A Dullard's Guide

Information on development, Silverlight, HD DVD, HDi, and whatever else Amy feels is missing from the interblags.
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    IntelliSense - It's a Good Thing.

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    As you begin working on your playlists, manifests, and markup xml files, you will find attaching the HDi schemas to be very helpful in creating and validating your files. A schema defines structure, content, and semantics for your XML document. When you...
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    ACAs are Your Friend

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    As you have noticed, every resource that you use - script, markup, images, audio, etc - must be listed as a resource in both the playlist and the manifest. As you can imagine, this quickly becomes painful as your applications grow in size. This is where...
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    Dissecting Hello World

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    Lets open up the Hello World sample that came with Jumpstart and go through the components that make up a HDi application. You will find these files in C:\Program Files\HD DVD Interactivity Jumpstart\Samples\HelloWorld\ADV_OBJ PLAYLIST VPLST000.XPL...
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    Regarding Fonts in HD DVD

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    In my last post I mentioned that you can use an OpenType font if you wish to include dynamic text in your application. But please remember to review the license of the font that you choose to use. Fonts are protected by copyright and you must obtain proper...
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    Dissecting "Chapters"

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    Hello World is a very basic application. But, now let's take a look at one of the samples that has a little bit more complexity to it. In the Jumpstart samples folder you'll find the Chapters sample. Open up C:\Program Files\HD DVD Interactivity Jumpstart...
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    Have you noticed I like Batch Files?

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    I am a big fan of automating where I can. I am not a big fan of remembering command line arguments. I prefer to double-click whenever possible. In my last post, I went over how I generated an aca using a batch file. Using the aca means that I can add...
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    Launching the Simulator from Visual Studio

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    When you're building your HDi applications, you can use the BUILD_PROJECT.BAT file you downloaded from my last post to create your aca file and launch your project in the simulator in one simple step. But, now, let's cut that double clicking down to one...
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