I have left Microsoft and this blog is no longer under my control. All of the content should remain for some time however and any new updates can be found at http://davedev.net.
-Dave, September 2013
Internet Explorer 8 was just released! Get it here http://microsoft.com/ie8 & watch videos and all the new features here http://tinyurl.com/dat24x .
The team has put together a hilarious video of “the history of the web”. I won’t ruin any of the celebrity appearances its a pretty funny video and worth a view:
What’s got me excited? I am loving the new visual search engines. As someone who is constantly on Amazon, Wikipedia or E-bay the fact I get some visual results right from my search bar is extremely helpful.
I’ve been impressed by how many Accelerators there are now at release. See a product on a webpage you like and want to know how much it costs? Just highlight the text and select the accelerator and a tiny window will pop up right there. All sorts of neat stuff like that – translate language on highlighted text, show maps of addresses, share out to social media sites like Facebook or create tinyurl’s to links. It is fast becoming one of my often used browser features. Check it out!
Watch it via Live Broadcast at a Microsoft Office
PDC10 is sold out, but you can still join the excitement via the live stream on October 28. This year’s groundbreaking event will include live streaming of the keynotes, as well as concurrent live streaming of sessions. We’ll have a number of sessions presented live, in person by our local Microsoft Developer Tools team as well!
We invite you to attend the PDC10 Viewing Party hosted by Microsoft and Philly.NET on October 28, 2010 in Malvern, PA. This year’s content will focus on the next generation of Cloud Services, Client & Devices, and Framework & Tools.
Viewing Party Agenda
9:30 AM-10:00 AM
PDC10 Session 1 – presented live, in-person!
Live Stream Keynote
12:00pm - 2:00pm
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Live Stream Session #1
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Raffle and Closing for those who need to leave / Break for those who will stick around
Ask the Experts
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Live Stream Session #2 OR
Open Space OR Local Panel of Experts. Who knows?! It’ll be good, though!!
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Break - Pizza
Live Stream Session #3 OR
Open Space OR Local Panel of Experts. Again, who knows?!!
6:15pm - 7:15pm
7:15pm - 7:30pm
Live Stream Session #4 OR
Open Space OR Local Panel of Experts. You have to come to find out!
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Hope to see you there!
The People’s Choice Awards Voting is now open for US Imagine Cup. Vote for your local teams today let’s show them our support!
Here are the three teams based out of the East Region United States:
Vote for Geek League (NYU)
Vote for Drexel Dragons (Drexel)
Vote for TTHV (Harvard, UPenn, Central Connecticut State)
I am proud to announce my first course with Lynda.com is now available for viewing! The course runs a little over two hours in length, includes complete source code, and step-by-step labs for each chapter. I’ve never been a fan of having to spend hours going through an SDK and the intent of this course is to learn from example. I move you from having no tools installed on your machine to a complete game you can then download and modify as you wish. In fact, I published the game created in the course to the Windows Store recently so if you have a Windows 8 machine be sure to check it out.
Via Lynda.com course summary…
Part of what I tackle in the course is getting the game to run across all of the various Windows 8 devices consumers can now buy. Multi-Touch, Mouse, Pen, tablet sizes screens, laptop screens all the way up to 80” Multi-Touch screens the game will run on all of them. It was fairly simple to code the game in a way where it scales up or down no reworking needed for each device. All Windows apps automatically scale up based on a formula of your current screen size and resolution. You can include multiple sources for your images that are rendered at different resolutions. This includes not only in game graphics but also the images used on the Windows Store, the Live Tile as well as the icons for search or sharing.
The result is a game that can run on older desktop hardware with a keyboard and mouse. Here is a photo of my five year old playing Balloons on my older Vista era desktop with a keyboard and mouse. Yes my office is that messy but isn’t a mess a sign of a great thinker? <smile>
Not to be outdone by her sistser my eight year old decided she wanted to check it out on our Surface. I get a kick out of her using all ten fingers when I tell her it supports multitouch.
Or, it can be run on an 80” Multi-Touch Windows 8 Screen! I had fun watching my friend Dani try and pop the balloons quick enough.
If you have a Windows 8 device you can download the app for free from the Windows Store here.
If you are not currently a Lynda.com subscriber they also offer a 7 Day trial to the entire library here. I hope you enjoy the course as much as I did creating it!