Universal Windows App Base Project

In an attempt to boost my productivity, I decided to write a base WinRT project with the essentials for all my projects. Here is what I consider essentials for all my projects:

  • MVVM Light
  • A Navigation Service
  • A Message Service
  • Global app service

These 3 items define a base universal Windows project for me, I will get into some detail on all of these in a bit. Other services like data or location services can be needed for an app but aren’t essential to all apps.

Solution hierarchy
Nothing fancy happening here. Remember to keep all files in a logical folder structure, folders work a lot better than an endless list of obtusely name files.

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Claim your free Windows/WP dev account using DreamSpark

You’ve built your app and now you need to share it with the world.

Being a student is tough so Microsoft is kind enough to waver the one time registration fee (R193 at time of publication). I explain the simple steps needed to claim this cool benefit.

Step 1

Head on over to www.dreamspark.com/Student/Windows-Store-Access and login with you DreamSpark account.

Don’t have a DreamSpark account? Check out this post  (errornaik.com/dreamspark-registration-updated) for details on getting one

Click “Get code Now”, don’t close this tab yet; you will need this code in a bit.

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DreamSpark Registration (Updated)

So you’re a student and want to develop for Microsoft technologies? Luckily our friends at Microsoft really see the potential in students and have invested heavily in providing premium tools at no cost.

Step 1 – The key

There are 2 ways to get one of these:

  1. Email me and I’ll email you a card like below. I no longer give these out as it is now very easy to verify your student status using your school/university email address.

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Phone Fridays is back!

It’s back! I know we’re well into the semester and a lot of you guys have been waiting patiently for some time. Thanks for hanging on 🙂

The first session will take place this Friday (12 September 2014)
DUT,
Ritson Campus,
Lab 2,
12:00 – 13:00

See you there 😀

DVLUP

Developers are pretty cool and they also happen to make useful things. I like to think this is why Nokia with several partners came up with DVLUP(pronounce Develop). So what’s DVLUP?
Short answer – gamification of app development.
Longer answer – it is a loyalty program designed to help motivate and optimize developers. With the points you gain from completing challenges you can claim devices, developer tools gift card and a plethora of other cool goodies

There isn’t much for me to write about really. You publish your apps the platform benefits and in turn through DVLUP you benefit! Win! Win!

Joining the program couldn’t be easier, head on over to DVLUP (my referral link) or hit www.dvlup.com.

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I want to learn app development!

So I wrapped up the “Creating apps” session at YouthSparkSA with a little Overview of Microsoft for students.

Unfortunately my presentation can’t stay up indefinitely so a blog post seemed like a more permanent location for some links.
Hopefully these resources will help you on your Windows Dev journey.

Channel9
Microsoft Virtual Academy

This list is quite a sparse post at the moment. I will definitely update this post at some stage.