Apple, Google and Microsoft: Locked down O/S, Free O/S, and Innovative O/S

Looks like Apple won the patent suits, Apple proves that protecting your intellectual property and taking ownership is an important message.  Google and Samsung according to an Wall Street Journal Article attempted to build their market by using the Apple patents and that Microsoft is proving to be the innovative one. To review the history…

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Windows 8 Day by the beach in Carlsbad California

Have any questions about Windows 8? Need some guidance on how to get started building a Windows 8 metro style app? Want to see more Windows 8 code samples? Looking for help in taking your application to the next level? Bring your laptop over to the beach and join Michael Palermo, Bret Stateham, Daniel Egan…

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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…

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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…

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Lab: Move an object using Silverlight and XNA in Windows Phone Part 1

Charles Petzold free eBook is great, except that it doesn’t cover the use of Sliverlight-XNA tools that are in the current version of Windows Phone. One of the most reliable source on how to use the Silverlight XNA hybrid is the MSDN Article at: How to: Combine Silverlight and the XNA Framework in a Windows…

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“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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Tombstone territory: Preparing the App.XAML.CS for Tombstoning

If you looked at the code for the sdkExcecutionModelCS uses a View Model.  The code sample does a nice job of using the View Model.  By that I mean that usually the View Model samples are complex and hard to understand without lots of writing. To keep the post shorter, in this blog I am…

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Tombstone Territory: XNA Tombstoning

Well the Ace WhipperSnapper, Kenny Spade, send me an email with an attachment that contained a simple example of how to do tombstoning with XNA Phone.  Wow!  I am so impressed, I am going to carefully share (or steal) his excellent code.  After a screen sharing session using Lync, which is totally cool IM product,…

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Oh why? You try stuff and it doesn’t work

I am very excited about the Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games, but was unable to get the download to play Tic-Tae-Toe.  Don’t get me wrong, the owner(s) of this product are awesome and the documentation is sterling. (Thanks to Wade Wegner, Nathan Totten and others!) On the other hand, don’t you get frustrated by…

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