My Generation App Prize for UCF News for Windows 8

by Kevin February 8, 2013 21:30

Generartion App Prize


Here is a my Samsung Series 7 Slate with Windows 8 Pro that I won by being one of the first 2000 developers to have a new app published (UCF News) in the U.S. Windows Store before the October 26th Windows 8 launch date.

I am really impressed with the slate. Even though it was originally released for Windows 7, it works flawlessly with Windows 8. I did miss the convenience of the Touch Cover that I use on my Surface Windows RT, but adding the Bluetooth Wedge Mobile Keyboard and Wedge Touch Mouse made the slate as usable and portable as the Surface Windows RT, but with an 11.6" screen.

The slate also makes a great development device, because it has a generation 2 Core i5 processor, which allows it to run legacy Windows apps, unlike the Surface Windows RT. Having the slate with Windows 8 Pro has definitely made the wait for the release of the Surface Windows 8 Pro a lot easier.

I'll be replacing the Samsung Series 7 Slate, Surface Windows RT, and my company-provided laptop with a Surface Windows 8 Pro tomorrow, so the number of my development tools will be greatly reduced.

Click here for more information about Generation App and how they can help you develop your next Windows RT/8 and Windows Phone apps.

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Microsoft Surface | Windows 8

A Very Busy Windows 8 Day

by Kevin October 16, 2012 20:10

Today was a very busy Windows 8 day for me.

First, I pre-ordered the 64GB Surface with Windows RT and the black touch cover.

Second, UCF News for Windows 8 finally passed certification and was published in the Windows Store.

UCF News in the Windows 8 Store

Finally, I submitted UCF News for Windows 8 for a chance to win a Samsung Series 7 slate in the Generation App Great Slate Giveaway.

October 26th can't come quick enough.

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Microsoft Surface | Windows 8 | Windows RT

Ask Me About My Apps...

by Kevin November 14, 2011 18:31

I started developing Windows Phone apps at the beginning of February 2011 in anticipation of the HTC Arrive's release on Sprint's network in March (Yes, I had all of one phone to choose from). I wasn't new to .NET development, but I had never worked on phone apps or with Silverlight, so I didn't know what to expect from the learning curve. I was surprised by how many excellent examples and tools Microsoft had made available to developers, free of charge, and the move from ASP.NET to XAML was easier than I thought it would be. I quickly had my first test app up and running and consuming Web services.

That first app was something that I could only use to talk to my database server at work, so I turned to the emulator to create my first "real" app. WinPhone Info was a way for me to work through a number of the sample apps that let you tap into the hardware and OS on the phone. While working on each of the samples, I thought it would be nice to have them all combined into a single metro-styled app, so it became my first app in the Marketplace on 5/24/11. It now has over 15000 downloads, which I think is quite good for the small user-base that Windows Phone has gained in it's first year.

November brought the OS 7.5 (Mango) update, new developer tools and APIs, the first Nokia Windows Phones, and some excellent new hardware from HTC and Samsung. It also saw the start of some real advertising coming from Microsoft and the phone manufacturers, especially Nokia in Europe and Asia. The next year should be an excellent one for Windows Phone, as it gains even more ground on iOS and Android. I'm excited to be a Windows Phone developer, because as millions more people make the switch, they will be downloading and using my apps.

My current apps as of November are listed below. Click on the icons for more info and links to download the apps from the Marketplace.

Bill Reminder

Bill Reminder

If you are like me, you already use a full-featured money management program on your computer, and you don't want to re-enter all of your financial information into a separate application on your phone or rely on email reminders to know when your bills are due. Bill Reminder was written with those problems in mind. It gives you convenient, color-coded, reminders to quickly see when your bills are due; red for past due, yellow for due today, and green for not due yet. No account numbers or amounts are required. Just enter a name, frequency, and next occurrence date, and Bill Reminder color codes and sorts your bills into the correct lists. Mark a bill as paid, and Bill Reminder automatically updates the next occurrence date, color code, and reminder lists.

UCF News

UCF News

If you want to keep up with sports, campus, and college news at the University of Central Florida, then UCF News is the app for you. It brings the news from 30 separate RSS feeds into a single, easy to navigate, panorama application, so you can quickly get the news you need on the go. Additional feeds and feed filtering will be included in future updates.


WinGPS Info

WinGPS Info

WinGPS Info displays your location information and provides a Bing map to view the data updates in real-time and to send a map link to your current location via email or SMS.


WinPhone Info

WinPhone Info

WinPhone Info displays information about your Windows Phone device. It combines multiple sample applications into a single, Metro-styled interface.



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I work on .NET development by day; Windows PC & Windows Phone development by night.

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