How Unity game Drive Me Bananas succeeds with Windows Phone

  Unity3D is certainly one of the most popular ways to make 3D games for mobile phones. There are thousands of games made with it, by students and large studios alike. I recently helped the team behind a Unity game called Drive Me Bananas, and I’d like to share three tips with you about how…

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JavaScript unit testing: using the Chutzpah test runner in Visual Studio

Welcome to the third and final installment of my blog series on JavaScript unit testing. Part one introduced some general principles of unit testing, and why unit testing is especially important for JavaScript. Part two introduced the Mocha test framework. In part three, I’ll show you how to run your JavaScript unit tests directly in…

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How to write JavaScript unit tests with Mocha

In part one of this series on JavaScript unit testing, we covered some guiding principles and common excuses. Let’s continue with part two, where we’ll write unit tests using Mocha. Get Visual Studio First of all, you need Visual Studio. If you don’t have it already, you can download a free edition called Visual Studio…

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JavaScript unit testing: guiding principles and common excuses

There’s a lot of interest in JavaScript at Microsoft. Did you know that: JavaScript is one of the officially supported languages for Windows 8 and Windows Phone development Azure Mobile Services, a mobile backend-as-a-service, is written in Node.js Apps for Office are written in JavaScript   As a consequence, Visual Studio is an excellent tool…

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What’s New with Azure Mobile Services for Spring 2014

Azure Mobile Services is a turnkey backend for your mobile and web apps. You get 10 for free. Yes, free. It allows you to easily add database support, authentication, and push notifications to your iOS, Android, Windows, and web apps. This spring, the team released a bunch of new features: Backend services can now be…

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Tips for winning hackathons

I’ve organized more hackathons than I can count. Here’s a list of tips for contestants: Read and understand the hackathon’s official rules before the event. Ask questions if needed. Understand the judging criteria. Devote attention to all judging criteria, not just one criterion in particular. Don’t have AV problems. At the beginning of the event,…

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How to project from a computer to a TV

Want to wirelessly project from a computer to a TV?  How about from a Windows Phone or Android device?  What you want is a Miracast receiver such as the Actiontec ScreenBeam Pro: It’s smaller than you might think, and plugs into your TV with an HDMI cable. You then project to it from compatible devices…

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Try F# in your browser

Here’s a Dev Radio episode I did on TryFsharp.org, a simple way to test out F# in your browser without having to download anything. F# is an easy language to learn, but also remarkably powerful. You end up writing less code than with other languages, and your code is easier to reason about. It’s cross-platform…

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Troubleshooting Azure Web Sites

If your app hosted on an Azure Web Site gives you an internal server error, here’s what to do: Enable Diagnostic Logging Download the logs with a FTPS client such as FileZilla Open the logs in a web browser or text editor Fix the problem I made this screencast to walk you through the process:…

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How to host your Django apps on Azure for free

Microsoft Azure is a feature-rich cloud computing platform. It’s designed to handle the largest projects you can imagine, with datacenters all over the world. You can develop on OSX, Linux, or Windows. You can run Linux and Windows virtual machines, distribute media files through a CDN, create a VPN between Azure and your own datacenter,…

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