publish an app using Windows Phone App Studio. If you are just joining in, great! This part of the tutorial will touch on some stying that we can do to make our app not only look a bit different but function a little better based on some of our needs.

If you recall in Part 1, I touched on the predefined templates App Studio provides. There are a number of them however, in certain situations the template does not match the data that should be bound to the view.

Before we dive in, the rest of this article assumes a project was created in App Studio and the source code was generated and downloaded. Please refer to Part 1 for details.

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Microsoft Store Development Events

Microsoft Store Workshops

If you live in the Connecticut area and want to learn more about Windows Phone and Game development you are in luck! I have a bunch of workshops lined up over the next several weeks at the Microsoft Stores in Danbury Connecticut and West Hartford Connecticut.

Stop by, build an app or just learn a bit more about Windows Phone Development.

Microsoft Store @ Westfarms Mall

Microsoft Store @ Danbury Fair Mall