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  • Blog Post: Game Design: UML and Work Items part 1

    In software design there are many names for the design process.  In the process I am going over right now is a mix of UML and Storyboarding because that is the mood I am in. In this case we will story board using UML to create work items which we will link to items in PowerPoint using the storyboard...
  • Blog Post: Game design: Database, do you use Access 2013 or SQL 2012 or Compact SQL or WHAT?!

    You have a lot of choices for your database design.  You could use Access to front end a SQL or sharepoint site, doing this you optimize your security situation, but some people view Access as an out of date product.  Too bad for them, Access allows you to quickly build a database, have it...
  • Blog Post: List of four Kinect Security items

    For a device that should be all about games, people are sure thinking up ways to use the Kinect for things like medicine and security.  With security you might want to take a look at the following URLs: In home paranoia: Kinect Long Term Privacy Issues Daunting? A cover for your Kinect: Address...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8, C++ and XAML: Game Design

    Game design using the latest version of Visual Studio, VS 12.  Interesting, I did notice that the UDK (Unreal’s designer kit) uses DirectX 11.  I have yet to determine if the free UDK can support Windows 8.  Right now I am investigating HTML5 and JavaScript with the goal of quickly generating...
  • Blog Post: Using Expression Blend 4 to build Windows Phone Apps: The beginnning

      I have come up with some ideas on how to build Windows Phone Apps using Expression Blend, and only Expression Blend to build apps.  Expression Blend 4 is provided with the Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone .  If you want to build products using Visual Studio you may want to take...
  • Blog Post: Free Tutorial by Kevin Hoffman: WP7 for iPhone and Android Developers - Application Tiles and Push Notifications

    Wow, another AMAZING tutorial by Kevin Hoffman!  You might be thinking that I am writing these blogs to just get numbers.  Ok, fair enough, and I thank you for reading this blog entry.  But seriously, it won’t be a waste of your time to go through the excellent blog entries by Kevin Hoffman...
  • Blog Post: Free Tutorial by Kevin Hoffman: WP7 for iPhone and Android Developers - Hardware and Device Services, Part 4

    Well I have generally shown that my tutorials are not as good as Kevin Hoffman’s, so head over there and take a look! http://www.silverlightshow.net/items/WP7-for-iPhone-and-Android-Developers-Hardware-and-Device-Services.aspx Make sure to rate your experience, the more gold stars the better...
  • Blog Post: ComboBox: Binding data to the ComboBox using INotifyPropertyChanged

    I am using Visual Studio C# Express for this example, the better debugging tool is Visual Studio Ultimate, if you are a student you should use that instead of Express. Hopefully if President Obama is looking for hobby to show off to high school students, he will take up programming using Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Exam Study Guide 70-511:Managing Data at the User Interface Layer, Links

    Here you go, some links that I found useful for studying for the Exam 70-511.  They are in alphabetical order for no good reason.  I think that this part of the exam is the most difficult. Basic LINQ Query Operations (C#) http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb397927.aspx Change Notification...
  • Blog Post: Free information on how secure your code: Prism and Windows Phone 7

    With WikiLeaks, and Christmas, I am certain that you may be thinking about what you should be learning during that time between Christmas and New Years.  How about how to write secure code in Windows Presentation Foundation?  How do you create code in a way that is repeatable.  If you...
  • 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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