This Week on Channel 9, Dan and Brian are back together to discuss the week's top developer news, including:
- MIX10 -
Windows Phone at MIX10
- Interesting because: There will be sessions on developing applications and games for the next generation of Windows Phone.
- MIX 10K Smart Coding Challenge - Build a cool app in under 10K lines of code using HTML 5, Silverlight or WPF.
- Interesting because: Users get to play and vote for their favorite entries and and the grand prize is a trip to MIX10 including hotel and $1,000 gift card for travel expenses.
- Scott Hanselman -
How many PCs have the .NET Framework installed?
- Interesting because: Over 90% of PC have some version of .NET installed and over 65% have .NET 3.5 SP1.
- Tim Higgings - Coding4Fun - Wifi Warthogs - How to article on how to hack a Barbie Powerwheels using a Windows 7 Netbook and a Phidgets microntroller.
- Interesting because: You can hack your kids Powerwheels and drive them remotely via an Xbox 360 controller.
- Brian Jepson - Windows 7 driver for Arduino sensors, via
- Interesting because: It makes it much easier to use popular Arduino microcontrollers in Windows 7
- MultiPoint Mouse SDK - Using one PC, you can have multiple mice input
- Daniel Crenna -
A .NET wrapper for
Postmark, a service for email delivery for Web apps.
- Interesting because: It can be a pain (or impossible depending on your hoster) to use and track emails sent through SMTP
- Note: Service is still in private beta
- Michael Ballhaus -
LinqToWikipedia - use LINQ to query Wikipedia results (live demo,
source code), via
- Interesting because: It makes it easy to search Wikipedia in .NET and because Michael is following up with a how-to article on building your own LINQ provider
- IIS team - Smooth Streaming Player Development Kit now available
- Interesting because: It makes it easier to build a media player, it includes an already built sample player as well as tools to simulate live encoding for test purposes
- John Papa - Silverlight TV show launches on Channel 9, including MultiTouch, Flash and Silverlight, Out-of-browser apps
- Interesting because: John's a Silverlight guru, it's developer-to-developer content that shows off cool demos and samples and he gets great guests including Mike Downey (former Adobe evangelist), David Kelly (Silverlight MVP), and Keith Smith
from the Silverlight team.
- MSDN - New
Windows Azure How Do I videos
- Interesting because: Useful topics like migrating a database to SQL Azure, managing Azure Services using PowerShell, etc
- Jonathan Carter - New release of
- Interesting because: Tailspin Travel is an open source sample travel booking Web site using ASP.NET MVC 2 and it now works with VS 2008
- Intuit -
Build Software-as-a-Service applications with QuickBooks data using Windows Azure
- Interesting because: Microsoft partenered with Intuit and it's an opportunity for developers to build value-add services for Intuit's platform
- Help Desk with Chris Pirillo - January 27th at 2PM PST, send questions to @ch9live on twitter or ch9live [at] microsoft
- Interesting because: Chris became well-known on TechTV's Call for Help & Screensavers so having him on Channel 9 taking live questions via Twitter will great
- Cache My Work - Open source app that re-opens your applications after your PC reboots, via
- Interesting because: If you have "automatically apply updates" on, chances are you're PC has rebooted and you've lost what applications were open.
Pics of the week
- Dan's pick: Bill Gates joins Twitter and he's following the Channel 9 user account! Check out TheGatesNotes
for Bill's recommendations on learning content
- Brian's pick: -
Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 Virtual Machines available so you don't have to configure VS 2010 or Team Foundation Server.