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  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Keyboard: Speed demon or just a demon?

    Is the Windows Phone Keyboard just another piece of crud from the “soft” keyboard crowd?  Or is it something that has a lot of thought behind it?  I am going for the lot of thought behind it. As a person who views the lame keyboard system on the iPad as a way to slow down thinking and entering...
  • Blog Post: Which SmartPhone is best when the Internet goes down?

    The sad events that are unfolding in Japan made me think about which is the best phone to have when the everything is going badly. When the news media reports that a man floating on his house out at sea is lucky, is an indication that there are a lot of other things going badly. Which phone can keep...
  • Blog Post: Designing Web pages for Phones, especially the Windows Phone 7, free paper

    AppHub did a great job in writing a paper on how to design for the Windows Phone 7 browser, which is based on the IE7 browser.  To download the paper go to http://create.msdn.com/en-US/education/catalog/article/Designing_Web_Sites_for_Phone_Browsers This is a detailed paper that shows you how to...
  • Blog Post: Win Phone Apps: Role-Playing Game for Phone!

    The popular role playing game has been added to the phone application samples on the AppHub.  You can find it at: http://create.msdn.com/en-US/education/catalog/sample/roleplaying_game If you search for with Bing, make sure to use Role-Playing Game AppHub, then it comes right up as a result. ...
  • Blog Post: Secret Communications X010Y: Get the no cost eBook on programming Windows Phone 7

    If the price of this book was $55 I would pay for it, but it is a free download from Microsoft Press and it is worth far more. For the book go to: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2010/10/28/free-ebook-programming-windows-phone-7-by-charles-petzold.aspx (Link verified Nov. 4, 2010) and...
  • Blog Post: XNA 4.0: Planet Boy responds to multi-touch on the Win Phone emulator

    In my past few posts, I have shown how to create a really, really simple game, it isn’t all that fun, but with the exception of scoring and writing on the screen, it shows most of the simple elements that can be used in a game.  After an excellent online talk by the dynamic and organized Dan Waters...
  • Blog Post: XNA 4.0 & Win Phone: Fixing that mouse start up state

    In my previous posts, PinkGirl hides at the top of the screen upon start-up.  That’s weird, but it can be fixed. First of all, keep in mind that we are using rectangles and textures, no vectors at this time, and we are not using any class construction to keep the concepts simple. Again, the planet...
  • Blog Post: XNA 4.0: Moving PinkGirl around using the mouse

    Share this post, pretty please! : You might be thinking: “How do I move my game characters around?”  Let’s talk about moving characters, I think about movement in the following manner: Your game program needs to move the characters/actors/objects The player needs to move the character/actors/objects...
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