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Upcoming events
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...

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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How to securely store passwords and beat the hackers
How to securely store passwords and beat the hackers
How to securely store passwords and beat the hackers

In this article I want to talk about the storage of passwords in your systems. Passwords are still the most common way of being able to authenticate a user, but it’s very easy to put yourself in a situation where your...

In this article I want to talk about the storage of passwords in your systems. Passwords are still the most common way of being able to authenticate a user, but it’s very easy to put yourself in a situation where your system is not secure and is susceptible to attack.

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The Commodore 64 and Amiga software developer legacy
The Commodore 64 and Amiga software developer legacy
The Commodore 64 and Amiga software developer legacy

How can we learn from the developers of the past?

How can we learn from the developers of the past?

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Using the Windows Bluetooth Generic Attribute API with SensorTag
Using the Windows Bluetooth Generic Attribute API with...
Using the Windows Bluetooth Generic Attribute API with SensorTag

An easy way to experiment with sensors, is via the SensorTag device range. The idea being that a working prototype can be quickly developed against a SensorTag device and at a later point transferred to a production...

An easy way to experiment with sensors, is via the SensorTag device range. The idea being that a working prototype can be quickly developed against a SensorTag device and at a later point transferred to a production hardware solution.

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Oculus Rift partners with the Xbox One – Virtual reality opportunities for developers?
Oculus Rift partners with the Xbox One – Virtual...
Oculus Rift partners with the Xbox One – Virtual reality opportunities for developers?

Microsoft Xbox and the Oculus Rift are partnering up – we’ll explore what this means for developers working on the powerful technology.

Microsoft Xbox and the Oculus Rift are partnering up – we’ll explore what this means for developers working on the powerful technology.

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Marketing for technologists: social media
Marketing for technologists: social media
Marketing for technologists: social media

Written by technologists for technologists, this series is designed to help you master the dark arts of marketing. So whether you’re launching a startup, pitching to management, or putting yourself in the career shop...

Written by technologists for technologists, this series is designed to help you master the dark arts of marketing. So whether you’re launching a startup, pitching to management, or putting yourself in the career shop window, you’ll have Jedi-like skills of persuasion.

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10 things you might not know about PhoneGap
10 things you might not know about PhoneGap
10 things you might not know about PhoneGap

PhoneGap has always held a special place in my heart and with a new appreciation for the quality of the possible experiences on Windows, when the date for this year EU conference, PhoneGap Day, was announced I...

PhoneGap has always held a special place in my heart and with a new appreciation for the quality of the possible experiences on Windows, when the date for this year EU conference, PhoneGap Day, was announced I registered straight away. Here are ten things I learnt while attending.

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Building commercial software? Join us in London for business and tech related support.
Building commercial software? Join us in London for...
Building commercial software? Join us in London for business and tech related support.

If you’re building commercial software then you might be interested in an event we’re running in London on 23rd June. We’ve got some great speakers, plus some deep dive sessions from technical and business specialists...

If you’re building commercial software then you might be interested in an event we’re running in London on 23rd June. We’ve got some great speakers, plus some deep dive sessions from technical and business specialists to help you build a strong proposition.

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Learn over lunch and win a t-shirt signed by Scott Gu #lunchnlearn
Learn over lunch and win a t-shirt signed by Scott Gu...
Learn over lunch and win a t-shirt signed by Scott Gu #lunchnlearn

Here at ‘Dev Towers’ we understand how tough it is to keep on top of the new, innovative tech that’s coming out as well as trying to manage a day job. There’s a lot of pressure to be aware of and understand new tech,...

Here at ‘Dev Towers’ we understand how tough it is to keep on top of the new, innovative tech that’s coming out as well as trying to manage a day job. There’s a lot of pressure to be aware of and understand new tech, but how do you find the time to learn?

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Why start-ups are crucial to the UK economy by Michel Van Der Bel
Why start-ups are crucial to the UK economy by Michel...
Why start-ups are crucial to the UK economy by Michel Van Der Bel

We were lucky enough to grab some time with Microsoft UK CEO Michel Van-der-Bel before he attended Microsoft Ventures’ The Pitch event, to find out why he believes start-ups are vitally important to the UK economy and...

We were lucky enough to grab some time with Microsoft UK CEO Michel Van-der-Bel before he attended Microsoft Ventures’ The Pitch event, to find out why he believes start-ups are vitally important to the UK economy and give some pointers on setting up your own business.

