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How to Build a Windows 8 App – Part I

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By Jeff Cogswell Over the past couple of years, Microsoft has been building up its own app store, just as Apple and Google have done. It supports both Windows Phone as well as the desktop operating system, Windows 8. As a programmer, you can create apps for Windows 8, upload them to the Windows store and (hopefully!) start making money. If you’re willing to create apps that make use of the new Windows 8 interface, you can make the apps… continue…

The Cost Analysis Dilemma in Project Management

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By Russell Harley Using cost analysis is an important tool in almost every kind of project. It helps determine if a project will improve a business’s profitability or not, so a great deal of effort goes into it during the beginning stages of a project. If an effort’s Return on Investment looks good, then the project moves forward and work begins. The major issue with cost analysis is that a project’s future benefits are predicted by past and current behavior.… continue…

Incorporating Social Links into Your Dice Profile

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By Alicia Ouverson When creating or editing your profile on Dice, you can add links to your LinkedIn profile, Twitter feed, Facebook page and/or personal websites. To do this: Go into your active or inactive resume via the link in the My Resume section of your dashboard page, OR Hover over the MyDice link at the top of the page and click My Resumes in the dropdown menu, then click the Edit icon of the resume you wish to work… continue…

Schools Push for Women Computer Scientists

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By Ji Hyun Lee It used to be that some professions were thought to be just for men — picture rugged firefighters, those thoughtful doctors in pharmaceutical ads and, of course, the hyperactive geek types associated with programmers of the Mark Zuckerberg kind. Another profession in which women have been missing out on is computer science. Despite the gender stereotype that women can’t do math, many tech leaders are adamant that women computer scientists have the capacity to elevate an… continue…

How to Pick a Hackathon

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By Jennifer Goforth Gregory Hackathons are definitely not one size fits all. One developer may learn new skills and even get a job lead, while another may find the exact same event was a waste of time. Before deciding which hackathons to attend, think about what your purpose is in going. Are you looking to learn a new API? Do you have your eye on applying for a job with a specific company? Is your goal to win prizes? Or… continue…

How to Run an Advanced Job Search on Dice

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By Alicia Ouverson When you search for a job on Dice, you can perform an advanced search in several ways besides starting the home page’s quick search. Here they are. On your MyDice dashboard go to the “My Jobs” field and click the Search for Jobs link. You’ll be taken to the Advanced Search page. From there, you can create your detailed job search. Also on your dashboard, go to the “My Resume” field. If you have a searchable resume,… continue…

6 Hackathons You Should Know About

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By Jennifer Goforth Gregory While you may think of spring as the prime hackathon season, many innovative events are held in summer and early fall. Here are six that you should know about. HackN’ Jill #HackYourSummer June 7 to June 8 New York, New York While many hackathons are male-dominated, Hack’N Jill’s goal is for each of its efforts to include at least half female participants. Hack’N Jill hosted Hacksgiving last fall, which attracted over 51 percent female developers. The… continue…

Game Developer Gives Pirates a Taste of Their Own Medicine

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By Scott Bowers Piracy is an issue that software developers big and small have to contend with. Some companies push tyrannical copy protection that can frustrate legitimate gamers, while others ship with no protection at all. Indie startup studio Greenheart Games took an unconventional approach to fighting off pirates with its maiden game, Game Dev Tycoon. The developer used pirate-favorite BitTorrent to seed its own “cracked” version of the game to the world, albeit with a slight modification in code.… continue…

Would My Client Hire Me Next Time?

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By Brad Egeland Have you ever asked your spouse if they would choose you again if they could do it all over? I have, but I have to be careful which day to ask. Likewise, have you ever wondered whether your client would hire you again? Was your performance such that they would want you? For most of us, I’m sure the answer is a resounding yes. But there are always those uncertain cases out there, some of them even… continue…

Can Nintendo Win E3 Without A Press Conference?

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By Scott Bowers Last month, Nintendo surprised everyone with the news that they would not hold one of the traditional giant press conferences at E3. For many years the game industry’s major players have staged their own events, usually just before the show opens, to gloat about sales figures and to hype their upcoming products. While Sony unwraps more details about Playstation 4 and Microsoft showcases the new Xbox, Nintendo is struggling against difficult and evolving market conditions. More and… continue…