[#KINECTSDK] Kinect for Windows SDK V2 Final Release, adapter for Kinect of XBoxOne and a couple of very cool apps

Hello!

great day for Kinect Developers. First the SDK to version 2.0 has been released in mode “release”. So no more excuses to not create apps for Windows 8.1 (and 10), now they are fully supported, the SDK is stable and there is no excuse ;)

Another interesting topic, now we have a special adapter (US$ S49.99) which allows us to use in Windows apps the Kinect sensor included with the XBoxOne. This way if you have, (like myself) the Kinect sensor boring with your XBoxOne you can leverage it to create apps.

Finally there are a couple of apps available in the Store of Windows that already using the SDK and are an excellent example of what we can do with Kinect V2

  • Kinect Evolution: An app that helps developers understand the core capabilities of the Kinect for Windows v2 technology.
  • YAKiT: An entertaining app from the developers at Freak n’ Genius that allows people without design expertise to animate 2D or 3D characters in real time.
  • 3D Builder: An app that enables anyone to scan on person or object, turn it into a 3D model, and create a 3D print of that model. You no longer have to be a technologist or have access to a 3D printer to create amazing 3D prints!

Download the SDK from here (link)

Buy the adapter for Kinect from here (link)

Best regards

/El Bruno

[#KINECTSDK] Kinect for Windows SDK V2 Final Release, adaptador para Kinect de XBoxOne y con un par de apps muy molonas

Hola!

gran día para los Kinect Developers. En primer lugar el SDK para la version 2.0 ha sido liberado en modo “release”, es decir la versión final. Ahora si, las apps de Windows 8.1 (y 10) están soportadas, el SDK es estable y ya no hay excusa para no comenzar a crear a apps.

Otro detalle interesante es que se pone a la venta un adaptador especial (U$S49.99) para poder utilizar el sensor Kinect que viene con la XBoxOne desde Windows. De esta forma si tienes, el sensor Kinect aburriendose con tu XBoxOne podrás aprovechar el mismo para crear apps (yo lo tengo de adorno, ya que no lo uso nunca).

Finalmente hay un par de apps disponibles en la Store de Windows que ya usan el SDK y que son un excelente ejemplo de lo que podemos hacer con Kinect V2

  • Kinect Evolution: An app that helps developers understand the core capabilities of the Kinect for Windows v2 technology.
  • YAKiT: An entertaining app from the developers at Freak n’ Genius that allows people without design expertise to animate 2D or 3D characters in real time.
  • 3D Builder: An app that enables anyone to scan a person or object, turn it into a 3D model, and create a 3D print of that model. You no longer have to be a technologist or have access to a 3D printer to create amazing 3D prints!

Descarga el SDK desde aquí (link)

Compra el adaptador para Kinect desde aquí (link)

Saludos

/El Bruno

[#TFS] Microsoft Leader in Gartner magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites

Ms love linux

Hello!

Every year the suite of Visual Studio ALM improves in every aspect, today recognition is dedicated to the testing stuff. The current version included in Visual Studio 2013 and 2013 Team Foundation Server is a big improvement over the 1st versions and also has improved in key areas such as reporting, adaptation to changes and customization.

This has been demonstrated within the report made by Gartner Analysts focused in quality tools. In this report Microsoft is within the top range of testing tools in the classic Magic Quadrant (which you can see here)

It is also interesting to see as within the weaknesses of Microsoft tools, they stressed that they are very oriented towards Microsoft development environments. Although that becomes the main virtue in the strengths, since if your working tool is Visual Studio, or you work with Azure, here the Visual Studio ALM tools become a #MustHave.

And when we started talking about the cloud world it is when testing tools (performance, scalability, etc) are starting to be in a gray area. Especially if we talk about the Microsoft cloud world. Since Microsoft’s CEO commented 2 days ago something like “Microsoft loves Linux“, that means that the testing tools that work so well integrated in Visual Studio now are transparent to any backend, maybe in Linux.

And here boundaries are not so clear, it is true that the testing tools are very complete for developments on Microsoft technologies. However, if Microsoft continues to open fronts such as Linux on Azure, as the support to Open Source projects, etc.; sometime testing tools will start to have to deploy hybrid environments or even delegate functionality to other suites.

Personally, I think that the big picture here is to understand how it is possible to integrate all of these options depending on the context you are working, and obviously, start playing the Magic Quadrant also as a guide to the evolution of tools, where we can see how MS has been gaining ground every year.

Best regards

/El Bruno

Source: http://www.gartner.com/technology/reprints.do?id=1-20TBOUS & ct = 140903 & st = sb

[#TFS] Microsoft Leader in Gartner magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites

Ms love linux

Hola!

Hace un par de años que la suite de Testing de Visual Studio ALM sigue mejorando. La versión actual incluida en Visual Studio 2013 y Team Foundation Server 2013 es un avance muy grande con respecto a las 1ras versiones y además ha mejorado en aspectos fundamentales como es el reporting, adaptación a cambios y personalización.

Esto ha quedado demostrado dentro del informe que realizan los analistas de Gartner relacionados con herramientas de análisis de calidad (testing). En este informe Microsoft queda dentro de la gama Top de las herramientas de testing en su clásico Magic Quadrant (que puedes ver aquí)

Es también interesante ver como dentro de las debilidades de las herramientas de Microsoft, recalcan que las mismas están muy orientadas hacia entornos de desarrollo de Microsoft. Aunque eso se convierte en la principal virtud, ya que si tu herramienta de trabajo es Visual Studio, o trabajas con Azure, aquí las herramientas de Visual Studio ALM se convierten en un #MustHave.

