Tweet Monkey!

There are a lot of ways to grab a user's attention. You can email them, tweet them, direct tweet them, send a toast, or ring or vibrate them. Any one of these can be too easily overlooked. What we really need is a frickin' monkey clanging symbols. I have yet to miss a tweet since…


Using Visual Studio to Write Node for Devices

This is a live blog post. I'll keep it published, so you'll see it in little pieces as I work on it. When I finalize it, this note will go away. The Node.js Tools for Visual Studio Installing the Tools … Creating a New Project … Creating a Project from an Existing Node.js Project ……


This Week on Channel 9

This week I recorded This Week on Channel 9 with my good friend and colleague Steve Seow (@SteveSeow). Steve knows startups, and this week I invited him to join me as we present some pretty cool content about Docker, the VS Unity Tools, Node, home automation, the Intel Edison, and lots of other goodies. Have…


You can’t beat free HTML5/CSS3 training!

If you’re in the greater Seattle area and haven’t registered for this event yet, you need to go here and get registered. You get to learn, mingle, network, ask questions, and eat and you pay $0.00. That’s a good value.


Your First Game in YoYo GameMaker

I'm presenting tonight at the Microsoft Store in Seattle on building your first game with YoYo GameMaker. YoYo was generous enough to provide GameMaker licenses for all attendees! We're going to be going through the first game tutorial with some slight tweaks to make it work better on Windows 8. If time permits, we'll look…


Zen Coding

I wrote my first line of HTML when I was a teenager, and I write a lot of HTML today. And writing HTML just got easier for me. Recently, I discovered zen coding. I'm surprised I didn't see it earlier, and in fact I'm surprised I didn't even think of it earlier. It's simply brilliant. If…


Windows 8 Camp Content

I presented three sessions at the Windows 8 Camp in Redmond on May 11, 2012. The content is included below for your reference. If you want to learn more about designing Windows 8 apps, be sure and attend the App Accelerator labs that are going to be on campus next Tues thru Thur. For more…


Windows 8 Developer Community and Resources

I’d like to provide a somewhat comprehensive resource of resources. If you are looking for help, looking for support, or looking for some camaraderie in your fight to get an app in the store and claim your fame and fortune, then look no further. My whole job is staying plugged in with you – the…


Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Win + Spacebar : Switch the input language and keyboard layout Win + C : Open the Charms Win + D : Show the desktop Win + E : open Windows Explorer Win + F : Open the Search panel Win + H : Open the Share charm Win + I : Open the Settings…


Windows 8: Building Up to Blank

When you’re learning a new platform or development stack or seeing something for the first time, it’s an exercise in concept building. If you don’t get the concepts down then you may as well be a monkey walking through steps. And sometimes when you start with a project template, so much has been done for…