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We’re excited for the @MSFTQuantum invitation to the Microsoft Q# Coding Contest – Winter 2019 – the second global quantum programming competition! Join us: blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visua 

On today's One Dev Question, we ask longtime Microsoft developer and semi-official historian Raymond Chen about his first interview with . Watch: channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/One-De 

Interested in contributing to @nodejs but not quite sure where to begin?

Tierney Cyren, a long-time Node.js Foundation Committee member, has created a guide that goes over the different ways you can make a difference within the community. Get started: dev.to/bnb/start-contributing- 

Easily configure your CMake projects and modify the CMakeSettings.json file directly in 2019 using the new CMake Project Settings Editor. Get started: blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/vcblo 

Walk through some techniques for separating the concerns of dev'ing a C/C++ library, a C# wrapper, & a mobile app so you can focus on your area of interest while delivering the highest possible performance. Reach more here: blog.xamarin.com/using-c-libra 

RT @docsmsft
Get rolling on rolling out @MicrosoftTeams! There's all sorts of great features to start making use of, so don't delay—head over to our docs to get started:
docs.microsoft.com/en-us/Micro 

We made a bunch of improvements to CMake support in Preview 2.

Easier toolchain customization, automatic installation of CMake on targets, vcpkg integration, Just My Code support, and more. Try it out and let us know what you think: blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/vcblo 

RT @WindowsDocs
On Tuesday, Larry @osterman talked about some of the complexities of Win32 API error codes.

Today, Larry tells us how new APIs for are designed to avoid some of the issues of the past.

How do you get into test automation? & @ArnonAxelrod dig into building the right kinds of tests, which tools will help you move in the right direction, & where you need to grow your skills to make better tests: dotnetrocks.com/default.aspx?S 

Naming stuff is a key part of our programming life...& can almost be considered an art form as it requires excellent descriptive skills.

<3, <3, <3 this article about effectively naming software *thingies* - medium.com/@rabinovichsagi/eff 

Announcing .NET Foundation Open Membership. We're making some big changes to expand the Foundation. We’re inviting the entire community to take a more active role in the foundation's operations & ecosystem. Join us @ the event near you: blog.xamarin.com/mobile-net-de 

UX is not UI, but UI is definitely UX.

Learn more: blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/premi  "...User interface & visual design are a huge part of a product’s user experience, but a pretty color scheme and cool animations won’t help your user much if your navigation menu is poorly organized..."

2019 pushes the boundaries of individual & team productivity. Say 'hello!' to new C++ binary compatibility & pain-free upgrades. These new capabilities are pretty nifty, you'll want to start your upgrade to now: blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/vcblo 

RT @Microsoft
Imagine
Create
Code

Microsoft Build is a go.
Join us in Seattle from May 6-8: msft.social/OgBUHW 

So, what's under the hood of the recently released Xamarin.Forms 3.0?

@CodeMillMatt shares a quick lap around some of the newest and best features; like CSS Styling, Android bottom tabs, and more...oh, and where you can take it for a spin. Start here: telerik.com/blogs/xamarin-form 

There's a new Xamarin.Essentials out. Today, @JamesMontemagno highlights API of the Week, App Information; which gives you the ability to identify app information, bundle identifiers, and more.

Watch here: channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Xamari 

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Mirrored.Social [BETA]

This Mastodon instance is dedicated to mirroring the social media accounts of interesting/useful people and organizations from elsewhere on the Internet. At least until such time as they create their own accounts on the Mastodon network.

If you control an account that is being mirrored here and would like to make changes to how that's done (or not done), please contact Dave Wood via @davewoodx@mastodon.social.

Like this idea? Help support the costs and development at Patreon.

Currently in Beta status. Please let me know if you see bugs or issues.

Mirrors to Follow:

1Password [NEW]

1Password Status [NEW]

Android [NEW]

AppStore [NEW]

App Store Games [NEW]

Barack Obama

Canada [NEW]

CGP Grey [NEW]

Chris Hadfield [NEW]

CommitStrip [NEW]

Daring Fireball

#dearMoon [NEW]

Dianna Cowern

DuckDuckGo [NEW]

Elon Musk*

GitHub [NEW]

GitHub API [NEW]

GitHub Status [NEW]

Have I Been Pwned [NEW]

Internet of Shit*

iTC Status

Jony Ive Parody*

Keybase [NEW]

Let's Encrypt [NEW]

Linode [NEW]

Merge Conflict [NEW]

Marques Brownlee

NASA

NGINX, Inc. [NEW]

nginx web server [NEW]

php.net [NEW]

Orbital ATK [NEW]

Overcast [NEW]

Realm [NEW]

Relay FM [NEW]

Ryan Reynolds* [NEW]

Edward Snowden* [NEW]

SpaceX

Tesla [NEW]

Tim Cook [NEW]

Visual Studio [NEW]

Visual Studio App Center [NEW]

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