5 Questions with Daniel Egan and Adam Tuliper

Daniel Egan and Adam Tuliper talk to us about why gaming is popular on mobile devices, virtual reality in gaming, and programming the Unity game engine. Daniel is a Developer Evangelist at Microsoft, he has been in the technology field for 20 years doing everything from Enterprise Development, to a Start Up, to running his…

Microsoft Releases CoreCLR Source Code on GitHub

Microsoft has released more of it’s .NET stack into the open source world today as it makes the core .NET execution engine available on its GitHub repository. Microsoft has made a substantial contribution to its .NET open source repository today adding the CoreCLR source code to the existing CoreFX libraries.  This contribution represents nearly 2.5M lines…

Microsoft’s Most Popular Mobile Apps Aren’t Necessarily on Windows Phone

You may have heard that Microsoft has released mobile versions of their Office apps for Android and iOS, but that’s only scratching the surface of what they’ve published.  What’s more some of their apps are more popular on Android and iOS than Windows Phone. Microsoft’s recent move to open up the Office platform to Android…

5 Lessons Learned at the Strategic Architect Forum

I had the opportunity this past week to attend the first Microsoft Strategic Architect Forum.  The conference was held just outside of Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters and was hosted by Barry Briggs, former CTO of Microsoft IT and current Director of Architecture within Microsoft.  While the two days were packed with useful information and opportunities to…

5 Questions with Todd Anglin

Todd Anglin, VP of Product Strategy for Telerik, talks about the overrun of web frameworks, how to choose the right strategy for building mobile apps, and the impact of Visual Studio support for Cordova. As the EVP of Cross-Platform Tools & Services at Telerik, Todd Anglin is responsible for Telerik’s growing line of tools for…

Visualize Your Data With Microsoft’s New Free Power BI Service

Microsoft has announced a new Azure based service that provides data visualization and dashboards on multiple data sources. Microsoft touts their Power BI service as “a cloud-based business analytics service (software-as-a -service) for non-technical business users”.  The service allows users to drag and drop connections to multiple data sources both in the cloud and also…

What’s Your Favorite Windows 10 Feature?

So now that you’ve had the weekend with the latest bits after what was a fairly epic launch presentation, what are your first impressions?  Does Cortana work on a desktop?  Will Continuum bridge the divide between desktop and tablet experiences?  Or are we (all) just waiting for our HoloLens?  Let us know with today’s poll,…

Why You Should Be Writing ECMA Script 6 Now

If you are reading this article then you have probably at least heard of ECMA Script 6, the next version of JavaScript, and are curious about what it means for you or your organization. You might be wondering how ES6 is different, if it will affect your existing applications, or if it will affect your…

When Should You Make the Move to Entity Framework 7?

The next version of Entity Framework will be called “Version 7” and will be released as part of the next version of ASP.NET, called “ASP.NET 5.” If you’re currently on EF6, you might jump to the conclusion that you should upgrade to EF7 as soon as it hits the streets. But the EF team has…

Understanding Trademarks for Software Developers

In this video excerpt from John Petersen’s new course Intellectual Property for Technologists: Trademarks, Patents, and Trade Secrets, learn what Trademarks are and how to protect them. Attorney and software expert John V. Petersen is back with another course on Intellectual Property for Technologists.  In this video he describes what a Trademark is, how the law…

Microsoft and GitHub Offer Students Free Development Tools and Resources

GitHub is now offering Visual Studio Community 2013 edition, Azure, Visual Studio Online, and Windows and SQL Developer accounts as part of its Developer Student Pack. GitHub’s Student Packs just got a new boost from the Visual Studio team with the inclusion of Visual Studio Community 2013, a full featured version of Visual Studio and…

Playing the Kevin Bacon Game with Cypher Queries in Neo4j

In this video excerpt from Brian C. Lanham’s new course “Getting Started with Graph Databases using Neo4J”, you’ll learn how to use the Cypher Query Language to find relationships between nodes by playing the Kevin Bacon game. Neo4j is an open-source graph database, implemented in Java that allows data to be stored in structured in graphs…