Jacqueline Russell and Dan Fernandez: The Beginner Developer Learning Center Begins

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    What about (unmanaged) C++ for beginners or DirectX?
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    ZippyV wrote:
    What about (unmanaged) C++ for beginners or DirectX?

    Good joke! Cool
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    ZippyV wrote:
    What about (unmanaged) C++ for beginners or DirectX?

    We do have native C++ in our plans for the future, but no set date just yet. At worst, it will be this summer.

    The BDLC won't be the place for all content/tutorials as it's really about the fundamentals. Things like DirectX or XNA will likely live on Coding4Fun, our home for fun technology Smiley

    We we do have a number of article on Coding4Fun using managed DirectX and are looking to add some on native DirectX, the biggest challenge we have is actually finding native C++ writers that are good, interested, available, and affordable. If you have suggestions, let me know. In the meantime, we're actually going to re-post, with permission, some of our favorite C++ articles on Coding4Fun.

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    One suggestion: work with 3DBuzz http://www.3dbuzz.com

    They made some excellent videos about all kinds of subjects and they are really good at explaining stuff to beginners. Epic Games partnered with them to create a big set of videos about creating levels in Unreal Tournament, programming in UnrealScript and modeling in Maya.
    They also made a serie about C++ but not all the videos are available for free.
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    There is a video that introduces native C++:

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    As I recall I actually met Dan once when he came to Dallas with Eric Gunnerson several years ago to get input from the developers in the Dallas C# Special Interest Group about what they would like to see in the next version of C# (2.0).

    http://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=5895Eric Gunnerson - What is the biggest challenge for programmers?

    I enjoyed Eric's rather dry sense of humor.

    After an hour of suggestions such as better documentation and edit and continue, I spoke up.

    I pointed out that none of the colleges in the area were teaching either Visual Basic.NET nor Visual C#.

    The colleges were all teaching either C++ and/or Java and a few Visual Basic 6.0.

    College students were graduating from colleges with no exposure to Visual Studio, C# and Visual Basic.NET

    There was actually considerable resistence to teaching any beginning computer course in either Visual Basic.NET or C#., especially in the computer science departments.

    Thanks in part to the various Visual Studio Express editions of Visual Basic and C#, this is slowly changing.

    Good luck with the new site.

    Enjoyed the interview.


    PS Is Jacqueline a web developer and if so, what languages does she program in besides JavaScript?


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    Hey Raymond,

    So, at this point in my life I'd probably call myself a "recreational developer" (is that like a recreational smoker...? I only code at parties Wink Actually I don't, but I do only do dev work for fun these days (random websites & desktop apps for friends/family).  In a previous lifetime, I worked as a dev/consultant for Avanade.  Right now I'm working to teach my husband VB.  He's an advertising guy - totally non-technical, so if he can create a data driven WinForms app, then anyone can! 
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    *Grumble* *grumble*

    I’m actually kinda sad to hear about this new site and content... mostly because I was slowly working on something similar.
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    Thank god! I am recovering from a stroke nine years ago.

    Thing's have change a great deal! I am 56 years old and I have a lot of catching up to do.

    I thing you have giving me a start! Thank you!

    Jordan Powell

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    That girl is cute!
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    Why does every sentence need to start with "So"?  Even in written form?  Come on.  It sounds like everyone at MS is a clone of the original guy who invented "So,..."

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