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  • Blog Post: Free and easy Animation design in XNA

    In my previous blog, I showed you how to use a pre-built class to generate animations that move like a Gif, mainly because I have not shown you how to move the image. But reviewing the code, it seemed somewhat complicated, which means I didn’t quite get it, maybe you did. So when that happens I...
  • Blog Post: Free Animated Sprites software: Reading the “flipbook” image and showing it

    What is it about the XNA free information with respect to Sprite animation? Why is it so hard to find a useful post on how to generate an animation? I have no idea, but then again, most of my posts are useless, but maybe this one won’t be. Also, will you be able to use this with Windows 8? Not...
  • Blog Post: “Get the machine that goes ping” or how to fix the “Please enableGPUAcceleration = true on your Silverlight plugin page.”

    What in the heck do you do to fix the “enableGPUAcceleration=true on your Silverlight plugin page.” Then you go to the ASPX or the HTML page and you see that both have the line: <param name="enableGPUAcceleration" value="true" /> So WTF. Now you might be frustrated, you...
  • Blog Post: Free stuff at Alice Pang’s blog? Has Alice fallen to my level of blogging?

    Sometimes you get old and realize that you influence others, and one’s influence isn’t always the greatest.  Alice Pang who is one of the young and brightest in our team, along with Kenny Spade may have picked up on that bad habit of mine in using the word “Free” in her blog titles.  This is...
  • Blog Post: 5 Ways To Make Money with the Cloud!

    Number 1 with a bullet! Read Bruno Terkaly excellent article about how the Microsoft Azure Cloud works with mobile platforms and not just the Windows Phone 7. Bruno is no Microsoft Fanboy and you should definitely read his blog, I do. But it doesn’t help with my style, Bruno’s blog is...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010: C#, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Burn before reading

    This is a follow on to the post at: Office 2010: C# and Office! Secret stuff. Strictly burn before reading Deploying Your Solutions: Deploying Office Solutions: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb386179.aspx Preparing Computers to Run or Host Office Solutions: http://msdn...
  • Blog Post: Lamda, Lamdee, Lamduh: Delegate first and then do the Lambda

    So you take your Java classes, you take your C++ classes and you take that data class, then you take that Operating System class that is cranking hard.  Now you are having fun with a great job and some boson shows the boss that it is much more efficient to write code using Lamda Expressions. ...
  • Blog Post: Free Game Design tools, just in time for Christmas 4/5: Sprites & Backgrounds

    To make the Platformer app look like a Christmas app, you will need to modify the sprites used, as well as background images. To see all of this post you will need to scroll down as there is more to the post than what I can include in a single screen. And ok, this is kind of late for Christmas, but...
  • Blog Post: Free Design Tools just in time for Christmas, 2/5: Installing the tools

    Just Talking First off, a quick note to Dr. Shin Liu students, please check Dr. Liu’s class online blackboard for my direct contact information. Next: Don’t lose your keyless entry fob for a Prius, holey moley, $102 programming charge and $214 bucks for the FOB with the extra key. And...
  • Blog Post: Free Software for STEM students in the US

    Not only is there free software through Dreamspark.com you can also get free software if you are a STEM-D student through MSDNAA, go to: http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/US/TechStudent/Get-Software.aspx Through this program you can get Windows 7 Professional, MS Access, Expression Studio 4,...
  • Blog Post: Free Tools: PowerCommand 10 for Visual Studio 2010

    This is one of the amazing productivity tools that is the motivation to purchase Visual Studio 2010.  I like the ability to eMail Code Snippets! http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/e5f41ad9-4edc-4912-bca3-91147db95b99?SRC=Home Seriously, you would pay for this kind of thing, and it’s FREE...
  • Blog Post: Research: What is Automated Reasoning

      If we are going to discuss software engineering over time, then we got to start with the basics.  The reference for this is at: http://combination.cs.uiowa.edu/ Combination of logics (e.g., modal logics, logics in AI, ...); Combination of constraint solving techniques (unification and matching...
  • Blog Post: Data Structures on the Windows Phone 7: Reading & Writing Isolated Storage

      How do you put data into isolated storage, how do you read data that is in isolated storage?  You’re right, I have been a big tease around the phone and lists and reading/writing to isolated storage.  In a later example, I will cover the use off lists into and out of isolated storage...
  • Blog Post: Free Tools: Getting started with XNA and Windows Phone 7 Game Design

      You may be wondering where to get started with designing XBox Games and Windows Phone 7 Games, it’s simple: The AppHub, link: http://create.msdn.com Click on this box the “Download the free tools” Follow the instructions for installation, it will take a bit of time, so be patient. When you get...
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