R Tools for Visual Studio .Net In Public Preview

Microsoft has just released it’s R language plugin for Visual Studio .Net 2015 and it’s no joke: https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/features/rtvs-vs.aspx

For those .Net developers and researchers out there, there’s another outstanding R language integrated development environment (IDE): Visual Studio .Net 2015. R tools for Visual Studio .Net (RTVS) is a plugin, project template, and extension to Visual Studio .Net 2015 Update 1 which allows developers to write R Scripts, test, debug, prototype, and research data.

It has all the same features of RStudio, and RGui with the exception of the package manager, but that’s coming soon. You can check out it’s features in this video here:

If you try it out and have some other ideas you can be one of the first to suggest new features at RTVS github repo.

In addition to RVTS, Microsoft is continuing to make good on its promise to support more open source initiatives, the R language being just another one of them. Not only has Microsoft  created this plugin, it has also added the ability to run R Scripts in an asynchronous, multithreaded, multicore concurrent engine: the Microsoft R server and the Microsoft R Open engine.


R Server and R Open are both server and client updates respectively to CRAN (R Project) which give it the ability to run over multiple cores taking advantage of the current CPU and CPU Core processing power. Both of these products are open source (GNU License), which means there source code is freely available to view and along versions for multiple platforms: Mac, Linux, and Windows.

So head over to this link to download the bits and start writing R Scripts inside Visual Studio .Net 2015.

Cortana and IoT: Demo of the Day on Channel 9

Hey all,

I’m featured on Jerry Nixon’s Demo of the Day post on Channel 9.


Jerry Nixon is a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft for the Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and I think Nevada areas…

He and I connected on a Skype call one evening and caught me working on the Home Automation demo. He recorded it as he and I was talking. The demo is about how to automate your home using Windows 10, Cortana, Lifx buls, Weemo switches and the Sonos Wifi Sound system. You can check out the phone conversation/demo here: https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/demooftheday/cortana-iot

The Hidden Future Reality: Room 2 Room

With all the buzz words on Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality – we think of goggles, glasses, hololenses and the likes.




Well, imagine complete rooms the where we can project holograms right in front of you and interact and talk without the need of glasses, goggles, visors, screens, hololenses and the likes… Imagine the scene below:


(Thanks for the pic Josh…)

Enter Room 2 Room.

Image from Published paper



It seems our friends over at Microsoft Research (Shoutout to Andrew – Thanks for helping us with our Holodeck simulator during the MVP Conference…) is at it again. “Room2Room uses projected augmented reality to enable co-present interaction between remote participants: (a, d) remote participants are represented as life-size virtual copies projected into the physical space”

This is fancy smancy words that basically mean the Microsoft researchers have taken  Microsoft Kinects and a Projectors and set them up is two different rooms running some custom software. This software basically allows you to talk to a virtual person in the other room through the Kinect and projectors.

Welcome to the new world!!!