XNA Game Studio Express is now available!

http://blogs.msdn.com/xna/archive/2006/12/11/xna-game-studio-express-has-been-released.aspx This is an exciting release for us. It’s great to see the excitement out there in the community and the developers who have been writing games on the betas. You can now get your subscription for the Xbox 360 XNA environment! Party on. Scott. This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and…


Get quizzed by Rico!

Rico has been posting performance quizzes for a couple of years now. These are always interesting and useful.   He just posted another (#11) which is about dense data structures and I am sure to be useful for those XNA game writers out there!   The question: http://blogs.msdn.com/ricom/archive/2006/08/31/733887.aspx   Answer: http://blogs.msdn.com/ricom/archive/2006/09/07/745085.aspx     Enjoy, Scott….


Windows Mobile Virtual Labs

This is pretty cool. The top 5 MEDC 2006 hand-on labs have been converted to Virtual Labs which you can now take. You can download the manuals and walk-through the lab at your own pace.   http://msdn.microsoft.com/virtuallabs/windowsmobile/   Check out the .NET Compact Framework related labs!   Developing a SQL Mobile Application with Visual Studio…


XNA Game Studio Express Beta is here!

Here is the information on the XNA team blog about how to participate in the beta and send feedback.  http://blogs.msdn.com/xna/archive/2006/08/30/731941.aspx     There is also a more detailed article describing the XNA Framework. http://blogs.msdn.com/xna/archive/2006/08/25/724607.aspx   Have fun writing games!   Scott. This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights.


Rico Tames the CLR

Rico posted an article Taming The CLR: How to Write Real-Time Managed Code with the contents of a talk that he presented at MS Gamefest! Great information here!   Here are the links to .NET CF GC architecture/information. http://blogs.msdn.com/stevenpr/archive/category/6497.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/scottholden/archive/2004/12/28/339733.aspx   Scott.  


More on Bitmaps

Chris Tacke, one of our MVPs, also wrote up an article on Bitmap allocation and GC interaction. http://blog.opennetcf.org/ctacke/PermaLink,guid,987041fc-2e13-4bab-930a-f79021225b74.aspx This has good correlation to the article that I wrote. Scott. This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights.


Do Bitmaps leak memory?

One of the fun parts of my job is talking to customers. However, this means that I sometimes I get asked tough questions…some of them issues in the .NET Compact Framework and sometimes we just need more information for our customers. So here is some information that I gleaned recently from talking to one of…


XNA Game Studio Express!

It’s been a little over a year since my team has been working on bringing the .NET development environment to Xbox 360 by developing a custom Common Language Runtime (CLR) for the Xbox 360 console. The CLR is a piece of the recently announced XNA Game Studio Express which will enable developers to write games…