My Picks for PDC 2009

With a little over a month to go before Microsoft’s biggest and best developer event, I wanted to pick out which PDC sessions look super interesting (to me) this year: Dan’s picks Windows 7 Developer Boot Camp (Mark Russinovich, Arun Kishan)– I’ll be setting up some projects during this time, but it would be great…

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PDC Recap

With PDC just about a week over, it’s about time I finally got around to blogging about it. Here’s the random list   Windows Azure: Ray Ozzie launched Windows Azure and Microsoft’s Cloud Strategy (video here). Charles on Channel 9 did a bunch of videos on our Cloud services. If you want a no nonsense…

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CodePlex Community Meetup at PDC

As Sara mentioned in the CodePlex blog, we’re having a CodePlex meetup at PDC on Wednesday from 1:30 – 2:30pm where volunteers will be able to show off their Codeplex projects and you’ll be able to check out demos of new CodePlex features and give the CodePlex team feedback on what they’re delivering.  Full details on…

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Opening the kimono on Windows 7

Today we officially announced that PDC is the first time Microsoft will be discussing Windows 7 in-depth. The big announcements are that: Steve Sinofsky will keynote on Tuesday at PDC There are 21 sessions on Windows 7 at PDC on everything from kernel, audio, graphics, networking, and more. All PDC attendees get a pre-beta build…

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Coding4Fun Talk at TechEd

At TechEd this year, I gave what can only be described as an overly ambitious talk given I only had 45 minutes: Coding4Fun: The Secrets to Programming YouTube, iTunes, Microsoft Zune, Windows Vista Peer-to-Peer APIs, and Even World of Warcraft I say overly ambitious as YouTube, Vista P2P, and Warcraft could easily have been dedicated…

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Session Notes: Life on the Bungie Farm: Fun Things to do with 180 servers and 350 processors

Speakers: Luis Villegas, Sean Shypula from Bungie Distributed client/server system split up, runs it in parallel processes user submitted tasks in parallel 180 rackmounted machines 300 processes can use Advantages speed up time consuming tasks – (rendering goes from day to a few hours) see results of work more frequently which means more iteration which…

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Panel: Future of MMOs

Speakers: MC of event, Jon Wood – Managing Editor MMORPG.com Jack Emmert – Founder, Cryptic Studios, Champions Online, City of Heroes/Villans One other person, Mark Jacobs or "Matt" from Cryptic Ray Muzyka – General Manager of Bioware, haven’t released one yet Min Kim – Free-to-play, Cart Rider, Rob Pardo – SVP of Game Design at…

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Session: Star Wars, The Force Unleashed

Full Title: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: How LucasArts is Building a Game Development Team and a Technology Pipeline…at the same time Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is a new, upcoming title Storyline: Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, between episodes 3 and 4 Designing the Game Big 5 questions – What’s the story, what thing is…

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Top 10 Interesting Nuggets from the Microsoft GDC Keynote

The US video game industry revenue is now $18 Billion and continues to grow. Games have not only surpassed the movie industry, they have also surpassed the music industry (source: Jupiter Research) 7 different Xbox titles sold over 1MM units in the 2007 holiday season Xbox has the highest number of games rated > 80…

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Session: WiiFit: Creating a Brand New Interface for the Home Console

Speaker: Takao Sawano WiiFit Examples Family weighing themselves and tracking health Father doing push ups on balance board Mother doing yoga on the board Games: Kid taking headers playing soccer goalie Games: Grandfather using ski-jump Games: Mother walking on a tightrope   – Sold over 1.4 million units Europe: April 25th US: May 19th  …

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