Jim Galasyn's Learning Curve

Adventures in developer learning.

Sign up for the Visual Studio 2017 launch event

Believe it or not, this year is the 20-year anniversary of Visual Studio, and Visual Studio 2017...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 02/10/2017

Create cross-device experiences with the Project Rome SDK for Android

Get it here. Program Manager Carmen Forsmann explains: Project Rome is a platform for creating...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 02/09/2017

New course: Microsoft Blockchain as a Service

Ever wondered if Microsoft has a blockchain solution? Wonder no more, and find out how it works by...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 01/19/2017

Visual Studio “15” Preview 5 is posted

Get it here: Visual Studio “15” Preview 5. VS “15” is cooking along at a good pace, and the latest...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 10/10/2016

New course on edX: CSS Introduction

Enrollment just opened for a new course on CSS that we’re doing with the W3C on edX, taught by Kasey...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 09/16/2016

Bring your Windows desktop applications to the Windows Store with the Desktop App Converter

At long last. Now you can convert your Windows desktop applications (Win32, WPF, etc.) to install as...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 09/15/2016

Calling local coders to join inaugural Zoohackathon

By Alissa Wolken8 September 2016 (Woodland Park Zoo) – Coders and technology experts from the...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 09/14/2016

Microsoft HoloLens: Actiongram Beta featuring George Takei

During my tour of duty helping out the HoloLens team, I was fortunate to visit the amazing...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 09/12/2016

Windows 10 Anniversary Update SDK now available – Submit your desktop apps to the Windows Store by using Centennial bridge

Download here: Anniversary Update SDK. Lots of good stuff here, including improvements to Ink,...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 08/03/2016

HoloLens Commercial Suite debuts – Dev kit now available in Canada and U.S.

I worked on HoloLens for two years and can assure you that it’s amazing. With the Windows 10...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 08/02/2016

Node.js Tools 1.2 for Visual Studio 2015 available

Download: Node.js Tools 1.2. The Visual Studio Engineering Team has announced the latest version of...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 08/01/2016

Office brings Focused Inbox to all versions of Outlook – Clutter folder to be retired

If you’re on Android or iOS, you may have noticed that Outlook has a neat feature, named “Focused...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 07/29/2016

Code in new languages and get the full social programming experience with Exercism

As part of my new job, I’ve been exploring how modern devs learn new skills. Traditionally, you...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 07/27/2016

Microsoft Professional Degree: Data Science

Alison Cunard announces the Microsoft Professional Degree (MPD) program, which she describes like...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 07/13/2016

More Personal Computing: Deep dive into the FamilyNotes sample app

Before I moved to DX, I worked on a great team of content developers, and we created the FamilyNotes...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 07/11/2016

Announcing .NET Core 1.0 for OS X, Linux, and Windows

Here’s the most exciting news in cross-platform development since Microsoft acquired Xamarin: .NET...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 07/05/2016

Intro to DevOps: New certificate class at edX

Enroll here: Introduction to DevOps. You may have heard that the cool kids are adopting a new...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 07/01/2016

Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 is available

Download: Visual Studio 2015 Update 3. New and improved features: Tools for Apache Cordova Developer...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 06/30/2016

Edward Tufte is coming to town

At least, if you live in Denver, Seattle, or Portland. The famous data-visualization guru is...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 06/28/2016

Going cross-platform with Visual Studio and Xamarin

Xamarin is Microsoft’s most exciting acquisition since Skype and Acompli. (Okay, LinkedIn is pretty...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 06/27/2016

Remote Desktop for Windows 10 exits preview, now available as a UWP app

Remote Desktop may be my favorite Windows Store app, and now it’s generally available for Windows 10...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 06/23/2016

More Personal Computing in Windows 10: Using Ink, Voice, and Face Recognition in a UWP App

Our team wanted to demonstrate some of the “More Personal Computing” features – what the rest of the...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 06/16/2016

Blog reboot

It’s been exactly two years since my last post, so it’s about time to reboot the blog. After two...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 06/02/2016

Visual Studio “14” CTP is available

Download here. Remember that this is a CTP and isn’t meant for production environments; please...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 06/05/2014

DirectX 12 announced: Get the deets here

  Matt Sandy dishes on DirectX 12. It’s gonna rock. DirectX 12 introduces the next version of...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 03/21/2014

