Attend Publish Boston & Win Big

Since the prizes are really awesome for this event (May 17th), I’m going to start off with them. We will be rewarding the best student, best individual, and best company in each of the categories below:

  • Top Windows 8.1 app
    • Trip to the 2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, TX.
    • 9 runner-up Nokia Lumia 1520 prizes
  • Top Windows Phone app
    • $10,000 to build your own “Dev Cave”
    • 9 Runner-up Nokia Lumia 1520 prizes
  • Top Cross Platform app
    • MakerBot 3D printer
    • 9 Runner-up Nokia Lumia 1520 prizes
  • Breakthrough in App Innovation and Design
    • MakerBot 3D printer
    • 9 Runner-up Nokia Lumia 1520 prizes

But wait, there’s more! I will be giving away these prizes at the end of the day…

  • Dell Venue Pro 8
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
  • Surface Pro and Surface Bluetooth Wedge Mouse (only windows phone entries are eligible)
  • 2 Nokia Lumia “Hero” Devices, winner’s choice of a Lumia 1020, 928, 925 or 920 (only windows phone entries are eligible)

So you are probably now asking yourself, “How do you win these prizes?”, funny that you ask because I was just going to tell you how you can…

Participate

Microsoft is holding an awesome world-wide Hackathon-style event titled //publish/.  The main purpose of the event is for you to publish your app to the Windows Phone or Windows Store. The app can be:

  • An app that you start working on now
  • An old app that you haven’t been able to finish
  • Some thing you build from scratch at the event

At the event –  If you attend in person on May 17th and submit your app to DevCenter by 7 PM, you will be able to demo it to the audience. The winners of the local prizes (second group) will be randomly chosen from those who successfully submitted (you will need to show me that the app is in submission or has been published to qualify).

After the event – The grand prizes (first group) will be awarded after the apps are published in the store. The winners will be chosen from three groups; student, indie and small business. For more details about the grand prize contest, go here.

How do you sign up?

Go here to register for //publish/ Boston  ( tweet ‘@lancewmccarthy I just registered for #pubWin Boston! #wpdev’ for a RT )

If you are not close to Boston and want to see if there is a //Publish/ event near you, go here and filter the list from the drop down. Note that the local event’s prizes will be different, but the grand prizes are the same.

I hope to see you all there, this is going to be tons of fun. I will come back here and update this post with a final agenda and more details when they become available.

Happy coding!

Lance

Legal Stuff: As with all my giveaways and contests, by participating and receiving a prize, you agree to this disclaimer.

Build 2014 Videos

This year’s Microsoft Build conference was jam packed with Windows Phone goodness. In fact, there is too much to take in at once. So what I’ve done for you is break it down into sections so that you can bookmark this page and come back at your leisure.

These videos are in no particular order, so review them all before you choose, enjoy!

Windows Phone Development

Windows and Windows Phone Design related

Market, Store, Performance and Analytics related

HTML, WinJS/javascript and Web related

Enterprise related

 

Here is the main Ch9 Build 2014 page if you want to look up any sessions not related to Windows or Windows Phone development. Let me know if you have any trouble with this page or if there is something you think I should add.

Happy coding!

 

 

DVLUPday NYC Highlights

12 hours, 250 developers, 150 feet of Subway, 68 pizzas… one awesome day, priceless.

At the beginning of the day, I performed the developer equivalent of crowd surfing… the Vine surf

https://vine.co/v/MMn5jXhnUJF/embed/simple

Photos

There lots of pictures taken and shared, you can see all of them here at #DVLUPday photos

Here are some of my favorites:

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Until next time, Happy Coding!

Lance

Photo Credits:

@NaveenPrasath
@windowstherapy
@robwirving
@merlin3212
@TonyThorton_
@shahedC
@LenChaney
@b_annis
@_christopher_g

(if you see a photo of yours and your name is not mentioned, let me know)

Make An App Dev Happy Day

The Windows Phone developer community is amazing in and of itself, but what happens when you add something like #makeAnAppDevHappyDay? You get pure awesomeness. What is #makeAnAppDevHappyDay?  Nokia DVLUP added fuel to an idea started by Dan Colasanti for developers to help them get the word out about their apps and generate app reviews.

