Git Merge 2015: Session Videos Now Available

I just wanted to take a minute and point out that all of the session recordings from Git Merge 2015 are now online. Git Merge featured sessions on using Git, scaling Git, and developing on Git from core Git maintainers. I haven’t had a chance to watch any of the recordings yet but I did browse through the topics and I am looking forward to watching a few. Below is a video recap of the conference as well as a link to the session recordings.

Watch the videos: http://git-merge.com

Visual Studio Code Introduction

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A couple weeks ago Microsoft held their big developer conference called Build 2015. At this conference they had a ton of announcements and one of them was the release of Visual Studio Code. This is a free, cross platform, lightweight editor from Microsoft. I know what you’re thinking and no that was not a typo. Microsoft is continuing its trend of cross platform support with this really nice editor. In the screencast below I will give an overview of Visual Studio Code.

Links mentioned in the screencast:
Microsoft Build 2015: http://www.buildwindows.com
Build 2015 Session Recordings: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2015
Visual Studio Code: https://code.visualstudio.com
Visual Studio Code Docs: https://code.visualstudio.com/Docs/setup

 

 

I would like to create a follow up to this and show a little bit more of the language support but I am also open to suggestions. Please let me know in the comments what you would like to see on this topic.

Build 2015 Keynote & Session Recordings

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Microsoft’s big developer conference “Build 2015″ wrapped up last week and some exciting things came out of it. What is Build all about? Glad you asked.

Build will cover all Microsoft Platforms – expect rich new content and information on Windows, Azure, Office 365 and more. Developers will receive deep training, allowing them to take advantage of the incredible advances in our platforms, including Windows 10, and providing access to over 1.5 billion devices.

I would encourage all of you to at the minimum check out the keynote highlights below.

For those of you want to learn more about what is going all of the Keynotes and sessions were recorded along with some really great interviews with the different teams. Please click the link below to visit the event page.

 

http://channel9.msdn.com/events/build/2015

The Office 2016 Mac Preview is here

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Yesterday Microsoft announced that the Office Public Preview 2016 was now available. Along side this they also announced that the Office 2016 Preview for Mac was available.

The new Office 2016 for Mac includes updated versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook–and the moment you open any one of the apps, you’ll immediately feel the difference. We’ve modernized the user experience and made it easier to get things done.  The redesigned ribbon intuitively organizes features so you can quickly find what you need quickly. A refreshed task pane interface makes positioning, resizing, or rotating graphics easy so you can create exactly the layout you want.  And new themes and styles help you pull it all together to produce stunning, professional documents.

There are a ton of great features across all of the different applications. Here is a quick tour of Office 2016 for Mac.

From the Office Blog…

Today is a big day for the Mac community–we’re excited to announce that a preview of the new Office 2016 for Mac is now officially available! Click here to give it a try and please send us your feedback.

Learn The Mac

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My brother just picked himself up a new Macbook Pro and asked me if I had any advice for someone new to a Mac. I told him I could absolutely give him advice and I figured I would extend it to my audience here as well. I am a huge fan of PCClassesOnline.com and they happen to have some great videos for those of you getting started with the Mac. I have put a collection of videos that I think are worth looking into.

Learn the Mac in Under 90 Minutes – 2015 Yosemite Edition

The first video I am going to give you is the “Learn the Mac in Under 90 minutes” video. This has been updated for Yosemite and any new Mac you get will have Yosemite on it. In this video David will cover all of the basics you need to get around.

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Brackets 1.3 Released Adds Command Line Support

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Brackets 1.3 was just released and it comes with some great features including one that I have been waiting a long time for. So what is Brackets and why should you use it?

Brackets is a lightweight, yet powerful, modern text editor. We blend visual tools into the editor so you get the right amount of help when you want it. With new features and extensions released every 3-4 weeks, it’s like getting presents all year long.

If you want you can read the full release notes for 1.3 here. The one feature in this release that I want to talk about is command line support. Being able to open a file or folder from the command line on Mac is something I have wanted from Brackets for awhile and now we finally have it.

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Raspberry Pi Cookbook

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I recently picked up the Raspberry Pi Cookbook. Are you not familiar with what the Raspberry Pi is?

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python.

I have always wanted to pick one of these up just to mess around with but was never really sure what do with it. I still haven’t purchased one just yet and instead decided to pick this book up to give me some ideas. Anyone else mess around with one before? If so I would love to hear some ideas on what you have done with it. My plan is to do some research and read through this book first and hopefully pick one up soon.

http://www.amazon.com/Raspberry-Pi-Cookbook-Simon-Monk/dp/1449365221/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1430229759&sr=8-3&keywords=raspberry+pi+book

WordPress 4.2

WordPress 4.2 has been released and there are a few great features I would like to mention.

An easier way to share content

Clip it, edit it, publish it. Get familiar with the new and improved Press This. From the Tools menu, add Press This to your browser bookmark bar or your mobile device home screen. Once installed you can share your content with lightning speed. Sharing your favorite videos, images, and content has never been this fast or this easy.

Drag the bookmarklet below to your bookmarks bar. Then, when you’re on a page you want to share, simply “press” it.

Switch themes in the Customizer

Browse and preview your installed themes from the Customizer. Make sure the theme looks great with your content, before it debuts on your site.

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Even more embeds

Paste links from Tumblr.com and Kickstarter and watch them magically appear right in the editor. With every release, your publishing and editing experience get closer together.

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Streamlined plugin updates

Goodbye boring loading screen, hello smooth and simple plugin updates. Click Update Nowand watch the magic happen.

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Ready Player One Review

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The Book

I recently finished the book Ready Player One and I thought I would take this opportunity to give it a quick review. I don’t give a ton of book reviews on this website but I enjoy talking about what is going on in my life and I love to hear from my readers so let’s give it a try. I’m not going to give any spoilers away so if you haven’t read the book yet you can continue reading without worry.

I don’t think I would of ever come across this book if it were not for Loot Crate. Loot Crate is wonderful monthly subscription box and I highly recommend checking them out. A couple months ago I got a new Loot Crate that contained the book Ready Player One. It was a pretty small book so it was right in my wheel house. Not having heard of or having any idea what this book was about I decided to read the synopsis that went something like this

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

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