Weathr, a 3D weather app: code sample in C++, DirectX, and XAML

Thomas Petchel knocked this out in his spare time: While working on the Hilo C++ project, I really...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 12/16/2013

First look: Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview SDK

Longtime readers know that I have great enthusiasm for the Kinect sensor as a revolutionary NUI...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 11/27/2013

DirectX game templates for Visual Studio are posted

Get them here. Are you creating a game for the Windows Store? If you’re looking for...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 11/25/2013

Add Facebook login to your Windows Store apps

Sanjeev Dwivedi posts the details: Today, we are excited to announce that on Windows Store apps and...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 11/14/2013

How to align sensors with your app’s orientation

Brian Rockwell presents a quick overview showing how to align a device’s sensors with your app’s...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 11/12/2013

Quick tips for porting a XAML Split App to Windows 8.1

If you have an app in the Windows Store already, and you used the Split App (XAML) template as the...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 10/21/2013

Reddit: Hi! We're Windows 8.1 engineers. Ask us anything!

Closed now, but still some interesting stuff in here: Hello everyone! We’re a group of engineers...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 10/17/2013

Publishing your apps to the Windows Store for Windows 8.1

With today’s announcement of Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 availability, the Windows Store is...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 10/17/2013

Retargeting your Windows Store apps to Windows 8.1 and WinJS 2.0

Eric Schmidt has the lowdown on navigating your Windows Store apps using JavaScript to the release...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 10/08/2013

Announcing Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, and new Surface Accessories

Pre-order here: www.surface.com/pre-order.  It's no secret that I love my Surface Pro, so the...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 09/23/2013

Kinect for Windows SDK v1.8 released, with HTML5, Kinect Fusion improvements, and more

Download it here: Kinect for Windows SDK v1.8. Also: Kinect for Windows Developer Toolkit v1.8....

Author: JGalasyn Date: 09/17/2013

Neuroheadset Kickstarter project: 34 hours and $16,000 to go on $1.5 million goal – UPDATE: We made it!

I’m very enthusiastic about this project. If it reaches the $1.5 million stretch goal in the next 34...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 09/14/2013

Greatly improved neuroheadset closes in on $1.5 million Kickstarter goal

Longtime readers know that I’ve been a big supporter of Emotiv’s EPOC neuroheadset from the...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 09/03/2013

Notes on porting to DirectX 11.1: Textures

Previously: Notes on porting to DirectX 11.1 from earlier versions A lot changed between DX11 and...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 08/16/2013

Notes on porting to DirectX 11.1 from earlier versions

Yours truly has moved to a new team in the Windows Developer Content org, so now I focus on DirectX...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 08/06/2013

Use open source code in your Windows Store apps: Cocos2DX, Cinder, Ogre3D, Box2D, Bullet, OpenCV, and Angle in Visual C++

Olivier Bloch brings the good news: MS Open Tech has been working with many open source technologies...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 07/15/2013

API diff report for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Preview

Koen Zwikstra at First Floor Software has published a diff report of the Windows 8 and Windows 8.1...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 07/08/2013

Build 2013 roundup

In case you weren't able to attend Build 2013 last week (like me), Jake Sabulsky wraps it up for us:...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 07/01/2013

New help for porting iOS apps to Windows Store apps

The following new articles for iOS developers are live on the Windows Store apps Dev Center: Windows...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 06/27/2013

Install Windows 8.1 Preview

  Here: Get the update UPDATE: Download the ISO Get Visual Studio 2013 preview too. Details...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 06/26/2013

One Dev Minute videos are live on Channel 9

One of the projects that your truly has been working on this year is a series of quick video...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 06/20/2013

Asynchronous programming for Windows Store apps written in JavaScript

Kraig Brockschmidt has a nice intro to the async model for Windows Store apps, focusing on...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 06/12/2013

Windows 8.1 features revealed

Antoine Leblond has a quick summary of new features in Windows 8.1 (aka Windows Blue): Continuing...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 05/30/2013

Create location aware apps using geolocation and Bing Maps

Ross Heise has a quick walkthrough on adding geolocation to your Windows store Apps. Here’s a bit of...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 05/22/2013

New Windows Dev Center experience is live

Check it out here. It’s much more colorful and engaging, and hopefully it’s easier to find the...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 05/15/2013

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