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  • Blog Post: List of 10 Windows Phone 7 Articles that are useful

    Here is a list of ten articles that I have reviewed for a presentation at BYU.  Thought I would share them with you:   Panorama Control Overview for Windows Phone http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff941104(v=vs.92).aspx Bing Maps REST Services http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff701713...
  • Blog Post: Tiled, Toasted & Raw? Was it that New Year’s party or Azure with WP7? You Decide

    I will admit it, I didn’t do much on News Year Eve, but there have been other News Year Eve night that I won’t talk about, mainly because they were boring to most people.  Ok, anyone other than me.  But supposedly some people do get tiled, toasted and raw, and that is just messages from someone...
  • Blog Post: Social Game is the thane: Quickly implementing Pushy Phone Notifications

    While watching MacBeth, MacBeth is a “thane”, what is that?  Is it like being a vice president at a bank?  No, it is a rank below ealdormen or high-reeves, or a retainer, not quite an earl.  Likely higher than an esquire.  Got that?  Me neither.  I think it was someone who...
  • Blog Post: Social WP7 Game: Isolated storage and notification

    As said in MacBeth (still working on the video): It [life] is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing Wow, did Shakespeare know about blogging, Twitter or Facebook?  Wow!  Well, here is my tale of sound and fury told by an idiot, oh wait, does that mean I am an idiot...
  • Blog Post: Social Games Part Bazillion of Katrillion: Make Phone App Social

    I have been watching MacBeth with Patrick Stewart as MacBeth, and I kind of get it, but it is one of the most intense Shakespeare Plays I have ever seen, sort of like Gears of War, except more confusing and no weird weapons.  And I have been following the use of Trillion for the US Government and...
  • 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: Building Windows Phone Apps, Windows Phone Apps, Windows Phone Apps

    The economy at the end of 2011 is not going well for many groups of people.  Scams are all over the place, I must get hit up by at least one scam a month, and these are what I call “honest” scams, well meaning people who think they have a good idea and they want me to invest.  Not happening...
  • Blog Post: Game tutorials For Imagine Cup Phone Game Category: Freaking AWESOME

    Using Silverlight with your game can be helpful in making something that looks good and gives you a reason for using Expression Blend 4.0 for Phone that is supplied with the Windows Phone SDK 7.1. Get to Windows Phone 7.5 #1: From XNA to SLXNA Get to Windows Phone 7.5 #2: Adding FAS to XNA Get to Windows...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows Phone 7 Cheat Sheet

    Here is a cheat sheet that one of my co-workers shared with me: Dreamspark: http://www.dreamspark.com Registration is first step in getting a free AppHub account for students. Free software downloads, community APP HUB: http://create.msdn.com All Things Windows Phone 7; set up developer...
  • Blog Post: Design Windows Phone Applications, for business or games, using free or sort of free stuff

    I guess games are a business.  To get started with really rapid prototyping you will need to install the Expression Ultimate studio 4 (for business you would only need this one) and for games you will need to also add Expression Blend 3 and then either install the Windows Phone SDK or reinstall...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Game Design: Removing an image background using Paint.net

    In the previous post, I showed you how to use PowerPoint as an image editor, but what if you don’t have PowerPoint? You should buy it. But if you are short on coinage, then you can use the “free” Paint.net. I use the quotes around the word free because Paint.net needs your donations...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Game Design: Removing a background from an image using Powerpoint

    You made a nice image in Paint, but it has that annoying white background in your game.  You don’t have Adobe, so how do you fix that? Your image might look like in your game, it has that annoying background.  How do you get rid of it?  You want this –> (The checkerboard background...
  • Blog Post: Game Design for the Imagine Cup and Windows Phone 7

    Geez, got off track with the Expression Design 4 comparison to Adobe, I really want to get better at Expression 4 design, looks like a lot of fun.  Understanding how the art is created is an important part of the game design.  Also, how do designers think about their game in a way that they...
  • Blog Post: 170 Free Game Audio Files, Free as in non-Exclusive, Worldwide, Royalty-Free

    Wow, this is cool, FREE as in Microsoft Permissive License (MS-PL), you do have to include the Ms-PL license in your distribution files, so make sure download it when you download these files.  That’s all you got to do.  COOL! http://create.msdn.com/en-US/education/catalog/utility/soundlab...
  • Blog Post: Game Design for Windows Phone and the Imagine Cup 2012, part deux

    Like I said in a previous blog: The tutorial on http://create.msdn.com/gamedevelopment may be the best tutorial ever on game design. Really. If you disagree let me know where the better beginning tutorial is located. After reading the entry, I found a couple of things that could be confusing. There a...
  • Blog Post: Project ideas for Imagine Cup and senior projects

    Normally I would have posted this on my http://blogs.msdn.com/research blog, but this is just an amazing source of ideas for student projects with videos.  The videos are also an excellent example of the way student videos should be done for any classes that I teach. Here is the link you should...
  • Blog Post: Free jumpstart for Windows Phone 7

    If you are getting started with Windows Phone 7, take a look at the links included on the page: http://create.msdn.com/en-US/education/catalog/article/wp7_jump_start Although this is an older overview, I have done a quick review and found that it was fine for getting started.  You will need to work...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7: Videos on how to build Silverlight games on Windows Phone 7

    Silverlight Game Development for Windows Phone 7 (Part 1 of 6): System Setup and Tools http://bit.ly/wp7silverlightgame_pt1 Silverlight Game Development for Windows Phone 7 (Part 2 of 6): Game Core Concepts http://bit.ly/wp7silverlightgame_pt2 Silverlight Game Development for...
  • Blog Post: Great posting by Alfred Thompson for any high school senior in your household: Make money building Phone Apps.

    Ok this posting has nothing to do with Artificial Intelligence, nor space aliens.  Well maybe if your high school senior is like some of the teenagers in my neighborhood, they may seem like space aliens. Zoom over to Alfred Thompson’s great blog, mainly because it is consistent and responsible. ...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend at Mix 11

    The Expression Group has been improving the quality of the tutorials and other infrastructure around their product.  Good thing, there for awhile it was pretty bad, with Expression 2.0 tutorials mixed in with Expression 3.0 and the UI was quite a bit different. Take a look at the http://electricbeach...
  • Blog Post: FREE SDK: Microsoft Research Imagine Cup briefing about Windows Phone Apps and Cloud Technology, Project Hawaii

    Windows Phone 7 is well suited to front end cloud based applications, and Microsoft Research has been building a curriculum process called Project Hawaii.  You can find out more about Project Hawaii by going to: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/hawaii/ This program has been...
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