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  • Blog Post: strict in Windows 8 JavaScript

    You might notice that the Default JavaScript uses the keyword: strict.  Just what does this mean? Check out the link: http://aka.ms/yrtkz4 In JavaScript when you use strict mode the code you write is forced into a more disciplined design then JavaScript normally does.  You have to declare your...
  • Blog Post: Free eBook or Hunger Games? Read Charles Pertzold’s gripping tale about WP7

    So Hunger Games is going to be one of the biggest movies of all time, and Lion’s Gate is pretty happy about that.  However, what is the sleeper book that you can get for free?  Charles Pertzold’s “Programming Windows Phone 7” is a sleeper.  This gripping story of a SmartPhone system’s...
  • Blog Post: Metro Design: WP7 & preparing for that OS that can’t be named, yet

    Starting your career designing Windows Phone 7 using the Metro Design process To get started watch the three videos at: Metro Design Language of Windows Phone 7 Although when using the phone, the design flows, as a software designer, architect or engineer knowing the basic concepts of the Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Camels, XAML and Silverlight is dead? Long live Silverlight 5!

    Silverlight is dead, but Scott Guthrie on Dec. 2, 2010, not too long ago, stated the following and about the future of Silverlight: ”… [W}e do live in a very connected world now, and there are a lot of devices out there, and users demand and expect the richest possible experiences...
  • Blog Post: Colliding with Expression Design to Expression Blend to WP7 and Kinect Part 1 of 3 or so

    This is a three part series, maybe a little longer, who knows.  I would if I did any planning.  For my blog.  I do plan when I code big projects, but with my blog I like to just goof around and have fun.  So what if you ran into Gisele Bundchen, that would be a collision.  And...
  • Blog Post: Great Expression Design: A Simple Compass Control

    Christine L_ really knocked it out of the park with their “a Simple Compass Control”.  http://gallery.expression.microsoft.com/compass This is a great add to any boring user interface, it actually does something and adds an interesting item for the enduser to enjoy! Great job Christine!
  • Blog Post: 5 top things that work together: Kinect, Windows Phone 7, Expression Design, Expression Blend and Visual Studio

    Hey Clint Eastwood said Detroit is showing us how it can be done on that Bowl Game last Sunday, we all can work together.  How about the way design tools are working together. So if you want to design for Windows Phone 7, but you also want to design something for the Kinect and Windows, and you...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend: I made a copy of a UserControl and now it throws an error

    Don’t you hate it when you are going to do a simple thing like copy a UserControl and then it doesn’t work?  Seriously, how can you steal other peoples work if you have to redo all of their code. Well first of all, make sure you tell others about the work that you are using, and if the artist or...
  • Blog Post: Free ly: Gaming the system: Moving an object on the screen

    We all know that guy who is always gaming the system, it’s so irritating, you don’t quite know how he does it, and his career kind of sucks, but somehow he figures it out. Of course in software there are a lot of people who game the system, here is a clue: Software is about gaming the system...
  • Blog Post: Valentines? Cute Silverlight project download and make a comment

    Christine has made a very cute little app, a true joy considering the way that most of the Lords of Complexity like to complicate things. Check it out, download it and enjoy it at: http://gallery.expression.microsoft.com/dancingHeart?SRC=Home Good job Christine, and anyone reading this immediately go...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend 4 for the holidays

    Wow, if you got no money and you are looking for something to do that might make you money, then consider using Expression Blend to build phone apps. Quick easy and requires no case on your part if you are a student or have a .edu email account! I am recently impressed by the ability of Expression...
  • Blog Post: Game tutorials For Imagine Cup Phone Game Category: Freaking AWESOME

    Using Silverlight with your game can be helpful in making something that looks good and gives you a reason for using Expression Blend 4.0 for Phone that is supplied with the Windows Phone SDK 7.1. Get to Windows Phone 7.5 #1: From XNA to SLXNA Get to Windows Phone 7.5 #2: Adding FAS to XNA Get to Windows...
  • Blog Post: Design Windows Phone Applications, for business or games, using free or sort of free stuff

    I guess games are a business.  To get started with really rapid prototyping you will need to install the Expression Ultimate studio 4 (for business you would only need this one) and for games you will need to also add Expression Blend 3 and then either install the Windows Phone SDK or reinstall...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend at Mix 11

    The Expression Group has been improving the quality of the tutorials and other infrastructure around their product.  Good thing, there for awhile it was pretty bad, with Expression 2.0 tutorials mixed in with Expression 3.0 and the UI was quite a bit different. Take a look at the http://electricbeach...
  • Blog Post: Free Exam Guide 70-511, WPF: ContextMenu as a Static Resource

    Ok, back to studying for the 70-511 exam.  So much to do. In the last blog post about Windows Presentation Foundation and static resources Free Study Guide for Exam 70-511: Defining Static resources We covered about why Static Resources and why Dynamic Resources Static Resources are used when the...
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