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  • Blog Post: TouchDevelop: Cultural Based Games

    In my CSULB class I have a brilliant student from West Africa, and in case you are wondering, all of my students are brilliant, but they have different brilliance.  Issaka Galadima is quite brilliant in being able to bring African Traditional Mythologies into game play.  He has introduced several...
  • Blog Post: Rapid Prototyping Hardware with Windows 8: Wearable Electronics using TouchDevelop at the LA HACKS

    I attended the LA HACKS, and one thing that I am on about these days is embedded hardware with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1, not phones but rather purpose built hardware.  But seriously, as usual when it comes to what to wear, the French as usual kick everyone’s posteriors.  And with artwork...
  • Blog Post: DirectX/C++/CX: MOD a C++ app using XML and do it quickly!

    Check out Fall Fury, this app is awesome and really works, although my brain did when I first tried to use it. You SLIDE the buttons not click them. Ok, enough about my dorkage, what do you think about my dorkage? “Modding” Fall Fury XMLand making people think you are brilliant! ...
  • Blog Post: C++/CX: Good Book for DirectX games: DirectX 11.1 Game Programming

    I am currently reading the book DirectX 11.1 Game Programming by Pooya Eimandar and it is AWESOME.  I would recommend that you head right over to PacktPub.com and buy it. DirectX 11.1 Game Programming , the eBook is less than $20, and just the first chapter is worth it.  Pooya does make the...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1, WinSxS and C++

    The folder winsxs in the Windows folder is usually quite large and you never want to delete it, never ever touch anything in it. If you do, you will enter what used to be called DLL Hell. WinSxS stands for Windows side by side. At least till Windows 8.1. Why is Winsxs so big and gets bigger? All...
  • Blog Post: C++/XAML: Determining the view state or orientation of your Windows 8

    How hard is it to use the VisualStateManager Animations with your view states?  Not very hard.  In Windows 8.1 the ApplicationViewState enumerations are going to be deprecated in 8.1 and onward you will need to query for the Windows Size directly.  I will cover this when I get my 8.1 machine...
  • Blog Post: Move to Windows 8.1 or stay on Windows 8? Move to VS 2013 or stay on VS 2012?

    I would recommend anyone reading this blog make the move on a “non-production” computer immediately.  I have transitioned my “production” machine and surface RT, and I am not having any problems.  Ok, the SurfaceRT seems to have a connection problem with my WiFi when I am downstairs in the...
  • Blog Post: Async coding in C++ means never having to say you are sorry

    Maybe.  That is a paraphrase quote from an old movie called "Love Story", that is seriously boring, unless you are with someone you either love or hope to, then it is still boring if you actually watched it.  Like Dr. Zhivago or whatever, I didn't know it was in Russia till a few...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Tile Live Notification using C++

    In my blog entry: http://aka.ms/tilenotification I wrote a super simple code to demonstrate that C++ isn’t all that difficult to use with Visual Studio.  But it was a little light on details and this article is written to correct that problem. Let’s be clear, I think that C++ isn’t the ultimate...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows 8 help and software tools

    Please click on the links and check out these offers, they cost you nothing and might help you make money! Azure 90-day Free Trial: Get started or learn how to build cloud apps! http://aka.ms/socalacademic_90day_azure VS Express 2012 RC for Windows 8 & Windows 8 Release Preview Downloads on Dev Center...
  • Blog Post: Design Principles: Why use paper and pencil or similar on slate

    You all start coding, I’ll go find out what they want Why all of this drawing and talking about what the design is going to look like?  What are we doing here? First of all, design has to start someplace, here the caption could be: You all start coding, I’ll go find out what they want. When we start...
  • 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: Building a software company with free stuff

    First, you will need to learn how to do some programming and design.  There are a lot of free tools out there to use in building software.  Free Software Some of the tools stay free after you start making money and others will charge you when you become profitable.  That may seem like...
  • Blog Post: Why is javascript in Windows 8 so anonymous and weird?

    I have been staring at javascript in Windows 8, and it just seems weird.  That anonymous thing with the empty set of parentheses at the end of the file.   Why is it anonymous, is it a criminal on the look out for the police?  Here is what the code in one of the templates called “Blank...
  • 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: Preparing for Windows 8 App Review

    I recently went through the Windows 8 App Review for a game I am working on.  What I found out: WACK The application passed the WACK test, an automatic test that tests the inner workings of you project.  What I round is that the fails are not “linear” so look for things that cause other errors...
  • Blog Post: Irate Dolphins: More storyboard

    I have been feverishly working on an HTML5/JS game for Windows 8 and while working through the technology I have been working on the storyboard for the game, or game phases.  Here they are for now, all graphics are from Office Clipart, I am thinking about doing the entire game using just those graphics...
  • Blog Post: C++ : Secrets of learning C++ programming

    What are the secrets of C++ programming?  With the XAML and C++ tools and templates, C++ is not much more than C# to program with and you don’t have to use .NET anymore.  Unless you want to. So the secret is that we are all out of practice working with C++ generally (if you are reading this...
  • Blog Post: Building Windows 8 app for Token in 7 days

    For some reason the PFE at Microsoft said that I could have an interview, I pointed out that I worked for Microsoft and he said that it was ok. So I said: “Ok”. And have now scheduled an appointment for next Thursday. This means I have to build an app in 7 days that doesn’t waste the...
  • 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: Windows 8: What is this token thing when registering at the store?

    If you are trying to register for the store, there is the $49 thing (if you are in the US), but it says that you need a registration code, well like any large organization names get changed.  In the field the token is given to a developer to be able to get registered for building Windows 8 apps...
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