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Making Band Apps with Charles Stacy Harris

Episode #1280 Thursday, April 7, 2016

Have you checked out Microsoft Band? Carl and Richard talk to Charles Stacy Harris about his work building Band apps. The Band is stuffed with sensors, strapped to your wrist, which opens the door to a ton of interesting information. Stacy talks about several programming options for the Band, including the web tiles that will essentially push an RSS feed onto the band. There's also SDK development options for the Microsoft Health app that communicates with the Band and works with iPhone, Android and Windows Phone. You can work natively or with cross-platform tools like Xamarin, so there are lots of choices - The Band is a great wearable device to explore!


Charles Stacy Harris

Charles Stacy Harris (or Stacy) is a Software Architect at the Microsoft Technology Center in Detroit, Michigan. Stacy has been with Microsoft since 1992. In that time, he has developed a wide range of software including device drivers for custom hardware, customer service applications, e-commerce web sites, prototypes for advanced aircraft instrumentation and was even on loan to the Microsoft Cluster Server development team for a short time. Stacy has a degree in theoretical mathematics and is entirely self-taught in software development. His first programming was at the age of 12 when his father bought him a book on 8080 and Z-80 assembly. Because his family couldn't afford a computer, Stacy wrote all of his code on paper and ran it in his imagination. Later he started programming a 6502 CPU on a KIM-1 microcomputer that belonged to his best friend's dad. Here he learned to key hex opcodes directly into memory and had his first true introduction to debugging. To wind down from long days of software design and development, Stacy enjoys photography, bicycling, studying French and Italian, and of course writing more code!


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