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Heartland Developer Days

Just wanted to make sure you were aware of the upcoming Developer Days.


Join us for these free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by developers.

You’ll learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and get the knowledge you need to take your skills to the next level. Get up close and personal with the technologies you need to build innovative new applications and enjoy lots of time to talk shop with your peers. Check out the different events currently being offered near you and register today!



Build 2013 Highlights – The Best of Build!
Were you unable to attend Build 2013 and hear about the latest Microsoft product announcements for software developers? Never fear! In this session, we will give you the best of Build, covering the major announcements and technology innovations you need to know as a developer. We will show code and demos to get you up to speed on the latest with Windows 8.1, XAML, WinJS, Bing, Windows Azure, and Visual Studio.

9/24 – Southfield, MI | REGISTER NOW >>
9/25 – Columbus, OH | REGISTER NOW >>
11/22 – Independence, OH | REGISTER NOW >>



Monetization of Real-World Windows Apps
Often, as developers, we think of our pet software projects as a hobby. As it turns out, we have one of the most profitable hobbies in the history of hobbies! Billions of dollars have already been made by developers just like you that built an app for a mobile platform, and monetized it effectively. In this one-day event, we will share with you some modest and extreme success stories, some strategies for making money from your apps, and some technical instruction on exactly how to make that happen in your code. We will also demonstrate how easy it is to build one unified codebase that can used on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone.

10/22 – Southfield, MI | REGISTER NOW >>
11/6 – Columbus, OH | REGISTER NOW >>
12/4 – Independence, OH | REGISTER NOW >>



Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Code Sharing
Trying to wrap your head around app development across multiple platforms? Trying to capitalize on the opportunities in both the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 marketplaces? Want to maximize your design and development resources and get to market better, faster, and stronger? Then come to this session and learn some real world techniques to maximize your efficiency of developing for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. See how you can minimize your development costs by maximizing sharing and reuse between the two platforms.

12/10 – Southfield, MI | REGISTER NOW >>



Windows 8 & Windows Phone Hands-on-Lab
Build your first Windows 8 apps with an accompanying app on Windows Phone! We will start from scratch to great a Windows 8 app that is powered by the cloud AND includes a Windows Phone version too!

11/20 – Columbus, OH | REGISTER NOW >>
11/22 – Southfield, MI | REGISTER NOW >>

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Windows Phone 8 Development for Absolute Beginners

imageBob Tabor, of LearnVisualStudio.NET, is back at it again.  He and Clint Rutkas put together a 35 part series on Windows Phone 8 Development for Absolute Beginners.  You may have already watched the Windows Phone 7 Development for Absolute Beginners, but for this series, Bob promises you that “you won’t recognize a single thing in this series because it has a lot of new things to learn.”

This video series was posted 6 days ago on MSDN’s Channel9 website, where you can also watch all of the recent BUILD 2013 videos.

Specifically for this series, the videos are located here and the source code can be downloaded here.

The 35 Part series includes:

