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  • 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: Camels, XAML and Silverlight is dead? Long live Silverlight 5!

    Silverlight is dead, but Scott Guthrie on Dec. 2, 2010, not too long ago, stated the following and about the future of Silverlight: ”… [W}e do live in a very connected world now, and there are a lot of devices out there, and users demand and expect the richest possible experiences...
  • 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: Social Games on da Phone: Microsoft Identity Foundation

    In the 1960s hippies spent a lot of time trying to determine who there really were. Like the substance abuse in those years, as a teenager I always felt that was just stupid, I knew who I was and when I got my driver’s license I would be able to prove it! Then in the 70s,everyone thought that the...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend 4 for the holidays

    Wow, if you got no money and you are looking for something to do that might make you money, then consider using Expression Blend to build phone apps. Quick easy and requires no case on your part if you are a student or have a .edu email account! I am recently impressed by the ability of Expression...
  • Blog Post: A splash screen and then your game screen: Zombie Santa Claus Level Programming

    It’s so simple that you might now quite get it, there is a first screen, like a splash screen, then the main play screen appears. You could add code to include a help screen, etc. Or not. In this case a splash screen appears for 3 seconds, total time, then another screen appears that has a molecule...
  • 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: 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: 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: Game Design/Imagine Cup 2012, part 3: Player Input

    Yeah, I am using the awesome tutorial from http://create.msdn.com/gamedevelopment , and what a lazy blogger I am.  But like following a trail in the forest, sometimes the goal is similar, but maybe where I make my camp isn’t going to be the same as the people whose trail I am following, or I stop...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: What happens when you create a Visual Studio Project part 1

    So you got Visual Studio on your system and created a few starter projects.  In this case you may be wondering what is in all of those folders and files generated by Visual Studio Project? What happens when you select Visual Studio New Project?  First thing you get a bunch of templates to choose...
  • Blog Post: Free Exam Guide 70-511, WPF: ContextMenu as a Static Resource

    Ok, back to studying for the 70-511 exam.  So much to do. In the last blog post about Windows Presentation Foundation and static resources Free Study Guide for Exam 70-511: Defining Static resources We covered about why Static Resources and why Dynamic Resources Static Resources are used when the...
  • Blog Post: Consuming a hosted Web Service using Visual Studio, specifically VWD 2010

    In this blog we will examine the process to “Consume” a web service located on the web. Starting the Web Site construction To begin, create the default web site in Visual Web Developer Express 2010 , the process is basically the same as with any of the Visual Studio web tools. The installation is faster...
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