Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide

Back in 2014, John Sonmez wrote the book, “Soft Skills: The software developer’s life manual”. It was a great book that I raved about in that post.

He’s back with another book that focuses solely on your career as a software developer. The title says it all … The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide.

The book is launching today, and I’m grabbing it. But I wanted to get this post out here because the book is being launched at an unbeatable price of just 99 cents. That’s right, for less than a buck you can get the eBook for the next 48 hours.

If you’d prefer the paper back, it is currently $19, but I’m not sure how long it will remain at that price.

I’ll do a proper review once I read the book, but I have no problem recommending this book to you because of how good John’s first book was. I talk about it in the video this week.

You can grab the book here:

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Preparing for Microsoft Mixed Reality Partners

Last week my machine decided to freeze up. I had installed the latest NVIDIA graphics drivers and Windows also decided to install updates. When I came down to work on my video I was greeted with black screens. After rebooting, I kept getting the blue screen of death.

I won’t go into all the details here as I don’t want to bore my email readers as I talked about it last week, but I will say that after spending time working through the issue I decided it was time to update my graphics adapter.

I had my eye on the GTX 1080 Ti and went ahead and bought it after my blue screen escapades. I’m not too upset because now I’m ready for the upcoming collaborative headsets from Acer, ASUS, HP, Dell and Lenovo.

To be clear, none of these devices will require this powerful of a device. In fact, the devices will need less horsepower than those running HTC Vive or the Rift. An i5 with an Intel HD graphics 620 (GT2) equivalent or greater DirectX 12 API capable GPU is the critical pieces that need to be in place.

I can’t wait for these devices to ship. My understanding from reading online articles is that developers editions should be shipping soon with a possibility for consumer versions to be released in time for the holiday season.

The video this week is an unboxing video of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti from NVIDIA. I hope you enjoy it.

Learning to Program with

If you receive my email every week, then you will already know that I’m really impressed with

It uses the Blockly programming language which helps people to get started programming without getting bogged down in a particular language’s syntax.

The gist of the video below is that I think it is an awesome tool to help folks who are thinking about getting into programming, regardless if they are in grade school or if they are thinking of a career change.

If you are looking to learn to program (or know of someone who is) I’d recommend going through the exercises and see what you think.

Happy Coding!

Fun in Disney

I’m taking the week off, so my blog post this week is coming from Orlando, FL.

On Friday, I was able to give a HoloLens talk at the MVPDays in Orlando. It was a lot of fun.

But being on vacation with my family at Disney World is even more fun 🙂

From Magic Kingdom, to Epcot, to Hollywood Studios, to Animal Kingdom and back again I feel like our family has done and seen everything. Of course, that is impossible, but it’s been a great experience so far!

I’m curious where you went or are planning to go on vacation this year / next year. My kids are at the ‘perfect’ age to go to Disney this year so I’m glad we were fortunate enough to make it. I have no idea if we will ever come back to Disney World, but this was a good trip.

Two weeks ago I asked those who receive my email if they would rather see a music visualizer app on the Xbox One and HoloLens or the HoloWheels game on the HoloLens. So far it appears that the Visualizer is winning, so unless I get feedback going the other way I’ll work on the visualizer early next year.

However, while here at Disney, I’ve gotten a few ideas for the HoloWheels game after doing Test Trac a few times. As always, there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. In the past, I’d just try to do everything and get frustrated with myself that I couldn’t. Now, after reading and re-reading Essentialism, I understand that I need to pick and choose what I want to do and saying ‘yes’ to something means saying ‘no’ to at least one other thing (if not a bunch of other things).

I saw a quote from Walt Disney yesterday that said,

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

I’ve been in rides like the Carrousel of Progress and O’ Canada where the technology used to achieve the effects were complicated and rather cumbersome. In line for the Carrousel of Progress you can see a video of Walt Disney talking about the attraction as it appeared in the World Fair in New York back in 1964. At the time the main actor was sitting in this contraption with what looked like a robotic shell where the model in the show would mimic what this actor was doing.

Of course, I’m sure now days it is just programmed in, but I couldn’t help to think how any of us could create something similar armed with just a $150 Kinect.

The O’ Canada show is a 360 degree video that surrounds the audience with 360 degree video. Of course, 360 degree cameras are available to the mass markets these days and the shots could all be done with drones, I believe.

Anyway, it is interesting how the “impossible” before isn’t so impossible these days. Things that were science fiction in the past, like holograms, are now a reality.

It is pretty amazing really at how fast technology is changing and being adopted.

In this week’s video I want to know where you have been on vacation or where you want to go next year? Let me know in the comments!