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Nikolai works at Microsoft Research on TouchDevelop, Pex, and Spur

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  • Blog Post: Moving from Microsoft Research to DevDiv…

    I didn’t blog for more than a year, and many interesting things happened during that time! I moved from the Research in Software Engineering team (RiSE) in Microsoft Research to the Tools for Software Engineers (TSE) team in DevDiv to work on a new challenge. Here’s a summary of everything...
  • Blog Post: 130,000+ TouchDevelop Participants in the Hour of Code

    Congratulations to all participants! As you can see on code.org/learn, the TouchDevelop Hour of Code tutorials had more than 130,000 participants during CSEdWeek from December 9-15, 2013! The TouchDevelop participants earned more than 840,000 trophies for completing individual tutorial steps, writing...
  • Blog Post: Releasing TouchDevelop for Android: a companion app to receive notifications

    Today, the TouchDevelop team is excited to announce the first release of a TouchDevelop app for Android . The TouchDevelop team at Microsoft Research has taken on the mission to enable anyone who has a mobile device to create apps directly on the device. Our first release in 2011 was an app designed...
  • Blog Post: TouchDevelop: Hour of Code tutorials

    A PC in every home, a smartphone in every pocket – billions of people now own a computer, be it in the shape of a smartphone, a tablet, or a PC. Smartphones have become our personal companions, connecting us with the ones with love, storing our personal memories in the form of pictures and videos...
  • Blog Post: Announcing contest winners + TouchDevelop v3.2: Interactive Tutorials

    The final round of the Microsoft Touch of Summer 2013 Contest is over, and we are happy to announce the contest winners who created awesome scripts! Also, TouchDevelop v3.2 for Windows Phone 8 is out! It is a bug fix update – many thanks to all our users who send us feedback! When you launch...
  • Blog Post: cloud data for TouchDevelop released today

    What makes some of the best mobile apps great is the ability to share data, game progress, or to play or work together with your friends or other people at the same time. Today is a big day for TouchDevelop: We are releasing cloud data , a super easy, integrated way to create apps with distributed...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Touch of Summer 2013 Contest

    We received many TouchDevelop script submissions for the August/September period of the Microsoft Touch of Summer 2013 Contest . Thanks to everyone who submitted a script, and to everyone who voted for their favorites! We are now happy to announce the winners. There is one winner in each category. ...
  • Blog Post: Announcing TouchDevelop v3.1: Bluetooth, pin to start, Radio, debugger, profiler, insights, tutorials, videos

    The TouchDevelop team is excited to announce that the latest update of the TouchDevelop app is now available. We’d like to thank all of our beta testers – we considered all of your feedback and suggestions when we prepared this update. TouchDevelop v3.1 for Windows Phone brings back...
  • Blog Post: help us make TouchDevelop scripts run faster

    As a development platform, TouchDevelop is committed to running your scripts in a way that is fast on all platforms and with minimal energy consumption, allowing scripts to better preserve the battery life of your devices. do you want your script to run faster? In order to improve your experience...
  • Blog Post: Debugging TouchDevelop scripts

    You might already know that you can try out upcoming features of the mobile application development environment TouchDevelop by going to touchdevelop.com/app/ beta which runs the beta version of the TouchDevelop Web App in your browser. We often get asked what the new features in the beta version...
  • Blog Post: Announcing TouchDevelop v3.0 for Windows Phone 8: unified experience, new language features, NFC, speech and tile APIs

    The TouchDevelop Team is thrilled to announce a major update of the TouchDevelop app for Windows Phone 8 that brings you: unified experience with the TouchDevelop Web App, new language features, NFC, new speech APIs, new tile APIs. It also comes with a new set of script templates, and a whole new documentation...
  • Blog Post: TouchDevelop v3.0 beta for Windows Phone 8

    We are looking for adventurous mobile app creators. Do you have a device running the latest Windows Phone 8 operating system? Are you a fan of the TouchDevelop app that enables you to create apps directly ON your mobile device? Do you love to try out the latest apps, and give feedback about what you...
  • Blog Post: TouchDevelop: create apps ON iPad, iPhone, Android in addition to PC, Mac, Windows Phone

    One month ago we released the Web App Preview of TouchDevelop, the mobile programming environment. Thanks to the feedback you’ve been sending us since then, we were able to greatly expand the list of supported platforms. As of today, the TouchDevelop Web App Preview at touchdevelop.com/app runs...
  • Blog Post: Announcing TouchDevelop Web App Preview

    Today we are announcing the TouchDevelop Web App Preview , available at touchdevelop.com/app : a development environment for mobile and web applications that runs directly in your browser. You can quickly create fun games and useful tools. TouchDevelop’s editor and programming language have been...
  • Blog Post: Announcing TouchDevelop v2.10: tutorial videos, code synthesis, trace+replay, and more!

