C++/CX: DirectXTex a helper library for DirectX textures

You can find the download at: DirectXTex texture processing library (really if you are used to Codeplex, just hang on the site and check out the documentation, etc.) What is it? Top line: Content Pipeline for your game engine DirectXTex, is a shared source library for reading and writing DDS files, and performing various texture…

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C++/CX: DirectXTK, an interesting design helper tool

The DirectXTK or DirectX Tool Kit is a bunch of classes that you can reuse in your game design if you want to implement a game engine for specific work effort.  One of the confusing problem that many have with C++/CX DirectX is: Why? You could use Unity or a purchased Game Engine.  But that…

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Why so much discussion about DirectX & C++? What about Unity or Ogre?

C++ has made some significant changes to emerge into a widely usable language.  Microsoft’s use of XAML with C++ clearly shows the capabilities that C++ now brings to the game.  Although not as easy to use as say C# and XAML, or as popular as HTML5/JavaScript, C++ and C is still the languages that power…

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C++/XAML: Determining the view state or orientation of your Windows 8

How hard is it to use the VisualStateManager Animations with your view states?  Not very hard.  In Windows 8.1 the ApplicationViewState enumerations are going to be deprecated in 8.1 and onward you will need to query for the Windows Size directly.  I will cover this when I get my 8.1 machine back from the tech…

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Space Aliens and C++ programming and inline classes

Aluminum foil hat time.  And inline class example. Back story: You have slipped between dimensions and the new dimension you are living in has found that Venus is a rain forest with the aliens living in hives and Mars is like a arid but cold desert with aliens that live in trailers parked in trailer…

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Books I am reviewing for my CS188 class at UCLA

Reviewing heck, I am using them to prepare the class.  So if you are thinking about taking the class and want to get up to speed please take a look at the following books that I have purchased, I did not receive these as a reviewer or a professor.  Not for any ethical reason but…

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Designing your Java Script Win 8 Store game from scratch: Adding Music

Revision 1.1: Oops, posted the wrong blog entry.  Don’t you hate it when you work for a Vice President who understands what you should be doing on the job because the VP is able to do the job and PROVES it.  Geez. Leading a team by knowing the technology.  Well if you are wondering what…

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Free: Using Visual Studio 2012 to make a Million bucks, get started video

Sounds too good to be true, and if I asked you for money it would be, but I am not.  Oh sure if you are a student you get developer access to the Windows Store for no cost.  If you are an MSDN subscriber you get access to the Windows Store for no cost (it…

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Windows 8 Tile Live Notification using C++

In my blog entry: https://aka.ms/tilenotification I wrote a super simple code to demonstrate that C++ isn’t all that difficult to use with Visual Studio.  But it was a little light on details and this article is written to correct that problem. Let’s be clear, I think that C++ isn’t the ultimate software language.  It is…

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Free Windows 8 help and software tools

Please click on the links and check out these offers, they cost you nothing and might help you make money! Azure 90-day Free Trial: Get started or learn how to build cloud apps! https://aka.ms/socalacademic_90day_azure VS Express 2012 RC for Windows 8 & Windows 8 Release Preview Downloads on Dev Center This has SDKs, hands on…

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