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Your Employer Owns Your Job, but YOU Own Your Career: Why Mobile Dev Matters

Have you ever built and published a mobile app? Maybe you've tried and abandoned the idea because...

Author: ActiveNick Date: 02/29/2016

The Maker Show: Episode 4 - Building and Printing a 3D Model to Fit a Real Component

A week ago I blogged about The Maker Show, a new Channel 9 show for makers. The Maker Show is an...

Author: ActiveNick Date: 02/26/2016

Take a Video Tour of the Visual Studio Emulator for Android

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with my good friend Robert Green to record another...

Author: ActiveNick Date: 02/25/2016

Introducing The Maker Show

Greetings, and welcome to The Maker Show, a new Channel 9 show for makers, hackers, developers and...

Author: ActiveNick Date: 02/24/2016

Ultimate Guide & FAQ to Setting-Up a Windows Phone Development Environment

by Nick Landry (last updated on 9/22/2014) Mobile development is full of exciting opportunities, but...

Author: ActiveNick Date: 09/22/2014

Getting Started with 2D Game Development Using GameMaker

Anyone who knows me personally or follows me on Twitter knows that I’m a huge gamer. The...

Author: ActiveNick Date: 07/11/2014

Event Session – Building Universal Windows Apps for Smartphones and Tablets with XAML & C#

The “Blue Wave” is in full swing. Thanks to the new Universal Windows app templates in...

Author: ActiveNick Date: 06/24/2014

Event Session – Beyond Cortana & Siri: Using Speech Recognition & Speech Synthesis for the Next Generation of Mobile Apps

Speech is probably the topic I’m most passionate about when it comes to app development (ok, I...

Author: ActiveNick Date: 06/23/2014

Internet of Things Expo Power Panel with Microsoft, IBM, Kaazing, LogMeIn & Aria

I recently had the pleasure of joining a team of experts on the Things Expo Power Panel about the...

Author: ActiveNick Date: 06/17/2014

Dads: Teach Electronics to your Kids

My Three Dads Yesterday was Fathers Day. I feel very lucky because I didn’t grow up with one...

Author: ActiveNick Date: 06/16/2014

Live from New York, it’s the Internet of Things!

I’ve been spending the last couple of days at SYS-CON’s Cloud Expo in New York City...

Author: ActiveNick Date: 06/11/2014

App Spotlight: MakerBot Thingiverse

3D printers fascinate me. I’m sure I’m not the only one. I do not own one (yet) though....

Author: ActiveNick Date: 06/09/2014

(re)Introducing Windows Platform Developer Magazine

Almost a year ago, I decided to test the waters on a new feature of my (then) favorite iPad app:...

Author: ActiveNick Date: 06/06/2014

Join ActiveNick for Studio Time in New Jersey + New Win8 Dev Contest

What is Studio Time? Studio Time – also known as Office Hours – is a block of time set...

Author: ActiveNick Date: 03/06/2014

Windows Phone App Studio Now Supports Windows 8.1 too!

App Studio is a really cool online application that Microsoft launched last August to make it easy...

Author: ActiveNick Date: 02/20/2014

ActiveNick Assimilated by the Microsoft Collective

Yes, it’s true. Yesterday, I have officially joined Microsoft as a Tech Evangelist in the DPE...

Author: ActiveNick Date: 01/28/2014