Today Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2008 Express Editions Beta 2. This release continues the Microsoft tradition of offering simple, fun and easy to learn tool suite for causal developer, hobbyist, gamer and students for free.
Get started by downloading this new release.
If you like WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation)
and programming in Ruby, check out an
example Scott Hanselman did with IronRuby. Scott uses
Notepad2 with Ruby support to do his coding for this example. Scott talks about some of the issues coding with this alpha release of IronRuby but then…
really needs to create the next Tetris since there are only so many variants I can play. DigiPen has an 8-part webcast series on creating a video game to help aid
in just doing that. Their game doesn't use XNA but uses DirectX 9.0. Their series covers sound effects, sprites, sprite…
The final version of Windows Home Server (WHS) has shipped! There are already
multiple add-in's for WHS and there is the
Code2Fame contest out there too. The Code2Fame contest must be postmarked by August 25th to count too.
So what is so cool about WHS? It helps protect your home. It helps…
John Kennedy has created a
very nice diagram for aiding in Windows Mobile development. You want
GPS, VOIP, device emulators,
the Home screen,
Telephone API, ... list goes on and on.
If you're making a Windows Mobile application, I highly suggest checking out John's cheat sheet.
If you're a premium member of the XNA's Creator's Club, you now have access to
Garage Game's Torque X and Torque X Builder for free! Previously, this cost $100!
What is Torque X? It is c# based game engine that allows 2D drag and drop game creation! It allows you to make use of physics and…
If you like your photos with a unique flare to it, check out
Rasterbator. Matias Arje also has a .Net port of Rasterbator complete with source code.
So what exactly is Rasterbator? It is a program that more or less pixilate your photos but uses circles instead of squares. It allows you to…
Chad Hower over at Indy Project has built a tool that will give any presentation that extra bang. A PowerPoint presentation tool. Well, it isn't just any presentation tool, it is a WiiMote.
Grab the source or just the binaries.
WiiKey is powered by the
library that Brian Peek wrote for a…
When hiding an object, in plain sight may be the best approach.
Steganography accomplishes this task while hiding the "payload". The common form of this encryption is using images as the medium.
Alaa Jebran has created a few examples in Visual Basic to do this. Wikipedia lists…
The developers over at Mono group have created Moonlight. What is moonlight? It is an implementation
of Silverlight, which is a cross-platform plug-in that allows .Net programming and a host of other things.
Miguel de Icaza posted some YouTube videos showing off desklets which are powered by…