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  • May 29, 2012

    Windows 8: 30 to Launch

    Here's a great opportunity for developers in San Francisco and New York (more cities are coming...see below) to get a jumpstart on building great Windows 8 Metro style apps, with the possibility of getting early access to the Windows Store so yours can be one of the first apps that users of Windows 8 are able to buy when the new operating system is released. Here are the details: more

    Tags: Windows 8, Metro, Announcements

  • May 29, 2012

    Upcoming Events for May 29th, 2012

    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest…this list includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar, and user group events entered in Community Megaphone are also automatically synced to the UGSS event calendar: more

    Tags: Windows 8, Metro, Visual Studio 11, SQL, XAML, Windows Azure, SharePoint, SQL Saturday, Kinect, .NET Gadgeteer, User Groups, Webcasts

  • May 22, 2012

    Kinect for Windows SDK 1.5 Released!

    Wow...that didn't take long. Looks like the folks responsible for making Kinect for Windows an awesome tool for developers looking to add NUI features to their applications are eager to move the platform forward at a rapid pace, as they've just announced the availability of the Kinect for Windows SDK 1.5, less than 4 months after the 1.0 release! more

    Tags: Kinect, Videos, Announcements

  • May 21, 2012

    Exploring HTML5 Canvas: Part 6 - Managing Animated Shapes

    [This is part 6 of an ongoing series of posts examining the HTML5 Canvas element. In Part 1 of this series, I introduced Canvas and prepared a template to make further explorations a bit simpler, and also introduced JsFiddle, a neat tool for experimenting with and sharing web code. In Part 2, I demonstrated the ability of Canvas to allow your page background to shine through, and showed you how to render simple shapes on the drawing surface. In Part 3, I showed how to draw paths and text in Canvas. In Part 4, I showed how to transform the drawing context and scale, rotate, and skew your drawings. In Part 5, I introduced basic animation concepts, including the animation loop.] more

    Tags: HTML5, Canvas, Tutorials, JavaScript

  • May 21, 2012

    More Windows 8 Developer Camps!

    Via my DE peer, Chris Bowen, some good news for anyone who may have missed an opportunity to make it to your local Windows 8 Developer Camp event. Given that most of these events filled up very quickly, you might not have been able to get registered. If so, check out the list below, and you might have another chance to attend one of these full-day events. Here's what Chris shared: more

    Tags: Windows 8, Metro, Announcements

  • May 18, 2012

    Windows 8 Dev Camp: Slides, Hands-on Labs, etc.

    If you've attended one of the Windows Camp events that I or one of my peers have been running of late (or even if you couldn't make it, but would like some great resources for learning more about Windows 8 Metro style apps), the materials from these events have now been made available online. You can download them from: more

    Tags: Windows 8, Resources

  • May 17, 2012

    Why Developers Should Care About Design, and How Metro Helps

    I'm going to avoid casting aspersions on my fellow developers and instead simply own up to my own failings…I've been developing software since I was 10 years old (my first program was written in BASIC on a Commodore PET), and professionally for well over a decade, and for most of that time, I believed that design was someone else's job, and that it didn't matter whether I could design my way out of a paper bag. more

    Tags: Metro, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Design

  • May 14, 2012

    Getting an App in the Windows Store: What, Why, and How

    Most of my readers are probably aware that Windows 8 is on the horizon. If you're a software developer, whether an experienced Windows dev, or one who works on other platform, chances are good that you've at least heard of it. What I propose to do in this post is argue for a simple proposition...every developer who would like to put some additional money in their pocket owes it to themselves to learn the What, Why, and How of the Windows Store. more

    Tags: Windows 8, Windows Store

  • May 14, 2012

    Upcoming Events for May 14th, 2012

    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next couple of weeks for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest…this list includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar, and user group events entered in Community Megaphone are also automatically synced to the UGSS event calendar: more

    Tags: User Groups, Webcasts, Windows 8, Metro, HTML5, Windows Phone, Hackathon, XAML, MVC, Cloud, SharePoint, SQL, Visual Studio, TFS, Testing

  • May 11, 2012

    Windows 8 at Night

    My peers who work with public sector customers have scheduled a series of evening events covering many aspects of Windows 8 development, and this is a great opportunity for those of you who weren't able to make it to one of our full-day Windows 8 Developer Camp events to gain an early edge in developing for the new Metro style app platform in Windows 8. Here are the details: more

    Tags: Windows 8, Public Sector, Metro

  • May 10, 2012

    May 15th: Webcast on Porting iOS apps to Windows Phone

    Next Tuesday, May 15th, join Pete Erickson, organizer of MoDevDC, my fellow developer evangelist Joel Reyes, and Ken Fang, President of Mobomo, for a one-hour webcast on porting iOS apps to Windows Phone. This webcast is part 2 in an ongoing series, and will include a detailed process for porting your apps, discussion with developers who have been through this process, and resources for open data sources to use in your apps. more

    Tags: Windows Phone, Webcasts

  • May 7, 2012

    Announcing Metro Friday Hackathons!

    Join us on three Fridays in May for Metro Friday Hackathons. We want to provide you with an event where you can join us and your peers and co-work on your projects with specific goals in mind. Bring a computer and ideas. What: Hackathon for Metro style Apps on Windows 8 or for Windows Phone When: 10am – 4pm, May 11, 18, 25 Where: Microsoft offices in the DC metro area, see below for specific dates/locationsWho: Anyone. We’ll be there, you should too! Registration: Just drop me a note, and let me know that you’re in Ideas on what you could do: Publish your Windows Phone app during the hackathon! Profile your Windows 8 Metro app to qualify for early Windows Store access  Evaluate your Windows Phone app for SDK 7.1.1 256mb emulator compatibility Work on a project with experienced folks to help you Jump start your Windows 8 or Windows Phone developer experience, cowork for a Day! Install the dev tools before you show up (you can grab them all, or just install what you need for your particular app): Win8 Consumer Preview VS11 Express Beta for Win8 Windows Phone SDK Azure SDK Azure 90-day Trial WebMatrix Dates and Locations: May 11 - Microsoft Chevy Chase Office, 5404 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD (room 7027) May 18 - Microsoft Reston Office, 12012 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA (rooms 3026 & 3028) May 25 - Microsoft Chevy Chase Office, 5404 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD (room 7027) See you there! more

    Tags: Windows 8, Windows Phone, Announcements

  • May 1, 2012

    Upcoming Events for May 1st, 2012

    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest…this list includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar, and user group events entered in Community Megaphone are also automatically synced to the UGSS event calendar: more

    Tags: Windows 8, User Groups, Webcasts, Testing, SQL, Code Camps


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