Part 01 – Series Introductions

Part 02 – Installing Windows Phone SDK 8.0

Part 03 – Writing your First Windows Phone 8 App

Part 04 – Introduction to XAML

Part 05 – Basics of Layout and Events

Part 06 – Styling the App

Part 07 – Localizing the App

Part 08 – Understanding Compilation and Deployment

Part 09 – Overview of the Windows Phone 8 Emulator

Part 10 – Overview of the Databound App and Pivot App Project Templates

Part 11 – Setting Up the SoundBoard App

Part 12 – Improving the View Model and Sample Data

Part 13 – Styling Tiles in the LongListSelector

Part 14 – Binding to Real Data at Runtime

Part 15 – Playing a Sound when a ListItem is Selected

Part 16 – Working with the Application Bar

Part 17 – Introduction to Codin4Fun Toolkit

Part 18 – Navigating Between Pages

Part 19 – Setting up the RecordAudio.xaml Page

Part 20 – Recording an Audio Wav File

Part 21 – Permanently Save the Audio Wav File

Part 22 – Animating the Reel Grid with a Storyboard

Part 23 – Testing and Submitting to the Store

Part 24 – Getting Started with the AroundMe Project

Part 25 – Working with the Geolocator and Geoposition Classes

Part 26 – Retrieving a Photo from Flickr’s API

Part 27 – Navigating and Passing Data to the SearchResults Page

Part 28 – Understanding Async and Awaitable Tasks

Part 29 – Filtering the Results Keyword

Part 30 – Adding a Progress Indicator

Part 31 – Multiple Selection with the LongListMultiSelector

Part 32 – Animating Image Search Results

Part 33 – Working with the Lock Screen to Display an Image

Part 34 – Creating a Background Agent for Scheduled Tasks

Part 35 – Where to go from here

I’m a huge fan of Bob Tabor’s teaching style and this series looks to have a lot of great content.  I’m excited to watch this series myself.  Hope you enjoy.  If you do watch it, I would love to hear your feedback.

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Developing for Windows?

The Windows Dev Center has received a facelift.  Check out the Introducing a new Windows Dev Center experience blog.


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TouchDevelop–Create apps on PC, Mac, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone


imageTouchDevelop is a programming environment that runs on iPad, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac, Windows Phone. If you have a mobile device, you write scripts by tapping on the screen. You do not need a separate PC or keyboard. Scripts can perform various tasks similar to regular apps. Any TouchDevelop user can install, run, edit, and publish scripts. You can share your scripts with other people by publishing them to the TouchDevelop script bazaar, or by submitting them as an app to the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store.   TouchDevelop targets students, hobbyists, power users, and developers.


To help you jump in with the TouchDevelop environment, Microsoft Research Connections announced the release of the book, TouchDevelop—Programming on the Go.  It is available in print form, as an e-book, and on the web.

From the web – TouchDevelop has reached new heights as the only programming environment on mobile touch devices that creates apps directly for the Windows Marketplace. This book is a comprehensive guide on how to use TouchDevelop to write fun, productive apps that make full use of a device’s audio, camera, sensors, and so on.  Read the blog.

Watch the promo video on TouchDevelop

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FREE course from Pluralsight–Introduction to Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service


Through May 1st, 2013, Pluralsight is offering their new course, Introduction to Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service, for FREE.

Read the Pluralsight blog.

Course Overview

This course is designed to give you everything you need to get started as a developer using the Windows Azure IaaS platform

Go directly to the course.

Windows Azure


Windows Azure enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any operating system, language or tool. 

Learn more by going to Windows Azure Features.

Specials thanks to Scott Guthrie (@scottgu) for his twitter post.

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App Builder Virtual Summit: May 2, 2013


Are you interested in building Windows 8 Applications?  Register for the App Builder Virtual Summit that is taking place on May 2, 2013 from 9a – 2p PST.


9:00 – 9:30 Keynote:  The Windows Opportunity
9:30 – 10:30 Show and Tell:  Top Apps Development Revealed
10:30 – 11:00 “But I’m an iOS Developer”
11:00 – 11:30 Android Developers:  Expand Your Portfolio (1)
11:30 – 12:30 What can Windows 8 Development Frameworks do for you?
12:30 – 1:00 Designing for a New Digital Canvas
1:00 – 1:30 Monetizing your Windows 8 apps with Advertising
1:30 – 2:00 The “Get Rich Pitch” (2)


  1. My colleague, Jennifer Marsman (Microsoft Developer Evangelist), just published a post that may be of interest to you as well:  Windows Store opportunity for Android Developers
  2. I had written about Kevin Ashley in my previous post:  Embracing your Inner Developer.  Kevin had written about his experiences on developing for Windows 8 and is making $30,000 a month (which is above and beyond his normal pay as a Microsoft employee)

Get inspired and jumpstart your Windows 8 App Development with this event.

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Microsoft WebMatrix 3 – RTW (Released To Web) Today

The Microsoft WebMatrix website hasn’t changed yet, but keep a look out for it… WebMatrix 3 should be available for download later today, April 4th, 2013.


Microsoft WebMatrix is a lightweight, cloud-connected web development tool that is made freely available.  Version 3 brings a tighter integration with Windows Azure among other benefits.

Read more about this version from Microsoft or VisualStudio Magazine.

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