I am trying to get started and learn Ethereum development, mainly using the tutorial at dappsforbeginners.wordpress.com. However, several features referred to in the tutorial are simply not appearing in my client, or the client has been changed since the article was written. My client has no "pending" panel or a "contract" panel.
In addition to this, my Mix client crashes upon opening. I understand these aren't stable releases yet, so should I give up using these tools for now? If so, what tools can I use to start getting hands on experience? I am uncomfortable with CLI but I will do if I need to. Any good suggestions on how to get started?
EDIT: I am using Windows 10 and Mist Version 1.01. Now I see that when I run the executable, the first message displayed in the terminal window that appears is
Qt: Untested Windows version 10.0 detected!. This must be what's causing the intermittent crashing.