Share your app…

Post your app’s name and link to the store on twitter with the #makeAnAppDevHappyDay, other devs will download your app and leave a review. you do the same for them (It’s also a great way for you to find new apps). Here is an example:

Check out my latest app, [app name here] thanks! [app link here] #MakeAnAppDevHappyDay

Share another app…

It is also a way to let the developers know that you have rated this app, for example:

I just rated [app name here] five stars, great job guys! You gotta try it out [app link here] #MakeAnAppDevHappyDay

When is it?

This happens every month on the first Friday. Just search the hashtag, or use this direct link and enjoy! I’m turning on comments for this blog post, leave a comment below and let everyone know #MakeAnAppDevHappyDay has worked for you

Nokia DVLUP Day

Registration has ended!

UPDATE Registration is closed, the hard deadline for stragglers was 12:00 PM 11-16-2013.  Thank you for making this one of the highest registered events I’ve ever held at 90% of max building capacity!

IMPORTANT: Make sure you are present at the welcome presentation at 10 AM on the 4th floor. You will learn the answer to a secret question that proves you attended.

Event Description

Learn to make amazing Windows Phone apps at Boston Nokia DVLUP Day and win big prizes just for participating. Nokia Ambassadors, Lance McCarthy and Nick Landry, will provide hands-on Windows Phone development training. Whether you’re a seasoned dev or don’t know a line of code, you will walk away with the ability to write an app.

With full example source code and step by step instructions, you will learn how to make an app from scratch. There are three individual tracks for you depending on what you want to build and your programming skill level, there is something for everyone; games or apps.

As an attendee you get the following:

  • A Windows Phone 8. Every attendee who updates or publishes an app within 2 weeks of the event will get a new Nokia Lumia 620 Windows Phone 8 device
  • A heavy-duty swag backpack. The swag bag is chock full of goodies, even the backpack itself is worth $89 (it’s a Wenger, Swiss Gear TSA friendly laptop bag).
  • A Nokia Developer Offers token. This contains the following:
    • Microsoft Windows Phone DevCenter account (this is your portal to publish apps to the Windows Phone Store and also unlocks physical devices for building apps)
    • Telerik RadControls for Windows Phone license
    • Infragistics NetAdvantage for Windows Phone
    • BugSense Performance Monitoring solution for Windows Phone (3 months)
  • $50 AdDuplex credit (approx. 20k ad impressions). When your app is live, you’ll be entered to win:
    • 1st place- 1,000,000 ad impressions
    • 2nd place- 500,000 ad impressions
    • 3rd place- 250,000 ad impressions
  • PreApps.com app placement credit. PreApps.com is giving every attendee credit towards app placement on the PreApps website!
  • Mac Clinic- If you are a developer who uses a mac and doesn’t have access to a Windows 8 machine, be sure to read the end of this post. you’ll need to reach out to me to reserve a mac dev kit.

There will be 2 random drawings for all attendees to win a Nokia Lumia “Hero” device of their choice (Lumia 1020, 928, 925, 920). The first drawing will be held at 5 PM after the day of training for all attendees. The second drawing will be held at the end of the mini-hackathon for the attendees who stayed to code and get hands-on help.

There will also be random giveaways throughout the day for swag, Telerik licenses, gadgets and more.

Breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner will be provided.

Schedule:

  • 8 AM MacBook clinic
  • 9 AM Registration, breakfast and networking
  • 10 AM Introductions then sessions start (tracks 1, 2 and 3)
  • 12 PM Lunch
  • 12:30 Sessions resume
  • 2:00 PM Track 1, 2 and 3 end
  • 2:15 Combined track begins
  • 4:30 Combined track ends, giveaways
  • 5:00 PM Sessions end, dinner is served, mini-hackathon begins
  • 8:30 PM Mini-Hackathon ends, final prizes awarded
  • 9:00 PM End of event, 2 week hackathon begins!

