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  • Blog Post: Office Hours for Boston Area Windows 8 App Developers

    Are you working on a Windows 8 app or game, or want to get started but have some questions? Drop by to chat/code/test with us at our new One Cambridge Center offices where we’ll have open time to answer your questions and discuss your apps. We’ll be there each Wednesday starting tomorrow, 9/26, and for...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 MSDN Webcast Series – Building Metro Style Apps

    Some colleagues and I have just started a new series of one-hour MSDN webcasts focused on many aspects of developing Metro style apps for Windows 8. The series launched yesterday, but all sessions will be made available as on-demand recordings.  (I’ll update this post as they are.)   Thanks...
  • Blog Post: List of Game Development Podcasts

    As you might know from my list of podcasts for .NET devs , I’m a big fan of podcasts to help make travel time less… [annoying | mind-numbing | wasteful]. As my recent work has focused more on game development, I’ve been keeping an eye out for relevant podcasts.  Here are the ones I know of that...
  • Blog Post: HTML5 Game Camp Series Coming Soon

    Update:  Slides and links from the events are now available. Ready to learn HTML5?  Enjoy games, too?  Join in the HTML5 Game Camps , free events offering a chance to learn about the next wave of web standards including HTML5, CSS3, Canvas, SVG, and more.  And while you gain practical...
  • Blog Post: Find Resources with Developer Guidance Maps

    Looking for ways to find guidance and learn?  A series of Developer Guidance Maps have been published, covering a wide range of technologies and guidance types. These maps help you find resources ( code samples , documentation , “How To”s , videos , training ), for learning about each of these areas...
  • Blog Post: Directory of Audio Podcasts for .NET Developers

    On the Joys of Travel If you’re anything like me, you might enjoy driving (or flying, riding the train, etc.), but hate that it’s generally “lost” time.  For years now, I’ve made a habit of taking whatever MP3 player I’ve had (currently my trusty Zune HD) whenever I hit the highway, listening to...
  • Blog Post: Reminder for Saturday’s New England Data Camp v2.0

    With 27 sessions and over 450 people registered (and a bit of room left for more), this Saturday’s free New England Data Camp v2 / SQL Saturday #34 is shaping up to be an event not to be missed.     New England Data Camp v2.0 / SQL Saturday #34         Saturday...
  • Blog Post: Resources and Screencasts from the Northeast MSDN Roadshow “Don’t Fear the Coder” Tour

    As we gear up for the next Northeast Roadshow series (in March) , Jim and I have put the wraps on the previous tour by posting the content and recording screencasts based on each session. The “Don’t Fear the Coder” tour was a blast, and Jim and I visited a whopping seven cities across the northeast in...
  • Blog Post: Kodu Game Lab for PC Technical Preview Now Available

    Kodu Game Lab is a game development environment designed to make it fun and easy for kids to create games while learning programming concepts (but you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy it.) It’s been available on XBox LIVE for some time now (needing only a game controller to use), and now Kodu for PC Technical...
  • Blog Post: Greater Buffalo IT/Dev Day – July 21

    As Northeast Roadshow attendees know, our usual stop in western NY is Rochester (in fact we just returned from a great event there on Friday!)  It’s always good to see the people who make the trip from Buffalo to attend, so I’m glad to say we have an event where Buffalo is the center of attention...
  • Blog Post: Special geekSpeak on Developing Silverlight Games on May 27th

    The Northeast’s very own Andy Beaulieu (Silverlight guru, MVP, CNY .NET UG Lead , etc.) is connecting with Jim O’Neil and Glen Gordon to share details about developing games with Silverlight! This episode in the MSDN geekSpeak series is May, 27th ( tomorrow ) from 3:00-4:00 PM EST, and features an...
  • Blog Post: Free Online Training with Microsoft Ramp Up

    Ramp Up is a is a free online program to help you learn new development skills.  Each subject has a variety of supporting slide/code casts, articles, and hands-on labs organized in steps to guide you through learning. Three new tracks have just been launched, brining the total to 11: Move from ASP...
  • Blog Post: Free Resources and Training on MSDev.com

