Microsoft puts the fun back into Windows 10 coding with Coding4Fun reboot

Coding can be a pretty straightforward, all-work-and-no-play sort of event, and Microsoft recognizes that sometimes coders need to put their hair down and just have some fun. With that in mind, Microsoft has the Coding4Fun microsite nestled within the Windows Dev Center, and the Windows Developer blog wants you all to know it’s been updated and made even more relevant.

Today we are happy to announce the reboot of Coding4Fun; a site within Windows Dev Center that’s dedicated to exploring the lighter side of Windows 10 development. Our goal is pretty simple; create fun and interesting code samples that feature the more interesting APIs available on the Universal Windows Platform. Why? Coding is fun and fun is good. Fun can also be educational and by showing you some neat, unique, and sometimes time-saving capabilities, you’ll not only have something cool to show for your time investment, you’ll also walk away having learned something new.

Even though the focus of Coding4Fun has changed a bit over the years, our passion for development remains relentless. We are still as dedicated to delivering top quality, project-based content that includes complete, well-commented source code, provided under the MIT open-source license, and documentation on how to build the sample. But don’t feel obligated to build it yourself, just run the sample to take a look under the hood if you prefer.

There are three featured products for developers to have some fun with, including:

FaceThereamin: uses face detection to turn participants into musical instruments in a live video stream. Here’s the video:

CardReader: scan and pull out the data from stacks of business cards and push it into the Windows People app using OCR.

MusicServer: play music simultaneously on networked Windows 10 devices.

There’s a lot of good info available over at the site, and it’s something mostly developers would love. So if you’re one of those types, then head on over and have some fun.

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Will you be heading over and playing around with the projects at Coding4Fun?