ok so the usual kind of get your hands dirty approach kind of had me going in circles with Corona. Although pretty easy to download the SDK for windows and run the examples I was ready to make my first test apps.

The first struggle was trying to get Orientation correct.

I wanted a landscape app.  So after digging around and testing. I found this page

Creating a config.lua and build.settings file solved what I was after.

build.settings has this in it:

settings =
        orientation =
                default = "landscapeRight",
                supported =
                        "landscapeLeft", "landscapeRight"

to be continued...