Get Your Learn On!

School

With September just around the corner, it’s time for getting ready to go back to school.

“Back to school” is the most frightening phrase in the English language to a 12 year old. But, for the rest of us, it’s a time of renewal and optimism around learning. That’s why I felt it would be a good opportunity for me to share with you some inspiration for getting your learn on!

To assist their learning, web developers need tools and many options exist. Your starting point should be microsoft.com/web. This is your one-stop-shop for access to a range of free tools and resources for web development. Notably, this is where you can download Microsoft WebMatrix, a free web development tool from Microsoft that includes everything you need for website development. Also, be sure to check out videos, tutorials, walkthroughs and much more here.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to level up on your skills with Windows Phone app development, check out the App Hub. Or, if you’re a student, check out DreamSpark. Here you’ll find free tools and resources that will get you up-to-speed on the “latest and greatest”, including information on Windows Phone Mango. We’ve recently published the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 RC. So, what are you waiting for? Download, install, and get crackin’!

Finally, I’ve been playing around with the Kinect for Windows SDK. And wow, talk about awesome! If you’re looking to skill up on integrating with the Kinect through motion and sound, download this SDK now. Build a demo and impress your friends. And if you’re looking for inspiration, check out some of the recent awesomeness done by the Coding4Fun team with the Kinect.