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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: Fix for failed certification: Non Music + Videos Hub Applications That Play Media

    Oh this one seemed really hard, and I haven’t got the feedback from this failed certification report: Non Music + Videos Hub Applications That Play Media.  Here is my recommended fix: Add a messagebox using Ok/Cancel, with the question: “If you want to listen to the music that is playing click ok...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Silverlight Games: Add Images and use the mouse to move images

    Moving images in Silverlight is pretty simple, the code works on the phone as well as on the web.  Here is the simplest code I could come up with: Create a canvas Create a border for each image (for simplicity) Add images Add mouse events (for both phone and web, but it won’t work on a real phone...
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