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  • Blog Post: TouchDevelop: Build Windows Store apps easily and quickly

    I just completed a simple app and got it in the store in about 24 hours.  Students that I work with have gotten apps in the store in less than 3 hours or so.  It isn’t difficult but you do need to get some practice.  Like a doctor who is learning how use the DaVinci Robot, it takes about...
  • Blog Post: Google App Engine Pricing compared to Visual Studio

    Ok, I am not going to do a point by point pricing comparison to Google App Engine, but it appears that Visual Studio is a much better price. Here are the pricing for Visual Studio: Express versions: Free for any number of executable, infinitely scalable for no additional cost, which for the Google App...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Free and easy Animation design in XNA

    In my previous blog, I showed you how to use a pre-built class to generate animations that move like a Gif, mainly because I have not shown you how to move the image. But reviewing the code, it seemed somewhat complicated, which means I didn’t quite get it, maybe you did. So when that happens I...
  • Blog Post: Free Animated Sprites software: Reading the “flipbook” image and showing it

    What is it about the XNA free information with respect to Sprite animation? Why is it so hard to find a useful post on how to generate an animation? I have no idea, but then again, most of my posts are useless, but maybe this one won’t be. Also, will you be able to use this with Windows 8? Not...
  • Blog Post: Lab: Move an object using Silverlight and XNA in Windows Phone Part 1

    Charles Petzold free eBook is great , except that it doesn’t cover the use of Sliverlight-XNA tools that are in the current version of Windows Phone. One of the most reliable source on how to use the Silverlight XNA hybrid is the MSDN Article at: How to: Combine Silverlight and the XNA...
  • Blog Post: “Get the machine that goes ping” or how to fix the “Please enableGPUAcceleration = true on your Silverlight plugin page.”

    What in the heck do you do to fix the “enableGPUAcceleration=true on your Silverlight plugin page.” Then you go to the ASPX or the HTML page and you see that both have the line: <param name="enableGPUAcceleration" value="true" /> So WTF. Now you might be frustrated, you...
  • Blog Post: 5 Ways To Make Money with the Cloud!

    Number 1 with a bullet! Read Bruno Terkaly excellent article about how the Microsoft Azure Cloud works with mobile platforms and not just the Windows Phone 7. Bruno is no Microsoft Fanboy and you should definitely read his blog, I do. But it doesn’t help with my style, Bruno’s blog is...
  • Blog Post: Speech Recognition using Visual Studio: Determining the BNA

    My original title was Stochastic Determination of BNA, but seriously who would read that.   Also, I was giving some thought to one of my managers (it takes many people to manage me) who is going through an eye operation, and it gave me an idea on how to do speech recognition.  This app...
  • Blog Post: Tombstone territory: Preparing the App.XAML.CS for Tombstoning

    If you looked at the code for the sdkExcecutionModelCS uses a View Model. The code sample does a nice job of using the View Model. By that I mean that usually the View Model samples are complex and hard to understand without lots of writing. To keep the post shorter, in this blog I am only covering...
  • 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 Games on da Phone: Microsoft Identity Foundation

    In the 1960s hippies spent a lot of time trying to determine who there really were. Like the substance abuse in those years, as a teenager I always felt that was just stupid, I knew who I was and when I got my driver’s license I would be able to prove it! Then in the 70s,everyone thought that the...
  • 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: 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: Start the year off by reading about tombstoning on the windows phone 7

    Tombstone, tombstoning.  It is somewhat difficult to get tombstoning right, and this article is a long one at 7 pages, but you NEED to read it. http://create.msdn.com/en-US/education/catalog/article/tombstoning_wp7_games It is a Word file, if you don’t have Word on your system, then get the Word...
  • Blog Post: A glossary of gestures for the Windows Phone user

    If you are new to the windows phone, or are writing a specification for a product, you may want to have a concise definition of what a gesture is.  In this case you can find the glossary at: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/howto/wp7/start/gestures-flick-pan-and-stretch.aspx Happy New...
  • 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: NuGet does work on Visual Studio Express

    Hey NuGet does work on VS Express!  Wow, this is awesome! To get NuGet go to: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/27077b70-9dad-4c64-adcf-c7cf6bc9970c Makes getting opensource packages a bunch easier. Keep Coding to get better! Submit apps to the AppMarketPlace!
  • 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: Hidden Emoticons or Emoji’s on Windows Phone 7

    But where is (J) or which I think is Just Texted You.  
  • Blog Post: A splash screen and then your game screen: Zombie Santa Claus Level Programming

    It’s so simple that you might now quite get it, there is a first screen, like a splash screen, then the main play screen appears. You could add code to include a help screen, etc. Or not. In this case a splash screen appears for 3 seconds, total time, then another screen appears that has a molecule...
  • Blog Post: USC: Background Image and Orienting a background image

    With some software considerations, you can easily move the background image around to fit the orientation of the phone. To get to the attached zip file, you will need to scroll down to the bottom of the page. Code Snippet using System; using Microsoft.Xna.Framework; using Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: USC: Screen Orientation

    Here is a simple example that shows how to determine the Screen Orientation on Windows Phone 7 The example project is zipped at the bottom of the code. You may need to scroll down to see it. Leave a comment if you do download it! Orientation using System; using System.Collections...
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