No Escape is a short film set in the world of Portal, and it’s seven very well-done minutes.
A hilarious worst-case scenario involving Facebook and a job interview. Contains some weird adult situations, which is why it’s so funny:
(Well, it’s two English guys surrounded by tech gear and a psychedelic background. The interior of the TARDIS came to mind.)
The Windows Phone 7 Jump Start is the first of a number of free online courses on WP7 programming led by Microsoft MVPs, and you can jump in right now! Presented by Andy Wigley and Rob Miles, the Jump Start is made up of 12 50-minute videos for a total of ten hours’ worth of training, covering development of both Silverlight- and XNA-based apps as well as advanced topics such as the WP7 application lifecycle, launchers, choosers, isolated storage, taking advantage of the dialer, camera and contacts, and networking. There’s even a section on bringing your app over to the Marketplace. It’s all online, free and ready for you to dive in!
The videos in the course are:
- Building a Silverlight Application, Part 1
- Building a Silverlight Application, Part 2
- Building Games for the Windows Phone 7 Platform
- Building XNA Games for the Windows Phone 7 Platform, Part 1
- Building XNA Games for the Windows Phone 7 Platform, Part 2
- Advanced Application Development, Part 1
- Advanced Application Development, Part 2
- Advanced Application Development, Part 3
- Marketing Your Windows Phone 7 Application
- Working with Media
- Final Silverlight Topics and Wrap-Up
You can watch the videos on their pages (Silverlight required) or download them in WMA, WMV and MP4 formats for offline viewing.
- Creating High Performance Silverlight Applications for Windows Phone: A white paper covering how to get the most out of your Silverlight-based WP7 apps.
- Compiled Experience’s Windows Phone 7 Tutorials. Apps Amuck is a site that covers building 31 little applications for the iPhone; Compiled Experience author Nigel Sampson does the same for WP7.
- An easy way to skin the Silverlight Toolkit Charting controls to work on Windows Phone 7 by David Anson.
- Windows Phone Pivot and Panorama controls
- “Tilt" content control for Windows Phone 7
- How to configure WCF services to accept large data
- SQL Cop – think FXCop for your database, it looks at bad table design, fragmented indexes, issues with data types and more.
- HTML 5 IntelliSense in Visual Studio
- How to Use Unity Container with ASP.NET MVC
- Versioning issues with C# 4 optional parameters
- Visual Studio LightSwitch – Beyond the Basics
This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.
Channel 9 has posted some videos on this newest version of IE9, and I thought I’d share them here:
A Look at the New IE Test Drive Samples
This video (2 minutes, 43 seconds in length) shows off some of the new demo apps on the IE Test Drive page that show off the benefits of IE9’s hardware acceleration. Rob Mauceri, Group Program Manager for Internet Explorer, narrates.
A Look at SVG in IE9
SVG is short for "Scalable Vector Graphics", whose specification is an open standard and supported by all major modern web browsers, including IE9. This video (4 minutes, 36 seconds in length) shows how you can take advantage of SVG and the fact that it’s hardware-accelerated in IE9. Patrick Dengler, Senior Program Manager for Internet Explorer, does the presentation.
IE9 Rocks HTML5 Audio Support
This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.
Another week, another This Week on Channel 9 (TWC9), Microsoft’s regular webcast showing the past week’s highlight on Channel 9, where Microsofties talk about what they’re working on or what they’re thinking, unfiltered by the marketing or PR departments. Regular co-host Dan Fernandez is joined this week by Larry Larsen as they talk about:
- WebMatrix, as presented by Simon Calvert and Scott Hunter
- Scott Guthrie’s detailed tutorial on WebMatrix Beta (skip down to part about creating a site with custom code)
- WebMatrix Samples and eBook
- How the Razor parser works, as explained by Andrew Nurse
- Silverlight Media Framework 2.0 released
- Setting up and configuring AppFabric memory cache in 10 minutes
- Removing dead tracks from iTunes using C#
- SharpKeys, the open source keyboard remapper
- PowerGUI: Add IntelliSense support for PowerShell using this Visual Studio Extension, via Greg Duncan
- How you can configure VS to debug MSBuild files: Part 1 and Part 2
The co-hosts’ picks of the week are:
- Larry’s pick: Building “God’s Own Machine”, a computer that scores 7.9 on the Windows Experience Index
- Dan’s pick: A robot that can fetch and even open beers
Once again, it’s time for another installment of This Week on Channel 9 (or TWC9 for short), Microsoft’s regular video webcast featuring Dan Fernandez and Brian Keller, who provide entertaining and informative coverage of the news of the week for the .NET developer community.
In this episode, Dan and Brian cover:
- IIS Express: A mix between the simplicity of the Visual Studio built-in Web development server and full IIS
- SQL Compact Edition 4: A lightweight database for Web sites that can be XCopy installed
- Silverlight Pivot Viewer: Now Available!
- The MSDN site gets redesigned
- XAML Formatting: For the first time in a long time, Dan and Brian agree (and so do I): you should break every attribute onto its own line for readability
- WPF Inspector & Snoop: Two handy tools for WPF development
- The .NET Micro Framework Team puts .NET Micro Framework on a bicycle
- The BCL Team proposes adding .zip file support to System.IO. Give them feedback on their API!
- JSON Data Visualizer: A Code Project project to see visualize results from JSON services like Facebook
- PEX for Fun: use PEX to automatically solve puzzles
- Phone7 Action Pack: Open source set of utilities for Windows Phone 7 development
The episode also features Dan’s and Brian’s picks of the week:
- Dan had two picks this week:
- Brian’s pick: Visual Studio 2010 RTM Virtual Machine with Sample Data & Hands-on Labs