Microsoft launched a new Web site on March 1, its Beginner Developer Learning Center (BDLC), with the aim of bringing more "non-professional" programmers into the Microsoft fold.
The new site is designed to supplement the outreach to hobbyists, do-it-yourself developers and other programming newbies that Microsoft began targeting in November 2005, when the company released for free its Visual Studio Express tools.
Via the new BLDC site, Microsoft is working to provide non-professional programmers with basic content. The site currently offers two main tracks: Windows development and Web. It also features a Kids Corner, featuring materials developed in conjunction by Microsoft and teachers.