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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio “14” CTP is available

    Download here . Remember that this is a CTP and isn’t meant for production environments; please install in a test environment with no earlier versions of Visual Studio installed. Eric Battalio says: Here are some resources which may be useful as you try out the Visual Studio “14” CTP, released yesterday...
  • Blog Post: First look: Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview SDK

    Longtime readers know that I have great enthusiasm for the Kinect sensor as a revolutionary NUI technology. Now I can report that I was accepted to the Developer Preview program, and my new Kinect for Windows sensor arrived today. The packaging goes out of its way to make you feel special: when the box...
  • Blog Post: How to align sensors with your app’s orientation

    Brian Rockwell presents a quick overview showing how to align a device’s sensors with your app’s orientation: The sensors supported by Windows Store apps offer a powerful way to spice up your app’s functionality. Sensors let your app know the relationship between the device and the physical world around...
  • Blog Post: Quick tips for porting a XAML Split App to Windows 8.1

    If you have an app in the Windows Store already, and you used the Split App (XAML) template as the basis of your app, you’ll notice that the VS2013 compiler complains when you retarget the project to Windows 8.1 and build it: Warning: 'Windows.ApplicationModel.DataTransfer.DataPackage.SetUri(System.Uri...
  • Blog Post: Developing games for Windows 8? Start here.

    Following up on Shai Hinitz’s post, Developing Windows Store games , the Dev Center is hosting new guidance for creating Windows 8 games , in time for GDC 2013 . You’ll find: Prepare your Windows Store DirectX game programming environment Add Windows Store features for DirectX 11.1 games Prepare your...
  • Blog Post: Video: Mapping your location in Windows 8 apps

    If you’re writing a Windows Store app, you may want to display the user’s location on a map. This two-minute video shows you how to do it with C#/XAML: How to display your location on a Bing Map. Even if you’re using JavaScript or C++/CX to write your Store app, these steps are handy. This video is the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Posterpedia app is available in the Windows Store

    Martin McClean has long been the Keeper of the Posters over in the Windows Server business unit, and now he’s teamed up with Brian Lich to produce this beautiful Windows Store app, Server Posterpedia . They make C#/XAML sing and dance, bringing a sleek pan-and zoom user experience to the giant posters...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Windows Store App Labs for app builders

    From the Windows 8 app developer blog : Windows Store App Labs are in more than 30 cities around the world for all app builders – developers, designers, and entrepreneurs. Check out and test the newest Windows 8 devices. Get technical guidance from Windows 8 experts. Get design guidance from leading...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 background tasks and lock screen hotness

    The indispensible Windows 8 app developer blog has a new post that shows the nuts and bolts of background tasks, maintenance triggers, and the lock screen . The lock screen is a particularly neat scenario, because your app gets to share a highly visible bit of UI with other important apps: Windows PM...
  • Blog Post: Emotiv Engine Client Library is posted at CodePlex

    I finally got my act together and posted the code for my EmoEngineClientLibrary , which is a C# wrapper around the DotNetEmotivSDK.dll assembly that ships with the Emotiv SDK . Browse the source code Browse the documentation overview You may recall this code library from such blog posts as: Kinect-Emotiv...
  • Blog Post: Kinect-Emotiv mashup prototype

    Longtime readers of the Learning Curve know about my fascination with brainwaves, aka, neurodata ( Again with the brainwaves ). Then along came Kinect, which provided a pleasant distraction. But how to get the best of both worlds? With the release of the Kinect for Windows SDK , it became an interesting...
  • Blog Post: Kinect For Windows SDK beta is posted

    Download Kinect for Windows SDK beta . NUI geeks rejoice! The noncommercial Kinect SDK beta is available from Microsoft Research.  Skeleton-tracking provided by the Kinect For Windows SDK beta. Get documentation here . Here are the code samples that you get: Sample code files are included in the...
  • Blog Post: MIX 11 - April 12-14, 2011, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

    Register. Oh, to be able to go this year. So many interesting sessions, I’d be a kid in a candy store. If any of you go and blog, please send me links. In addition to the obligatory boot-camp sessions for HTML5 Canvas, jQuery, and the like, these are the MIX 11 sessions that I’d love to dive into: Good...
  • Blog Post: Don Burnett compares iPhone development to Phone 7

    Providing a nice follow-up to my recent post on modern programming environments , Don Burnett compares the developer experience for Apple’s iPhone to Microsoft’s Phone 7. Windows Phone comes out on top, as Don explains in this nice slide deck. iPhone versus windows phone 7 coding View more presentations...
  • Blog Post: Modern programming: A tale of four frameworks

    After starting my new job in Core OS, it became clear that I would need to brush up on my old COM-programming skills, which I haven’t used in about, oh, eight years. It’s been all .NET Framework since I hired on as a full-time employee at MSFT. A good place to get acquainted with the COM world is the...
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