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  • Blog Post: TweetCraft – A World of Warcraft Twitter client

    After much ado, we finally launched TweetCraft , one of our new Coding4Fun applications. Shout-outs to the other members of the TweetCraft team - Gabor Ratky, Mike Sampson and Lincoln Anderson for building a kick-ass v1. TweetCraft Overview TweetCraft is an in-game Twitter client for World...
  • Blog Post: Coding4Fun Book: The people and the projects

      Available now on Amazon.com for $26 (34% off!)   Our Coding4Fun book , Coding4Fun 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, World of Warcraft, YouTube, and More officially released to the world last week. Unlike your typical .NET development book, Coding4Fun is about learning how to use your...
  • Blog Post: PDC Recap

    With PDC just about a week over, it's about time I finally got around to blogging about it. Here's the random list Windows Azure : Ray Ozzie launched Windows Azure and Microsoft's Cloud Strategy (video here). Charles on Channel 9 did a bunch of videos on our Cloud services. If you want a no nonsense...
  • Blog Post: Coding4Fun Talk at TechEd

    At TechEd this year, I gave what can only be described as an overly ambitious talk given I only had 45 minutes: Coding4Fun: The Secrets to Programming YouTube, iTunes, Microsoft Zune, Windows Vista Peer-to-Peer APIs, and Even World of Warcraft I say overly ambitious as YouTube, Vista P2P, and Warcraft...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Game Creator Alpha Launches!

    Popfly Game Creator Alpha launches today and It's amazing. Kudos to Adam Nathan as he's really shown how Silverlight can build incredibly rich applications. I can only imagine what he'll do when Popfly moves to Silverlight 2! Here's the Channel 9 interview with Adam building three Popfly games from scratch...
  • Blog Post: AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft now available!

    I'm proud to announce that AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft is now available to download from CodePlex ! This was one of those personal projects done in my "free" time, but its amazing to see how well it turned out, kudos to our extensibility team and to the amazing folks at EPAM for building...
  • Blog Post: Scott Hanselman and Clint Rutkas join the Big House

    In just the last couple of weeks, 2 of our Coding4Fun authors became official Microsoft employees. Congratulations to Scott and Clint and welcome to the borg!! Scott's blog post: Blue Badge Clint blog post: sell_out(Clint, Microsoft) The good news is that both will continue to contribute articles to...
  • Blog Post: Not all Facebook data is in a "Walled Garden"

    The Facebook is a "Walled Garden" meme continues today with a post from pal Robert Scoble that continues the assumption that all Facebook data is somehow "locked" into Facebook. Here's a quick snippet: First, let’s go back to Facebook. Why does everyone say it’s a “walled garden?” Because you can’t get...
  • Blog Post: April Fool's Day on Coding4Fun

    Rubber Hail Check out Clint's video where he drops 1,000 bouncy balls on his CTO and how-to article Rotating Monitor Check out Brian Peeks' rotating monitor prank ...I can only imagine the hilarity that ensues with Tech Support calls on this one!!
  • Blog Post: Wiimote Library for Developers on Coding4Fun

    Brian Peek just published his latest article, a .NET library for easy programming of a Nintendo Wiimote controller . His article and project on Channel9 includes the full source code for the library and how he built everything. The cool part is of course how easy it is to use the library as shown below...
  • Blog Post: Coding4Fun Pushing the .NET Envelope

    Coding4Fun is off the hook lately! Check out these great apps that are pushing the envelope in fun and cool ways Scott Hanselman's Controlling a Microbric Viper Robot using Windows PowerShell Logo Yeah,PowerShell logo embedded into a Windows Form that can programatically control Robots. ( Video demo...
  • Blog Post: Should Coding4Fun be available through a blog only?

