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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: 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: 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 ly thinking: More discussion about the MediaPlayerLauncher class or how to show a video in WP7 XNA

    Let's face it, in MSDN documentation there is often a very constrainted information about development tools, often to the point of being unusable. But there are many ways to get around that, one way, read blogs, not just this one. For example you might type in “Video Class XNA” into my...
  • 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: 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: Getting started with creating Windows Phone Games for Imagine Cup, Part 1 of a bunch

    So in past years, the normal approach would be for Imagine Cup students and professors to listen to me drone on for long periods of time about XNA and object oriented programming.  At the same time I was droning on, I would be wishing for put together samples that would require only imaginative ...
  • 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: 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: Windows Phone 7: Write programs on your Windows Phone 7

    Ok, it isn’t Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, but it is a way to write programs directly on your Windows Phone 7.  If you are like me, I get a “jones” when I don’t write at least some code everyday.  Of course it is badly written code, but it is code none the less.    Here is a video...
  • Blog Post: XAML in the Windows Phone 7 default application

      My manager, bought lunch: a gut busting burrito.  Over the burrito, we were discussing the difference between XAML on Win Phone 7 and Windows Presentation Foundation.  He mentioned that there are decided differences between the two platforms, a clever observation on his part!  Since...
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