Visual Studio “15” Preview 5 is posted

Get it here: Visual Studio “15” Preview 5. VS “15” is cooking along at a good pace, and the latest preview dropped last week. It promises performance improvements especially around installation and load times. From the Visual Studio Blog: Shorter solution load time with lightweight project load: Working on solutions that contain upward of 100…


Node.js Tools 1.2 for Visual Studio 2015 available

  Download: Node.js Tools 1.2. The Visual Studio Engineering Team has announced the latest version of the Node.js Tools for Visual Studio (NTVS). Having used NTVS for developing an internal publishing tool, I can strongly recommend it for all of your Node.js needs. What do you get in the latest update? Sara Itani provides details:…


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…


Retargeting your Windows Store apps to Windows 8.1 and WinJS 2.0

Eric Schmidt has the lowdown on navigating your Windows Store apps using JavaScript to the release build of Windows 8.1 (available on October 18th). He gives us a detailed walkthrough for: Syncing versions of Windows Library for JavaScript (WinJS), Visual Studio 2013, and Windows 8.1.  Updating solutions to the release build of Windows 8.1. Retargeting…


Kinect for Windows SDK v1.8 released, with HTML5, Kinect Fusion improvements, and more

Download it here: Kinect for Windows SDK v1.8. Also: Kinect for Windows Developer Toolkit v1.8. Here’s Bob Heddle with the announcement: I am pleased to announce that we released the Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) 1.8 today. This is the fourth update to the SDK since we first released it commercially one and…


Asynchronous programming for Windows Store apps written in JavaScript

Kraig Brockschmidt has a nice intro to the async model for Windows Store apps, focusing on JavaScript: All about promises (for Windows Store apps written in JavaScript). Here’s the kind of code you’ll be writing: var promise1 = someOperationAsync(); var promise2 = promise1.then(function completedHandler1 (result1) { return 7103; } ); promise2.then(function completedHandler2 (result2) { });…


jQuery 2.0 supports Windows Store app development

From the Windows 8 app developer blog: If you’ve already done some web development, it’s likely you’ve used the open source JavaScript framework jQuery. And if you’ve tried building Windows Store apps using jQuery, you might have run into errors related to JavaScript runtime or dynamic content. With the upcoming release of v2.0, the jQuery…


Developing games for Windows 8? Start here.

Following up on Shai Hinitz’s post, Developing Windows Store games, the Dev Center is hosting new guidance for creating Windows 8 games, in time for GDC 2013. You’ll find: Prepare your Windows Store DirectX game programming environment Add Windows Store features for DirectX 11.1 games Prepare your Windows game for publishing Port from DirectX 9…


Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript by Kraig Brockschmidt

Download: PDF (17.9 MB) EPUB (37.3 MB) MOBI (69.5 MB) Are you a web developer who wants to get your code into a Windows store app? Kraig Brockschmidt’s excellent new book is for you, at the right price: $0.00. From the introduction: This book is about writing Windows Store apps using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript….


Introducing Windows Store App Labs for app builders

From the Windows 8 app developer blog: Windows Store App Labs are in more than 30 cities around the world for all app builders – developers, designers, and entrepreneurs. Check out and test the newest Windows 8 devices. Get technical guidance from Windows 8 experts. Get design guidance from leading edge design agencies. Go to…