Physics engine for XAML

After briefly playing around with SpriteKit on iOS, and enjoying the built-in Physics Engine, I was looking for something similar on Windows. I was delighted to find Physics Helper XAML by Andy Beaulieu, which essentially gives your XAML shapes mass, and handles all the events and collisions and gravity you need. It’s very cool, and you…


Book club edition

You can tell a lot about a programmer by checking out the books on their bookshelf, I would think. And also by looking at their t-shirt, but we’ll save that for another time. This post I wanted to mention three books that I’m currently enjoying, and which you might also find interesting.     Windows 8.1…


Releasing a companion universal Windows app

A few months ago, I released a simple task management app for Windows 8.1 to the Windows store. Since then, I’ve updated it a few times as I’ve had new ideas or needed to resolve some issues. However, what I really wanted to do was to create a Windows Phone version, and so I did….

WeatherView – a universal Windows app sample written in C#

WeatherView Sample – available on CodePlex – This is a sample which creates a universal Windows app written in C#, that runs on both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. You can see the app the sample is based on in the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store. Ignore the ratings 🙂 it’s just there to prove…

Looking for some Unity?

Good news – there might be a “Day of Unity” coming to a city near you! Unity and Microsoft are running free day-long events aimed at helping you write Unity games on Windows devices. Did I mention it’s free? Just register and then turn up with your laptop (Windows or – gasp – Mac) and you’ll…


Hiding the Status Bar in Windows Phone 8.1 apps. Or Not.

I’ve been working on a Universal app that runs on Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1, and I have to admit it’s going remarkably smoothly. I could get used to writing apps this way! One place I was temporarily stuck (until the kind folks who write the Windows Phone SDK docs came to my aid) was…


A downright cheap Windows Phone which isn’t actually "cheap"

If you are in the US, you might want to run to your nearest Microsoft Store (or go to where you can currently buy a contract-free Nokia Lumia 520 for $59, including a free case. This phone is on a pay-as-you-go deal, and you might choose not to go – which means you can still use it…


Using Bing queries in your Windows Store app

I was working on a Windows Store app (as I usually am between 9am to 5pm) and I wanted to make use of a web service (Bing, of course) to provide me with an image given some keywords. You don’t need to know why, just believe me. I’m not making this up under the pretext…


MonoGame 3.2

Delighted to see that MonoGame 3.2 is now available – this release contains a big set of improvements. Congrats to the MonoGame guys on shipping! Click here to visit the official MonoGame site and download it for Visual Studio.


Return of the FBI (Fish Based Interface)

Since I last took to the keyboard to write a blog entry, things have changed. For a start, I’ve supplemented the Dell Venue Pro 8 device I’ve been using with a Surface Pro. I couldn’t resist getting one of the 1st gen Surface Pro devices when it went on sale at a special price (keep…