Archive for June, 2011

Nice ‘paywall’ there NY Times!

Time to dump .Net for JS… maybe not?

The announcement last week that the new Windows 8 developer platform would be ‘based on HTML5 and JavaScript‘ understandably sent waves to distress through the .Net community.

But Ars has a good rundown of what they think this will actually mean based on picking apart the beta releases, and in fact they seem to think it’s going to be a significant step forward for the Windows platform, perhaps even delivering on the promises they made years back with Longhorn (which of course became Windows Vista, then 7).

So if it plays out as Ars thinks we’ll all be happy, .Net developers will continue using .Net and the rest of us might get some really nice tools in the form of HTML5/JS support in Visual Studio, which will in turn will create a push for much more capable HTML5/JS tools all across the board.

The biggest question left is, what the hell are Microsoft playing at and what do they possibly think they can gain by not responding to the obvious FUD they’ve created themselves, within their own developer community, about their own product? Weird!

Buy Games Not Socks!


Another amazing value DRM free indie game bundle’s just launched, available for the next 10 days or so.

It includes…

If you’re into old school shooters it’s worth it for Mactabilis & Steel Storm alone, and for just $5 AU (about £3.10) it’s a steal!

Get it here

Need an icon? Try the Noun Project…

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The Noun Project is a great searchable resource for high quality free infographic icons.

“The Noun Project collects, organizes and adds to the highly recognisable symbols that form the world’s visual language, so we may share them in a fun and meaningful way.”

Official Kinect for Windows beta SDK now available

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The Kinect for Windows SDK beta is a starter kit for applications developers that includes APIs, sample code, and drivers. This SDK enables the academic research and enthusiast communities to create rich experiences by using Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect sensor technology on computers running Windows 7.

Download here…