Game Development vs. Game Content

As developers we think about how important coding is to a great game, which is very true.  However, the visuals are certainly just as important.  Braid is a really fun game to play.  The developer and art creator wrote a series of blog posts describing the process of creating the game.  The index to the…


My New Book! (with my teammate Jit Ghosh)

Fresh after publishing Pro ASP.NET 3.5 Server Controls and AJAX Components in March, Jit Ghosh and I were hard at work on Silverlight 2 Recipes, which published December 08.  It is based on Silverlight 2 RTM bits so everything should work.  Jit and I each did four chapters.  Here is a list of the chapters…


Free Windows CE 6.0 Exam Preparation Kit

For  embedded developers, you can become a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist for Windows Embedded CE 6.0.  Here is a snippet on the related exam from this page: Certification Exam #70-571: TS: Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Development This exam was designed for developers with two to three years of experience in an embedded system environment,…


Free Windows Embedded CE 6.0 book available

For those who don’t mind reading books online, you can download a free electronic edition of Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Fundamentals from this link after registering.  Here is a list of the Table of Contents: Chapter 1 – Introduction Chapter 2 – Operating System and Application Development Tools Chapter 3 – Operating System Architecture Chapter…


FakeGPS and Editing NMEA .txt files

So I have been doing a lot of work with Virtual Earth and Windows Mobile, incorporating GPS as well.  FakeGPS is an excellent tool to help GPS development but with one challenge:  How do you change the reported locations? The FakeGPS tool reads from text files located in the GPSFiles folder where FakeGPS is installed…


Internet Explorer Mobile 6 Device Emulators Available!

Internet Explorer Mobile 6 provides MUCH improved rendering and web site support for Windows Mobile.  The package located here includes Windows Mobile 6.1.4 device emulator images (Professional and Standard) that can be used for development and testing with Internet Explorer Mobile 6. Internet Explorer Mobile 6 has a nice feature to let you determine whether…


Silverlight 2 for Mobile Announced at PDC

If you have been wondering about Silverlight for Mobile, watch this session.  The session has a few slides up front with some commentary for a few minutes but then gets straight to some great demos and details on the future of Silverlight for Mobile.  To watch the Silverlight 2 for Mobile PDC online session, here…


XNA Game Studio 3.0 Released

Microsoft XNA Game Studio 3.0 has many improvements over its predecessor including support for Visual Studio Professional and higher, which means professional level support such as integrated Application Lifecycle Management / source code control with Team Foundation Server. Also added in this release is the ability to build games for Zune expanding the list of…


Handy Remote Control Software for Windows Mobile

SOTI Pocket Controller-Pro is a great tool to add to your Windows Mobile kit bag when developing mobile applications.  It connects quickly to your device connected via Windows Mobile Device Center on Vista or ActiveSync on Windows XP.  Here’s a screen shot of an HTC Touch Pro under remote control. You can click on the…


Updated Xperia X1 SDK Available 10.21.08

There are a few UI enhancements available from a couple of different device manufacturers for Windows Mobile 6.1: HTC Touch phones- TouchFLO™ UI Samsung Omnia- TouchWiz™ UI Sony Ericison Xperia™ X1 – Panels UI Sony publishes an SDK for the Xperia™ X1 – Panels UI available here.  They recently added support for Visual Studio 2008….