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
I have been a massive fan of the work the Microsoft Patterns and Practices team for years and in the past year I have been lucky enough to be able to help out as a reviewer on a couple of projects.
What makes the P&P team stand out is the fact that their aim is to make your life easier and you to look better by helping you delivering better products faster.
One of the projects I was lucky enough to review is Hilo, which is a guide demonstrating how to write modern C++ and XAML code using async programming patterns to build Windows Store apps that use tiles, a splash screen, controls, pages, navigation, suspend & resume, and touch. The guide provides common guidance on common development patterns and practices such as Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) and Repository patterns and unit testing.
· Getting started with Hilo
· Designing Hilo's UX
· Writing modern C++ code in Hilo
· Async programming patterns and tips in Hilo
· Working with tiles and the splash screen in Hilo
· Using the Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern in Hilo
· Using the Repository pattern in Hilo
· Creating and navigating between pages in Hilo
· Using controls in Hilo
· Using touch in Hilo
· Handling suspend, resume, and activation in Hilo
· Improving performance in Hilo
· Testing and deploying Hilo
· Meet the Hilo team
· Performing interop between XAML and DirectX
CodePlex Site http://hilo.codeplex.com/
Download the Hilo sample
Get the book
Now is the time to start thinking about projects for the year and by recent posts it should be clear that 3D printing is on my mind as is building a house and so when the worlds collide, I suspect fear will be striking the hearts of anybody who knows me
A Company called D Shape are moving ahead with the concept of Printing Buildings http://www.d-shape.com/index.htm
it looks at a R&D stage but here is an article of Enrico Dini in Action, what an Awesome concept. He is planning to build a Mobius Strip House using the printer.
What can I say but, I love the world we live in.