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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 70-511, Exam Guide: Sorting Data

    Boring.  Sorting Data.  You would figure that sorting data would be the same for every language.  It’s not.  Every language creator or language community thinks that it can do data sorts better than the other language communities.  So if you are going to sort data in Windows...
  • Blog Post: Data Structures on the Windows Phone 7: Reading & Writing Isolated Storage

      How do you put data into isolated storage, how do you read data that is in isolated storage?  You’re right, I have been a big tease around the phone and lists and reading/writing to isolated storage.  In a later example, I will cover the use off lists into and out of isolated storage...
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