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Top Five Reasons to Learn Game Development

Brad Yale

Maybe you love video games. Maybe you were raised on a steady diet of Doom, Quake, Duke Nukem, Duck Hunt and Sim City. Or maybe you have always dabbled in C++, HTML5, OpenGL, C# and DirectX and have wondered how and why you should apply your programming skills to game development. Well, for you, the coder who loves kicking butt in Eve Online, we present to you the top five reasons to learn game dev.

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Compelling Windows 9 features

John  Traenkenschuh

Traenk is tired of everyone else diagnosing Windows 8 problems and remedies.  It's time to envision a new Windows strategy and feature set that embraces everything Windows has been and what it can be.  Because this lofty a thesis takes so many words, stayed tuned to this Blog channel for follow-on pieces.  Extra points will be given to the best comments and retorts offered by you, the Readers...

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Java--Then and Now

John  Traenkenschuh

Traenk muses over security features versus security readiness...


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InformIT's 17 Days of Giveaways

Rachel Bayless

Get ready for a month full of giveaways. From July 9 through the end of the month, InformIT will be having 17 days of giveaways. Each week has a theme to make sure that there’s something YOU will be excited to win!

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Time to change the old worn out artifacts of your online Life...

John  Traenkenschuh

Passwords are like toothbrushes:  they mustn't be shared easily, too widely; kept in circulation too long; or made easily accessible to outsiders.

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There are no secrets II

John  Traenkenschuh

After the discussion on client configurations betraying your infrastructure choices, my talk with Sim Pul Simon (my corrected spelling) turned to other server examples.

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Community Tips: Use Community Megaphone to Promote Developer Events

Emily Nave

Planning a User Group or community gathering for developers? Community Megaphone, built by Microsoft Developer Evangelist G. Andrew Duthie aka @devhammer, provides a simple way to share and discover all kinds of events relating to software development.

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Steps You Might Take to Keep Your Laptop Running

John  Traenkenschuh

It's an old HP tx1000 to you, but to me, it's a cool machine that's worthy of a second life.

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Learn Silverlight during Lunch

John  Traenkenschuh

There's a lot of new technology to learn.  What's Microsoft doing for you, the technology innovator who's got lots of learning but way too little time???

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Accessible Flash

The next-to-last chapter of Don't Make Me Think is about accessibility. This is one of the most misunderstood topics in web development, so I was please to see it tackled in this book. The material is a little thin, but makes some good points.

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Goodwill

If there is one chapter from Don't Make Me Think that I would recommend for everyone involved in making websites, it Chapter 10 "Usability As Common Courtesy." This is all about the things your site can do that is good or bad in the eyes of users. This is definitely a chapter you will read and find yourself nodding your head a lot. Hopefully you won't find yourself cringing because you realize that your site doesn't always Do The Right Thing.

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Hitting Home

A web site's home page is its identity, its most important page. It's also the biggest source of conflict and the hardest thing to get right. Don't Make Me Think chronicles the challenges -- and the politics -- of a good home page.

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