Track One: Native development (10AM – 2PM): Learn how to write Windows Phone apps with XAML/C# and explore the amazing APIs available to you. From the built-in task classes to advanced Bluetooth/NFC/Camera approaches, Lance McCarthy, Nokia Ambassador for the Northeast US, will show you how easy it is to write great apps with ease. This track comes with full source code and slides.

Track Two: App Studio development (10AM-2PM): Learn how to generate a store-ready Windows Phone app in under an hour using Microsoft’s App Studio. Nick Landry, Nokia Ambassador for the Mid-Atlantic US, will show you how to get started with App Studio and also take you through how to download the source code for the finished app to customize it even further.

Track Three: Game Development (10 AM-2PM): Learn how to make fun games for Windows Phone and Windows 8 using Unity3D and Construct2. Michael Cummings, Microsoft DPE, will show you how to code casual 2D games for Windows 8 and Windows Phone using a variety of technologies such as Unity, GameMaker, Construct 2, HTML5 and/or MonoGame. (If you had originally signed up on Microsoft’s event page, that event listing has been cancelled. Simply go to the Eventbrite link at the top of this page and register there instead)

Combined track (2:15-5PM): A combination of app demos from the event hosts that highlight their favorite approaches to Windows Phone development (for example, Lance will demonstrate some Windows Phone Bluetooth and Netduino fun). Each presenter will spend 30 minutes to show you the app and dissect it for you to see how to do it yourself. This session is to spark your imagination.

Developer Environment (MacBook WPDev Kit)

To write native Windows Phone 8 apps, you will need to be using Windows 8 Pro. If you do not have windows 8 Pro, you can do track 2 and make a Windows Phone App Studio app.

Developers with a Macbook: If you are a developer with a MAC, you can show up early (8:00 AM) for the MAC Clinic and you’ll be provided with a MAC DEV KIT. This contains a copy of Parallels and a copy of Windows 8 Pro. They will help you setup your mac so that you can develop Windows Phone apps. Email Lance McCarthy as soon as possible to set up your MAC DEV KIT, otherwise it will be first-come, first serve (email: BostonDvlupDay@outlook.com ).

If you have questions about your environment, please email BostonDvlupDay@outlook.com

General Windows Phone 8 developer environment minimum (if you’re doing track 1 or 3)

1.  Mac users only: Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, VirtualBox or VMWare Fusion

2.  Windows 8 (or 8.1) Professional (a 90-day evaluation version available here)

3.  The Windows Phone SDK is available here, I will also have it available on a USB drive that you can install there.

Summary

This is going to be an awesome day, I look forward to seeing you all there. Just for showing up and learning, you get hooked up. Just for updating or publishing an app, you get hooked up. Mark off that Saturday and come join us.

Directions to the Venue

Microsoft 1CC, Cambridge, MA
Microsoft 1CC,
Cambridge, MA

Directions to #1 CAMBRIDGE CENTER  Directions from Bing

(Note: there is some construction being performed on the Longfellow bridge and it is currently closed to Cambridge-bound traffic )

ARRIVING BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

MBTA (“The T”)

Cambridge Center is accessible via the MBTA Red Line at the Kendall Square/MIT stop (between the Charles Street and Central Square stops). The Red Line links up with other lines providing access to virtually the entire Greater Boston region, including Logan Airport.  Please follow the Microsoft signs to our main entrance in the front of our building.

Redeeming a Nokia Premium Developer Program token

There have been many questions recently about how to properly redeem your shiny new Nokia Premium Developer Program. What better way than to record a video for you? Without further ado, here is how to redeem the token, as well as how to get at the Telerik goodness in the center.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDEJPi-B8f8&rel=0]

After doing this, you’ll know how to get the Microsoft DevCenter token as well as the Buddy.com token because it is the same process to retrieve the individual tokens.

Enjoy!

