I have three coupons for Prometric exams for Microsoft certification that I’d like to give away.
Each coupon offers 3 exams for the price of one, and is good for the MCSD track of exams.
To enter follow me on twitter (if you’re not already) and retweet this tweet. On July 12 I’ll select 3 random winners from all who qualify.
…all 3 exams must be taken by the same person
…expires Dec 31, 2013
…works for exams 480, 481, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486, 487, 496, 497, and 498
…doesn’t work with other offers
I’ve worked with Children of the Nations (COTNI) in the past and they are a very cool organization.
At one point, my wife and I and some friends volunteered for their Meal Marathon – an extremely grassroots effort to get food to hungry kids. The program wasn’t a hundred layers of abstraction away from the actual goal – feeding hungry kids. Instead it was a simple matter of putting food in bags, putting bags in boxes, putting boxes in a shipping container, and shipping the container to Sierra Leone and the Dominican Republic. So simple… so helpful.
Right now and until June 12, COTNI needs donations of the following items…
- School backpacks
- School SmilePacks
- Hygiene SmilePacks
- Solar-powered flashlghts
- Soccer cleats (any size)
- Baseball cleats (any size)
- Soccer balls
- Soccer ball pumps
- Baseball gloves
If you live anywhere near Silverdale, WA and would like to help get these items to the kids that need them, please go to https://cotni.org/get-involved/locally/donate-resources and get more information.
Hello. I wrote a little book (my first actually) called CSS for Windows 8 App Development published by Apress. It’s available at aka.ms/cssbook. All of the code listings from the book are available in a Windows 8 app that I have created, and you can download all of the source code for this app at cssbookcode.codeplex.com. The code is not polished yet as the book is still in alpha, but it should build and run and you’re welcome to take a look as early as you like. Thanks for reading my book. I wish you lots of fun and success in developing apps for Windows 8.
The codeSHOW app is now certified and available in the Windows 8 Store. If you’re wanting to learn development for Windows 8, use codeSHOW to browse a lot of demos and then see the code for them. There’s a lot more to be added and some kinks to work out, but I hope it adds value to your life today. Updates should happen on a relatively frequent basis. Leave a review and tell me what you think.
If you have Windows 8, you can go directly to http://aka.ms/codeshowapp to download it.
I decided to put together a reference post for when you’re looking for stock photos, clipart, audio, music, or video. I will update this post as I am made aware of new sources.
|Bing Images||http://images.bing.com||Depends on source|
|The Noun Project||http://thenounproject.com||Free|
|The XAML Project||http://www.thexamlproject.com/||Free|
|SyncFusion Metro Studio||http://www.syncfusion.com/downloads/metrostudio||Free|
|We Love Icon Fonts||http://weloveiconfonts.com|
|Windows 8 App Icons||/win8icons||Free|
|Open Game Art||http://opengameart.org||Free|
|2D Game Art for Programmers||http://2dgameartforprogrammers.blogspot.com||Free|
|Modern UI Icons||http://modernuiicons.com/||Free|
|The Stock Footage Company||http://www.thestockfootagecompany.com/||Pay/Free|
|1001 Free Fonts||http://1001freefonts.com||Free|
|Windows Marketplace Icon Maker||http://github.com/DavidBurela/WindowsMarketplaceIconMaker|
It’s was a big day in Building 33 as 100 or so people gathered to write Windows 8 apps, compete for prizes, and hopefully learn a little something along the way. One of the things attendees learned was that Microsoft Learning (MSL) is really rockin’ the Microsoft certifications lately. Paul Lee joined us at the hackathon to talk about the state of Microsoft certifications. They have tracks that based on software solutions and the technologies a developer would use to create them.
The one I’m excited about is the MCSD: Windows Store Apps - HTML5. Which you can earn if you take the 70-480, 70-481, and 70-482 exams. And actually, the first of those exams is free (for now) if you go to http://www.register.prometric.com to schedule your exam and use HTMLJMP as your promo code. If you want help studying for 70-480 and 70-481, you can take a look at the JumpStart videos that Michael Palermo and I recorded at http://aka.ms/jump480 and http://aka.ms/jump481.
Attached are the slides that Paul presented.
I have an extra, shrink wrapped copy of Gears of War 3 for Xbox that I’d like to give away to a random Twitter follower. Follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/codefoster and retweet this tweet to enter. I’ll request your mailing address if you win and send it to you snail mail style. I’ll draw a name on Friday, Nov 2 at noon.
If you’re interested in learning how to write apps for Windows 8 but don’t want to leave your desk to do it, then I have just the thing for you. They’re called HOLOs. That’s a Hands-On Lab Online. It goes like this.
First, you register and then when the event comes around, you log in and are hooked up with a Live Meeting to a presenter and a bunch of other attendees and also with a Hyper-V session to a Windows 8 virtual machine with all of the course work ready to go. You listen to the presenter for a while, and then you run through the labs with the instructor right there and ready to help when you raise your virtual hand.
There are sessions on a myriad of Windows 8 related subjects including…
- Creating a Windows 8 App
- Orientation, Snapping, and Semantic Zoom
- Searching and Sharing
- The Windows Store
- Application Bars and Media Capture
- Settings and Preferences
Go register now to save your spot. I created a short URL to a search of all of the HOLOs being offered – http://aka.ms/holo.