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  • Blog Post: Simply Dragging in WPF, WP7 Silverlight and Silverlight 5

    Gee, I just want to drag an ellipse in WPF or Silverlight 5 and all of the blogs/technical articles did a great job if you want to drag and drop things that were data, etc.  But what about just dragging a simple ellipse or image. If I use Expression Blend it’s easy, use a behavior and bang that...
  • 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: Links to sites with free stuff, money making and learning material

      $$$$$$$$$$$$ Making Money $$$$$$$$$$$$$$: Get your Dreamspark account attached to your LiveID (Free Stuff) http://www.dreamspark.com If you don’t have a LiveID you can sign up here, using ANY EMAIL address, but use the one you read normally! http://bit.ly/USCLiveID Get your “free” AppHub account...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup, Uploading your Software Design Project: files, video, etc..

    It is only a few hours before the Imagine Cup Fall Round 2 closes, and I usually get a few emails asking how to upload the videos, software files, etc. This is a long post so you may need to scroll down to see the entire explanation. Login First Login in to the http://www.ImagineCup.US site.  If...
  • Blog Post: Dude, where’s my accelerometer? And can I get a gyro with that?

    Oh crude, what is that headline, what has happened to my titles?  Have I gone crazy?  No, no more than normal.  Ok, maybe. The accelerometer is turned on in the phone by using the the following reference and using statement in your code.  Gyros may be available in the future, Set...
  • Blog Post: Free ly thinking: Maybe MSDN isn’t such a bad thing for WP7.1 beginner devs

    Just when I thought that MSDN was a big pile of out of date information, confusing search returns, it morphs into a better place then I was thinking it about.  Or it might be that I h ve been listening to closely to the students who make up most of my customers.  After all, Steve Jobs pointed...
  • 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: Positioning fonts on the Windows Phone 7 Screen

    Lecture for tonights class, which I would like to share with you dear reader, the first part is about how to position fonts on the screen using the least number lines of code. Unfortunately, it requires a lot of variables, but there you go, complexity comes in many forms. Variables are easy to understand...
  • Blog Post: Free ly thinking: Codecs that are supported by Windows Phone 7

    Often I think about the Codecs supported by Windows Phone 7, and when I do, I take a look at the URL: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff462087(v=vs.92).aspx Pretty nifty, but always make sure to check to see if the codec is really supported by your device targets. And in this case MSDN...
  • 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: Designing WP7 Games: Making Graphics, backgrounds for your game

    Oh this title just stinks. Getting over this stinking cold and my brain is still getting up to speed from the fever. Well, got to get started sometime. Continuing the review of the http://create.msdn.com/gamedevelopment , the wheels came off with the video about drawing the background (I mean this...
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