Make an Awesome Video for Your App

Nokia has gone to great lengths to make it easy for developers to create promotional materials for their Windows Phone apps. This quick video shows you how to do it.

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Steps to make your own

  1. Got to the Marketing Toolkit main page (you’ll need to be signed in)
  2. Select the checkbox under “Promotional Video”
  3. Paste in the Store URL to your app
  4. Select the platform of your choice (I chose Lumia 920)
  5. Select a language
  6. Click “Continue”

On the next page:

  1. Select a category
  2. Make sure the app name is correct
  3. Click “Continue”

On the next page, you can choose the words that get displayed during the video, choose the adjectives that best describe your app’s user experience.

  1. Select all three words for your app
  2. Select the screenshot you want to be in the video
  3. Choose the music you want in the video
  4. Click “Preview Video”

You’ll be brought to the preview page. If you want to change something, you can go back and alter your choices.

  1. If you like the video, click “Continue”
  2. Click “Create Video”

You’re almost done, the next steps take involve signing into your youtube account and the video’s full rendering.

Congratulations, you now have a great looking video to promote your app.

Hackathon Winners

I will be writing a more in-depth blog post (with videos and event pictures) on the Telerik website when all the media is done being edited. For now, I wanted to quickly get a post up to show the winners of The Boston Hackathon. There were over 40 apps created, submitted and presented! Every developer who went through my grueling training schedule on day one, built their app, got it in by 3:30PM on day two and had the courage to present to the audience, earned a Nokia Premium Developer Program token ($1,500 value)! They will all be able to publish their apps to the Windows Phone Store.

Go here and see the comments on this photo. The comments are from the developers who participated and give you a great insight into the event.

Without further ado, here are the winners.

First Place

First place went to VTX (Voice Assisted Training & Exercise by Maneesh Moota and Roman Jaquez). It was a spectacular application that leveraged the power of the Telerik Design Templates and RadControls for Windows Phone. It also integrated speech, maps, accelerometer data, backend for user profiles,  RadQrCode to share workout routines and much more. Here are some screenshots:

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Second Place

Second place went to LockMapper, by Jeffrey Harmon (developer of the successful app, Memorylage). This app updates your lock screen with your current location on a map, and also the live tile, with your current location and the route to your destination plotted! Jeff demonstrates his out-of-the-box thinking with this unique featuring of WP8 APIs and Telerik controls and nailed another home run..  Here are some screenshots:

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Third Place

Third place was RadLibs, by Team Hyland (Jeremiah Bryant, Anthony Russell, Kevin DiTraglia and Bryan Stump) who drove all the way from Cleveland, Ohio to participate! The app is a digital MadLib, that spits out some really funny stories from the user’s pre-chosen, random words. They used the Telerik controls throughout the app and even used the speech APIs which made the app even funnier.

UPDATE: Now available in the Windows Phone Store, get it here.

Here are some screenshots:

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Conclusion

Every single developer that participated poured their heart and soul into this.  I didn’t have a chance to even take a break longer than 5 minutes, that’s how engaging these developers were. They were all full of questions. Look out world, we have a new crop of relentlessly dedicated Windows Phone developers coming your way! I couldn’t be more proud of what was accomplished this weekend, kudos to everyone involved.     Note: These are screenshots of the app as it was presented to the judges. There will most likely be improvements/changes made before being available in the Windows Phone Store.

Rewarding Quality

Offer ends Feb 11th, 2013 5:00 PM PST

So you’ve published an app and you’ve worked hard to keep its rating at 4+ stars. You’ve had at least 50 ratings, proving that it’s not a fluke. Now what? Let me bring you into the fold of the elite.

You and your app will get:

  • Windows Phone Store Placement
  • App Highlights Placement (Nokia’s app that is preinstalled on all new Nokia Lumias)
  • NAX Credits for you to advertise your app in other apps

So if you meet the conditions (has minimum 50 ratings, is currently 4 stars or higher, and you’re DVLUP member or eligible to be) send me an email ext-lance.mccarthy@nokia.com