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  • Blog Post: 10 fresh links about Silverlight 5, Is Silverlight 5 Dead? Really?

    Michael Crump , find out more about Michael at his profile: http://www.silverlightshow.net/Profile/mbcrump.aspx And frankly, Silverlight 5 blogs are the highest numbers of any blog entries that I do, so there is interest in it.  I think it is time to pick up a positive tude about Silverlight! ...
  • Blog Post: USC: Links to sites with free stuff, money making and learning material

      $$$$$$$$$$$$ Making Money $$$$$$$$$$$$$$: Get your Dreamspark account attached to your LiveID (Free Stuff) http://www.dreamspark.com If you don’t have a LiveID you can sign up here, using ANY EMAIL address, but use the one you read normally! http://bit.ly/USCLiveID Get your “free” AppHub account...
  • 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: Dude, where’s my accelerometer? And can I get a gyro with that?

    Oh crude, what is that headline, what has happened to my titles?  Have I gone crazy?  No, no more than normal.  Ok, maybe. The accelerometer is turned on in the phone by using the the following reference and using statement in your code.  Gyros may be available in the future, Set...
  • Blog Post: Free Design Tools just in time for Christmas, 2/5: Installing the tools

    Just Talking First off, a quick note to Dr. Shin Liu students, please check Dr. Liu’s class online blackboard for my direct contact information. Next: Don’t lose your keyless entry fob for a Prius, holey moley, $102 programming charge and $214 bucks for the FOB with the extra key. And...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: 170 Free Game Audio Files, Free as in non-Exclusive, Worldwide, Royalty-Free

    Wow, this is cool, FREE as in Microsoft Permissive License (MS-PL), you do have to include the Ms-PL license in your distribution files, so make sure download it when you download these files.  That’s all you got to do.  COOL! http://create.msdn.com/en-US/education/catalog/utility/soundlab...
  • 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: Free Software for STEM students in the US

    Not only is there free software through Dreamspark.com you can also get free software if you are a STEM-D student through MSDNAA, go to: http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/US/TechStudent/Get-Software.aspx Through this program you can get Windows 7 Professional, MS Access, Expression Studio 4,...
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