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  • Blog Post: C++/CX: DirectXTex a helper library for DirectX textures

    You can find the download at: DirectXTex texture processing library (really if you are used to Codeplex, just hang on the site and check out the documentation, etc.) What is it? Top line: Content Pipeline for your game engine DirectXTex, is a shared source library for reading and writing DDS files, and...
  • Blog Post: C++/CX: DirectXTK, an interesting design helper tool

    The DirectXTK or DirectX Tool Kit is a bunch of classes that you can reuse in your game design if you want to implement a game engine for specific work effort.  One of the confusing problem that many have with C++/CX DirectX is: Why? You could use Unity or a purchased Game Engine.  But that...
  • Blog Post: Why so much discussion about DirectX & C++? What about Unity or Ogre?

    C++ has made some significant changes to emerge into a widely usable language.  Microsoft’s use of XAML with C++ clearly shows the capabilities that C++ now brings to the game.  Although not as easy to use as say C# and XAML, or as popular as HTML5/JavaScript, C++ and C is still the languages...
  • Blog Post: C++/XAML: Determining the view state or orientation of your Windows 8

    How hard is it to use the VisualStateManager Animations with your view states?  Not very hard.  In Windows 8.1 the ApplicationViewState enumerations are going to be deprecated in 8.1 and onward you will need to query for the Windows Size directly.  I will cover this when I get my 8.1 machine...
  • Blog Post: Space Aliens and C++ programming and inline classes

    Aluminum foil hat time. And inline class example. Back story: You have slipped between dimensions and the new dimension you are living in has found that Venus is a rain forest with the aliens living in hives and Mars is like a arid but cold desert with aliens that live in trailers parked in...
  • Blog Post: Books I am reviewing for my CS188 class at UCLA

    Reviewing heck, I am using them to prepare the class. So if you are thinking about taking the class and want to get up to speed please take a look at the following books that I have purchased, I did not receive these as a reviewer or a professor. Not for any ethical reason but I just don’t have...
  • Blog Post: Designing your Java Script Win 8 Store game from scratch: Adding Music

    Revision 1.1: Oops, posted the wrong blog entry.  Don’t you hate it when you work for a Vice President who understands what you should be doing on the job because the VP is able to do the job and PROVES it.  Geez. Leading a team by knowing the technology.  Well if you are wondering what...
  • Blog Post: Free: Using Visual Studio 2012 to make a Million bucks, get started video

    Sounds too good to be true, and if I asked you for money it would be, but I am not.  Oh sure if you are a student you get developer access to the Windows Store for no cost.  If you are an MSDN subscriber you get access to the Windows Store for no cost (it is part of your subscription so that...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Tile Live Notification using C++

    In my blog entry: http://aka.ms/tilenotification I wrote a super simple code to demonstrate that C++ isn’t all that difficult to use with Visual Studio.  But it was a little light on details and this article is written to correct that problem. Let’s be clear, I think that C++ isn’t the ultimate...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows 8 help and software tools

    Please click on the links and check out these offers, they cost you nothing and might help you make money! Azure 90-day Free Trial: Get started or learn how to build cloud apps! http://aka.ms/socalacademic_90day_azure VS Express 2012 RC for Windows 8 & Windows 8 Release Preview Downloads on Dev Center...
  • Blog Post: Data Structures: Using WinRT with XAML/C# as a Presentation UI

    Ok, I give up on writing about Modern UI. That’s it. No one ask me to by the way. My decision. That last Modern UI blog really blew chunks. So, let’s just move on. Today, let’s go over how to use WinRT, with a really simple example that we can build on. It is basically from one of...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows 8 Virtual Labs available NOW, no Windows 8 required

    What?  Did I get that right?  Seriously?  Learn how to program Windows 8 without Windows 8?  I don’t get it. Here is how it works: Someplace in the internet, a server is working feverishly to serve you, yes you, Windows 8 on your computer, even if you are running Vista. You go to...
  • Blog Post: Preparing for Windows 8 App Review

    I recently went through the Windows 8 App Review for a game I am working on.  What I found out: WACK The application passed the WACK test, an automatic test that tests the inner workings of you project.  What I round is that the fails are not “linear” so look for things that cause other errors...
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