Mini Code Camp

I’m doing an awesome one-night mini-code camp on August 21st. Pascal Rettig (@cykod), organizer of the Boston HTML5 Game Development meetup group, is giving me the floor to show you how to bring your awesome HTML5 skills to the fastest growing mobile platform, Windows Phone. Go here to sign up, it’s free

Before I explain what I’ll be showing you, check out the prizes I am giving away…

Awesome Giveaways!

I will be giving away some great stuff, including:

  • Bunch of swag (Swiss Army computer backpack, Purity In-Ear headphones, reprogrammable NFC stickers, t-shirts and more)
  • Nokia Lumia 822 (SIM unlocked!)
  • Nokia Lumia 920 (Engadget “Smartphone of the Year” for 2012)

Everyone who attends will get the following:

  • One-on-one attention to help build your app
  • Nokia Premium Developer Program token ($1500 value, contains a Microsoft developer license to unlock phones and publish to the store) when you email me your first app.
  • A Nokia Lumia 800 (or 900) when the app is live in the Store (you use the token above to pay for your developer account, then you can publish your app globally)

What Is This Mini Code Camp About?

I’ll be showing you how easy it is to build a native HTML5/JS game for Windows Phone. You can literally drag and drop your existing HTML5 game into a native Windows Phone app. If your game works on IE10 on a pc, 99% of the time it will work on the phone. Why? Because you are still developing for IE10 on the phone. Here is the break down of my presentation:

  1. 15-20 minutes: Intro– I’ll introduce myself and explain all the different free giveaways, rewards and resources that are available to you. Here is just some of the items I’ll guide you through to get
    1. Join Dvlup Nokia’s developer rewards program (its free. Get a loaner phone to help you develop your app and get real life rewards like computers, phones, hardware, gift cards and much more. You can even get featured global WP Store placement!) Here is my profile.
    2. Nokia’s powerful Marketing In a Box. You get free professional marketing assets. Check out my last promo video, you’ll get one too
    3. Show you how to get great revenue from your app (in app purchasing is super-easy to do in WP8. literally a few lines of code)
  2. 15 minutes: Code demo– Using an existing HTML5 game, I will show you how to bring your existing game into a WP8 app. Literally just a couple steps. You will all get the full source code and slides for the demos
  3. First Giveaway! – I will raffle off a pair of great Purity In-Ear Headphones and a Wenger Swiss Army TSA ready computer backpack
  4. Break: Eat! I will also provide on-on-one help on installing the WP8 SDK on your machine. I’ll be bringing the SDK on USB drives as well.
  5. 15 minutes: Using middleware- I will demo using the Unity3D game engine and deploying to the phone. The Unity3D editor is now free for Windows Phone 8 development. If you have an existing Unity3D game, you’re going to love this mini-session.
  6. 10 minutes: Questions/Answers- Ask me anything!
  7. Giveaway Time! – I will raffle off the Nokia Lumia 822, built for Verizon, but is SIM unlocked!


I recommend that you install the SDK on your PC before coming to the event. You’ll be able to follow along during the group. It also will let you find any problems during installation that you may need help with. One of the requirements on building Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 apps is that you need to be running Windows 8. You can do this in a VM if you need to. There are some great articles on how to set your VM up. If you are using a Mac, you can use Parallels or Bootcamp.

I have a blog post that will step you through setting up the SDK, and also building your first app in minutes. If you have any trouble, please send me an email and I will help you every step of the way.

I look forward to seeing you there!


Level Up with DVLUP!

Got your developer hat on? Check. Got your gamer hat on? Check. Ready to earn awesome rewards for doing what you love? Check!

Great, then let’s get rolling! I am officially announcing the beginning of a brand new, groundbreaking program from Nokia for Windows Phone developers, DVLUP. You are formally invited to participate in this currently invite-only program where you earn points for your apps through completing challenges. Spend your XP on Xbox 360s, new Nokia Lumias and more.

Check it out:


How do you get to participate?

I can take care of that for you, send me an email to  ext-lance.mccarthy(at)nokia(dot)com and I will give you a code to join.

There are two things you need to know before emailing me:

  1. This is only open to the US and Canada (for now), when you email me be sure to let me know what state you’re in.
  2. You don’t need to have a Dev Center account to join or get access to WP8 devices, but need one in order to compete for rewards.

Now that is out of the way, I can do something about #2 if you don’t have an account. If you are building an app, I will help you get a Dev Center account. If you are a student, you can go through Dreamspark. If you have an app that is done and ready to go, I can hook you up with a token (common sense applies here, no Hello World apps will get a token).

Head on over to DVLUP once I give you your access token.

If you don’t qualify for a token yet, but still want to dev unlock your phone and publish to the store, you can join the Nokia Premium developer program. For the same cost as the Dev Center, we will throw in a RadControls for Windows Phone license, a million API calls and you still get the Dev center account! Win-Win-Win.