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UpdateCppCast has gone live. Go check out the first episode here: Jon Kalb loves the C++ Community.

I’ve stated before how much I love technology and developer podcasts. I’ve been lucky to be a guest on a few podcasts over the past 2 years, and I recently took up the reigns of the AppBizDev podcast with my fellow AdDuplex Developer Advocate Robert Shurbet. We’ve only done a few episodes so far, but we’re already having a lot of fun with it. I’m hooked.

Our most recent AppBizDev guest, John Sonmez of SimpleProgrammer.com, keeps an awesome list of developer podcasts. As I was perusing this list today I noticed something troubling to me, there were no podcasts dedicated to C++. I went to bing and started searching for C++ podcasts and came up empty. Search results had some links to some videos on Channel 9, audio recordings of presentations by some of the C++ luminaries and a handful of podcast episodes with C++ related guests/interviews. Shows like Hanselminutes and .NET Rocks will have a guest like Herb Sutter, Scott Meyers or Kate Gregory on once in a blue moon. I always enjoy those episodes but they often have the perspective of a non C++ developer (or former C++ dev who hasn’t touched it in years) asking why anyone would be crazy enough to use C++ in a world of managed languages.

I think C++ deserves better, it should have it’s own podcast.

The way I see it there are plenty of potential guests that could be interviewed for such a show, the obvious big names like Herb Sutter, Scott Meyers, Bjarne Stroustrup, Jon Kalb, Kate Gregory, James McNellis, and Kenny Kerr. But also some of the names we may not know, the C++ developers working on Dropbox, Facebook, Microsoft Office; or developers contributing to open source C and C++ libraries like Boost and OpenSSL. C++ is such a widely used language that the variety of potential guests could be pretty daunting.

So I went ahead and just parked the domain for cppcast.com (don’t bother clicking, there’s nothing there yet).

Now I just need to know if this idea has legs. Would you listen to a C++ podcast?
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Let me end this post by stating that I don’t claim to be an expert in all things C++, heck I’m not even the strongest C++ developer at my company. But I like podcasting, and I love C++. I wish there were a C++ podcast to listen to myself, but there isn’t, so why not make one?

A while ago I wrote a post on adding AdDuplex ads to your App Studio App. In that post I added AdDuplex as a fallback option should the PubCenter ad control fail to display an ad. At the end of the post I noted that AdRotator would be a better option for supporting multiple ad providers, but at that time AdRotator did not support Universal Windows Apps. Since then I joined Simon Jackson and worked on adding Universal App support for AdRotator, time for a new tutorial post!

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A few weeks ago CODE.org had its hour of code event. It’s a great program to introduce young kids into computer science and I was really happy to see it take off this year. From my own 5 year old son Connor all the way up to President Obama everyone was learning a bit of Comp Sci.

codescreenshot Screenshot from code.org

Ever since the hour of code event Connor has continued his interest in doing the code.org website lessons. The activities are great, combining games like Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies with the blockly visual programming editor. This weekend though I had the idea of bringing the code.org lessons into the real world. Connor and I had a great time making a real world equivalent to the Plants vs. Zombies game and I wanted to share how we did it.

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