TweetCraft – A World of Warcraft Twitter client

After much ado, we finally launched TweetCraft, one of our new Coding4Fun applications. Shout-outs to the other members of the TweetCraft team – Gabor Ratky, Mike Sampson and Lincoln Anderson for building a kick-ass v1. TweetCraft Overview TweetCraft is an in-game Twitter client for World of Warcraft. TweetCraft has two major components: Windows client – A…


Coding4Fun Book: The people and the projects

  Available now on for $26 (34% off!)   Our Coding4Fun book, Coding4Fun 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, World of Warcraft, YouTube, and More officially released to the world last week. Unlike your typical .NET development book, Coding4Fun is about learning how to use your developer skills to do fun, cool projects (see…


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…


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…


Popfly Game Creator Alpha Launches!

Popfly Game Creator Alpha launches today and It’s amazing. Kudos to Adam Nathan as he’s really shown how Silverlight can build incredibly rich applications. I can only imagine what he’ll do when Popfly moves to Silverlight 2! Here’s the Channel 9 interview with Adam building three Popfly games from scratch Here’s how difficult it was…


AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft now available!

I’m proud to announce that AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft is now available to download from CodePlex! This was one of those personal projects done in my "free" time, but its amazing to see how well it turned out, kudos to our extensibility team and to the amazing folks at EPAM for building a…


Scott Hanselman and Clint Rutkas join the Big House

In just the last couple of weeks, 2 of our Coding4Fun authors became official Microsoft employees. Congratulations to Scott and Clint and welcome to the borg!!   Scott’s blog post: Blue Badge Clint blog post: sell_out(Clint, Microsoft)   The good news is that both will continue to contribute articles to Coding4Fun in the future and…


Not all Facebook data is in a "Walled Garden"

The Facebook is a “Walled Garden” meme continues today with a post from pal Robert Scoble that continues the assumption that all Facebook data is somehow “locked” into Facebook. Here’s a quick snippet: First, let’s go back to Facebook. Why does everyone say it’s a “walled garden?” Because you can’t get to data stored on Facebook…


April Fool’s Day on Coding4Fun

  Rubber HailCheck out Clint’s video where he drops 1,000 bouncy balls on his CTO and how-to article    Rotating MonitorCheck out Brian Peeks’ rotating monitor prank…I can only imagine the hilarity that ensues with Tech Support calls on this one!!


Wiimote Library for Developers on Coding4Fun

Brian Peek just published his latest article, a .NET library for easy programming of a Nintendo Wiimote controller. His article and project on Channel9 includes the full source code for the library and how he built everything. The cool part is of course how easy it is to use the library as shown below… Create…