Free eBook or Hunger Games? Read Charles Pertzold’s gripping tale about WP7

So Hunger Games is going to be one of the biggest movies of all time, and Lion’s Gate is pretty happy about that.  However, what is the sleeper book that you can get for free?  Charles Pertzold’s “Programming Windows Phone 7” is a sleeper.  This gripping story of a SmartPhone system’s excellence at design and…

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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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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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5 Ways To Make Money with the Cloud!

Number 1 with a bullet! Read Bruno Terkaly excellent article about how the Microsoft Azure Cloud works with mobile platforms and not just the Windows Phone 7.  Bruno is no Microsoft Fanboy and you should definitely read his blog, I do.  But it doesn’t help with my style, Bruno’s blog is excellent. MSDN Article: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/hh781021.aspx…

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Office 2010: C#, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Burn before reading

This is a follow on to the post at: Office 2010: C# and Office! Secret stuff. Strictly burn before reading Deploying Your Solutions: Deploying Office Solutions: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb386179.aspx Preparing Computers to Run or Host Office Solutions: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb772092.aspx How to: Prepare IIS for Deployment of Office Solutions: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb608629.aspx Tools and Overview information: Programming Excel 2010 overall: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/hh128771.aspx…

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Free: Links to APIs and information about SkyDrive

  Doing some research on how to build an app that uses Skydrive, think leaderboard for games, and the search for useful items turned up a bunch of flotsam (which is different than jetsam by the way).  So here are some of the links I think might be useful, I have looked at most of…

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