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  • Blog Post: My Picks for PDC 2009

    With a little over a month to go before Microsoft’s biggest and best developer event, I wanted to pick out which PDC sessions look super interesting ( to me ) this year: Dan’s picks Windows 7 Developer Boot Camp (Mark Russinovich, Arun Kishan)– I’ll be setting up some projects during this time...
  • 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: CodePlex Community Meetup at PDC

    As Sara mentioned in the CodePlex blog, we're having a CodePlex meetup at PDC on Wednesday from 1:30 - 2:30pm where volunteers will be able to show off their Codeplex projects and you'll be able to check out demos of new CodePlex features and give the CodePlex team feedback on what they're delivering...
  • Blog Post: Opening the kimono on Windows 7

    Today we officially announced that PDC is the first time Microsoft will be discussing Windows 7 in-depth. The big announcements are that: Steve Sinofsky will keynote on Tuesday at PDC There are 21 sessions on Windows 7 at PDC on everything from kernel, audio, graphics, networking, and more. All PDC attendees...
  • 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: Session Notes: Life on the Bungie Farm: Fun Things to do with 180 servers and 350 processors

    Speakers: Luis Villegas, Sean Shypula from Bungie Distributed client/server system split up, runs it in parallel processes user submitted tasks in parallel 180 rackmounted machines 300 processes can use Advantages speed up time consuming tasks - (rendering goes from day to a few hours) see results of...
  • Blog Post: Panel: Future of MMOs

    Speakers: MC of event, Jon Wood - Managing Editor MMORPG.com Jack Emmert - Founder, Cryptic Studios, Champions Online, City of Heroes/Villans One other person, Mark Jacobs or "Matt" from Cryptic Ray Muzyka - General Manager of Bioware, haven't released one yet Min Kim - Free-to-play, Cart Rider...
  • Blog Post: Session: Star Wars, The Force Unleashed

    Full Title: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: How LucasArts is Building a Game Development Team and a Technology Pipeline...at the same time Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is a new, upcoming title Storyline: Darth Vader's secret apprentice, between episodes 3 and 4 Designing the Game Big 5 questions -...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Interesting Nuggets from the Microsoft GDC Keynote

    The US video game industry revenue is now $18 Billion and continues to grow. Games have not only surpassed the movie industry, they have also surpassed the music industry (source: Jupiter Research) 7 different Xbox titles sold over 1MM units in the 2007 holiday season Xbox has the highest number of games...
  • Blog Post: Session: WiiFit: Creating a Brand New Interface for the Home Console

    Speaker: Takao Sawano WiiFit Examples Family weighing themselves and tracking health Father doing push ups on balance board Mother doing yoga on the board Games: Kid taking headers playing soccer goalie Games: Grandfather using ski-jump Games: Mother walking on a tightrope   - Sold over 1.4 million...
  • Blog Post: Session: Rules of Engagement: Blizzard's Approach to Multiplayer Game Design

    Speaker: Rob Pardo, Blizzard Entertainment Rough notes below   Game Balance - solo to max level - important role in a group, raid, and group PVP - Starcraft - Race totally different - Better players can win games fast - Offense over defense (don't want Starcraft 2 as a Sim City simulator) - Creative...
  • Blog Post: Session: Taking Xbox LIVE Arcade Games to the Next Level

    Note: I'll be regularly blogging on session at GDC (Game Developer Conference) Rough notes Speaker: Scott Austin: Xbox LIVE Arcade, Microsoft I just interviewed Scott and we'll be posting the video on Channel 9 in the next few days Games N+ - Level editor P2P versus server (doesn't need to be policed...
  • Blog Post: The Bill Gates Interview

    I'm such a huge Bill Gates fan, not only for his technical and business brilliance, but for all of the work his foundation has done. That's why when Jeff Sandquist and Charles Torre told me I was going to be interviewing Bill, I was....beside myself. The interview went well (in that I didn't pee my pants...
  • Blog Post: New Channel9 Interview with Scott Guthrie on Mix

    Last night, I caught up with Scott Guthrie and we talked about the up-and-coming technology that will be shown at Mix . I just posted Part 1 of the video onto Channel9 where we discuss IIS 7.0 and what it means for developers. I'll post Part 2 tomorrow, where Scott delves deeper into the technology...
  • Blog Post: Build and Publish Web Sites with Popfly Explorer Beta

    I'm back in Seattle after attending TechEd Europe earlier in the week. It was an absolute blast and thanks to everyone who came to the overflowed Popfly session! Tony Goodhew and I did demos in Soma's keynote, check out Patrik and Andrew's blogs for a recap on the keynote: Patrik Löwendahl's: ...
  • Blog Post: Facebook F8 Event Photos

    Mark Zuckerberg kicking things off Some insane stats, 12MM people return daily, 24+ million users, 40 billion page views Facebook provides you a Canvas that you can do anything with including full ASP.NET or Popfly applications Dan'l Lewin, Microsoft Corporate Vice President talking about Popfly and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft + Facebook Partnership

    Today at Facebook F8, Corporate Vice President Dan'l Lewin announced a new partnership between Microsoft and Facebook. Popfly Facebook Block : Available immediately, we've added the Facebook block which prodices access to Facebook data including the User Profile, Friends, Photos, Photo Albums, and Events...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft @ Maker Faire

    Jacqueline Russell has been planning another great presence at this year's Maker Faire and I have to say I'm pretty pumped! Check out the Maker Faire Coding4Fun page for full details . Microsoft will be out in full force including: Windows Home Server, Windows Live Spaces, Microsoft Robotics Studio,...
  • 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: Learn How to Mod Mech Commander 2: 3-Part Webcast

    As I blogged about earlier , and as was mentioned on Slashdot and Digg , Mech Commander 2 is available to download, and using Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition, and the webcasts listed below, you too can learn how to create your own game mods. Michael Kulcher , a PM on the XNA team is doing a 3-part...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Events - Coming to a city near you

    At Maker Faire, I got to meet the local guys from SVC who came to help out at the booth, including Anand Iyer . Anand is part of the national Microsoft team (like Geoff and Rory ) that does MSDN events and they have several upcoming events you should definitely check out. Anand's got a full schedule...
  • Blog Post: SIC Notes from Localization talk

    The localization talk had three speakers for a one hour session that ran a bit over. Rough notes below Speaker #1 Claude Ostfeld <aside>He literally just read his slides and his slides had way too much text</aside - Don't publish prices on the Web <aside>Me and an audience member disagree...
  • Blog Post: At the 15th annual Shareware Industry Conference

    I'm way too busy at the Shareware Industry Conference , but here's a quick brain dump. I met with John Lueders of ElmSoftware who created iDo 2005 , some very cool looking and useful Wedding software. It's got 5 stars by CNET. I can tell you that my wife, Angie, would have loved this software. We...
  • Blog Post: Killer PDC Sessions

    As Brad and Cyrus point out, we have officially listed a lot of the PDC sessions . Check out the PDC Blog for up-to-date information. Below are some of the sessions that grabbed my attention including: Web Designer improvements, developing with Atlas (a Microsoft framework for creating Asynchronous...
  • Blog Post: My Picks for TechEd 2005

    The list of TechEd sessions for 2005 is now up ! If you register now, you get a $300 discount Choosing sessions was *absolutely* brutal . That being said, there's still a lot of content that C# developers would be interested in. Here are my picks for sessions and events: Developer Tools/.NET Framework...
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