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  • Blog Post: I just installed VS 2012 or VS 2013 Express & I’m asked to register. Why?

    You get this dialog box when you install one of the Express versions of Visual Studio, and you thought it was free. It is actually no cost to you, but inside of Microsoft or any corporation intellectual property has to be tracked so that the value can be determined along with other reasons. So Visual...
  • Blog Post: VS 2012 will build but not deploy when using a WinRT with Javascript

    WTH (What the Heck)!  I just upgraded my VS 2012 on August 18, 2012 and got the error that was similar to: Error : DEP0800 : The required framework "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v8.0\ExtensionSDKs\Microsoft.VCLibs\11.0\.\AppX\Debug\ARM\Microsoft.VCLibs.ARM.Debug.11.appx"...
  • Blog Post: List of links that I am using to figure out Metro/HTML 5 Snap and Fill layout

    There are a few ways to do the snapped view, which is the one of main concern since it is skinny compared to the Filled and full views.  I am trying to figure out how to implement an extremely simple example of using snap and fill.  Here is a list what I am reading:   Designing flexible...
  • Blog Post: Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind,

    Software, one of the few tools and mediums that respond pretty much directly to your mind, here is a cute video I would like to share with you. Has little to do with software development, but more with ideas and design.  Both important items for Windows 8.
  • Blog Post: Setting up Team Foundation Services on Win8!

    I am going to make use of Team Foundation Services.  There appears to be few problems, but nothing that can’t be overcome with procedural efforts.  Now this is different then Team Foundation Server, which is working quite nicely Windows 8. First let’s use the TF services Using the link: http...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Day by the beach in Carlsbad California

    Have any questions about Windows 8 ? Need some guidance on how to get started building a Windows 8 metro style app? Want to see more Windows 8 code samples? Looking for help in taking your application to the next level? Bring your laptop over to the beach and join Michael Palermo , Bret Stateham , Daniel...
  • Blog Post: List of 1 thing in Win8, Windows 8: Playing media files

    As I stated in my previous blog, App Bars and much of the documentation (read stuff I can reuse on my blog) hasn’t been written by the boffins in Redmond.  What is a boffin?  I have no idea and hope it isn’t an insult, but the British use the term to refer to smart, apparently a now defunct...
  • Blog Post: Free and easy Animation design in XNA

    In my previous blog, I showed you how to use a pre-built class to generate animations that move like a Gif, mainly because I have not shown you how to move the image. But reviewing the code, it seemed somewhat complicated, which means I didn’t quite get it, maybe you did. So when that happens I...
  • Blog Post: Free Animated Sprites software: Reading the “flipbook” image and showing it

    What is it about the XNA free information with respect to Sprite animation? Why is it so hard to find a useful post on how to generate an animation? I have no idea, but then again, most of my posts are useless, but maybe this one won’t be. Also, will you be able to use this with Windows 8? Not...
  • Blog Post: “Get the machine that goes ping” or how to fix the “Please enableGPUAcceleration = true on your Silverlight plugin page.”

    What in the heck do you do to fix the “enableGPUAcceleration=true on your Silverlight plugin page.” Then you go to the ASPX or the HTML page and you see that both have the line: <param name="enableGPUAcceleration" value="true" /> So WTF. Now you might be frustrated, you...
  • Blog Post: 5 Ways To Make Money with the Cloud!

    Number 1 with a bullet! Read Bruno Terkaly excellent article about how the Microsoft Azure Cloud works with mobile platforms and not just the Windows Phone 7. Bruno is no Microsoft Fanboy and you should definitely read his blog, I do. But it doesn’t help with my style, Bruno’s blog is...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010: C#, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Burn before reading

    This is a follow on to the post at: Office 2010: C# and Office! Secret stuff. Strictly burn before reading Deploying Your Solutions: Deploying Office Solutions: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb386179.aspx Preparing Computers to Run or Host Office Solutions: http://msdn...
  • Blog Post: Lamda, Lamdee, Lamduh: Delegate first and then do the Lambda

    So you take your Java classes, you take your C++ classes and you take that data class, then you take that Operating System class that is cranking hard.  Now you are having fun with a great job and some boson shows the boss that it is much more efficient to write code using Lamda Expressions. ...
  • Blog Post: Free Game Design tools, just in time for Christmas 4/5: Sprites & Backgrounds

    To make the Platformer app look like a Christmas app, you will need to modify the sprites used, as well as background images. To see all of this post you will need to scroll down as there is more to the post than what I can include in a single screen. And ok, this is kind of late for Christmas, but...
  • 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: 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 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: 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: 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: What happens when you create a Visual Studio Project part 4

    In previous blogs, I discussed the files that are generated when you create a Visual Studio Project, specifically a WPF Application http://blogs.msdn.com/b/devschool/archive/2011/07/14/what-happens-when-you-create-a-visual-studio-project-part-1.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/b/devschool/archive...
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