Getting started with Windows 8 Metro Style HTML5/JS Games…

I spent a fair amount of time over the past few months working with Windows Phone games using XNA.  With Windows 8, we now have the option of creating metro style games using HTML5/JS.  My recent history has focused more on XAML/C# apps using mostly Silverlight.  Although I have been working with HTML and the web since the beginning I’m not a very experienced JavaScript developer, and this will be my first attempt at creating Windows 8 Metro Style HTML5/JS apps of any kind.

I have a problem of wanting to blog things only after I have figured them out.  This time, I’m going to try a different approach and blog as I go.  That means I’ll probably have to correct myself at some point in the future.  But if you want to learn along with me, then you’ll have to experience the bumps and sharp turns with me as well. 

For this blog post I am just going to list links off to the resources I am using as I go through the learning process.  From my initial review, I think I will start looking at creating an HTML5/JS game using the “JavaScript and HTML5 touch game sample” from Microsoft.  Once I have completed that, I plan to start over using “EaselJS” which is part of the “CreateJS” suite.

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Installing the Windows Phone SDKs on Windows 8

If you have upgraded to the latest Windows 8 Release Preview, you may be asking if you can still develop Windows Phone applications.   Well, yes, you can!  There are just a few things to install:

If you want to use a full version of Visual Studio (not just the “Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone” that ships with the SDK), then start by installing Visual Studio 2010 SP1.  There are currently (today is 06/09/2012) no Windows Phone development tools for Visual Studio 2012 RC.  You don’t HAVE to install Visual Studio though because an express version is included with the Windows Phone SDK.

What to Install and in what order Where to Get it
01 – Games for Windows Live Client
02 – Windows Phone 7.1 SDK
03 – Windows Phone 7.1.1 SDK Update Windows Phone 7.1.1 SDK Update

For an explanation of the above….

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Configuring Windows 8 Release Preview for Azure Development

With Windows 8 Release Preview just coming out yesterday, I thought this might be a great time to give the developers that are just getting started with Windows 8 the tools they need to continue developing Windows Azure applications using Visual Studio 2010, but on their fancy new Windows 8 machines.

The following video walks you step by step through the process of configuring a clean Windows 8 Release Preview installation for Windows Azure development using VS 2010.  We also talk about installing the VS 2012 RC Express for Windows 8 so you can get started developing Metro Style applications as well.

Note, some people have had problems viewing the video in my blog entry. You can watch the video online here:

The video follows the basic steps outlined for Windows 8 Consumer Preview with the VS 2010 and the VS 11 beta, but updates it for the new release of tools.  As promised in the video, all the links referred to are below:

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Turning Windows 8 Live Tiles Off For Demos

Windows 8 live tiles ROCK.  They are an awesome way to keep up with emails, appointments, friends, etc.  However, if you are in front of a crowd doing a demo on Windows 8, or even just showing your new Windows 8 install off to friends and family, it may be undesirable to have your personal details show up on the screen:


It is super easy to turn the live tile’s off though (without having to actually remove it) to prevent any personal data from being shown to your audience.  Here’s how:

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Windows 8 by the Beach…

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You have to have heard about Windows 8 by now, but have you started developing for it yet?  If not, you should get started now. If you haven’t, do you need help?  On May 31st, 2012, from 9am to 6pm at the Carlsbad Inn, here in Carlsbad, CA. you will have a great opportunity to do both.

Register Here

Michael Palermo and a team of local Microsoft evangelists including Daniel Egan, Alice Pang, and myself (Bret Stateham) will be on hand to either get your started, or help work through specific problems.

The event is “open house” style so come in when you can, and stay for as long as you can.  We will have quick presentations throughout the day covering topics like:

  • Application Manifest
  • Visual Studio vs. Expression Blend
  • HTML|JavaScript vs. XAML|C#
  • Application Views and Snapping
  • Settings Charm
  • Search Charm
  • Share Charm
  • Data Binding

There will be wifi, food, and hourly give aways. Really, why wouldn’t you come?!?

On the hunt for great Windows 8 Apps

In case you haven’t already heard, Windows 8 is coming soon. You can download it, use it, and even develop apps for it today. At this point in time the Windows Store is not open for everyone to deploy, but we are looking for the first wave of great applications which highlight the power of Metro and Windows 8, especially those developers that want to get to market first and build the awareness and brand for their applications.

In order to submit your application today you need a token which is something I can help you get.

What do you need to do to get a token? Here are the key steps:

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Microsoft Developer Day at the Game Developers Conference

Going to the Game Developer’s Conference?  Check out Microsoft Developer Day. At this event Microsoft will introduce developers to the future of games and entertainment.  With technology deep dives focusing on Xbox LIVE and Windows 8, lean about how you can build great experiences by capitalizing on Microsoft’s vision for connected entertainment!

When it is?  Tuesday March 6th from 10:00am to 5:30pm.

Where Is It? At the “Game Developers Conference” at Moscone Center in San Francisco.