Introduction

If you ask me, it has never been a better time to be a software developer. Not only are programmers in high demand—due in part to an astonishingly low number of computer science graduates each year—but app stores make it easier than ever to broadly distribute your own software and even make money from it!

When I was in junior high school, I released a few shareware games and asked for $5 donations. I earned $15 total. One of the three donations was from my grandmother, who didn’t even own a computer! These days, of course, adults and kids alike can make money on simple apps and games without relying on kind and generous individuals going to the trouble of mailing a check!

The Windows Store is an app store like no other, and it keeps ...

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