Developer Contests FTW

A couple of months ago I mentioned that Dream Build Play was happening. There are some sweet prizes available.

Well, now there is another contest where you could win all of the following:

  • Surface Studio (2TB / Intel Core i7)
  • Surface Pro (256GB / Intel Core i5)
  • Surface Dial
  • Acer Windows Mixed Reality headset
  • Xbox One X
  • Custom Xbox controller with engraving
  • $2,500 USD advertising credit

To have a chance to win, all you need to do is update or publish an app targeting the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (build 16299) by November 17, 2017.

So go ahead and update that app you already have out there, or create something new…

And if you are making a game then you could really rack-up with the awesome prizes from Dream Build Play.

A Story from a 17 year .NET Developer Veteran

In my video this week I talk about the history of .NET and why I think now is a great time to be a .NET developer. I was at a conference in Las Vegas back in the fall of 2000 and I saw Scott Guthrie, wearing his now famous red polo shirt, talking about this new technology called ASP+.

It would soon be renamed to ASP.NET. It was fantastic and I’ve been using it every since that announcement, well before it was officially released in 2002.

If .NET Core 2.0 has as much life as the original, then it will be around for at least another 15 years and that is a good thing. The performance of .NET Core 2.0 is fantastic.

I hope you enjoy my story as I talk about why I started using .NET all those years ago…

It Only Took 11 Years to get 500 YouTube Subscribers

A couple of weeks ago I noticed I hit the 500 subscriber mark on YouTube. Then a couple of days ago I got an email from YouTube telling me about my month in review. I don’t recall getting an email like this before. It may be because they updated their look and this is part of that overhaul or maybe it is because of some other reason.

Regardless, I received an email that had the following information:

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I typically only upload 1 video a week, but with the immersive Windows Mixed Reality developer edition headsets that came out, I did a few more videos than normal. The email told me that I had been a creator since October 2006. I believe I joined YouTube in August of 2006 but I didn’t upload my first video until October.

I’m thankful for each subscriber and as a result I’m going to create another tutorial series on YouTube (and here on the blog). I’m looking to teach the topics that get the most traction.

So leave your comment here or on YouTube and let me know what you would like me to teach about next…

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun as Seen Through the HP Mixed Reality Headset

If you like stealth games, chances are you will like Shadow Tactics.

Last week I received the Acer Mixed Reality headset.

This week the HP Mixed Reality headset I ordered showed up.

I’ll be creating an unboxing video soon, but wanted to show off this little test I did…

I hooked up the the HP device and streamed my Xbox One to the Xbox App running through the Mixed Reality Portal.

The cliff side house has a theater room where they positioned the app by default.

I actually streamed the gameplay over on Mixer. I’ll probably be doing more live streaming over there. So if you are interested, go ahead and click the follow to be notified when I go live.

The game Shadow Tactics is actually pretty fun. It’s been out on the PC for a while, but just released to the Xbox One.

If you like stealth based games, you’d most likely like this.

Plus… the game was made with Unity!

Check out the gameplay here: