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The top 5 extensions for Visual Studio
The top 5 extensions for Visual Studio

Check out this list of the top 5 extensions for Visual Studio which will offer a host of features and functionality to boost productivity and ultimately improve your development experience.

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10 Questions about Visual Studio support for Git
10 Questions about Visual Studio support for Git

Visual Studio Technical Specialist Giles Davies gives the answers to the top 10 questions he gets asked most frequently on Visual Studio support for Git.

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Minecraft: Creating the next generation of developers
Minecraft: Creating the next generation of developers

We catch up with a member of the Microsoft Expert Educator program at BETT 2015 to talk about the value of Minecraft in creating the next generation of developers.

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Windows 10 Announcements: HoloLens, Project Spartan, DirectX 12 and more
Windows 10 Announcements: HoloLens, Project Spartan, DirectX 12 and more

Microsoft announced a plethora of new features, ideas and devices at the recent “Windows 10: The Next Chapter” livestream, which was held on the 21st January. However, while you may have caught the buzz from some of the big announcements like Project Spartan, the HoloLens and DirectX 12, you may have missed something if you weren’t watching.

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Project brings a subset of the Windows API to iOS to make it easier to create cross-platform apps
Project brings a subset of the Windows API to iOS to make it easier to create cross-platform apps

Microsoft Windows Platform Development MVP Peter Foot’s project now brings a subset of the Windows API to iOS to make it easier for Windows developers to create cross-platform apps. Android will follow soon.

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7 ways to get feedback on your app
7 ways to get feedback on your app

When it comes to patching apps and making UI changes, it’s always best to know exactly what your users want and whether or not you’re catering to them. There are many ways to reach out and learn what it is your user base want, so here is a list of seven ways to go about it.

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Resolving the DCS two-step - Release Management vNext deployment
Resolving the DCS two-step - Release Management vNext deployment

When working with DSC (Desired State Configuration) a difficult concept can be that your desired state script is ‘compiled’ to a MOF file that is then ‘run’ by the desired state manager on the target machine. This is a two-step affair - and you have no real input on the second part. This is made more complex when Release Management is involved.

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How to create your first game, using Marmalade and Microsoft Virtual Academy
How to create your first game, using Marmalade and Microsoft Virtual Academy

Want to get into game design but don’t know where to start? Take this Microsoft Virtual Academy course and you will be able to learn how to use Marmalade, a game engine that allows you to create games for various platforms.

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The Global Game Jam, and why game developers should participate
The Global Game Jam, and why game developers should participate

It has been almost two years since I graduated from Staffordshire University, having finally completed a Master's degree in Video Game Design. During my time there, the uni became an official venue for the Global Game Jam, an event which throws you into small teams with the aim of making a video game in only 48 hours.

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A Student's Quest for Funding Part 2 - Pooling Resources
A Student's Quest for Funding Part 2 - Pooling Resources

Part two in the ‘Quest for Funding’ series sees Adam Boyne reaching out to his professional contacts for advice. The experience of others is incredibly important when starting a new business, as you can learn from other people’s mistakes without falling into the same traps yourself.

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Upcoming events
Upcoming events

Another month, another extensive list of events you could be going to! Be sure to give the list the once over, and don’t be too afraid of those prices! Some venues will offer reduced prices if you enquire, and even if you can’t attend the day in person, keep your eyes peeled for the content that comes from them afterwards.

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Find and reuse millions of code snippets across MSDN, StackOverflow, Dotnetperls & CSharp411
Find and reuse millions of code snippets across MSDN, StackOverflow, Dotnetperls & CSharp411

Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio enables developers to find and reuse millions of code snippets and code-sample projects from within the Visual Studio integrated development environment.

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A round-up of a very interesting year for all things Microsoft
A round-up of a very interesting year for all things Microsoft

It has certainly been a busy year for Microsoft. To give you a sense of what’s happened in 2014, here's a month by month rundown of a few highlights the Microsoft UK Developer team has seen.

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2015 – why I can’t wait for it!
2015 – why I can’t wait for it!

The 2014 we just left behind has been an awesome year – Azure has more and more features, Visual Studio 2015 Preview is a very tasty bite of what to expect from the rest of the pie, and how could we forget it: .NET is going open source! So, what to expect in 2015?

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The top 5 Developer training videos of 2014
The top 5 Developer training videos of 2014

New technologies and the continued evolution of programming languages forever expand the role of a developer. In the past 12 months, the emergence of HTML 5, the Internet of Things and spread of cloud technology has created demand for new skill sets and with it opportunity for new and exciting careers.

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3D printing gets cheaper – how can developers get involved?
3D printing gets cheaper – how can developers get involved?

3D printing used to be something we could only imagine in science fiction. Now it’s ready for mainstream adoption, certainly in the Enterprise.

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The best audio tools for the job
The best audio tools for the job

Want some professional-level audio in your app, website or game, but don’t know where to start? Ben Milnes of Project Static talks about three of the many available DAWs you can use, as well as the pros and cons of using them.

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Skype Translator Preview is now available
Skype Translator Preview is now available

The preview for Skype Translator is now available, giving English and Spanish speakers the ability to communicate in their native languages together for the first time.

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Device-to-device two-player racing in real time with Monogame and C#
Device-to-device two-player racing in real time with Monogame and C#

Just how can you get local multiplayer working across different platforms and phones? Ben Pritchard of Leda Entertainment talks about how he does it in Bopscotch, by using UDP to communicate cross-platform.

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Announcing Windows 10
Announcing Windows 10

In his Windows blog, Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of the Operating Systems group (OSG) talked about how Windows 10 “unlocks new experiences for customers to work, play and connect. It’ll run across an incredibly broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise datacenters worldwide”.

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Creating scalable cloud gaming architecture for Zoo Tycoon Friends
Creating scalable cloud gaming architecture for Zoo Tycoon Friends

Zoo Tycoon is a game many people remember fondly, famous for its balance between business management and animal care. What does this game look like in a now online ecosystem?

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Building Your T-SQL Tool Kit: Window Function Fundamentals
Building Your T-SQL Tool Kit: Window Function Fundamentals

This is the start of a series of articles highlighting some of the best SQL tips, tricks and how to videos, many of which are from previous SQLBits events.

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Cloud Hero Challenge - Learn from some Azure How tos and win some great prizes. Result
Cloud Hero Challenge - Learn from some Azure How tos and win some great prizes. Result

Microsoft UK Cloud technical Evangelist Steve Plank normally requires delegates attending a web camp to turn up with their laptops pre - configured. But yesterday, they provisioned their own dev machine in the cloud and then used that machine to build further services which they provisioned to the cloud. It’s the very start of one of the huge use - cases we’re seeing for Azure: Dev - and - Test in the cloud.

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Farewell to the ‘father of video games’, Ralph Baer
Farewell to the ‘father of video games’, Ralph Baer

We wanted to take the time to honour Ralph Baer. You may not have heard of him, but I’ll wager you probably received a game or toy he invented for Christmas as a child.

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A Rough Guide to Cloud Gaming
A Rough Guide to Cloud Gaming

At the 2014 Develop Conference, Rob Fraser from Microsoft spoke about what cloud services look like today, as well as the games as a service model and other potential use cases. If you're interested in using Azure for your own app and want to learn more about it, check out the video in this article.

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