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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    Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator - Now Free

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    UPDATE 3/18 : The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator is no longer available. For more information, please see: http://blogs.msdn.com/amyd/archive/2008/03/18/tokens-gone.aspx The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator is now available as a free download on Xbox Live Marketplace...
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    Visual Studio 2010 and Silverlight 3 SDK

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    Visual Web Developer in Visual Studio 2010 has support in box for Silverlight 3 development and includes the Silverlight 3 developer runtime and Silverlight 3 SDK build 3.0.40818. Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend 3 included...
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    Silverlight Tools Installation Error Codes

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    [Edited to included updated Silverlight 3 Tools] When the Silverlight Tools fail to install, a log file is generated with error codes and messages. You can open this log file from the last screen of the installer. Or, you can find this log file in...
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    Switching from Silverlight 3 Tools to Silverlight 2 Tools

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    Silverlight 2 projects can't be created with the Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio 2008. When Visual Studio 2010 is released, you will be able to build both Silverlight 2 and Silverlight 3 with the same IDE. But for the immediate future, you will...
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    Silverlight Runtime Install Failure in VS2010 RC

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    If you have the latest version of the Silverlight end user runtime installed, you may see the following error after installing Visual Studio 2010 RC:   [02/10/10,18:18:55] Microsoft Silverlight: [2] Error code 1502 for this component means "The...
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    Silverlight Tools Must be Updated After Installing Visual Studio 2008 SP1

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    Today, Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 was released. This service pack includes support for SQL Server 2008, new ADO.NET features such as the Entity Framework, improvements to the WPF designers, WCF templates for Silverlight projects, debugger support...
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    Making the Most of Markup

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    Before I started working on HDi, I was a web developer. I found the transition to HDi pretty easy because the markup and the script were already so familiar to me. There is, however, a very big difference with HDi markup that web developers should learn...
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    Tokens Gone

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    Wow. The Xbox 360 HD DVD emulator was WAY more popular than we had imagined. Josh processed thousands of requests and hopefully a huge number of developers are now out there experimenting with interactivity. But, now we have run out of our token allotment...
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    Error Codes, Toshiba Edition

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    If you know what an error code means, it can be immensely helpful in diagnosing the problem with your project. Below are some of the more common error codes found on Toshiba Players and their potential cause. There is a similar post for Xbox HD DVD add...
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    Silverlight 3 Tools Prerequisite: Visual Web Developer

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    Technorati Tags: Silverlight Tools , Visual Studio 2008 One of the prerequisites for Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio is the installation of the Visual Web Developer feature in Visual Studio 2008 SP1.  This is separate from the free Visual Web...
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    Overwhelmed

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    Okay, so it turns out that offering the emulator for free was WAY more popular than we had anticipated. Josh (Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator Support Program Manager) is just a tad bit buried under all the emails right now, so please be patient with the delay...
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    Getting Started with HD DVD

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    So, you've been tasked with creating a menu for an HD DVD and don't know where to start. Lets start out by getting the (free!) Microsoft HD DVD simulator and some sample code installed on your machine. Hardware Requirements First, let's make sure...
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    Sliding Puzzle, Silverlight 1.0 Edition

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    If you're an HDi developer who spends anytime reading this blog or the MSDN forum , you've probably noticed that I've mentioned Silverlight more than a couple of times recently. Silverlight is, of course, Microsoft's platform for delivering rich interactive...
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    Trouble installing Silverlight Tools

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    The reported issues with installation of Silverlight Tools has been relatively low. But, there have been a handful of issues reported on the Silverlight.net forums, mostly involving Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2008 (which is required before installing...
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    Installing HD DVD Interactivity Jumpstart on Vista

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    You were so excited about the Vista launch that you preordered your copy of the new operating system and are now basking in the beauty of improved interactivity and security, only to find that when you try to install the jumpstart package you get the...
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    Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator Now Available

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    The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator is now available! The emulator is downloaded through Xbox LIVE Marketplace on your existing Xbox player. The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator can run projects from an optical disc, an external USB drive, or from a network drive, and...
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    Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator Request Update

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    Any of you who made requests for the Xbox 360 HD DVD emulator last week should have received at least an initial email with further instructions on getting access to the emulator support site on http://connect.microsoft.com/ , signing the end user licensing...
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    Blackjack, Silverlight 1.0 Edition, Part I

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    One of my favorite HDi apps was blackjack , so I have been just itching to turn it into a Silverlight application. Now, this one wasn't quite so easy. My goal in writing blackjack for HDi originally was to take advantage of the timing element and remove...
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    Silverlight Tools Release Candidate Now Available!

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    The first release candidate of Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 is now available for download. This package is an add-in for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and Visual Web Developer Express 2008 with SP1. The Silverlight Tools installer includes the...
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    Saving Resume Information

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    If you've purchased a DVD player in the last few years or used a software player, likely you've experienced a built in player feature that remembers where you last left off in the movie and allows you to resume play from that point. That functionality...
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    Silverlight Help in Visual Studio

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    The Silverlight SDK comes with a large collection of help documents to help you get started writing Silverlight applications. These help documents are available online at MSDN . However, for those times you are doing development offline - maybe on...
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    Persistent Storage Management

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    One of the great features mandatory on every HD DVD player is at least 128 MB of persistent storage. Many discs on the market are taking advantage of this feature to allow you to do things like save bookmarked scenes, download new trailers, or cache your...
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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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    Error Codes, Xbox Edition

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    If you know what an error code means, it can be immensely helpful in diagnosing the problem with your project. Below are some of the more common error codes found on the Xbox HD DVD add on and their potential cause. There is a similar post for Toshiba...
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    Sliding Puzzle

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    There have been a lot of JavaScript games created for the web. And, because HDi is based on web standards, with a little tweaking, you can easily turn many of them into games for HD DVD. And, as long as we're tweaking, we might as well add the cool additional...
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