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  • Blog Post: Programming in the cloud, it’s not Monaco, it’s TouchDevelop

    Oh sure Monaco is the cool product right now, but if you want to create Windows 8 Apps quickly then you need to take a look at http://www.TouchDevelop.com/hoc What can you do with TouchDevelop?  Well for a number of theologies you might be in the gift giving time of year.  You could create...
  • Blog Post: Designing your JavaScript game from scratch sort of: CSS

    When you start your design, after you put your thoughts on paper or in a software package that can help you with your design like PowerPoint Storyboarding tool which gets loaded when you have Visual Studio Ultimate, Visual Studio Premium, or Visual Studio Test Professional.  If you are a STEM student...
  • Blog Post: Free Hands on Learning: Using IE 10 to learn about the Design Process for Windows 8 apps

    Check this out: http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Graphics/hands-on-css3/ I don’t know about you, but CSS has always been something I just never did.  Till now.  CSS 3 really makes sense when you are designing for Windows 8 Apps. So if you are still struggling with what the design process is...
  • Blog Post: Free! 21 Part Free tutorial on HTML5 and CSS

    If you read no other free tutorial this summer then this is the one you need to work through. Do not stop for that morning expresso, go directly to the 21 part series on HTML5 CSS: HTML5 & CSS3 Fundamentals: Development for Absolute Beginners http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/HTML5-CSS3-Fundamentals...
  • Blog Post: Default HTML 5 folders and files

      Well back from my vacation, deserved or not.  Didn’t do much, mostly surfed on cloudy days (so that are less people at the beach in the way), swam in the condo swimming pool and read a bunch of fiction books.  Started off with War and Remembrance, ever read War and Peace?  This...
  • 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: HTML5 Game Design Metro Design: Snap

    I have discussed the snap process on my blog at Silverlight Games but not in depth. Let’s say you have an existing HTML5/JavaScript file you want to use to create a Windows 8 application. Now many people I have talked to keep thinking that this means you have created a HTMl5 Web site, but that isn’t...
  • Blog Post: HTML 5 Metro Game Design: Storyboarding, instead of surfboarding

    You built the memory game, and you want to add some controls, not navigational controls, never add navigation to the app bar in any language. Make sure to review the following, if you were around during the paper documentation days, you get the manual then certain pages would wear out after awhile...
  • Blog Post: Snap, Snap, Snap: Windows 8 Game Design and HTML 5, part 2

    I really like Windows 8, ok, I really liked Windows 7 and Vista, but this is different, I like the change in technology.  It is painful but worthwhile.  Anyway, in the previous blog, I wandered around in the HTML5 JavaScript example and pretty much confused myself, and likely you as well. ...
  • Blog Post: Snap, Snap, Snap: Windows 8 Game Design and HTML 5, part 1

    Snap.  Snap.  Snap. Get it? Snap.  So how do you do a Snap?  Ever watch a little kid who hasn’t quite got the hang of snapping their fingers, hilarious.  In a nice way. What about Windows 8 snapping?  I just read Jeremy Fosters blog on snapping and it is easy to do. ...
  • Blog Post: List of 25 interesting HTML 5 and Metro Links

    Here are 25 links that I am reviewing so that I can get up to speed on HTML 5 and JS.  And I am working with a tool that will help me build game apps quickly.  Will tell you more in a couple of weeks if it is useful.   Keep this secret please as some people I work with feel that link...
  • Blog Post: Irate Dolphins: More storyboard

    I have been feverishly working on an HTML5/JS game for Windows 8 and while working through the technology I have been working on the storyboard for the game, or game phases.  Here they are for now, all graphics are from Office Clipart, I am thinking about doing the entire game using just those graphics...
  • Blog Post: C++ : Secrets of learning C++ programming

    What are the secrets of C++ programming?  With the XAML and C++ tools and templates, C++ is not much more than C# to program with and you don’t have to use .NET anymore.  Unless you want to. So the secret is that we are all out of practice working with C++ generally (if you are reading this...
  • Blog Post: 5 thingies in a list about WinRT

    Need to do a list today, so here it is, feel free to add more in the comment, but 5 seems to be magical WinRT is a set of Windows 8 OS APIs based on classes, objects and members How is this different than the Win32 APIs? Win32 API are C DLL export APIs. WinRT APIs are OS APIs C++ applications can call...
  • Blog Post: Create WinRT in Blend? Is this a blend of icy goodness? Or is it just weird to write C++ in Blend?

    And just what the heck does this have to do with building quality apps?  Well, first of all a quality app don’t get hung up and freeze.  If you use WinRT, then WinRT can help you prevent freezing.  So no, this isn’t about a blend of icy goodness it is to prevent freezing and other issues...
  • Blog Post: Porting a Windows Phone App to WinRT

    This is an awesome article about how to port a WIndows Phone app to Windows 8.  Instructions, etc. Well written. As you might think: “Well Written?  This can’t be written by Sam then!”  And that would be correct, it is on CodeProject: http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/375173/Hacking...
  • Blog Post: Talking to my inner space alien about MetroRT, which should be simply Metro or WinRT or something completely mutated

    My inner space alien made it’s visit and was asking me about the whole idea around MetroRT, Win8 and other stuff.  First of all the Inner Space Alien wanted to know what in the heck is MetroRT?  Since the only written material in the Universe that mentions MetroRT is my blog, so there must...
  • Blog Post: HTML 5: Alice Pang, Queen of HTML 5 shows you how to cheat at HTML 5?!

    Alice Pang is trying to make a name for herself in the world of blogging, which is a sad thing for me as she does a better job than me at blogging.  And today she presents some useful Cheatsheets on HTML 5.  Now normally Alice is honest as the day is long (an old American folk saying), but...
  • 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: 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: HTML 5: What is in IE 10?

    In the previous blog post I discussed IE 9 and a short cheat sheet on HTML 5.  What about IE 10, and HTML 5? See the link for HTML 5: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/hh272905.aspx Of course for the place to go for HTML 5: http://blogs.msdn.com/dorischen Cool.
  • Blog Post: HTML 5: What is in IE9?

    HTMl 5 is still a work in progress, so if you are making decisions about how to design your web site you might want to turn down some of the excitement about what some of the browser fan-boys are saying on the web.  Also, when I read an article about HTML 5, make sure to note the article date, I...
  • Blog Post: HTML 5 and Javascript/ECMAScript: Is this the end my friend for .NET CLR?

    I don’t know, really, the answer will be determined at Build, so stay tuned.  And I am not going to speculate, not because of some management thing about mentioning anything about Windows 8, but because my BlatherEngine is low on fuel.  I had burned through a bunch of ideas to get through my...
  • Blog Post: Free HTML 5 Upgrade for Visual Studio 2010 and 2008, all versions!

    You can now add the HTML 5 intellisense to your Visual Studio 2010 and 2008, it can be found over at this URL: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/d771cbc8-d60a-40b0-a1d8-f19fc393127d To make sure the HTML 5 Intellisense is works correctly follow the instructions at: http://www.raihaniqbal...
  • Blog Post: Getting prepared for the next thing

    Let’s say that you might be interested in preparing for the future. Here is how I am preparing for the future HTML 5, not certain, but it appears that Google and others are betting big time on this, so why wouldn’t Microsoft? Silverlight, get prepared for the future by preparing...
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