    Though specifically geared toward developers at ISVs*, the newly updated MSDev.com site has great content useful for any developer and is worth checking out. From the ISV Developer Community blog announcement: You will find web seminars, virtual events, live events on .NET Framework, business development...
  • Blog Post: Roundup of 11 Recent Microsoft Technology Releases

    There have been quite a few developer and technology releases in the past couple of weeks, so in case you’ve missed any, I’ve collected pointers to 11 of them in this post: Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) IE Team Post Release Notes ASP.NET MVC Release Candidate 1 (RC1) Many new improvements...
  • Blog Post: MSDN/Architecture Journal Readers and the Reader SDK

    Some very cool news if you're a fan of the WPF-based New York Times reader or Seattle P-I reader . We've just released the Reader SDK which you can use to quickly create similar rich applications for your own purposes. In addition, the MSDN Magazine Reader sample application (featuring full source code...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework Source Now Available

    Scott Guthrie has just posted the excellent news that everything is now in place for people to access the source code for the .NET Framework! You can now configure Visual Studio 2008 to step through your code and directly into the source for classes in the following libraries: .NET Base Class Libraries...
  • Blog Post: New MSDN and TechNet Series in the Northeast

    The next series of MSDN and TechNet events is coming in January and February, and there are ten events planned for the northeast. Each day is split with TechNet in the morning (8-12) and MSDN in the afternoon (1-5). MSDN: " Explore IIS7, ASP.NET and Tackle Web Security " Check out the latest coding solutions...
  • Blog Post: GameDev Day '07 Agenda and Additions

    GameDev Day '07 is this Saturday at Harvard and I'm very pleased with how well the agenda has come together. We have an incredibly strong group of presenters from the gaming industry with interesting sessions throughout the day. First, a change in logistics. We are now in Emerson Hall (room 105) , which...
  • Blog Post: GameDev Day '07 Boston - XNA, Gaming, and Game Development

    Like games? Wonder how they're made? Want to know how to make them yourself? Come to GameDev Day '07 , a free event being hosted at Harvard University on December 1st, sponsored by Microsoft in association with the Harvard Interactive Media Group ( HIMG ). The Details What: GameDev Day '07 Boston Who...
  • Blog Post: C# Day Event in Waltham on November 13th

    Michael de la Maza has run three very successful (and free!) C# Day events in Waltham since the summer. I'm glad to say he's ready to run another one on November 13th from 8:30 - 4:00 at the Microsoft offices in Waltham, MA. C# Day is a great way to take those first few steps with C# programming - no...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework Libraries - Source Code Coming!

    Big news again from Scott Guthrie. We're announcing coming availability of the source code for the .NET Base Class Libraries! From Scott's post : "One of the things my team has been working to enable has been the ability for .NET developers to download and browse the source code of the .NET Framework...
  • Blog Post: Webcast Series for Becoming a Better Developer

    Here's a chance to take a step back from the technology treadmill and consider your career. John Bristowe posts that my colleagues with Microsoft Canada are hosting a series of 5 webcasts, not on technology X or Y , but on the fundamentals of being a more effective developer and managing your career...
  • Blog Post: Code Camp 8: The Rise of the Silverlight Surfer

    The fall is rapidly approaching, and with that comes another fantastic weekend of code, technology, and developer community called Code Camp. Save the dates of September 29th and 30th for Code Camp 8: "The Rise of the Silverlight Surfer" (thanks to Andy Beaulieu for the name!) As always, CC will be held...
  • Blog Post: Controls and Control Libraries for Silverlight

    Though the jury is still out on what controls we'll see in or alongside Silverlight 1.1 when it's released, there are a number of reusable controls and libraries emerging to help make development more efficient and familiar to developers used to WinForms and WebForms style programming. The Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: A Guide to the Newly-Released Developer Updates

    Though I managed to sneak away for some vacation time this week, it's clearly been a busy time for the product teams. Here's a summary of the recently-released betas and updates with links for more information: Silverlight Silverlight 1.0 Release Candidate ( windows | mac ) Silverlight 1.1 Alpha Refresh...
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