DirectX/C++/CX: MOD a C++ app using XML and do it quickly!

Check out Fall Fury, this app is awesome and really works, although my brain did when I first tried to use it.  You SLIDE the buttons not click them. Ok, enough about my dorkage, what do you think about my dorkage? “Modding” Fall Fury XMLand making people think you are brilliant! First download the Fall…

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Async coding in C++ means never having to say you are sorry

Maybe.  That is a paraphrase quote from an old movie called "Love Story", that is seriously boring, unless you are with someone you either love or hope to, then it is still boring if you actually watched it.  Like Dr. Zhivago or whatever, I didn’t know it was in Russia till a few years ago….

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What is your app great at? How do you get started?

What kind of process do you use to learn what your app is great at?  Let’s work through the process of going from idea to actually building a game.  This is only a thought experiment, and all of the data is from the numerous creatures that live in my brain (that is: all data is…

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Design Principles: Why use paper and pencil or similar on slate

You all start coding, I’ll go find out what they want Why all of this drawing and talking about what the design is going to look like?  What are we doing here? First of all, design has to start someplace, here the caption could be: You all start coding, I’ll go find out what they…

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Free Hands on Learning: Using IE 10 to learn about the Design Process for Windows 8 apps

Check this out: http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Graphics/hands-on-css3/ I don’t know about you, but CSS has always been something I just never did.  Till now.  CSS 3 really makes sense when you are designing for Windows 8 Apps. So if you are still struggling with what the design process is for Windows 8 apps looks like, check this out. …

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List of links that I am using to figure out Metro/HTML 5 Snap and Fill layout

There are a few ways to do the snapped view, which is the one of main concern since it is skinny compared to the Filled and full views.  I am trying to figure out how to implement an extremely simple example of using snap and fill.  Here is a list what I am reading:  …

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Game Design && UML && TFS && Windows 8 Marketplace

So if you want to design an adventure game, let’s keep it really simple, using text only.  Like the old days.  How would you do the design? Would you be able to get into a Windows 8 design for the Windows Marketplace?  Would you use a design tool?  How do you do the project planning? …

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WIndows 8 Design: Storyboarding Windows 8 or Windows Phone 7 apps

If you are like many software students or professionals, you may be thinking about the high level of design skills that everyone at Microsoft keeps talking about with respect to Metro Design.  Me too.  It’s kind of like: WTF.  Then I think, wow, design is a good idea.  If I do a good design job…

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