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  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup: Uploading your ASP.NET project for judging

    This one is usually confusing for people using ASP.NET the first time, how do I share my ASP.NET app with someone who isn’t a hoster? There are a number of ways, but usually the process is to use XCOPY, it is simple and to the point.  You can find the instructions here: Walkthrough: Deploying a...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup: Uploading your Game Files to the Imagine Cup site

    It is only a few hours before the Imagine Cup Fall Round 2 closes, and I usually get a few emails asking how to upload the videos, software files, etc. This is a long post so you may need to scroll down to see the entire explanation. Login First Login in to the http://www.ImagineCup.US site. If you forgot...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup, Uploading your Software Design Project: files, video, etc..

    It is only a few hours before the Imagine Cup Fall Round 2 closes, and I usually get a few emails asking how to upload the videos, software files, etc. This is a long post so you may need to scroll down to see the entire explanation. Login First Login in to the http://www.ImagineCup.US site.  If...
  • 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: Report on the Imagine Cup Ellis Island Party

    Last night the Imagine Cup students attended a profound party on Ellis Island, where the sponsor Microsoft had rented the entire island for this party.  Unlike other Imagine Cup parties in the past, this one was quite fun, but with a difference, on one side there was the New York skyline and on...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup: What I entered into the Bing Contest for $10,000 potential prize

    Ok, I really can’t win, but I did this video for the XTRANORMAL movie festival sponsored by Bing.  I think this would be a good idea for Imagine Cup 2012,  but I am working on the whole process so it seamless. To participate, you have to hurry the contest closes tomorrow April 14, 2011 http...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup: Software Design Winners—Notetaker from Arizona State

    Arizona State WINS the Software Design contest, here is a virtual discussion about NoteTaker: For some reason the YouTube video is showing up as black and then I need to move on.  Just click the big black space and it will work   Mostly fictional discussion about Note Taker!
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011: An interview

    This is a video created using XTRANORMAL, somewhat expensive, about a dollar per video, but I think it is kind of fun.  I made up a video about an interviewer interviewing the typical attendee.  It is fun to make it, but somewhat limited.  
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup: US Finals, Day of Judging!

      The Day of Judging, wow, that sounds so final.  The run up to the Day of Judging required as a lot of work, I was up till 2:30 AM getting things set-up.  All of the student teams were working feverishly on their presentations and making software tweaks. This morning, the students went...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup: Students rush to complete project

    It is Friday evening and the most imaginative students in the USA are all in a feverish effort to complete or tighten their presentations and software. Although the competitive spirit is strong, you see the team work and good spirit of helpfulness when the student teams work together. I believe that...
  • Blog Post: FREE SDK: Microsoft Research Imagine Cup briefing about Windows Phone Apps and Cloud Technology, Project Hawaii

    Windows Phone 7 is well suited to front end cloud based applications, and Microsoft Research has been building a curriculum process called Project Hawaii.  You can find out more about Project Hawaii by going to: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/hawaii/ This program has been...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup: The ADE team prepares for the event

    Friday, the Academic Developer Evangelist (ADE) team meets to discuss what their roles will be over the US Imagine Cup.  This is done each year as it is critical that the students have a fantastic experience, over the years not only do students get excited, the individual ADEs get excited. ...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 US Nationals: The journey begins

    Off to Washington State to Microsoft Headquarters for the Imagine Cup Nationals.  It was a hard year for SoCal, but University of California, Riverside has fielded a game team. The day starts at 4:45, great breakfast and I just have to discuss Katy the new dog in town: The day started at 4:45 AM...
  • Blog Post: Free eBook! Windows Phone Game Programming For Beginners

    Rob Miles announced a free eBook for Windows Phone Game Programmers, which can be used in the classroom as well as for those who want a low cost hobby that can make some money! Get over to Rob Miles blog about his free book before he wises up and puts this excellent book up for sale on Amazon! http:...
  • Blog Post: Super Successful Student Server!

    Dan Waters on his blog at: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dawate/archive/2011/01/24/the-super-successful-student-server-development-environments-for-us-imagine-cup-teams.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentmessage Discussed a project I have been working on for the past few months, and his blog explains the situation...
  • Blog Post: What I decided to do about blogging about exam 70-511, Kinect, XBox, Imagine Cup and USC

    As a matter of principle, I will do two blogs on days that I write about Code Security or about the specifics of the 70-511 exam.  One with a general discussions on Kinect, XBox, Quantum Computing, Imagine Cup technology and so forth.  The other one will be on the 70-511 exam.  For example...
  • Blog Post: Win Phone Apps: Role-Playing Game for Phone!

    The popular role playing game has been added to the phone application samples on the AppHub.  You can find it at: http://create.msdn.com/en-US/education/catalog/sample/roleplaying_game If you search for with Bing, make sure to use Role-Playing Game AppHub, then it comes right up as a result. ...
  • Blog Post: Orchard a free, open source, community-focused project for ASP.NET modules

      Everyone! Orchard is a free, open source, community-focused project aimed at delivering applications and reusable components on the ASP.NET platform. This is interesting for students and educators as well.  Take a look at this interesting project at: http://www.orchardproject.net/ What is...
  • Blog Post: Artificial Intelligence: Graphs, PathFinder and the Windows Phone 7

    How is the BestFirst search for a path in PathFinder work?  How does the A* algorithm work?  Good questions, and how do we discuss this without making this whole blog even more boring than it is already.  Thanks for reading this by the way, and if you celebrate Thanksgiving, I am very...
  • Blog Post: Secret Communications X014Y: Creating Bing Map Apps, working with Lat, Long

    Does it seem like there is some sort of secret about Microsoft technology?  Mainly about things that I would think should be obviously important and easy to use.  For instance, I just want to put pins on a  Bing Map showing certain locations.  Wow, that was not easy to find from the...
  • Blog Post: Secret Communications X010Y: Get the no cost eBook on programming Windows Phone 7

    If the price of this book was $55 I would pay for it, but it is a free download from Microsoft Press and it is worth far more. For the book go to: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2010/10/28/free-ebook-programming-windows-phone-7-by-charles-petzold.aspx (Link verified Nov. 4, 2010) and...
  • Blog Post: Super Secret Communications X007Y: Using Sprite Sheet Images

    This Super Secret Communications is oriented to game design. WARNING: If you are using sprite sheets or sprite strips in your Imagine Cup 2011 game, make sure you have the rights to do so.  If you aren’t sure that the sprite sheet is available for use, then don’t use it.  Sorry, but the rules...
  • Blog Post: Super Secret Communications X003Y: SharePoint Links

    Secret Communications for the Software Designers.  (Click on the picture to find out about other forms of Secret Communications systems created by Hedy Lamar, movie actress, specifically frequency-hopping spread-spectrum communications, which is the process used in cellphones for example.) To find...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011: Creating a project plan, part 5 of a few

      Now that everyone on the team has made their commitment, there will be variations, but this schedule is the baseline.  When variations occur they are referred to as the “actual” time taken, and are referred to a deviations from baseline, if they finish before or after the baseline date. Is...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011: Creating a project plan, part 3 of a few

    In my previous blog about  creating an Imagine Cup project, Imagine Cup 2011: Creating a project plan part 2 of a few .  Let’s close off the discussion about the Imagine Cup 2011 Project planning, for now, with making it real. It only takes your imagination at this point to create a project...
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