Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Here's something I just learned.

You can take a screen capture of a your Windows 8 phone by simultaneously pressing the Windows Home key (at the bottom center, on the front of the phone) power button (at the center of the right edge on my phone). When the screen is captured, you will hear the sound of a camera shutter, similar to when you take a photograph. For me, it usually takes several attempts in order to hold down the buttons simultaneously.

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After you take the screen capture, you will find the captured image in the phone’s Photos application – in an album titled “Screenshots”.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 4:21:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
 Tuesday, January 07, 2014

With the help of others in the developer community, Rob Gibbens hosted a Windows 8 / Windows Phone development hackathon. Despite the winter storm, over 2 dozen developers showed up and submitted 17 apps. Here are a few of the apps created that day:

Windows 8 Store apps

Text Adventure RT

http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/text-adventure-rt/0a74afaa-6524-47d8-b439-275d19f7d99a 
Tells a bit of an adventure story; then, asks the reader what to do next. The next bit of the story depends on the reader's choice.

CHRISTmas Music Videos

http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/83c829cc-a4b7-4942-9186-e8e8435db948
A collection of music videos featuring Christmas music played by Christian artists.

Khabree

http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/khabree/2e0d3a38-b2c1-442b-a748-5839a00b1ce4
An RSS reader that allows you to categorize your feeds
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JIMNA
http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/c843e38f-36f3-4cf3-9f88-6c897084ee2f
This app allows the customers ofJenptik Industrial Metrology North America designs (JIMNA) to view items in their system. One needs a username and password to use this app.

JIMNA

http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/c843e38f-36f3-4cf3-9f88-6c897084ee2f
This app allows the customers ofJenptik Industrial Metrology North America designs (JIMNA) to view items in their system. One needs a username and password to use this app.

SportsTube – Michigan State Football

http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/sportstube-michigan-state/c2f3b93b-d1c2-42d4-b857-c5e4e80a385b

A collection of videos of the storied MSU football team.

WINDOWS PHONE

Remember When

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/remember-when/0f72ad9c-9b35-44ed-b580-d895296ff66e

This app allows you to keep track of the last time you did something, such as changing your oil or getting a hair cut. It costs $.99 but there is a free trial.

Apps | Phone | Windows8
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 11:09:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
 Tuesday, December 03, 2013

If you have written an app for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 or if you are about to write an app, you have a chance to win a lot of money.

Modev is sponsoring a contest with $10,000 in prizes!

Some prizes are determined by a panel of judges and some by public voting. Prizes are broken out as follows:

  Judges’ Vote Public Vote
1st Place $2,500 $2,500
2nd Place $1,500 $1,500
3rd Place $1,000 $1,000

In order to qualify, you must complete and submit a new app by December 20, 2013 (I know! I just heard about this myself) and have it approved and in the store by December 31.

Not only is this a chance to win some extra cash, it is also a good way to promote your app.

You can read about the contest here and you can submit your app here!

If you are looking for a reason to finish that app, a chance at free money is a pretty good one.

10KAppContest

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 4:20:02 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
 Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Recently, I wrote my first Windows Phone 8 application. In order to share my application with the world, I needed to publish it in the Windows Phone app store and in order to publish it, I needed to register with the Windows Phone Dev Center. Most dev centers like this charge about $100 a year and I believe that is Microsoft’s usual fee.

But currently, they are running a special and charging only $19. This offer is good until August 27. If you are thinking of writing an app for Windows Phone 8, this is a good time to do it. You can register and pay your $19 at https://dev.windowsphone.com/en-us/join?logged_in=1.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 2:10:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
 Tuesday, July 16, 2013

This morning, my first Windows Phone 8 app was approved and is now available in the Windows Phone store. You can download and install it on your phone from here or search for "MathFlashGame" in the store.

The game simulates arithmetic flash cards, displaying an addition, subtraction, or multiplication problem. The user supplies the answer and the game tells him if that answer is correct. You have the option of limiting the operators and the range of numbers displayed.

I began the app about 4 weeks ago as a learning exercise. Not only have I never written a mobile application, but I have very little experience with XAML. Everything was new to me, from the data binding to local storage to the mechanism for responding to a change in phone orientation.

I learned a lot on this project and I am inspired to write more applications for this platform. The experience was fun. If you are considering writing a Windows Phone app, I encourage you to take the plunge. There are a lot of helpful resources online and the cost for a developers license is currently very low (only $19).

And if you have a chance, please check out my app and let me know what you think.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:49:23 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
 Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:53:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
 Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I have been listening to DotNETRocks almost since the show's inception and I am an unapologetic fan. I'm not the only one: The show is the oldest and most popular podcast target at .NET developers.

So I was thrilled to learn that hosts Richard Campbell and Carl Franklin planned a cross-country Road Trip and that this trip would include a stop in the Detroit area. Upon hearing about the Road Trip, I immediately reached out to Carl and Richard to ask how I could help. It has been a few weeks since the initial announcement and plans are now taking shape.

Richard and Carl will be in Michigan on Tuesday October 9. The Great Lakes Area .NET User Group (GANG) will hold a special meeting to host the event. Jeff Wilcox, creator of the Fourth and Mayor Windows Phone 7 app will be their guest.

This event will include the following:

  • A presentation by Jeff Wilcox
  • A barbeque dinner from Lockhart's barbeque in Royal Oak, MI (courtesy of a generous donation from New World Systems)
    A live recording of Carl and Richard interviewing Jeff for an upcoming episode of DotNetRocks. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of Jeff
  • A technical presentation by Carl Franklin
  • A technical presentation by Richard Campbell

This is a lot to pack into one night, but if you are a regular GANG attendee, you know that we regularly pack a great deal into each meeting.

Richard Campbell traveled to GANG in 2011 and that meeting was one of our most successful ever!

This evening is made possible by the vision of Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell and by the hard work of the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group volunteers.

Because of the limited seating, the popularity of the event, and the need to buy the right amount of food, you will need to register in advance for this free event. Do so at http://dotnetrocks.eventbrite.com/.

You can learn more about the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group at http://migang.org.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 9:24:10 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
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