Code in new languages and get the full social programming experience with Exercism

As part of my new job, I’ve been exploring how modern devs learn new skills. Traditionally, you would pick up a dead-trees form factor and page through it, maybe install the sample code from a CD or a web site, and tinker with the platform until you felt like you wouldn’t sound like an idiot…


More Personal Computing: Deep dive into the FamilyNotes sample app

Before I moved to DX, I worked on a great team of content developers, and we created the FamilyNotes sample app (FamilyNotes sample at GitHub) to show how to use unique features of the Windows 10 platform, like face recognition, speech, ink, and voice commands. Create and present “sticky notes” for everyone in the family….


Announcing .NET Core 1.0 for OS X, Linux, and Windows

Here’s the most exciting news in cross-platform development since Microsoft acquired Xamarin: .NET Core 1.0: We are excited to announce the release of .NET Core 1.0, ASP.NET Core 1.0 and Entity Framework Core 1.0, available on Windows, OS X, and Linux! .NET Core is a cross-platform, open source, and modular .NET platform for creating modern…


Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 is available

Download: Visual Studio 2015 Update 3. New and improved features: Tools for Apache Cordova Developer Analytics Tools Debugging and Diagnostics Visual Studio IDE Tools for Universal Windows apps Architecture Tools Visual C++ Node.js Tools for Visual Studio Web Developer Tools TypeScript C# and Visual Basic Team Explorer Xamarin My favorite new feature may be the…


Going cross-platform with Visual Studio and Xamarin

Xamarin is Microsoft’s most exciting acquisition since Skype and Acompli. (Okay, LinkedIn is pretty exciting, too.) Now you can create iOS and Android apps by using Microsoft’s C#/XAML stack and shared portable class libraries. Xamarin’s great framework used to be pretty pricey ($1,000/year license for VS integration), but now it’s free. In this MVA video,…


Visual Studio “14” CTP is available

Download here. Remember that this is a CTP and isn’t meant for production environments; please install in a test environment with no earlier versions of Visual Studio installed. Eric Battalio says: Here are some resources which may be useful as you try out the Visual Studio “14” CTP, released yesterday: Downloads: Download the Visual Studio…


Weathr, a 3D weather app: code sample in C++, DirectX, and XAML

Thomas Petchel knocked this out in his spare time: While working on the Hilo C++ project, I really wanted to further explore the intersection among C++, DirectX, and XAML in the context of a Windows Store app. A 3D weather app seemed novel (I’ve never seen one before) yet doable (arguably easier to implement than…


First look: Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview SDK

Longtime readers know that I have great enthusiasm for the Kinect sensor as a revolutionary NUI technology. Now I can report that I was accepted to the Developer Preview program, and my new Kinect for Windows sensor arrived today. The packaging goes out of its way to make you feel special: when the box opens,…


DirectX game templates for Visual Studio are posted

Get them here. Are you creating a game for the Windows Store? If you’re looking for high-performance, you’ll need to code it in C++ and DirectX. These project templates give you a big head start: The Windows Developer Content DirectX game learning template sample extends the basic DirectX app template with features that help you…


How to align sensors with your app’s orientation

Brian Rockwell presents a quick overview showing how to align a device’s sensors with your app’s orientation: The sensors supported by Windows Store apps offer a powerful way to spice up your app’s functionality. Sensors let your app know the relationship between the device and the physical world around it; the direction, orientation, and movement…