    The TouchDevelop team is excited to announce a new app update. The growing TouchDevelop team got help over the summer from several awesome interns. You can install the latest version from the Windows Phone Marketplace ; you might have to wait a few hours before the latest TouchDevelop version becomes...
  • Blog Post: Announcing TouchDevelop v2.8: structured datatypes, tags, pages+buttons, better api search, featured screenshots, and more!

    After v2.7, which was just bug fixes and updates to the license agreement, the TouchDevelop team ( Nikolai Tillmann, Michał Moskal , Peli de Halleux , Manuel Fahndrich , Sebastian Burckhardt ) is excited to finally announce shipping v2.8 today: The latest version allows you to define structured datatypes...
  • Blog Post: turn TouchDevelop scripts into apps on the Windows Phone Marketplace

    The TouchDevelop app is a great environment to create, share, run and discuss scripts, and if are new to programming, then you might also like that you can read other people’s code — you do everything on your Windows Phone, you do not need a PC. Visit touchdevelop.com to see all the scripts...
  • Blog Post: TouchDevelop book and slides - now available online

    Until recently, there wasn’t much documentation available around the TouchDevelop programming environment and language. We reorganized our educational material under touchdevelop.com/learn , and the TouchDevelop team and our friends from Microsoft Research Connections are happy to announce:...
  • Blog Post: TouchDevelop v2.6: enhanced user profiles, libraries, access devices in your home network, and more

    Today, the TouchDevelop team is excited to announce the release of the latest app update for Windows Phone 7. Version 2.6 brings enhanced user profiles with pictures, about-me texts, websites, and scores; a redesigned script editor with new events and support to recycle library code; new APIs to access...
  • Blog Post: TouchDevelop v2.5: new tutorial, artwork, forum, and more

    Today, the TouchDevelop team releases the latest app update for Windows Phone 7: learn how to play random songs by shaking your phone, integrate picture and sounds from the web, and much more. We fixed several bugs you reported to us, and we also added new APIs . You can install the latest version...
  • Blog Post: TouchDevelop v2.4: push notifications, updates, discussions, …

    We have been amazed by all the great scripts that you have published over the past months – view them on touchdevelop.com . Today, the TouchDevelop team is releasing the latest update: you can now discuss scripts (write comments, reply), and get notified whenever someone else does something...
  • Blog Post: TouchDevelop v2.3 for Mango: Pin to start for scripts

    Today, the TouchDevelop team is excited to announce the first version of TouchDevelop that was customized for the new Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango). TouchDevelop v2.3 cannot be installed on earlier, not-yet-updated Windows Phone 7.0 devices. You can find all the latest TouchDevelop scripts written and submitted...
  • Blog Post: TouchDevelop v2.2: tutorial mode, improved code editor, events

    The TouchDevelop team is really happy to see all the scripts that you published on the script bazaar after we added this feature with TouchDevelop v2.0 . Check out all the scripts on www.touchdevelop.com ! Remember, you can install any published scripts, run them, and even tweak the code if you want...
  • Blog Post: TouchDevelop v2.1: integrated script bazaar

    The TouchDevelop team is happy to release this incremental update to TouchDevelop. After we recently introduced script sharing in the cloud with TouchDevelop v2.0 , we now made it even easier to discover and install scripts published by other people: The script bazaar is now folded into the main TouchDevelop...
  • Blog Post: Announcing TouchDevelop v2.0 beta: script sharing in the cloud

    Today, the TouchDevelop team is thrilled to announce a big step forward in mobile programming: TouchDevelop v2.0 for Windows Phone 7 enables easy sharing of scripts. To reflect the big change, we are renaming the app to TouchDevelop; we secured the new, short domain name touchdevelop.com , which serves...
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