Jan
8
2013

CES Today, CES Tomorrow…

I am heading to CES in Las Vegas, NV today.  This will be my first time going.  I have always wanted to go, especially since it has been considered the Super Bowl of new technology.  The Bing homepage showed CES as a trending term, so I checked it out.  I came across an article entitled “Why We’re Not At The Biggest Tech Show In The World” and was intrigued by the following quote:

Two overlapping trends have chipped away at CES and events like it: First, software and services have become the soul of consumer technology. Hardware (seriously doesn't the word "electronics" in the conference's dusty title make your eyes instantly droop a bit?) has become increasingly commoditized into blank vessels that do little more than hold Facebook and Twitter and the App Store and Android and iOS. And the best and most interesting vessels, increasingly, are made by the very companies making the software.

So here I am off to my first CES and I find out that it is a slowly diminishing event.  That is the bad news (for me personally, never being there in its days of glory).  The good news is what I noticed in the highlighted quote above (for me personally, because I am a software developer).  Yes, it is a great time to be a software developer!  

In fact, the very reason I am heading to CES is to participate at the CEA MoDev Hackathon sponsored by the Travel Channel.  The hackathon is all about writing apps.  Apps are far more relevant in this technology world than the gadgets that host them.  I know this to be true.  I am aware of so many individuals that refused switching to superior hardware with better features because that gadget did not have a certain app in its store. 

So I am a little discouraged my first CES is not a representation of what it use to be.  But I am not too disappointed.  I mean, I might be finding my next TV there…

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Jan
6
2013

Windows Store Settings for GameMaker

When creating a game via GameMaker, the place for changing the tiles, splash screen, colors, names, and capabilities are in Global Game Settings >> Window8 [tab] >> General [side tab]

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Dec
21
2012

Build Your Game Today!

imageI have recently acquired GameMaker by Yo Yo Games for cross-platform game development. Among the supported platforms are Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8!

This gaming tool allows anyone with decent computer skills to develop a game rapidly. I recently lead  a group of students (many who had never written a single line of code before) to create a simple game in one hour. I could not believe how much the students accomplished in such a short period of time.

I highly recommend GameMaker, and suggest you start creating your game today! There is a free version of GameMaker available to download now.  However, I strongly suggest that you buy GameMaker:Studio Professional while it is 50% off (offer ends January 4th 2013).

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Dec
11
2012

Microsoft DevRadio: Media Capture

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Michael Palermo and Jeremy Foster are back again to demonstrate how to use media capture via codeSHOW.

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Dec
4
2012

Microsoft DevRadio: Promises

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Michael Palermo and Jeremy Foster discuss the role of promises and demonstrate via codeSHOW.

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Dec
3
2012

Microsoft DevRadio: Storage

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In this episode, Michael Palermo welcomes fellow evangelist Jeremy Foster to the show to discuss storage options for Windows Store apps. Check out codeSHOW featured in this episode!

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Nov
19
2012

Microsoft DevRadio: Adding an App Bar

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In this episode, Michael Palermo shows how easy it is to add an application bar to your app!

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Oct
30
2012

Microsoft DevRadio: CSS3 Animations

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Michael Palermo is back for an episode and shows us how to implement CSS3 animations into Windows Store apps!

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Oct
22
2012

Microsoft DevRadio: Using Event Handlers

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In today's episode, Michael Palermo shows how easy it is to attach event handlers in JavaScript. Watch this short demo to see the various techniques to do it!

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Oct
8
2012

Microsoft DevRadio: Developing for Device Features

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Ever wonder how you can develop for device features you really like even though your personal device doesn’t support it? Well in this episode, Michael Palermo shows you the power of the Simulator in Visual Studio and how you can test features for various devices.

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