Windows 8 Release Preview and Visual Studio 2012 RC

On the off chance that you’ve not heard already, I wanted to share the great news that the Windows 8 Release Preview and Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate are both now available for download. UPDATE: I noticed that the link above only gets you to the Visual Studio 2012 Express RC install. If you want … Continue reading Windows 8 Release Preview and Visual Studio 2012 RC

Kinect for Windows SDK 1.5 Released!

Wow…that didn’t take long. Looks like the folks responsible for making Kinect for Windows an awesome tool for developers looking to add NUI features to their applications are eager to move the platform forward at a rapid pace, as they’ve just announced the availability of the Kinect for Windows SDK 1.5, less than 4 months … Continue reading Kinect for Windows SDK 1.5 Released!

Exploring HTML5 Canvas: Part 6 – Managing Animated Shapes

[This is part 6 of an ongoing series of posts examining the HTML5 Canvas element. In Part 1 of this series, I introduced Canvas and prepared a template to make further explorations a bit simpler, and also introduced JsFiddle, a neat tool for experimenting with and sharing web code. In Part 2, I demonstrated the … Continue reading Exploring HTML5 Canvas: Part 6 – Managing Animated Shapes

Why Developers Should Care About Design, and How Metro Helps

Or…I was a Teenage Design Have-not I’m going to avoid casting aspersions on my fellow developers and instead simply own up to my own failingsā€¦I’ve been developing software since I was 10 years old (my first program was written in BASIC on a Commodore PET), and professionally for well over a decade, and for most … Continue reading Why Developers Should Care About Design, and How Metro Helps

Getting an App in the Windows Store: What, Why, and How

Most of my readers are probably aware that Windows 8 is on the horizon. If you’re a software developer, whether an experienced Windows dev, or one who works on other platform, chances are good that you’ve at least heard of it. What I propose to do in this post is argue for a simple proposition…every … Continue reading Getting an App in the Windows Store: What, Why, and How

Windows 8 Dev Camp: Slides, Hands-on Labs, etc.

If you’ve attended one of the Windows Camp events that I or one of my peers have been running of late (or even if you couldn’t make it, but would like some great resources for learning more about Windows 8 Metro style apps), the materials from these events have now been made available online. You … Continue reading Windows 8 Dev Camp: Slides, Hands-on Labs, etc.