This is a bit geeky and maybe a bit old school, but this a new presentation from one of my hereos in the categroy game developers, Richard Garriott, the creater of the famous RPG serie Ultima.
In this session he talks about doing something new in the development of his new game, Shroud of the Avatar. He invites his fan to contribute from a very early start. They can not only contribute with graphical artifacts, they can even help with the coding.
From Channel9 by Pranav Rastogi.
Hal Lasko, better known as Grandpa, worked as a graphic artist back when everything was done by hand. His family introduced him to the computer and Microsoft Paint long after he retired.
Now, Grandpa spends ten hours a day moving pixels around his computer paintings. His work is a blend of pointillism and 8-Bit art.
Meet 98-year-old Hal Lasko, The Pixel Painter.
From Build 2103, by Prachi Bora
Do you want to create automated tests for your Windows Store apps? With Visual Studio 2013 and Windows 8.1 you can now create automated tests for your XAML-based Windows Store apps. Starting from unit level tests to functional end-to-end scenario tests, you can now perform all of your testing from the integrated Test Explorer in Visual Studio. These tests are seamlessly integrated with the automated build capabilities of Team Foundation Server. You now have the tools to build a gated check-in workflow or a continuous integration system easily. The testing framework is extensible and developers can customize it to meet the specialized needs of their application. In this session, we will show you how to build comprehensive test suites for your Windows Store apps in Windows 8.1 by leveraging these Visual Studio capabilities, set up systems to prevent regressions, and overall ship a great quality app to the store.
From TechEd Australia, September 6, 2013 by Glen Block
Azure Mobile Services makes it really easy to get a mobile backend up and running in minutes. Under the hood however it is a really node.js powered powerful platform that you can take much further than you might think BUT, you must script. Come to this talk and we’ll do a deep dive into scripting with Azure Mobile Services. You’ll learn how to leverage the power of npm and node to break all the limits!
Recent advances in operating systems and mobile devices have forced us into the world of interconnectedness, latency and concurrency. The problem is that as programmers, we think primarily in terms of space, and treat the time dimension as an unwelcome afterthought. This is why latency and concurrency is hard; this is why we end up with bugs and warts in our otherwise clean designs. The solution is to embrace time as a first-class concept. In this session, we’ll make that switch, with the help of C# 5’s asynchronous functions and Reactive Extensions. We’ll show how to properly isolate concurrency from business logic and create clean, testable and reusable time-based abstractions. And most importantly, we’ll cover the rules for time-centric thinking, and what it takes to become a C# Time Lord. Join Joe Albahari, author of LINQPad and C# 5.0 in a Nutshell, in a genuine 400-level talk for C# programmers and architects.
In this session you’ll learn how to deploy a Minecraft server on Windows Azure Free Trial account. We’ll go through all the steps, starting from scratch with setting up a trial account, through deploying a Windows Server 2012 VM template from the Windows Azure gallery to function as a host, through to installing a Minecraft server and configuring it so that clients can connect to it across the internet.