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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: I want to build some phone apps, how many do I need to do till I am good?

    Like any professional, you may hit some speed bumps when you are new at something, then later in your career you will hit even more speed bumps and then wish you did something else for a career.  Wasn’t that depressing.  But software after awhile becomes second nature, then you die.  No...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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: ******************************...
  • Blog Post: Positioning fonts on the Windows Phone 7 Screen

    Lecture for tonights class, which I would like to share with you dear reader, the first part is about how to position fonts on the screen using the least number lines of code. Unfortunately, it requires a lot of variables, but there you go, complexity comes in many forms. Variables are easy to understand...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows Phone 7 Cheat Sheet

    Here is a cheat sheet that one of my co-workers shared with me: Dreamspark: http://www.dreamspark.com Registration is first step in getting a free AppHub account for students. Free software downloads, community APP HUB: http://create.msdn.com All Things Windows Phone 7; set up developer...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: HTML 5 and Javascript/ECMAScript: Is this the end my friend for .NET CLR?

    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...
  • Blog Post: Setting Code Contracts in Visual Studio 2010

    Continuing his great work on Software Contracts from the April 2011 issue of MSDN Magazine Dino Esposito, in the May 2011 issue, Dino shows how to set-up code contracts in Visual Studio 2010. In this article Dino now asks the question and guides you to the answers of whether to use code or software...
  • Blog Post: Link to Developer Centers on MSDN

    Here is the link that links you to the links for the various data centers on the MSDN site.  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/aa937802.aspx You can use the link to find centers for things like: Extending Visual Studio Testing center Speech Technology (kind of dated) And so forth So zoom over to that...
  • Blog Post: Developing your own Domain-Specific Language

    In yesterday’s blathering I sent you off to an excellent article, at least in my opinion, Create a Language Compiler for the .NET Framework .  In this article, you could follow along with the author on how to implement a compiler.  But what about creating a language?  Ok, there are lot...
  • Blog Post: Free Game Development, but which one?

    You got your App Hub, Xbox 360, DirectX, which is best for you? So here is my thought: Students should consider any of the three, DirectX tends to be best for VC++, unless they are taking mobile design, then I would go for App Hub Hobbyist who wants to make money off their work: App Hub or XBox 360 Lifelong...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with the ADO.NET Entity Framework

    Wow, if you want to learn how to expose data through the ADO.NET Entity Framework and WPF application while consuming ADO.NET Data services. Before you run the sample, make sure to install the sample database components, otherwise it won’t work. To learn more about the Entity Data Modeling, get started...
  • Blog Post: WTF#: Winforms and F#, is that possible?

    Check out these samples at: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/F-WinForms-43d78356 , normally I would post this on my http://blogs.msdn.com/devschool blog, but this is more developer related.  In this example you make two WinForms: editor.fsx - A commented script file that demonstrates how to set up...
  • Blog Post: The “Go to” link for 101 free Linq samples

    Here is a link 101 samples of Linq based code.  Pretty cool and useful!  Save money over buying a book!  These samples appear to be freshly updated as of 7/7/2011. http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/LINQ-Sample-Queries-13a42a54 Other information about Linq: (VB.NET only) Databinding using...
  • Blog Post: Why should I use the Visual Studio SDK? Part 2 Data

    Data? DATA? Really? Yep, Data! We all work with odd data, and by using the Data Designer you can make it easier for others to use the weird data sets that all of us run into on a regular basis Data Designer Extensibility Architecture You should review DDEX providers: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library...
  • Blog Post: Why should I use the Visual Studio SDK? Part 1

    Good question. If you work extensively with Visual Studio IDE, you most likely have created some Macros and Add-ins to speed things up.  Why not share that with others (but not your manager, otherwise they might assign you more work), you can show off your skills, etc. Take a look at Introducing...
  • Blog Post: Free tool to incorporate third party libraries into a .NET Application

      NuGet 1.4 is available for free download from the Visual Studio Gallery.  The reviews for this free product are quite good, and it helps your product to incorporate “BlackBox applications” or Codeplex applications.  Zoom over to the download site and try it out: http://visualstudiogallery...
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