Publishing a Touch Develop App

Over the last couple of months, I have been developing a scheme of work which will allow teachers and students to build applications for Windows 8 devices. Last year, I started a programming group at lunch and got them to interview teachers about applications. One of my students approached a P.E teacher about an application for G.C.S.E students. 

The idea of the application was to touch body parts and find out about the muscles. After a lot of interviewing and testing, my student came up with an application which is fully functional. I’m pleased to announce that William Rhodes has had his application published to the windows store. You can click here to go straight to the windows store and download it. It may be a useful revision tool for your P.E students. 

I’m trying to push a lot more of my students to publish their applications at the moment. I have been publishing them on their behalf and including their name in the author settings. It might be difficult getting all of your students uploading them individually, but this guide might help you on your way. 

If you follow these steps, you can publish your own students apps to the Windows store. 

  1. Go to touch develop and you should click on the publish button.
  2. Once you have clicked on the publish button, you will need to make sure that you export it to a windows 8 device. Click on the script for it’s properties and then you click on windows 8. 
  3. Once you have done this, you will get a menu pop up with some settings. It is important to fill out the privacy statement. If you do not fill this out correctly, then your application is likely to be rejected. Even if you are using the internet for images, make sure you say so.My privacy statements tell my clients : Although your personal data will not be required for this application, a network connection is established. This is for the use of images and multimedia, no personal information is used.
  4. Once you have filled out this application, you will be able to download the file ready for adjustments within windows 8. Once you have your files, you will need to follow the next set of instructions carefully.
  5. Make sure that you have the latest copy of visual studio express 2012, you will need to have it installed on windows 8. I noticed that I couldn’t get any of my apps working correctly when running windows 7. Download it here.

  6. Once you have downloaded and installed Visual Studio Express 2012 for windows 8. You can go into the images folder of your application you compiled and you can updated the images and logo’s for the running of your application. 
  7. When running your application, you will need to run your application in simulator mode. You select simulator from the drop down menu and then you press CTRL+F5 to run it. You can press the camera button to take multiple pictures of your application running. You need them later for getting your app certified later.

     

  8. You will then need to register as a develop. Your students can go to this link here. They will be able to register for free. You will need to go here if you’re not a student to start the registration process. 
  9. The next thing you are required to do is to create an app package. You will need to click on the store menu and select. Create app package. Follow the menu and it will test your application and create the file for you. 
  10. You then click on the upload app packages link. This will get you to log into the store. Select the application name and click on next. If you haven’t got an application name yet, tap on ‘reserve name’ to get one. This will reserve the name for you. Once created it will be in the folder of your app you downloaded originally under the name ‘AppPackages’. This is the file you will submit to the windows store. 
  11. That’s it, Your app is packaged and ready to be submitted to the windows store. You will need to log on here. You will then go to your reserved app and fill out a series of simple questions which help you get your application certified. It is really easy for ‘free’ applications. If you’re looking at being paid for your applications, you will need to sort out your tax forms which is a whole different ball game. Fill out the form and submit your app and hope for the best! 

This guide was developed as a starter guide for anyone who is working with touch develop and their students. If you would like more help about how to upload applications then please drop me an email at chambers_r@ucc.rutland.sch.uk and I will be happy to help. 

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About raychambers

I am currently teaching ICT at Uppingham Community College in Uppingham, Rutland. I have a passion for teaching and I enjoy meeting other people and sharing their ideas. I have a keen interest in games development as well as developing the use of ICT in classrooms across the curriculum. In my spare time I teach Irish dancing. I have been Irish dancing since I was 11. My highest position was 14th at the world championships 3 years running and 2nd at the Great Britain Championships in 2006.
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