Hour of Code: fun and quiet time for the mature child

Ok, it’s the day after Thanksgiving in the US, for some it’s a day to go shopping, for others the children may be getting your on your nerves.  There are number of things you could do: Feed the children a diet of sugar based foods and cola or even coffee.  This item won’t lead to…

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Azure: Dreamspark Azure, decent offering by Microsoft

Hey I have been checking out this Dreamspark Azure offer, and not sure how it compares to the other companies, but it’s cool.  There is no credit card, no your webapp doesn’t work some weird reason.  It isn’t much, but since you can keep for as long as you want, consider using it to demonstrate your…

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TouchDevelop: Build Windows Store apps easily and quickly

I just completed a simple app and got it in the store in about 24 hours.  Students that I work with have gotten apps in the store in less than 3 hours or so.  It isn’t difficult but you do need to get some practice.  Like a doctor who is learning how use the DaVinci…

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Google App Engine Pricing compared to Visual Studio

Ok, I am not going to do a point by point pricing comparison to Google App Engine, but it appears that Visual Studio is a much better price. Here are the pricing for Visual Studio: Express versions: Free for any number of executable, infinitely scalable for no additional cost, which for the Google App Engine…

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List of 10 Windows Phone 7 Articles that are useful

Here is a list of ten articles that I have reviewed for a presentation at BYU.  Thought I would share them with you:   Panorama Control Overview for Windows Phone http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff941104(v=vs.92).aspx Bing Maps REST Services http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff701713.aspx Panorama Control Architecture for Windows Phone http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff941126(v=vs.92).aspx Panorama Control Features and Best Practices for Windows Phone http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff941107(v=vs.92).aspx How to:…

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CompositeTransforms in MetroRT

Blah-blah Using CompositeTransitions to make an interesting look in the tablet.  And yes this would work in the Win7 world as well.  I initially started this blog to whine about the changes in some of the functionality of XAML but got distracted.  Also, this effort came up when one of my teammates (Alice Pang) ask…

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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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