Y cuando empezamos a hablar del mundo cloud es cuando las herramientas de testing (performance, escalabilidad, etc) empiezan a ser grises. Especialmente si hablamos del mundo Microsoft, ya que como el CEO comentó hace 2 días “Microsoft loves Linux“, eso significa que las herramientas de testing que tan bien funcionan integradas en Visual Studio ahora son transparentes para un backend, tal vez en Linux.

Aquí los límites no están tan claros, es cierto que las herramientas de testing son muy completas para desarrollos sobre tecnologías Microsoft. Sin embargo si Microsoft sigue abriendo frentes como el de Linux sobre Azure, como el soporte a proyectos Open Source, etc; en algún momento las herramientas de testing comenzarán a tener que implementar entornos híbridos o inclusive delegar funcionalidad en otras suites más completas.

Personalmente, creo que la big picture aquí es comprender cómo es posible integrar todas estas opciones dependiendo del contexto sobre el que se trabaja, Y obviamente, comenzar a interpretar al Magic Quadrant también como una guía sobre la evolución de las herramientas, en la que podemos ver cómo MS ha ido ganando terreno año a año.

Saludos

/El Bruno

Fuente: http://www.gartner.com/technology/reprints.do?id=1-20TBOUS&ct=140903&st=sb

[#TFS2013] TFS 2013 Update 4 Release Candidate, #Bugs in the #Kanban board and suggestions for Visual Studio ALM for free

Seychelles

Hello!

more than one year ago, I wrote a post where I mentioned how to modify the default configuration in TFS2012 to use the WI type Bug on a Kanban board. Eventually TFS 2013 was available and I’ve to update the story with a little tweak, when you upgrade a TP deom 2012 the changes were lost on the upgrade process, so it was time to write another post.

And now with the arrival of the update Team Foundation Server 2013 4 (by now in Release Candidate) I think I can close these posts since the functionality of working with BUGs on the boards comes out of the box  ;)

A couple of days ago Brian Harry explained this in his blog, along with other updates for Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server included the Update 4 (in Release Candidate). The interesting thing about this feature is that he had more than 100 votes in the section of User Voice where everyone can suggest improvements and help with Microsoft ALM tools.

So now there are no excuses:

Do you know that you go in this link and propose changes and enhancements to Visual Studio and Team Foundation?

User Voice Visual Studio: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio

Best regards

/El Bruno

Source: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2014/10/16/visual-studio-and-tfs-2013-4-update-4-release-candidate.aspx

[#TFS2013] TFS 2013 Update 4 Release Candidate, los #Bugs en el #Kanban board y propone cambios que es gratis

Seychelles

Hola!

hace ya más de un año que escribí un post donde comenté como modificar la configuración por defecto en TFS2012 para poder usar los WI de tipo Bug en un tablero Kanban. Con el tiempo llegó TFS 2013 y claro al momento de actualizar había que retocar un poco el TP actualizado ya que los cambios se perdían en el camino, así que fue momento para escribir otro post.

Y ahora con la llegada del update 4 de Team Foundation Server 2013 (por ahora en Release Candidate) creo que podré dar por finalizados estos posts ya que la funcionalidad de trabajar con BUGs en los tableros viene de fábrica ;)

Hace un par de días lo explicó Brian Harry en su blog, junto con las demás novedades para Visual Studio y Team Foundation Server que incluye el Update 4. Lo interesante de esta feature es que tenía más de 100 votos en la sección de User Voice donde TODOS pueden proponer mejoras y ayudar con las herramientas de ALM de Microsoft.

Así que ahora no hay excusas:

¿A qué no sabías que entrando a este link podias proponer cambios y mejoras para Visual Studio y Team Foundation?

User Voice Visual Studio : http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio

Saludos

/El Bruno

Fuente: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2014/10/16/visual-studio-and-tfs-2013-4-update-4-release-candidate.aspx

[#ALM] Microsoft Virtual Academy + Visual Studio ALM Training = true!

Hello!

Once in a while I get some mail, DM or similar where ask me some training materials for Visual Studio Alm MSDN is the primary resource, although clear, somewhat more guided always is appreciated. Here comes into play Microsoft Virtual Academy, an excellent site of virtual training. There are several courses that may be of interest inside MVA

  1. Applying ALM with Visual Studio 2012 Jumpstart
    1. This course focuses on the application of ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) or life cycle of applications delve into the processes that should be taken into account when developing with Visual Studio 2012. Iteracciones of software, its final value and the integration of operations and application development will be identified.
  2. Administering Visual Studio and TFS 2012 Exam Jumpstart
    1. In this course you will learn how to implement Team Foundation Server (TFS) within a work team and obtain their full potential in communication and tracking of tasks. Each module focuses on personnel responsible for performing the customization of the TFS infrastructure, also how to define the types of work items as well as their attributes to cover everything related to ALM within a project.
  3. Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012 Exam Jumpstart

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An interesting detail is that the last 2 may serve as a good my basis for official certification exams Microsoft Alm.Then if you are still looking for also there is other related courses covering topics such as GIT, Testing, Kanban, Lean, etc.

Best regards

/El Bruno