Jim Galasyn's Learning Curve

Adventures in developer learning.

Add NFC to your Windows Store app

The indispensable Windows 8 app developer blog has a nice overview of programming NFC in your...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 04/18/2013

Sign up for the Unity for Windows Store Apps open beta

Sign up here. From unity3d.com: Be one of the first Unity developers to port your content to tablets...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 04/16/2013

Channel 9 app drops

Check it out here. Now you can browse the treasure trove of MSDN videos known as Channel 9 from your...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 04/05/2013

jQuery 2.0 supports Windows Store app development

From the Windows 8 app developer blog: If you’ve already done some web development, it’s likely...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 04/02/2013

BUILD Windows conference announced: June 26 in San Francisco

Here’s the site: BUILD. If you’re developing apps with Microsoft technologies, this is the...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 03/27/2013

Sample Browser app is available in the Windows Store

The MSDN Sample Gallery is the gateway to Microsoft’s software development technologies, from...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 03/23/2013

Developing games for Windows 8? Start here.

Following up on Shai Hinitz’s post, Developing Windows Store games, the Dev Center is hosting new...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 03/22/2013

Kinect SDK 1.7 with Interactions and Fusion is posted

Get it here. This release is very exciting, because it includes the amazing Kinect Fusion feature,...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 03/18/2013

Kinect for Windows developer blog launches with announcement of new open source sample code

Exciting stuff: We are happy to announce we are releasing the Kinect for Windows samples under an...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 03/12/2013

Video: Mapping your location in Windows 8 apps

If you’re writing a Windows Store app, you may want to display the user’s location on a map. This...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 12/07/2012

Surface Pro pricing and availability announced

Yours truly has been using Windows 8 on a Samsung Series 7 slate since May 2012, and it’s been my...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 11/29/2012

Windows Server Posterpedia app is available in the Windows Store

Martin McClean has long been the Keeper of the Posters over in the Windows Server business unit, and...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 11/21/2012

Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript by Kraig Brockschmidt

Download: PDF (17.9 MB) EPUB (37.3 MB) MOBI (69.5 MB) Are you a web developer who wants to get your...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 10/31/2012

Introducing Windows Store App Labs for app builders

From the Windows 8 app developer blog: Windows Store App Labs are in more than 30 cities around the...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 10/24/2012

Windows 8 RTM is available for developers

Download here: Windows Dev Center download page. The word from Ian LeGrow on the product team: Two...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 08/15/2012

Windows 8 SDK Developer Satisfaction Survey

Five questions, five minutes here. If you’ve done any Windows 8 development, we want to hear from...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 06/10/2012

Windows 8 background tasks and lock screen hotness

The indispensible Windows 8 app developer blog has a new post that shows the nuts and bolts of...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 05/24/2012

Kinect for Windows SDK v1.5 released

Download here. Craig Eisler of the Kinect for Windows team has the latest. For me, the most...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 05/21/2012

Microsoft and climate science, part 2

In a serendipitous coincidence with my post from Monday, Microsoft and climate science, KT announced...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 05/08/2012

Microsoft and climate science

Longtime readers of Learning Curve know that I have a great deal of interest in climate science...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 05/07/2012

SkyDrive limited-time loyalty offer: upgrade to 25GB

Sweet: Limited time loyalty offer More on the new SkyDrive features: Making personal cloud storage...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 04/23/2012

Tell me about your Metro style app development pain points

I’m heading to TechEd North America 2012 in June, and I’ll be collecting feedback from devs and...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 04/18/2012

Creating fast and fluid Metro style apps by using asynchronous operations

As we approach the release of Windows 8, interest in developing Metro style apps is rising. I’m...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 04/04/2012

Emotiv Engine Client Library is posted at CodePlex

I finally got my act together and posted the code for my EmoEngineClientLibrary, which is a C#...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 03/26/2012

Windows 8 Consumer Preview is live

Download: Windows 8 Consumer Preview At the start of 2012, I moved from the Server business unit to...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 02/29/2012

