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January 2014 Entries

Creating An App With Windows Phone App Studio–Part 3

So you read my previous posts, Creating An App With Windows Phone App Studio - Part 1 and Creating An App With Windows Phone App Studio - Part 2, became inspired, and decided to use App Studio to design a fully FUNctional app Now what? In the final step of the Windows Phone App Studio wizard, you are given the option to generate your app so that you can install it on your personal Windows Phone device, or you can visit the summary page of the application to have a look at what you have accomplished ......

Creating An App With Windows Phone App Studio–Part 2

Welcome back! In my previous post, Creating An App With Windows Phone App Studio - Part 1, we started the process of designing an app through Windows Phone App Studio using one of the templates provided. We wrapped up that post with editing the info section in the My City template, which is the default entry point into the app. The next step in the process is to examine the remaining sections that were generated by the My City template, and determine if we want to edit them to include real data that ......

Creating An App With Windows Phone App Studio – Part 1

In the last blog post, we went through the steps to get registered for Windows Phone App Studio. Now we can move on, and talk about how to create an app without having to enter a single line of code! Login to App Studio In order to access your App Studio account, you will need to login with the credentials that were used when you registered your account for the first time. To login to App Studio: 1. Go to http://apps.windowsstore.com/ 2. Click the Start Building button 3. Login with your Microsoft ......

Can’t Code? Build a Windows Phone 8 App Anyway!

Microsoft has provided a way for anyone - developers, hobbyists, non-techie folks, your next door neighbour - with the ability to build a Windows Phone 8 App without installing developer tools or even knowing how to code. Windows Phone App Studio is a web-based, app-builder tool which allows you to create a personal mobile app from a set of pre-defined templates (19 templates, at the time of this writing). You also have the option to start off with a clean slate (ie. an empty app). It allows you ......

My Career Bucket List

When I reflect back on 2013, I think “Lucky me”. A year that started off with uncertainty had turned into one filled with achieving some significant career milestones. These were goals I had set for myself as part of a bucket list years ago, and in 2013 I managed to cross a few off that list. Writing a Book My first book proposal was accepted by Apress. I was over the moon, but knew the hard work was just beginning. My friend/colleague, David Totzke, and I spent the next 7 months working evenings ......