In WinRT is C++ really C++ or just some phony thing that looks like C++?

Let’s face it, C++ is getting a little boring as is.  But to deviate from the C++ spec is evil.  What to do?  Well if the language compiles like C++ specified language is that enough? Here is the explanation from the Dev Center site: Visual C++ in Visual Studio 11 for Windows 8 Consumer Preview…

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Free and easy Animation design in XNA

In my previous blog, I showed you how to use a pre-built class to generate animations that move like a Gif, mainly because I have not shown you how to move the image.  But reviewing the code, it seemed somewhat complicated, which means I didn’t quite get it, maybe you did.  So when that happens…


Free Animated Sprites software: Reading the “flipbook” image and showing it

  What is it about the XNA free information with respect to Sprite animation?  Why is it so hard to find a useful post on how to generate an animation?  I have no idea, but then again, most of my posts are useless, but maybe this one won’t be.  Also, will you be able to…


“Get the machine that goes ping” or how to fix the “Please enableGPUAcceleration = true on your Silverlight plugin page.”

What in the heck do you do to fix the “enableGPUAcceleration=true on your Silverlight plugin page.”  Then you go to the ASPX or the HTML page and you see that both have the line: <param name=”enableGPUAcceleration” value=”true” /> So WTF. Now you might be frustrated, you search the web, and unless you get the video…

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Camels, XAML and Silverlight is dead? Long live Silverlight 5!

Silverlight is dead, but  Scott Guthrie on Dec. 2, 2010, not too long ago, stated the following and about the future of Silverlight: ”… [W}e do live in a very connected world now, and there are a lot of devices out there, and users demand and expect the richest possible experiences on them. And it’s…

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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…


A splash screen and then your game screen: Zombie Santa Claus Level Programming

It’s so simple that you might now quite get it, there is a first screen, like a splash screen, then the main play screen appears.  You could add code to include a help screen, etc.  Or not. In this case a splash screen appears for 3 seconds, total time, then another screen appears that has…


USC: Screen Orientation

Here is a simple example that shows how to determine the Screen Orientation on Windows Phone 7 The example project is zipped at the bottom of the code. You may need to scroll down to see it. Leave a comment if you do download it! Orientation using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.Linq; using Microsoft.Xna.Framework; using…


UCLA Material: Using Gestures

This is the code that is used at the pre-Hackathon training session on Thursday. The code is explained using the “Flower” type of comments (don’t use this in production, it is used by me to illustrate many points in the code). If you do not open the attached (scroll down to the bottom of the…


Free Design Tools just in time for Christmas, 2/5: Installing the tools

Just Talking First off, a quick note to Dr. Shin Liu students, please check Dr. Liu’s class online blackboard for my direct contact information. Next: Don’t lose your keyless entry fob for a Prius, holey moley, $102 programming charge and $214 bucks for the FOB with the extra key.  And yes you can avoid the…