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  • Blog Post: Why MongoDB?

    Recently I had to give an internal talk on why our team uses MongoDB as its database. Relational Databases: I had experience with SQL Server of course and when I worked in Azure Service Bus I learned how cool SQL Azure can be (or Microsoft Azure SQL Database as it's called now). It’s really...
  • Blog Post: Indie Dev Podcast Ep 23 – Sean Colombo, Blueline Games

    Listen to the podcast Download the .mp3 Subscribe via iTunes Sean Colombo has been making games for 15 years. After quitting college to run web-startup “LyricWiki”, he sold the site to Wikia in 2009. A couple years later he founded BlueLine Games to focus on making digital versions of award...
  • Blog Post: Performance notes for MongoDB

    Some performance tips for improving your usage of MongoDB I spent the past year working with MongoDB. Since our service was used for Halo and Call of Duty we had very aggressive scale and performance targets. So as part of our stress runs we identified some scalability issues that had their root cause...
  • Blog Post: Interview with Chris Charla from ID@Xbox, LevelUp on Channel9

      Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox, discusses independent development on Xbox One and Windows 10. [00:57] – Who is Chris Charla [03:25] – What is ID@Xbox and how does it work? [04:58] – Windows 10 and the Universal App Platform [08:35] – Why be a part of ID@Xbox on Windows...
  • Blog Post: Lifehack: Record video footage with Windows 10 Game DVR

    So I play a lot of games (Heroes of the Storm!) and I frequently want to record what I’m doing, so that I can provide commentary for others, but also so that I can learn from my mistakes. I generally use a tool like Camtasia for my recording and editing, especially outside of gaming, but…...
  • Blog Post: How do indexes work in MongoDB

    This year I have been working on Xbox Live Compute (or Thunderhead as we know it internally). This is a product that uses MongoDB as its main Database. So I have had to learn how to investigate performance and scalability issues with this document DB. It’s been very fun! Here are some of my...
  • Blog Post: The Xbox wasn’t Microsoft’s first console – the MSX was

    I’m sure the Xbox will always have a special place in the hearts of many of us, but it surely wasn’t Microsoft’s first foray into gaming. For nearly two decades prior to that, Microsoft’s DOS and Windows operating systems had games running on them.   It wasn’t until...
  • Blog Post: Indie Game Development at Game Developer Symposium 3.0

    Presentation material for Indie Game Development presentation at Game Developer Symposium 3.0 Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/shahedC3000/indie-game-development-53942292 Indie Game Development from Shahed Chowdhuri Download PPTX: http://wakeupandcode ...read more
  • Blog Post: Sunsetting the XBLIG program for the Xbox 360

    It’s a sad day for current and former XBLIG developers, but it is inevitable that all digital retail stores must come to an end. I’ll post my feelings on the XBLIG program, and share storied about all of the wonderful people I’ve met through the program at a later date, when I’ve...
  • Blog Post: A list of my favorite links this week

    This is my weekly newsletter which covers my favorite stories of the week in the fields of Tech, HTML5, Startups, Game Dev, and Venture Capital. If you find some links that you think would be useful, feel free to share! You can always subscribe (or unsubscribe) by clicking on the MailChimp widget on...
  • Blog Post: MVPs in APGC-J Celebrate and Support Windows 10

    Windows 10 was only recently released, and there already are millions of users who have on boarded it and upgraded their world—backed up by the contributions, enthusiasm and support of the global MVP community. In Asia Pacific, Greater China and Japan, MVPs whole heartedly participated in various...
  • Blog Post: Publishing on Windows 8 & 10 and Xbox One

    Presentation Material: PPTX (slideshow): http://wakeupandcode.com/public_downloads/Win10-Publishing-ShahedChowdhuri.pptx SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/shahedC3000/publishing-on-windows-8-10-and-xbox-one Publishing on Windows 8 & 10 and Xbox ...read more
  • Blog Post: MVPs help the world get ready for Windows 10!

    Windows 10 is right around the corner, and the MVP community has been out in force helping developers, IT pros, and the next generation of game developers get ready. Here are highlights from some great recent global initiatives: • Windows 10 Developer Readiness – Powered by MVPs! This series...
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