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Publish!, The Final Frontier (formerly "write an app... get a phone!")

Tuesday's meeting is going to focus on getting your bits into the Windows Phone Store!
You will need to bring a laptop to get the most out of this meeting.

There are several hurtles which have to be leaped to get an app published in the store.

First, you need an app!
If you have an app that is ready for publication, now is your chance.
If you don't have such an app, we will help you craft THE SIMPLEST APP IN THE WORLD using Construct 2.0, a coding-free game generator that you can download ahead of time at this site.

Second, you need Visual Studio (Express) for Windows Phone.   It can be downloaded from Microsoft at this site.

Third, you need a developer account on the Windows Phone Store.
If you already have one, you're golden!
If you don't, we'll help you set one up.  That usually costs $19.95, but Nokia and Microsoft are providing us with tokens to make the account setup free.  

Fourth, you will need icons.
Windows Phone Apps require four icons.  We will have some icons with us, and there are lots more on the web.  If you have time before the meeting and want to prepare a perfect set of icons for your app, here are the sizes for the images you should bring.

• 336 x 336 pixels 

• 159 x 159 pixels

• 100 x 100 pixels

Finally, you will need patience, but not a lot of it.

By the end of the meeting, if all goes well, every attendee will have a shiny new app submitted to the phone store.  Those of you who have never done this before are in for a very special reward.  Microsoft and Nokia is awarding a free Nokia 800 Smart Phone to everyone who successfully publishes their first app in the store by September 31st.  This isn't a single door prize that we're raffling off to one lucky attendee.  This is an opportunity for everyone present to leave with the knowledge that they have earned a valuable reward. The patience will be needed because it may take a few weeks for your phone to arrive in the mail.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Reminder to everyone, that to be included in the drawing for an additional phone, I need the following...
    First and Last name
    Link to app in the store
    city, state
    dvlup name


    September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Everyone make sure to share with me your app when it comes through the store. For those of you who are in the process of trying to get published, keep me updated as well. We are looking at having until the end of this month to get apps in the store for the drawing for Windows Phone, so keep working! All in all, very successful event in my mind, so looking forward to more in the future!

    September 19, 2013

  • Frank H.

    There will be a document coming out later today with step-by-step instructions on how to publish your app. We'll also try to have LiveMeeting running for anyone that wishes to attend remotely (based on the quality of our Internet)

    See you tomorrow night!

    September 16, 2013

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