Requirements for a simple XAML/CPP Slot Machine application using Visual Studio 11

Well now I have done it, I made a commitment to build a XAML/CPP based Slot Machine using Visual Studio 11 and that operating system that I still can’t mention (Windows 8). During a recent visit to Las Vegas I was surprised by the number of slot machines that used themes like “Dark Knight”, “Lord…


Silverlight 5 Top Beta features

Top Beta Features XAML Debugging with breakpoints for binding debugging Implicit data templates for easy UI reuse Double (and multi) click support GPU-accelerated XNA-compatible 3D and immediate-mode 2D API Low-latency sound effects and WAV support Real operating system windows and multi-display support Significant performance improvements, fixes and much more WOW!  This is a big deal!…


Silverlight 5: Get the latest beta and watch the video!

What do you need to install or download for Silverlight 5 Beta?  First you are required to upgrade your Visual Studio Pro/Ultimate or Visual Studio Express 2010 to SP1, a good idea anyway, then you will need to install the Silverlight 5 SDK, Expression Blend for Silverlight 5, and so forth: Visual Studio 2010 SP1…


Play with your Peas

Great concept, I have often thought about how to use the Expression Designer to build a game to play with my Peas.  This is not that game, the sound effects are cool, and the building goes well, but then… The darn peas are either quite shy or there is a bug in the game that…


Vector Space Armada: Review

Another Silverlight based game at the excellent site: Mashooo  Vector Space Armada, sounds good. The initial feeling was one of the 1980s and playing the vector games in an arcade.  Then my mouse ran away from the screen and the little vector space ship went away from the training track.  This lowered the fun factor. …


Review of Terminator

Another silverlight based game at the excellent site: Mashooo The Terminator game had a good feel to it, and an excellent menu that blocks you from going to levels before you are trained, which is a good thing.  The initial level felt like it could have been a road rally, frogger, etc. which would have…


Silverlight Games: Getting the infrastructure down by blowing it out of the browser

In the XAML AppManifest.XML file there is a bunch of arcane symbols and words.  In the previous blog I detailed the high level of how to detach the Silverlight Application.  This is an important part of the future of Silverlight, works in the browser and works out of the browser.  Build once and really use…