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Extensible Code

Visual Studio Code has extensions! The bells ring, the confetti flies, the fans go wild! The two...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/14/2015

VS Code Goes Open

Me: What do you think of Visual Studio Code? Some Dude: It's awesome. I just wish it were open...

Author: codefoster Date: 11/20/2015

Moving Desktop and Downloads to OneDrive

The fierce competition between online storage providers has led to where we are today. Today a...

Author: codefoster Date: 09/23/2015

Seattle Code Camp - It's a Doozy!

Here it comes again. Seattle Code Camp happens every year and it's one of those events where you...

Author: codefoster Date: 08/08/2015

Configuring a Custom Domain Using Namecheap and Azure Web Apps

Namecheap.com is a domain registrar that treats me very well. Domain registration and DNS records is...

Author: codefoster Date: 08/07/2015

The Simplest Node Website

I'll start with the code... require('express')().get('/',function(req,res){...

Author: codefoster Date: 07/09/2015

Hail Bridge Mode

My wife and I have acquired a coach RV, parked it on our property, remodeled the interior, and done...

Author: codefoster Date: 07/09/2015

Help Me Design a Candy Dispenser

I'm going to keep much of my latest project under wraps for now, but I need your help designing...

Author: codefoster Date: 06/17/2015

What's New in Azure

Sometimes it's the most obvious things that are the easiest for me to miss. I can see being in a...

Author: codefoster Date: 05/27/2015

Visual Studio Code

If you haven't watched the first day's keynote from Microsoft's Build 2015 conference,...

Author: codefoster Date: 04/29/2015

3D Printed Tiny Sea Creatures

I hack in Microsoft's Maker Garage whenever I can. The Maker Garage is a relatively new addition...

Author: codefoster Date: 03/12/2015

Presentation at ASB

The topic of our conversation was encouragement to go beyond our inevitable role as digital...

Author: codefoster Date: 02/18/2015

Command Monkey

Alright, this is going to be fun. The process is going to be fun, and the end game is going to be...

Author: codefoster Date: 02/11/2015

Windows Phone Emulator on Windows 10 TP Build 9926

After upgrading to Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9926, I found myself unable to run the Windows...

Author: codefoster Date: 02/03/2015

SnagIt 12 Tip

I have been using SnagIt by TechSmith for a few versions. A few months back I upgraded to SnagIt 12....

Author: codefoster Date: 02/01/2015

Making

I going to wander philosophically for a little bit, because I'm being a be reflective about the...

Author: codefoster Date: 01/25/2015

PowerShell Profile That Enables Posh Git and Azure

I know how it goes. You run into an inconvenience such as having to load an extra window, type an...

Author: codefoster Date: 01/25/2015

A Simple Model using Fusion 360

In the interest of avoiding a TL;DR situation, here's the video first and explanation afterward....

Author: codefoster Date: 01/19/2015

Jack in the Box

My wife and I just recently had our second son. His name is Jack. I made him a bassinet to sleep in,...

Author: codefoster Date: 01/13/2015

Microsoft Exam 70-532 Study Guide

I'm currently studying for Microsoft exam 70-532 - Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions. I do...

Author: codefoster Date: 01/10/2015

Tweet Monkey!

There are a lot of ways to grab a user's attention. You can email them, tweet them, direct tweet...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/08/2014

Using Visual Studio to Write Node for Devices

This is a live blog post. I'll keep it published, so you'll see it in little pieces as I...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/06/2014

This Week on Channel 9

This week I recorded This Week on Channel 9 with my good friend and colleague Steve Seow...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/05/2014

You can't beat free HTML5/CSS3 training!

If you’re in the greater Seattle area and haven’t registered for this event yet, you...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Your First Game in YoYo GameMaker

I'm presenting tonight at the Microsoft Store in Seattle on building your first game with YoYo...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Zen Coding

I wrote my first line of HTML when I was a teenager, and I write a lot of HTML today. And writing...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Windows 8 Camp Content

I presented three sessions at the Windows 8 Camp in Redmond on May 11, 2012. The content is included...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Windows 8 Developer Community and Resources

I’d like to provide a somewhat comprehensive resource of resources. If you are looking for...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Win + Spacebar : Switch the input language and keyboard layout Win + C : Open the Charms Win + D :...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Windows 8: Building Up to Blank

When you’re learning a new platform or development stack or seeing something for the first...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Windows 8: Top 10 Reasons Why I Choose HTML5 Over XAML

My colleague and friend Jerry Nixon recently wrote an article on the top 10 reasons why he chooses...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Windows Phone Keyboard

The keyboard on a Windows Phone is great. Here are three reasons I think that. Easy access to extra...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Writing JavaScript for an Intel Edison

WARNING! This is a blog post in progress. I decided to publish it early so you can watch me work on...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Yay, Syntax Highlighting

(function main(){ me.state = “excited”; me.reason = "syntax highlighting plugged in...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Where to Start

There was a feature of Windows 8.1 Preview that opened the Start Screen on whichever screen you were...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Which Windows 8 Language Stack Should I Choose?

I had a conversation with an attendee at the recent Windows 8 developers event at LA Live on Monday...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Why Azure is Running the Sochi Olympics and Not AWS

Not so many people decided to travel to Sochi, Russia to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics. I'm...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Windowing in Windows 8.1

Windows (the OS) has always had windows - rectangular portals into an application that allow...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Windows 8 "Rails" Panning Mode

When you’re panning a page in Internet Explorer 10 Metro, you’ll feel it lock the...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Windows 8 2-day Camp - Content

Thanks to all of the attendees of our Windows 8 2-day Camp and Hackathon last week! It was an...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Windows 8 App Bar Icons (from Segoe UI)

UPDATE: since writing this I've found this MSDN article that I think has more information than...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Windows 8 App Design Sheet

Attached is a worksheet that might help you when you’re brainstorming the design of your...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

vNext in Fremont

Is there anything better than joining a bunch of other people that like writing software to talk...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Web API or WCF... Which Way to Go?

Have you noticed the overlap between WCF and Web API? I did. And not only have I noticed it, but...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Well done, Telerik

If you haven’t seen Telerik’s Windows 8 controls, you should check it out. Just go to...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

What's Microsoft Doing for Students?

Like the rest of the world, computer science is on a steep transformation curve! If you're like...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

When to Use ViewBoxes and FlexBoxes

HTML and CSS is great, but there’s at least one thing that has driven web designers mad for...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Top 5 Things C# Developers Hate About JavaScript

We're called coders. We're called software developers. But despite what we're called and...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Try Unsnap

Here’s a tidbit that is easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. If your user has...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

Unintentionally Open Source?

I saw this tweet and decided to respond. The technical answer is YES. You can access the source code...

Author: codefoster Date: 12/04/2014

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