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  • Blog Post: Include Ads in your Windows 8 Apps: XAML Based Windows 8 Apps

    To include advertisement in your Windows 8 Apps (including the phone apps) see the article at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/library/hh506371%28v=msads.10%29.aspx For the walkthrough on using Advertisements in your XAML Based apps: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/library/jj157022(v=msads.10).aspx You...
  • Blog Post: Win8 Design: Seriously you need to do design. But HOW?

    In our modern times we think of great pieces of architecture and engineering as the only way design impacts our lives.  You might think: “I could never design the Eiffel Tower;” or “Aircraft design is beyond my capabilities:”, or a Windows 8 App.  Ok, maybe not the first two, but you likely...
  • Blog Post: XNA=DirectXMath? Xbox Live part of Windows 8

    XNA on Windows 8?  Really?  From Microsoft?  No.  Check out MonoGame.  However, I have to say that my opportunity is to focus on C++, but for you, MonoGame might be interesting. What happened to XNA?  I have no idea.  One day I woke up and realized that no matter how...
  • Blog Post: Windows To Go in Win8 RTM, UI, and some total coolness

    Wow, let’s say you are working at place that won’t upgrade your computer from Windows XP to Windows 8 and you want to use this totally cool software O/S, you can do it.  Many schools and companies have the LICENSES to run Windows 8 or Windows 7, but don’t want to support the new system.  Not...
  • Blog Post: Free Online Hackathon! This is a first

    Hey sign up for this free Hackathon, win prizes (as described in the link): Free Online Hackathon! Build that Windows 8 application and make big money! But I like this process, no spending long hours on Saturday in a room away from home.  You can drink your own coffee and use your own bathroom. ...
  • Blog Post: Running Windows 8 RTM, some blathering and tested Win8 Win-shortcut keys

    Well after struggling with Windows 8, like where is that darn start button, and then figuring out that a quick flip and a click in the left corner got me to a much better start menu.  As to the issues with the “Enterprise” customer, I think that as a Enterprise user, I like the interface, granted...
  • Blog Post: Modern UI flap

    I just pulled down a post on Modern UI, not for any other reason then it was bad (or you can think of worse phrases). The blog was the result of seeing Dark Knight Rises, and starting a re-reading of Aristotle's Ethics for my bedtime reading. Then to make things worse I followed it all up with writing...
  • 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: So a period, a hyphen and a greater than symbol walk in a bar…

    The bartender looks up and says: “Is this some kind of a joke?”  Nope, just my blog.   The period, that’s right, the thing at the end of a sentence. Then, separately, the hyphen and greater than symbol working together. See that the explanation at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/b930c881...
  • Blog Post: MetroRT C++ and DirectX: A view to a kill or at least confusion?

    Take a look at the tutorial: Create your first Metro style app using DirectX , and like some legal documents you might think: Wow, I don’t get the point of this document. (Links guaranteed as of 4/17/2012.) Well, it gives you a motivation to start developing with MetroRT and C++, and some confusing...
  • Blog Post: Big Deal: First Console app using VS 11 Ultimate Beta on Windows 8

    Wow, well I guess there is always that first app, usually we do a “Hello World”, but this time for some reason I did an addition.  Looks pretty much like a C program written in C++.  Oh well. Here is what I did, really terrible I know, but as I said, this has been a pretty bad month for me...
  • Blog Post: Finally decided to put VS 11 Ultimate Beta on my Win 8 Machine

    The VS 11 Beta templates were kind of complex for my style of programming , and I wanted to explore the use of older DirectX material for people reading my blog.  Since there is NO direct 11 books or Direct3 or Direct2 for Win 8 books or material outside of Microsoft and a few advanced writers,...
  • Blog Post: Missing in WinRT XAML: RichTextBox

    Hey what happened to the RichTextBox in WinRT/Metro XAML?  There is a RichTextBlock, but not RichTextBox, what the heck?  Is this bad?  Not to me, FlowDocuments seemed like a way to keep a paycheck coming since it just added to complexity in XAML.  Not a bad thing, but just saying...
  • Blog Post: CompositeTransforms in MetroRT

    Blah-blah Using CompositeTransitions to make an interesting look in the tablet. And yes this would work in the Win7 world as well. I initially started this blog to whine about the changes in some of the functionality of XAML but got distracted. Also, this effort came up when one of my teammates (...
  • Blog Post: Slot machine, the continuing saga, Visual Studio 11 Express Beta for Windows 8

    I zipped up my VS 2010 C++ based Slot machine code and via skydrive put it on my Windows 8 system (don’t ask, ok, I should set up Mesh). Oops, the code is incompatible with VS 11 Express Beta for Windows 8, which is set up only for Metro design, umm, ok. Well that’s it for that code right?  Stay...
  • Blog Post: Really Simple and Dopey Windows 8 DirectX sample

    So you are using Visual Studio 11 Beta and you are getting the idea that XNA isn’t coming back for the Metro Designs, and you are reading this blog to see if I have an answer.  I do. My answer to what happened to XNA? I have no idea about XNA, but I do know that I am digging back into C++ and DirectX...
  • Blog Post: Yippee just wrote my Hello World XAML/C++ app, now I am an expert at WinRT!

    After spending most of the last 20 years looking for the intellisense after I hit a period, the XAML/C++ was a bit of surprise, not much though.  It isn’t clear how this works unless you have worked through the SimpleBlogReader. Here is what I did to create my Hello World app using XAML and C++...
  • Blog Post: In WinRT is C++ really C++ or just some phony thing that looks like C++?

    Let’s face it, C++ is getting a little boring as is. But to deviate from the C++ spec is evil. What to do? Well if the language compiles like C++ specified language is that enough? Here is the explanation from the Dev Center site: Visual C++ in Visual Studio 11 for Windows 8 Consumer Preview...
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