Visual Studio Team Services – NEW FEATURES: 2 Big Widget Improvements (building widgets & the markdown widget)

This feature set was included in the January update…  Build widgets in the catalog As Karen wrote about in the dashboards futures blog, one area we’re focusing on is improving the discoverability and ease in bringing different charts to your dashboard. With this update, you’ll see a new option to add a build history chart from…

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Computational Thinking – Videos & Papers by Jeannette Wing

At Microsoft, we’re proud to have one of the forefront researchers and authors/speakers of Computational Thinking, Jeannette Wing, as a member of Microsoft Research. In this blog post, we’ll dig into Jeannette’s content. We’ll go through it chronologically! About Jeannette Wing: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/press/jeannette-wing.aspx https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeannette_Wing http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~wing/ https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jeannette_Wing Books & Publications: http://dblp.uni-trier.de/pers/hd/w/Wing:Jeannette_M http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/usr/wing/www/publications/ http://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=7102329155 Formal Methods ’99: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F3-540-48119-2…

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Visual Studio Team Services – NEW FEATURE: Create branch and links to related artifacts

This feature set was included in the January update…  Create branch and links to related artifacts I’m excited to announce that you can now create a branch directly from a work item! The work item form has a new development section that displays linked branches, commits, and pull requests, and helps users take the next…

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Visual Studio Team Services – NEW JANUARY RELEASE: Dashboard widget SDK (WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK) + 25 New Improvements!

For the January release, Visual Studio Team Services features a plethora of 25 improvements! For starters, let’s get into the details of the new Dashboard Widget SDK! Public preview of the dashboard widget SDK It’s here! When we launched dashboards, we mentioned that our widgets are written as extensions, which would also allow you to…

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Lego Mindstorms EV3 Basic – Built-In Support for I2C Communications and UART

So what’s this EV3 Basic, anyway? [View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myFKfOA4XbQ] Built-In Support for I2C Communications and UART What is I2C? I²C (Inter-Integrated Circuit), pronounced I-squared-C, is a multi-master, multi-slave, single-ended, serial computer bus. It is typically used for attaching lower-speed peripheral ICs to processors and microcontrollers. Alternatively I²C is spelled I2C or IIC.  It is a 2 line…

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CS SPOTLIGHT: Girls in computer programming… why it matters!!!

I’d like to highlight a blog post from a talented and innovative educator, Doug Berman. The following is a sequence of excerpts from his recent blog post… ================================== Girls in CS: WHY IT MATTERS Congratulations to hundreds of high school girls around the country who have just been recognized by NCWIT (National Council for Women in Technology)…

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Visual Studio Team Services – NEW FEATURE: Scope code search using path filters

These features were included in the December update…  Scope code search using path filters We’ve heard from many of you that you’d like to be able to filter your code search results by file path. With this update we’ve included a path filter in the left pane enabling you to scope search results for both…

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Lego Mindstorms EV3 Basic – Unlock the Power of Text!!!!

I know what you’re thinking. You’re totally like, “Whhaaaat? When is text so powerful? Have you fallen into a barrel of rum with a mouse and started dreaming of pink elephants on parade?????” It’s a fair question. The answer is “No”, by the way. So what’s this EV3 Basic doohickey, anyway? [View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myFKfOA4XbQ] Small Basic’s Text…

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Small Basic Compiler

Microsoft Small Basic Microsoft Small Basic is a high-level programming language. Here’s an example of a Small Basic program that computes the area of a rectangle with a length of 5 units and a width of 7 units: length =  5 width = 7 area = length * width               ‘ Computes the area TextWindow.WriteLine(area)  ‘ Displays the answer…

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Computer Programs

This post is part 4 (out of 6) in a series of blog posts:  Computers Today Where Computers Came From Computer Hardware Computer Programs (this blog post) Why Are There so Many Programming Languages?  Where Did BASIC Come From?    What’s a Computer Program? A computer program is an application full of instructions/commands that tell the computer how…

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