Weekly East Region Roundup: Vol. 3

Here are some resources and blog posts from my fellow Technical Evangelists here in East Region:

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East Region Roundup

Wanted to share a few posts from my fellow Microsoft Technical evangelists here in East Region, hopefully you’ll find them as interesting and useful as I did:

That’s all I’ve got for today…I’ll post more links from my peers in future roundups. Let me know if you find these valuable!

WebGL Hello World in IE11

If you’ve been away for a while, you may not have heard that WebGL is supported in Internet Explorer, starting with version 11, currently available as a preview release, either as part of the Windows 8.1 preview, or as a stand-alone release for Windows 7. And I have the proof right here:

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Bringing my Meetup APIMASH Starter Kit to Windows Phone

Not too long ago, as part of my team’s effort (which we call APIMASH) to create a set of starter kits to demonstrate how to use a variety of publicly-available APIs in Windows Store apps, I created an app that leverages the Meetup.com API, along with the Bing Maps JavaScript SDK, to retrieve upcoming Meetups for a given city and also display coffee shops nearby the Meetup location.

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APIMASH Webcast Recording: Exploring Social Networking APIs

If you missed last week’s APIMASH Webcast on the Social Networking APIs, don’t fret…below, you’ll find the recording of the webcast featuring yours truly, and my peers Lindsay Lindstrom and Tara Walker:

Here’s the abstract from Channel 9:

Join Microsoft Technical Evangelists G. Andrew Duthie, Lindsay Lindstrom, and Tara Walker as they cover several of the APIMASH Starter Kits that incorporate popular social networking APIs like Meetup, Facebook, and Twitter. This is a recording of their June 12th, 2013 webcast.

[00:40] Overview of the APIMASH project (G. Andrew Duthie)

[05:00] The Meetup API (G. Andrew Duthie)

[12:25] The Facebook API (Lindsay Lindstrom)

[29:35] The Twitter API (Tara Walker)

[53:40] Closing and call to action (Tara Walker)

More APIMASH

If you’d like to catch the next couple of webcasts, there are two more you can catch:

If you can’t make those times, as with the above webcast, those recordings will be posted to our APIMASH feed on Channel 9.

Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 1) APIMASH Starter Kit – Building a Meetup / Bing Maps Windows Store App

With unprecedented reach across a range of devices and availability in over 200 markets, there’s never been a better time to build for Windows and Windows Phone. APIMash Starter Kits for Windows show you how to use public Web Service APIs (such as Bing, Edmunds, Tom-Tom, Twitter, Tumblr, Yelp, Meetup and many others) to create compelling Windows Apps.

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Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 7) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps – Authentication Tips and Tricks

Wrapping up their “Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 apps” series Brian Hitney , Andrew Duthie  and Peter Laudati, as they showoff some useful tips and tricks around authentication for your Windows Azure Mobile Server based apps.

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Getting a Game Rating Certificate for Windows Store and Windows Phone

If you’ve written a game for the Windows Store or for Windows Phone, you may have noticed that some markets require the use of game rating certificates. If you’re like me, your initial reaction may have been “that looks hard” and as a result just skipped the process and only published where certificates aren’t required (for example, here in the United States, ESRB certification is optional).

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Building Back-end Data and Services for Windows 8 Apps: Authentication Tips and Tricks

In previous installments of this series, I’ve shown how you can quickly create REST-based services accessible via HTTP that allow you to easily store and retrieve data in a Windows Store app, using several different approaches including WCF Data Services, ASP.NET Web API, and the new Windows Azure Mobile Services. You can read all of the previous parts of the series here. I recommend reading the intro post and the post on Windows Azure Mobile Services, as well as the most recent installment covering the basics of authentication with mobile services at a minimum, so you’re familiar with the games I’m using to demonstrate the concepts in the series, and with the basics of mobile services.

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Windows Store App Template to Live Data in 3 Easy Steps

One of the things that I like about building Windows Store apps using Visual Studio 2012 is the availability of several rich and useful templates. One of my favorites is the Grid App template, which demonstrates how to build an app with a hub page listing grouped items in a ListView control, a group details page, listing information about each group, and an item details page, for information about specific items.

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