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Are you an indie game dev? Here are some useful tips
Are you an indie game dev? Here are some useful tips
Are you an indie game dev? Here are some useful tips

Ever wondered how exactly you're meant to progress as an indie game developer? Adam Boyne from BetaJester talks about his own experiences, and what you can do to give yourself the best shot possible.

Ever wondered how exactly you're meant to progress as an indie game developer? Adam Boyne from BetaJester talks about his own experiences, and what you can do to give yourself the best shot possible.

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Marketing for technologists: branding
Marketing for technologists: branding
Marketing for technologists: branding

Branding is to marketing what Boolean logic is to computer science. It’s the foundation on which everything else is built. However, it can turn into a lot of painfully abstract theory if it’s not explained well.

Branding is to marketing what Boolean logic is to computer science. It’s the foundation on which everything else is built. However, it can turn into a lot of painfully abstract theory if it’s not explained well.

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Funding, monetisation and updating your game via the cloud
Funding, monetisation and updating your game via the...
Funding, monetisation and updating your game via the cloud

Will Mallouk of Pixel Squad talks about how his company started, how to get funding and some monetisation strategies. He also shares code for efficiently putting your Unity assets in the cloud.

Will Mallouk of Pixel Squad talks about how his company started, how to get funding and some monetisation strategies. He also shares code for efficiently putting your Unity assets in the cloud.

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Coding for Unity with Visual Studio Code
Coding for Unity with Visual Studio Code
Coding for Unity with Visual Studio Code

I need a Mac for work to support multiple platforms for demonstrations and to help developers with iOS games, therefore I didn’t fancy booting into parallels just to use Visual Studio for everyday development.

I need a Mac for work to support multiple platforms for demonstrations and to help developers with iOS games, therefore I didn’t fancy booting into parallels just to use Visual Studio for everyday development.

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Details about the ES2015 update to JavaScript
Details about the ES2015 update to JavaScript
Details about the ES2015 update to JavaScript

ES2015 is one of the largest updates to JavaScript ever. There have been several additions to the standard library, and loads of new syntax additions as well.

ES2015 is one of the largest updates to JavaScript ever. There have been several additions to the standard library, and loads of new syntax additions as well.

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Open technologies and a new TechDays Online
Open technologies and a new TechDays Online
Open technologies and a new TechDays Online

From the 2nd to the 4th of June we’ll be hosting our next TechDays Online event! We’ll have a keynote from Scott Hanselman and it’s absolutely free to attend, so register while it’s top of mind!

From the 2nd to the 4th of June we’ll be hosting our next TechDays Online event! We’ll have a keynote from Scott Hanselman and it’s absolutely free to attend, so register while it’s top of mind!

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Designing StaffPad: 5 key design principles
Designing StaffPad: 5 key design principles
Designing StaffPad: 5 key design principles

Hello! My name is David William Hearn, and I’m the co-founder and designer of StaffPad. StaffPad is a music notation application built exclusively for Windows 8.1 pen and touch devices, like the Surface Pro 3. In this...

Hello! My name is David William Hearn, and I’m the co-founder and designer of StaffPad. StaffPad is a music notation application built exclusively for Windows 8.1 pen and touch devices, like the Surface Pro 3. In this post, I thought I’d take an in-depth look at StaffPad’s design, and how it was conceived, conceptualised and eventually executed.

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Preparing for Windows 10 – moving from Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone
Preparing for Windows 10 – moving from Windows 8.1 and...
Preparing for Windows 10 – moving from Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone

Preparing for Windows 10? Existing Windows developers have all the assets they need to get going on the new platform at launch.

Preparing for Windows 10? Existing Windows developers have all the assets they need to get going on the new platform at launch.

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HoloLens - hands on with the future
HoloLens - hands on with the future
HoloLens - hands on with the future

If you don't know what HoloLens is (where have you been?!), Microsoft describes the device as "the first fully untethered, see-through holographic computer", which will enable high definition holograms to come to life...

If you don't know what HoloLens is (where have you been?!), Microsoft describes the device as "the first fully untethered, see-through holographic computer", which will enable high definition holograms to come to life within the physical world around you. Holograms seen through the device will actually interact with the real world, with the device understanding the space you are in, such as the walls, and furniture etc. Microsoft call this "mixed reality".

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From Zero to Certified: A guide to learning something new
From Zero to Certified: A guide to learning something...
From Zero to Certified: A guide to learning something new

When I started my new role as a Technical Evangelist in September 2014, one of my objectives was to get up-to-speed with the Microsoft cloud platform, Microsoft Azure.

When I started my new role as a Technical Evangelist in September 2014, one of my objectives was to get up-to-speed with the Microsoft cloud platform, Microsoft Azure.

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