    If you're a Coding4Fun reader, please respond! Earlier this week, I asked our Coding4Fun authors what they thought about moving Coding4Fun to being fully blog-based a la Engadget , Make , etc. Many Coding4Fun readers don't know this, but Coding4Fun actually uses http://blogs.msdn.com/coding4fun/ as its...
  • Blog Post: Personal Note to Joystiq: There is no Coding4Fun Wii60 Conspiracy

    Some of you may have seen the recent Joystiq post "MS gift guide suggests Wii controller", also linked to here and here quoted below. Ever since Peter Moore made his famous statement ostensibly encouraging people to buy a Nintendo Wii , the Wii60 ideal of Nintendo/Microsoft solidarity has become something...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Microsoft Robotics Studio RTM

    Congratulations to the Microsoft Robotics Studio team for RTM'ing! Non-Commercial Use: Robotics Studio is available for free to download Commercial License: For commercial applications or business operations, you must purchase a commercial license, available for online purchase for $399 . More information...
  • Blog Post: XNA Game Studio Express RTM'd - Create Pong on your Xbox

    Congratulations to the XNA team for getting XNA Game Studio Express out the door! You can Download Game Studio Express here Clint has a good summary on the Coding4Fun blog XNA Blog Announcement Details To get you started, Coding4Fun's ZMan has a how-to article on building your first XNA...
  • Blog Post: Holiday Season on Coding4Fun!

    Big props to Brian Peek and Clint Rutkas for some great Coding4Fun holiday content! How to create your own Animated Musical Holiday Light Show Ever wondered how to create those animated musical holiday light shows that you’ve seen on YouTube ? Now you can with this step-by-step article that shows how...
  • Blog Post: Successfully Installed Windows Vista Ultimate

    As a dogfooder who tried Windows the Vista Beta, man has this product come a long way. Kudos to the Windows team for dramatically improving just about everything in the product. Here's some key things to remember: Backup your files - Always good advice, but don't forget to export your IE Favorites and...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth 3D Launched

    I've been having lots of fun navigating the Virtual Earth 3D world, kudos to them for building a fun, free service! As Clint posted on the Coding4Fun Home page , it's literally two lines of code to control Virtual Earth 3D. Very cool.
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Express - Happy One Year Anniversary!

    Updated to include the new SkinCraft Light free control (see below) and the correct RTM Express download count which is actually 7.5 million! sniff, sniff, they grow up so quickly! One year ago today, Steve Ballmer was on-stage announcing our official launch of Visual Studio Express to the world...it...
  • Blog Post: Coding4Fun v2 Update: Final Designs

    Thanks again to the 160+ of you who voted on the Coding4Fun redesign ! As you know, the Glass design took first place, but many of you loved (and even emailed me) about Metal's icons and I liked them too and the team at Personify Design has been working on incorporating these two together into the final...
  • Blog Post: VS Express New Partner Announcements: Z-Wave Home Automation & Flight Simulator X

    Last week, at Digital Life , we announced two new partnerships which expand the reach of hobbyist and enthusiast developers even further than before. Intermatic and ControlThink Partnership Microsoft has partnered with Intermatic to better enable DIY developers to create custom home automation projects...
  • Blog Post: XNA Game Studio Express - Toronto Game Camp and SpaceWar Webcast

    *Updated to include Seattle Code Camp (per Z-man ) Seattle Code Camp - October 27-28th There are many XNA sessions including: Exploring the XNA Framework by Mitch Walker Introduction to the Programmable Pipeline in XNA by Rick Hoskinson Making an XNA Game for the Xbox 360 by Charles...
  • Blog Post: Coding4Fun - Round 1 Voting is in!

    Round 1 of voting for the Coding4Fun Redesign is over and thank you for the 120+ of you who let your opinion be known! Special Thanks Before we get started, I wanted to give special thanks goes out to Personify Design , the design and development company that created these very cool designs. Scoring...
  • Blog Post: Vote Today For Your Favorite Coding4Fun Redesign

    As I mentioned in my previous post , we are redesigning Coding4Fun and we want *you* to help choose the new design. Redesign Summary The current content on Coding4Fun is disorganized and primarily structured by author or event. This makes it frustrating to find the content on the site. For Coding4Fun...
  • Blog Post: Made In Express Winners Announced

    The Winners Are In! Today we officially announced the winners to the Made In Express Contest including the Grand Prize ($10,000 US), First Prize, and Community Choice winners. The competition was tight and the voting even produced a tie for first place. Rather than breaking the tie, we’ve decided...
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