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It’s here – the brand new - Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Beta2. This time it has ability for your to Flash your Developer Unlocked phone to Mango Beta! How awesome is that? Mega-Ultra-Mango-Awesome!! The Windows Phone SDK includes the following Windows Phone SDK 7.1 (Beta2) Windows Phone Emulator (Beta2) Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Assemblies (Beta2) Silverlight 4 SDK and DRT Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Extensions for XNA Game Studio 4.0 Microsoft Expression Blend SDK Preview for Windows Phone 7.1 WCF Data Services ...
· XNA communication must by default be lightweight – if you are syncing game state between players from the Game.Update method, you must minimize traffic. That game loop may be firing 60 times a second and player 5 needs to know if his tank has collided with any player 3 and the angle of that gun turret. There are no WCF ServiceContract / DataContract niceties here, but at the same time the XNA networking stack simplifies the details. The payload must be simplistic - just an ordered set of numbers ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Peter Kuhn(-2-, -3-), Mike Gold, WindowsPhoneGeek, Nigel Sampson, Paul Sheriff, Dhananjay Kumar, and Erno de Weerd. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Debug Helper" Peter Kuhn3 WP7: "Metro In Motion #8 – AutoCompleteBox Reveal Animation" Colin Eberhardt Shoutouts: Check out the Top 5 from my friends at SilverlightShow from last week: SilverlightShow for June 13 - 19, 2011 From SilverlightCream.com: Metro In Motion #8 – AutoCompleteBox Reveal ...
If you try to add large FBX 3D model to the XNA project, and build it, you can get an OutOfMemoryException build error like following: Error 1 Building content threw OutOfMemoryException: Exception of type 'System.OutOfMemoryException' was thrown. at System.Collections.Generic.... value) at System.Collections.Generic.... min) at System.Collections.Generic.... index, IEnumerable`1 collection) at Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Con... ...
Recently I found a problem with importing 3D models from FBX files: it sometimes imported partly. That is when you draw a 3D model, loaded from FBX file, processed by content pipeline, you got only part of meshes. “Sometimes” means that you got this error only for some files. Results of my research below. For example, I have 10Mb binary FBX file with a model, looks like: And when I load it, result Model instance contains only part of meshes and looks like: Because models from other files imported ...
When I was at TechEd 2011 in Atlanta, I had the pleasure of meeting a bunch of the DevExpress folks and working out some of the details for a series of Windows Phone Development webinars. Here they are, for your viewing pleasure: #1 Introduction to WP7 Development with Silverlight and XNA - http://tv.devexpress.com/#W... #2 Deeper Dive Into XNA on Windows Phone - http://tv.devexpress.com/#W... The source (in C# and VB.NET) for the demos in this talk can be found in my book, or ...
Friday June 17th, 2011 there will be a Windows Phone Garage event. It will be held at Immedion at 78 Global Drive, Suite 100, Greenville, SC. There are only 40 spots, so register now at http://www.eventbrite.com/e... The idea behind the Windows Phone Garage is simple. Come out, install the tools, learn how to write a Windows Phone application, then build one. Best of all, it's free, and everyone is invited! The second half of the day is an open lab, and assistance will be available. ...
In this Issue: Rudi Grobler, Roy Dallal, Chris Rouw, Sean Nolan, Peter Kuhn, WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), Mike Taulty, Paul Sheriff, Xpert360, and Vikram Pendse. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Storing Files in SQL Server using WCF RIA Services and Silverlight – Part 1" Chris Rouw WP7: "XNA for Silverlight developers: Part 12 - Mango (1)" Peter Kuhn From SilverlightCream.com: Slide-out keyboard support on Windows Phone Rudi Grobler has a quick post up discussing the slide-out keyboard ...
Expert Days is an annual software development conference held by E4D in Israel. This year, for the first time, some of CodeValue’s experts have joined forces with E4D and are participating in order to give you, the attendee, the best possible value. If you are a software developer, software architect, team leader or somehow interested in the hottest available Microsoft technologies – this is definitely the conference you want to be at. The conference is held on 10/07/2011-14/07/2011, and there are ...
In this Issue: Rudi Grobler, Oren Gal, Michael Washington, Vikram Pendse, Kunal Chowdhury, Jesse Liberty, Xpert360, Jaana Metsamaa, Charles Petzold, and Peter Kuhn. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Getting Driving Directions in a Silverlight Application - Part 2 - Advanced Features" Oren Gal WP7: "Windows Phone Screen Shots" Charles Petzold LightSwitch: "How to Create A LightSwitch Popup" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Congratulations go out to my buddy András Velvárt for SurfCube Wins Microsoft Innovation ...
I am definitely on the fence on this one. I love the look and experience of Windows 8 in the video, but I am worried about all the talk about HTML 5 and not hearing anything about the WPF/Silverlight/XNA story. We have seen Microsoft pick these tools for XBox and WP7, but now will they have a cohesive story that will sell tablets and also sell App builders. The winner this battle with have to have the Apps so I can see why HTML5 is compelling, but it also does not drive loyalty and leads into one ...
Fixed now though ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for SilverlightShow Top 5 News for May 23-29, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Entity Framework 4.1 Code First, Silverlight, and Shared Models with REST+JSON A Simple Physics Game using Silverlight and Farseer Engine Windows Phone 7 Mango - Sockets Using IIS Express to Secure Silverlight and WCF Applications Windows Phone 7 Mango - Silverlight and XNA integration Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay in ...
You’re a busy developer and you have read article after article of “What’s new in WP7 Mango” but you are only interested in knowing “What does this mean for me as a developer ?”. This is where I step in and give you the “need to know” with a quick blog post. What is it? The Beta to Windows Phone 7.1 Developer Tools named ("Mango") was released on May 24th, 2011. This means you can download the bits right now, but as far as having Mango on your phone you are going to have to wait. Let’s hit the bullet ...
In this Issue: Alex van Beek, René Schulte(-2-), Peter Kuhn, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-), Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-, -4-), WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Nigel Sampson, Jeremy Likness, and Paul Sheriff. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Entity Framework 4.1 Code First, Silverlight, and Shared Models with REST+JSON" Jeremy Likness WP7: "Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“Silverlight/XNA Interoperability” - Part 7 of 8)" Alex Golesh LINQ: "LINQ Deferred Execution–Oops!" Jesse Liberty Shoutouts: My friends at ...
Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 7.1 codename Mango was the topic of the event held today in Helsinki at the Finnkino movie theater Tennispalatsi. Microsoft Finland had invited two top notch speakers from Redmond namely Brandon Watson and Jaime Rodriguez. