Sep
25
2013

Palermos on NBC Today Show

Please enjoy my 2 seconds of national fame as I stand in the background with my daughter asking Matt Lauer "What up?"

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Sep
19
2013

Windows Store Apps with HTML5–Refresh

imageA full day of content has now extended the very popular “HTML5 for Windows 8 courses” available at the Microsoft Virtual Academy.  This new course builds on everything you’ve already learned about developing apps in these HTML5 courses: Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 Jump Start and Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and JavaScript Jump Start. This fast-paced refresh course filled with real-world scenarios shows you how you can make your apps richer and more integrated, using the new features available in Windows 8.1. This course is targeted at anyone making apps or aspiring to make apps for the Windows 8 platform using HTML and JavaScript. It will help you prepare for Microsoft exams 70-481 and 70-482.

[View course at Microsoft Virtual Academy]

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Sep
19
2013

Gaming Engines for Windows 8

imageI am thrilled to announce the availability of a new course at the Microsoft Virtual Academy for on-demand viewing – Gaming Engines for Windows 8! This course takes you through every aspect of developing games for Windows 8, from audience definition through product monetization. Discover the gaming engines that’ll ease the process, such as Construct2 by Scirra, GameMaker by YoYo Games, and Unity. The course is appropriate for beginning game developers and includes demos and lots of tips to help you make your venture a success.

[View course at Microsoft Virtual Academy]

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Feb
15
2013

HTML5 Apps 70-480

Elevate! Electrify!

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Jeremy Foster and I had no idea what kind of response resulted from presenting our free training course to prepare for the 70-480 exam.  For example, who knew that our shirts (purchased from the Microsoft Store the day prior) would become so popular, people contacting both of us wondering where they could buy one?

That said, the real story is in the successful outcomes of those who watched the videos and then subsequently passed the exam.  Even more impressive to me personally is that some already have apps submitted to the Windows Store!  (Do you have an app in the store? If not, consider 30,000 reasons why you should submit your app now!)

A Jump Start to the Jump Start

I want to give a Matthew Hughes in the United Kingdom recognition for his outstanding coverage of this course.  He took meticulous, detailed notes on every topic.  I have organized his blog posts below:

Part 0    Getting Started

Part 1    Semantic Markup, Forms, Media and SVG

Part 2    Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

Part 3    Advanced Layouts and Animations

Part 4    JavaScript Core Capabilities

Part 5    Manipulating the DOM

Part 6    Advanced Topics

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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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Jul
27
2012

This is FoxIE!

foxieWhat happens when you get the brainpower behind Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft IE together?  You get something very FoxIE!  I value this type of discussion going on at this new series on debuting on Channel 9.  If you have anything to do with web development, you should pay a visit!

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Jul
20
2012

Launch Your Windows 8 App in 30 Days

win8genapp30The release of Windows 8 is on the horizon, and soon millions of people will be looking for Windows 8 apps. Now’s the time to make sure your app is ready for them.

Begin your 30-day journey to create a great Windows 8 Metro style app. Get started at www.generationapp.com and receive:

· Insider tips and tricks on Windows 8 application development.

· Personal on-the-phone access to a Windows 8 architect*.

· An exclusive one-on-one Metro style design consultation*.

· An opportunity to get expert help from a Microsoft Services Engineer at an App Excellence Lab.

Your new Windows 8 app could be mere days away.

* Offer good only to legal residents in the 50 United States & D.C., age 18 or older to hobbyists, professionals or developers in the field of software tech who sign up for building a Windows 8 application on www.generationapp.com. Offer limited to 250 design consultations per month and 500 technical review consultations per month, on a first come first served basis. Limit of one session of each offer type per person. This offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offer. This offer ends when supplies are exhausted, and is not redeemable for cash.

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Apr
20
2012

Windows 8 Anchor Event at Club Nokia

On April 23rd 2012, the Microsoft Evangelism team on the West Coast will join together and present on the topic of Windows 8 and how to start developing for the new platform.  Be sure to follow all the action with this twitter hash-tag #win8appdev.

For more information about this event, check out this blog post from Scott Kerfoot.

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Mar
22
2012

AZ MVPs of the Year

Congratulations to all the Microsoft MVPs of the Year!

Two of the MVPs are based right here in Arizona.

Joseph Guadagno was awarded MVP of the Year for C#.  Joe has been an ongoing contributor to the community through is efforts with the Southeast Valley DotNet User Groug (SEVDNUG), Desert Code Camp, AZGiveCamp, and as President of INETA North America (just to name a few).

Joe works full time (like most of us) and still manages to contribute so much to the community.  Congratulations to Joe for being recognized by Microsoft and by his peers a “leader by example” among MVPs.

 

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Scott Cate was awarded MVP of the Year for ASP.NET.  Scott is well known in the Arizona community.  Scott is a long-time user group leader, and is the founder of AZGroups.org, a site dedicated to listing all the technical user groups (regardless of platform) in Arizona as a service to developers.  Last year, Scott was awarded the title – Microsoft Regional Director.  Scott has been quite active in the southwest region of the USA promoting the Windows Phone Unleashed events.  He is a regular speaker at many technical events locally, nationally, even internationally.

Despite his busy schedule, Scott is devoted family man – always beaming with pride over his children.  Kudos to Scott for being recognized with such a high honor (though no surprise for those who know him).

If you have benefited from the hard work of either of these gentlemen, please enter your comment below!

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Mar
19
2012

The Hunger Games–Capitol Tour

The most anticipated movie of the year hits theaters this Friday, March 23rd – The Hunger Games.  If you have read the book (or trilogy), you are probably giddy with excitement to see your favorite characters come to life on screen in a somewhat morbid view of a fictional world of the future.

If you are a fan, you are invited to take the Capitol Tour!  Sign in today to see which district you belong to.  Myself?  Of course I was assigned to District 4.

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