Kinect-Emotiv mashup prototype

Longtime readers of the Learning Curve know about my fascination with brainwaves, aka, neurodata...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 02/20/2012

Kinect for Windows SDK v1.0 is posted

Download here. In the three months since Beta 2, there have been many improvements to the SDK and...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 02/01/2012

No compromise: From Sinofsky’s blog to your device

I’ve been absent from the old Learning Curve blog for a few weeks, because we’ve been very busy...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 09/01/2011

How I destroyed my HTC Trophy trying to save it

[Update: Before you read this tale of woe, here’s the correct way to replace your Trophy’s...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 07/18/2011

Kinect For Windows SDK beta is posted

Download Kinect for Windows SDK beta. NUI geeks rejoice! The noncommercial Kinect SDK beta is...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 06/16/2011

Building "Windows 8" - Video #1

A first look at the new "Windows 8" user interface. Read more at http://bit.ly/iCTxY6. By...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 06/02/2011

Kinect and WorldWide Telescope at MIX ‘11

Everybody knows that WorldWide Telescope is pretty cool. But when you drive its UI with Kinect, it’s...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 04/14/2011

Windows Phone platform updates announced at MIX ‘11

Great new stuff coming in Mango. Here’s what you’ll see demonstrated at MIX ‘11: Multitasking: The...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 04/13/2011

Live stream from Mix ‘11

  Mix ‘11 Live Technorati Tags: Microsoft,Azure,Silverlight,HTML5,Internet Explorer,Windows...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 04/12/2011

Microsoft, Toyota to partner on cloud-powered auto advances

As a Prius owner and Microsoft developer, I find this announcement to be really exciting. There’s a...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 04/06/2011

NYC Kinect event: How to get your Kinect app on Microsoft platforms with Dave Drach

Kinect devs in New York City may want to attend: Map to Microsoft Offices at 1290 Avenue of the...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 03/25/2011

MIX 11 - April 12-14, 2011, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Register. Oh, to be able to go this year. So many interesting sessions, I’d be a kid in a candy...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 03/23/2011

Getting started with Kinect development

Turns out that it’s a lot simpler than I thought. The most significant barrier to entry is the USB...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 03/22/2011

Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is posted

Adding my voice to the choir. Download here: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 02/22/2011

Non-commercial Kinect SDK to ship in Spring

If you look around for Kinect SDKs, you’ll find that there are at least three frameworks (OpenNI,...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 02/21/2011

Jan 27th: Change to MSDN blogs user accounts

Here’s the official word: For those of you who sign-in to comment on the MSDN Blogs, there is a...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 01/26/2011

Official Kinect drivers are released

If you’re like me, you’ve been itching to get under the hood of Kinect. The prospect of a true,...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 12/16/2010

Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch

Loyal readers know that I’m enthusiastic about the Windows Phone developer story, so here are some...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 09/29/2010

Patterns and Practices guide: Developing Applications for the Cloud

Download the code samples. The MSFT P&P folks have come up with some great stuff over the years...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 09/21/2010

Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools are live

Download: Windows Phone Developer Tools RTW I have high hopes and an app or two in mind for Phone 7....

Author: JGalasyn Date: 09/17/2010

IE9 Beta is posted

Download. I’m a bit late to the party, but here’s a quick blurb on IE9. I was impressed with the...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 09/16/2010

Again with the brainwaves

I’m still playing around with the EPOC neuroheadset by Emotiv, as described in previous posts, such...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 09/07/2010

Test driving the fourth IE9 Platform Preview

At a recent demonstration of Apple’s xCode IDE, the speaker asked the audience how many people liked...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 08/24/2010

Near-realtime power usage reporting up and running at my place

I’m something of an environmentalist and also a data collector, so I was delighted when Microsoft...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 08/16/2010

Don Burnett compares iPhone development to Phone 7

Providing a nice follow-up to my recent post on modern programming environments, Don Burnett...

Author: JGalasyn Date: 07/26/2010

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