This Week On Channel 9

This week on C9: XNA updates, Win 7 Training, VS 2010, build your own arcade

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This week on Channel 9, Brian and Dan cover the top developer news, including:

XNA Game Studio 3.1 now available
- Howard Dierking - Extreme MSDN Magazine ASP.NET Makeover screencast series
- Peter Kellner - Compile LINQ to SQL to improve query performance (110 uncompiled vs 780 requests compiled), via Alvin Ashcraft
Windows 7 RC Training Kit available for download
- Brian Peek - Coding4Fun Show - Physics Helper for Silverlight
- SQL Team - Free SQL Server tools and utilities that make your life a little easier, via Greg Duncan
- Rico Mariani - Why isn't there a 64-bit Visual Visual Studio?
- Joe Pruitt - PoshBing: Bing for PowerShell, via Jamie Thomson
- Phil Haack -ASP.NET MVC Installer for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and Roadmap
- Aaron Marten - What is the VSIX Project Template?
- Wintellect - Programming Differences between WPF and Silverlight, via Jaime Rodriguez
XAML Improvements in Visual Studio 2010 

Picks of the Week
- Brian's pick of the week - Compare Bing, Google, and Yahoo, without the brand and decide who has the best results using Amazon's Mechanical Turk and Blind Search
- Dan's pick of the week - Hanselcade - Home brew arcade system for geeks

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    The Discussion

    • rhm

      Can't get away from that damned Hanselcade anywhere. It'll be on Oprah next.

    • Dan

      Quick note on the VSIX comment that I made for having to manually install the code snippets for ASP.NET MVC. Quan To, from the extensibility team, corrected me in that while the VSI format (from VS 2005/2008) allowed you to package code snippets to easily share/install them, VSIX does not include this feature. They do plan to support it in Dev 11 though, it just got cut in terms of features for Dev 10.

    • udithait

      Its realy amazing that we can make avatar games with XNA.

      This is my first XNA 3.1 avatar game protype.

      http://uditha.wordpress.com/2009/06/12/my-first-xbox-live-avatar-game/

    • Bas

      It's neat that more and more of this stuff gets added to XNA. The only drawback I see is that now we'll have more games with those annoyingly happy avatars. Stop smiling and pointing your finger up in the air already!

    • joepruitt

      Thanks for the link for my PoshBing library guys.  You commented on the lack of usages for such a library.  While I agree, translating a string from a PowerShell console session is probably not the best use case, but using it as a conduit for other PowerShell related projects is viable.  As an example, I wrote a Twitter bot in PowerShell that uses my PoshTweet PowerShell Twitter library along with my PoshBing project.  This all runs in a console on my desktop but with it anyone can Twitter @askbing with a question and it will use PoshBing to query the Bing APIs for the relevant answer.  Here's a post on the project along with details:

      http://devcentral.f5.com/weblogs/Joe/archive/2009/06/08/introducing-askbing-ndash-the-powershell-bing-twitter-proxy.aspx

      Thanks again for the post, I really like your show.

      -Joe

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