In a wrap from last year I am posting some summary's of key information from the last few months that people may have missed.
Since the Windows Phone team made the update 3 available to developers there is now a new set of Images for Update 3
These images allows you to test on Update 3 at the same resolutions as Update 2 but also at 1080 x 1920 resolution screens for phones such as the Lumia 1520. Get Update 3 for the Windows Phone 8.0 SDK Here
if you haven't got update 3 on your Windows Phone 8 look here
The Windows Phone Dev Center also has a very useful change, Beta apps which used to expire after 90 days, however now the apps do not expire and it is up to you as the developer to expire/change/use as needed.This is very welcome change as it will allow developers to run rapid delivery long running parallel Beta/Test programs.
Also the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store have merged accounts and costs (At last) and at the same time reduced the costs significantly to 12 UKP for and individual and 65 UKP for a company. Remember if you have a MSDN subscription there store is free with the code you get from your MSDN subscription page.
It is that time of year, our Annual Tech Update is upon us.
if you are an IT manager or IT pro come to the morning and find out what happened in 2013 and see a roadmap for all Microsoft Technologies for 2014 from Windows to SharePoint, from SQL Server to Azure
register here Tech Update for Microsoft Technologies for the IT Pro
if you are a Development Manager or Developer come to the afternoon and see the update and Roadmap for developers and development technologies
register here Tech Update for Microsoft Technologies for Developers
I look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks
The guys over at Microsoft Research Gadgeteering.NET have produced a really good guide on teaching programming to kids using Visual Basic and Gadgeteer.
it is aimed at 14-19 year olds, you can get it free from Here
it has been a general gripe in the developer community that preview updates for Windows Phone are carrier dependant and to say the least the Windows Phone team rarely allowed early access.
But this has changed, the latest update (Update 3) is available as a preview for developers (FEEL THE LOVE) through the new developer program
i) You need to have a developer account on dev.windowsphone.com
(if you don't have one, you should coz they are fab)
ii) You need to have a developer unlocked phone (using the above account)
iii) have an App Studio account
head over to this page Windows Phone Preview for Developers
the updates for Visual Studio aren’t out yet, but this release has no API changes, I suspect we will have to wait until Windows Phone 8.1 for that
***WARNING*** this update may void your carrier warranty READ the Terms and Conditions
With the 0.91 release the loss of performance going from 0.83 to 0.9 has been redressed.
there are general improvements including better ASP.NET support.
The Typescript site has all of the documentation and download packages for Visual Studio and Node.js
Every now and again I post about the great tooling for kids and geeks that Microsoft product, the latest update in this set is the Microsoft Mathematics 2013 update for Word and OneNote.
The add in allows you to
• Compute standard mathematical functions, such as roots and logarithms
• Compute trigonometric functions, such as sine and cosine
• Find derivatives and integrals, limits, and sums and products of series
• Perform matrix operations, such as inverses, addition, and multiplication
• Perform operations on complex numbers
• Plot 2-D graphs in Cartesian and polar coordinates
• Plot 3-D graphs in Cartesian, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates
• Solve equations and inequalities
• Calculate statistical functions, such as mode and variance, on lists of numbers
• Factor polynomials or integers
• Simplify or expand algebraic expressions
all from with in word and OneNote
Get it Here
Kinect for Windows has just had a update to version 1.7. The Kinect team are calling it "our most significant update to the SDK since we released the first version"
And they are right, it is just awesome , will be talking a lot about Kinect 1.7 over the next few months.
The new version includes
Kinect Fusion - 3D object scanning application creates live 3D models
New recognisable gestures - push-to-press buttons, grip-to-pan
and new multiple users and two person interactions
along with Microsoft pushing a bunch of code samples to CodePlex in a move to deliver open source samples get them here
Get the SDK here
and the Developer toolkit is here remember you need both kits (install the SDK first)
The great people over in the Windows Team have set up a rewards program to thank developers for producing great Windows 8 Applications
if you are developing or want to develop for Windows Look at and Register with
for some great rewards.
The amount and value of the rewards are staggering, from Xbox Subscriptions to Samsung TV’s
There are added bonus for early adopters such as free Windows Phones, copies of Halo.
register today, its free.
when you go to the site to claim your points, if you fill in the who referred you as either
Robert Hogg or Black Marble
it help us get more support for future Windows 8 events
http://www.windows-appbuilder.co.uk/ has all of the data you need to start
for quick starts on using windows 8 I have several posts on using windows 8 for developers and a windows 8 overview video
Wow the typescript guys are busy the new version has a bunch of compiler improvements and fixes especially around large project compilation speed and consistency in the visual studio experience.
Great improvements in the Visual Studio delivery allowing direct connection to projects not in scope, allowing debugging of files which are not in the current project.
Get it Here
During Decembers Architect Forum I talked about TypeScript and some recent updates have prompted a post.
For actual production use you can down get it as either a Node.js package by using node.js package manager npm install -g typescript and then use the command line compiler tsc
or as plugin for Visual Studio 2012 Here
or just the source and do it yourself, all from here
Chris Sells from Telerik has not only produced a great post on TypeScript but also some Windows 8 Templates so you can develop Windows 8 applications in HTML and Typescript which in my opinion will improve the quality of your applications no end.
read his article here and the instructions on how to install the Windows 8 templates are at the end