I have left Microsoft and this blog is no longer under my control. All of the content should remain for some time however and any new updates can be found at http://davedev.net.
-Dave, September 2013
Those of you who have been following my blog for a while are probably familiar with what DoodlePad is. For those new, DoodlePad is a fun little sketch app I wrote for my kids when Windows Phone was launched in the fall of 2010. It has done fairly well (at least by my own standards) since launch with over 35,000 downloads globally for both the free and paid versions.
DoodlePad was never intended to be a full featured art application but more of an easy to use, simple UI that anyone could pick up and sketch or take pictures with. The reviews have been largely positive with the negative reviews revolving around drawing performance. Unfortunately, as you will see in the code, the drawing performance comes form the Ink Presenter class in the Windows Phone Runtime itself. Since I chose to go with the native Silverlight capabilities rather than an XNA approach there wasn’t anything I could do about performance without a re-write.
Thanks to Microsoft’s generous moonlighting policy for employees writing Windows Phone applications I own all the code. So I’ve chose to release it under an Apache 2.0 license and post it up to Github here.
I am not including a NOTICE file with the Apache license so you are pretty much free to do with the code what you want. If you want to thank me you can include a link to my twitter (http://twitter.com/thedavedev) in your code or app credits but totally not required. I’ve also included all of my cusotm icons as Expression Design files so if you have been looking for additional resources for your apps feel free to re-use. Enjoy!
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Update – July 12th – Updated with Codeplex project info.
In order to give easier access to all of the sample code and starter kits I am now hosting everything on my Codeplex account with all of the source being replicated from my GitHub account.
This means you will be able to grab the latest source code builds from both Codeplex and Github, whichever ones you prefer to work with.
Right now there are four repositories broken down as follows:
As always, all of this code is for demonstration purposes only. Microsoft and I offer no warranties or support for it. It’s sole purpose is to helps you get started in writing your own amazing apps!
During the past couple of months I’ve been hacking around in the world of HTML5 Canvas and casual gaming. The community that has formed up around HTML5 Gaming in particular is awesome and I am continually impressed by what I’ve seen.
Not to mention I’m a big retro gaming fan – 8 bits anyone?
With that in mind I wanted to contribute back to the community if I could. I figured the best way I could do that was to take the experience I have writing Windows 8 Metro Style Apps and combine them with the world of HTML5 Canvas based gaming.
You can grab the sourcecode from Codeplex here:
Or GitHub here:
I am replicating all the source back between GitHub into Codeplex so regardless of where you fork you will always have the latest source.
If you decide to write a Windows 8 app and want to get into the Windows Store I would love to hear about it! You may also want to check out my previous Windows 8 Metro Style Development Tips: