Category Archives: App Development

Xamarin, Xbox One Dev Mode, Bot Framework and HoloLens @ Reston meetup

I presented Xamarin, Xbox One Dev Mode, Bot Framework and HoloLens at my Reston meetup group, DC-MS-Devs. Here is all the presentation material with the slides, links and my contact information. Each segment covered an overview + demo with input from guest speakers.

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1 of 4: Intro to Xamarin

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SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/shahedC3000/intro-to-xamarin-63161570

Xamarin is now a part of Microsoft and is included at no extra charge with any version of Visual Studio, even the free Community Edition! Build mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows all from Visual Studio using C#!

2 of 4: Xbox One Dev Mode

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SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/shahedC3000/xbox-one-dev-mode-63161595

In addition to Xbox One dev kits for approved developers, anyone can now use a retail Xbox One to develop apps or games for Xbox One! Learn how you can get started today!

3 of 4: Intro to Bot Framework

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SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/shahedC3000/intro-to-bot-framework

Microsoft’s new Bot Framework allows devs to create intelligent bots to interact with users in a natural way. The possibilities of these new types of technologies get tremendously larger when coupled with Azure Services.

4 of 4: Intro to HoloLens

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SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/shahedC3000/intro-to-hololens

HoloLens dev kits have started shipping! Learn how you can apply for one and get started with the HoloLens Simulator on Windows 10!

 

 

Build 2016 Recap

Need to catch up on Build announcements?

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Start here:

Here’s a quick recap:

Windows Facts and Features

Windows for Developers

Xbox + HoloLens

Cortana + Skype

Azure

Labs

3rd Party References:

Universal Apps for Windows 10

Here is the material for “Universal Apps” delivered at the DC MS Devs meetup @ Reston VA on Thu March 24, 2016.

 

Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/shahedC3000/universal-apps-for-windows-10

Download PPTX: http://wakeupandcode.com/public_downloads/Win10-2016.pptx

GitHub Link: https://github.com/Windows-Readiness/WinDevHOLs

 

 

Why Microsoft?

To celebrate my 2-year anniversary at Microsoft as a Sr. Technical Evangelist, I wanted to put my thoughts down in a blog post and discuss it in a video. This post also answers the question “Why Did I Choose Microsoft?” In today’s open-source, cross-platform world, Microsoft is becoming more and more relevant, from cloud services (hosting Windows and Linux servers) to mobile app services (supporting iOS and Android) and everything in between.

Wake Up And Code!

Jump to Video: https://youtu.be/bPnWf2HKVMw

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mslogo Why Microsoft?

Sometimes, people ask me “Hey, you are promoting Microsoft products just because you work for Microsoft?” I usually respond “Actually no, I joined Microsoft because I enjoy using and promoting Microsoft products.” You see, today’s Microsoft supports many operating systems, programing languages and platforms that crosses overs in way that turns competition into collaboration”

As a consumer, I started using DOS and Windows 3.1 when I first learned how to use a computer. I jumped onto Windows 95 along with the rest of the world. I picked up productivity apps like WordPerfect and Quattro Pro, but was introduced to Office products such as Word and Excel. Today, I have multiple devices running Windows 10, including my Xbox One! :)

As an enterprise developer, I have been using Microsoft software development tools and business applications for almost 2 decades now. My first real job was in the Summer of 1997 when I used Active Server Pages to develop database-driven web applications. Today, I’m using Visual Studio 2015 to work on everything from ASP .NET Core 1.0 web applications to Windows 10 apps/games, and even games developed in Unity. Having tried out other dev tools, I would happily admit that Visual Studio is arguably the best IDE out there. For a lighter code editor, there’s Visual Studio Code for PC, Mac and Linux users.

Screenshot of photo and caption from IGC :-)

Screenshot of photo and caption from IGC :-)

As an indie developer, I started making silly little games for Xbox 360 using XNA and C# within Visual Studio for Xbox Live Indie Games. I even got slayed by Indie Gamer Chick, but survived to write 2 articles for her blog (Earning Your Keep and Redefining Indie Success). I followed up my indie games with free dev tools for XBLIG developers around the world, which really got me involved in the dev community. Long before my colleague Dave Voyles and I joined Microsoft, he wrote up a couple of reviews on my dev tools (XBLIG Sales Data Analyzer and XNA Basic Starter Kit) before we had even known each other.

As a community leader, I created Facebook groups for Construct 2, Unity, and Xbox One. I wasn’t sure which would take off, but all three of them are very active today. I recently launched a new group for HoloLens, and also run a real-life Meetup group for DC/MD/VA developers using Microsoft tools, technologies and platforms. It’s great to see continued interest from my audience in everything form cloud services to game development tools.

I was even fortunate enough to get mentioned in the Official Xbox Magazine, in the same month that I was selected for the Microsoft MVP program and offered a job at Microsoft as a Technical Evangelist!

Source: Official Xbox Magazine, March 2014, Page 65

Source: Official Xbox Magazine, March 2014, Page 65

As a technical evangelist, I have been working with students, startups and developers all over DC/MD/VA, coast to coast across the US and around the world via in-person events and online videos. Looking for one of my videos? Head on over to MSDN Channel 9, where you’ll find plenty of videos for all things Microsoft and more!

My colleague James Quick and I also have 2 sets of videos on Microsoft Virtual Academy, with the 3rd set coming soon!

  1. Construct 2: http://aka.ms/mva-construct2
  2. Advanced Construct 2: http://aka.ms/mva-construct2-advanced
  3. Windows 10 Games with Construct 2: (Coming Soon!)

So, why did I choose Microsoft? I followed my passions, and this is where it led me. 😎

To wrap things up, check out this video of me talking with my friend Frank La Vigne, a Technology Evangelist at Microsoft, on his YouTube Channel Frank’s World TV.

YouTube Video on FWTV: https://youtu.be/bPnWf2HKVMw

BUT WAIT, THERE’s MORE!!!

In my latest Channel 9 video, check out my other video with Frank where we discuss how to get started with game development!

 

Hands On: Universal Apps @ Reston VA

I will be hosting a Hands-On Workshop on Universal Apps at the DC MS Devs meetup group @ Microsoft’s Reston VA office on March 24, 2016.

 

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/DC-MS-Devs/events/228461569/

  • Date/Time of Event: Thursday, March 24, 2014 @ 6:30pm
  • Location: Microsoft, 12012 Sunset Hills Rd., Reston, VA
  • Instructions: Come up to Room 3054 (3rd floor)

Learn how you can build Universal Apps using Microsoft dev tools and technologies!


Windows 10 now has more than 200 million users worldwide, and its users are more engaged with the Windows Store than ever! Learn about how Universal Windows Apps can be built for various device families:

  • PC (desktop, laptop, tablet)
  • Mobile (smartphones)
  • Xbox
  • Surface Hub
  • HoloLens

In this Hands-On Workshop, you will learn how to build a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app on your laptop. You will also get an introduction to exciting features such as voice control, adaptive UI and cloud connectivity.

You will also get a brief look at how to use 3rd-party game development tools to export to UWP.


You should arrive with the following:

  • Laptop with Windows 10
  • Visual Studio 2015 (Community Edition ok)

Optional:

  • Unity 5 (Personal Edition ok)
  • Construct 2 (Free Edition ok)

 

 RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/DC-MS-Devs/events/228461569/