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NuGet does work on Visual Studio Express
Hey NuGet does work on VS Express! Wow, this is awesome! To get NuGet go to: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/27077b70-9dad-4c64-adcf-c7cf6bc9970c Makes getting opensource packages a bunch easier. Keep Coding to get better! Submit apps to the AppMarketPlace!
27 Dec 2011
Using the ILDASM
What does the code look like when it is prepared for use by the microprocessor? To do this you would examine the code using the Ildasm.exe (MSIL Disassembler), which is installed when you install Professional or Ultimate versions of Visual Studio or the Windows SDK. Installation requirements...
15 Nov 2011
Free Game Design Tools, just in time for Christmas, part 1/5
With the new Nokia phone, free tools and lots of time on your hands (you do have lots of time on your hands?) you might want to build some fun games for your friends, family and even people who you don’t know, but might want to pay a dollar for the joy of sharing Christmas with your. If you live...
4 Nov 2011
Free ly thinking: WPF and Kinect and NUI, but not NUD
My favorite new guy on the team, Jerry Nixon , (click on his name to see his blog), my favorite because he is the only new guy. But considering my own seniority at Microsoft, most everyone is a new person. And I sent him an email yesterday, similar to the following: ******************************...
2 Nov 2011
Free ly thinking: Codecs that are supported by Windows Phone 7
Often I think about the Codecs supported by Windows Phone 7, and when I do, I take a look at the URL: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff462087(v=vs.92).aspx Pretty nifty, but always make sure to check to see if the codec is really supported by your device targets. And in this case MSDN...
31 Oct 2011
Free ly thinking: More discussion about the MediaPlayerLauncher class or how to show a video in WP7 XNA
Let's face it, in MSDN documentation there is often a very constrainted information about development tools, often to the point of being unusable. But there are many ways to get around that, one way, read blogs, not just this one. For example you might type in “Video Class XNA” into my...
31 Oct 2011
Free ly Thinking: Can I increase the frame rate in Windows Phone 7
No. You can decrease the framerate, which you might do to conserve resources, but the framerate cannot exceed 30 frames per second on the phone. The line I am referring to is: TargetElapsedTime = TimeSpan.FromTicks(333333); Although the emulator will speed up, the phone will not, yet another reason to...
29 Oct 2011
Bouncing off the walls: This is about colliding with the sides of the viewport
We all bounce off the walls from time to time, here is some code without explanation on how to do so. You will need a really simple png image to make this happen, or even a real complex one. You will need a small png to do this app, I have attached the working code at the end of the article. For...
27 Oct 2011
DARNIT! The example I found for Windows Phone 7 storage doesn’t work
Yep. I forgot for some reason and just spend several minutes trying to figure out what was wrong with the code in the excellent example: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb313965(v=XNAGameStudio.40).aspx The article says it is for XNA Game studio. Right, but it isn’t for the...
24 Oct 2011
Free refactor tool in all versions of Visual Studio, totally cool
I have been using refactoring with C# for quite awhile, and realized that many readers may not have noticed that the refactoring tool is quite smart. In the following code, I noticed that the code starting with “String ViewportHeight” down to String BallX could be put in a method, but I was being lazy...
24 Oct 2011
Code Snippets: Using Code Snippets and “Surround With…”
Code Snippets, a phrase that is similar to “templates”. You might be reading an article that says: “I have included code snippets for you to use”, and when you look at the attached file it is just a bunch of code, useful but not technically code snippets. This is similar to when you get a...
31 Aug 2011
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...
29 Aug 2011
What happened to the Immediate window in my Visual Studio 2010 IDE?
So you lost your Immediate window in Visual Studio and you want it back, well here are the ways you can get it back: In the command window type immed and then enter. Select Tools-Customize (that’s Tools, not View) Select the command tab and then scroll down to the View-Other Windows...
22 Jul 2011
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