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…


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,…


Tombstoning in Windows Phone 7

Again with the whole tombstoning thing.  In Arizona there is a city by the name of Tombstone, http://www.cityoftombstone.com/, sometimes referred to as the town that wouldn’t die.  This is somewhat similar to your phone app, you don’t want it to die if the user receives a phone call right? So what is tombstoning and how…


Social Game is the thane: Quickly implementing Pushy Phone Notifications

While watching MacBeth, MacBeth is a “thane”, what is that?  Is it like being a vice president at a bank?  No, it is a rank below ealdormen or high-reeves, or a retainer, not quite an earl.  Likely higher than an esquire.  Got that?  Me neither.  I think it was someone who might possibly get a…


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…


Social Games on da Phone: Microsoft Identity Foundation

In the 1960s hippies spent a lot of time trying to determine who there really were.  Like the substance abuse in those years, as a teenager I always felt that was just stupid, I knew who I was and when I got my driver’s license I would be able to prove it!  Then in the…


Social WP7 Game: Isolated storage and notification

As said in MacBeth (still working on the video): It [life] is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing Wow, did Shakespeare know about blogging, Twitter or Facebook?  Wow!  Well, here is my tale of sound and fury told by an idiot, oh wait, does that mean I am…


Social Games Part Bazillion of Katrillion: Make Phone App Social

I have been watching MacBeth with Patrick Stewart as MacBeth, and I kind of get it, but it is one of the most intense Shakespeare Plays I have ever seen, sort of like Gears of War, except more confusing and no weird weapons.  And I have been following the use of Trillion for the US…


Fix for failed certification: Non Music + Videos Hub Applications That Play Media

Oh this one seemed really hard, and I haven’t got the feedback from this failed certification report: Non Music + Videos Hub Applications That Play Media.  Here is my recommended fix: Add a messagebox using Ok/Cancel, with the question: “If you want to listen to the music that is playing click ok or if you…


NuGet does work on Visual Studio Express

Hey NuGet does work on VS Express!  Wow, this is awesome! To get NuGet go to: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/27077b70-9dad-4c64-adcf-c7cf6bc9970c Makes getting opensource packages a bunch easier. Keep Coding to get better! Submit apps to the AppMarketPlace!