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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: ASU Links for Windows Phone Dev!

    Great work DISC!  Enjoy the phones, and go Sun Devils! http://bit.ly/asuexpressiontoolbox http://bit.ly/asuschoolappsample http://bit.ly/asupanorama http://bit.ly/asucombocontrol Sized images, get rid of the background…
  • Blog Post: Oh crud, I turned in my app to app hub and all I got was: [NeutralResourceLangage] and no t-shirt

    So all excited and hopeful you submit your app to the App Hub, thinking, “WOW, I am a real software designer now!” and then you get the message back: And then you Bing it, you google it (really, you really want google to know what you are doing?), And you find this blog. Ha! Ok, here is the fix (you...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend 4 or Visual Studio Express?

    Both. In fact you can develop in one and then switch to the other: In Expression, right click on the PROJECT, not the solution (as many books state) and then select Edit in Visual Studio! In Visual Studio, you do the same except the presentation is slightly different: There you go.
  • 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: Textures, Rectangle, Vector2 and comments

    Still doing that static thing with images.  Also my previous blog on a static image was missing a line of code, so I have a class of students trying to figure out what I did wrong.  As to the rest of you, thanks for not telling me that I made a mistake.  Today, let’s see if I can do a...
  • Blog Post: I just installed the Windows Phone SDK, but I get the MFPlat.DLL missing message, or your emulator doesn’t work

    Yeah.  You installed the N version from the MSDNAA or got an N version from somewhere else, N Versions don’t install the Microsoft Media tools by default.  Why?  Lot’s of good reasons for enterprises, let say you have a group of people in a warehouse stocking stuff, you don’t need the...
  • 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: Placing the image in a specific point

    Now you have an image with no background or alpha channel, well that’s nice.  What are you going to do with it?  If it sits in your picture folder, not doing much. All right, let’s take a look at placing a specific image in a point certain location.  No software telling the image to move...
  • 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: 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...
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