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  • Blog Post: C++ and the cloud via Azure

    Well the cloud certainly got another black eye with the Netflix and other services going down briefly (not Microsoft’s fault by the way).  But the newsworthiness of Netflix having a service outage does point to the importance of the cloud and devices.  I am on vacation at a resort in the middle...
  • Blog Post: Data Structures class using Windows 8 and WinRT with JavaScript an introduction

    Teaser overview: Arrays are usually the first data structure that we encounter.  They are linear in nature and are easy to implement. So how do you implement them in WinRT and then show them in JavaScript? First you should build and make sure you have the project I discussed on the blog: http:/...
  • Blog Post: App for Office365: Getting started

    Well first of all, the documentation on line for Office 365 is wrong, the Office 365 is not in Visual Studio 12 RC natively.  To be expected for a beta version. To start building these apps you will need to sign up at NAPA and then follow the basic app to make sure everything is working. Sign up...
  • Blog Post: VS 12 for UNIX Users, an introduction!

    Check out this article on how to use VS 12 for UNIX Users! Introduction to Visual C++ for UNIX Users http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/xw1ew2f8(v=vs.110).aspx Lot’s of functional links to how to use the most popular IDE in the world.  To make this really snappy for your experience make sure...
  • Blog Post: C++ Summer Reading, take this to the beach to impress the cool people

    C++, not Visual C++ is the center language for Metro Design, not C#, at least in my opinion.  There aren’t any books as I am writing this post, so you are on your won.  If you need to brush up on your programming skills here are some books you might want to take a look at.  Then again...
  • Blog Post: Metro UI Design Part 1

    If you want to get into the metro design business here is a link to the latest design curriculum being offered to professors and students.  You might want to take a look at it. Zoom over the link: https://www.facultyresourcecenter.com/curriculum/8999-Designing-for-Modern-UI-Module-1.aspx?c1=en-us&c2...
  • Blog Post: Metro Design musings: Snap

    Thinking about the Snap feature in Metro Design, how does it work and why to use it? First of all you need to include it in your project to get into the store.  Of course it looks like Office 2013 doesn’t support Snap and it doesn’t.  But you are not Office 2013 developers (unless you are working...
  • Blog Post: Skydrive with Office 2010 versus Office 2013

    One of my commenters ask about the use of Skydrive in Office 2010 versus Office 2013. Office 2010 can save to Skydrive or SharePoint treating those locations as a normal save. The Office 2013 treats the save to Skydrive default and the UI has changed quite a bit. Here the process to save a file in...
  • Blog Post: Thinking about game design

    I have a number of blogs that I write, the links are: Research , Games , SoCal-Sam , and this one, Devschool .  As you know what I usually blog about is simply random stuff, etc. Over my vacation I have been giving this some thought, not much, but while coasting downhill to the beach, I began to...
  • 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: 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: 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...
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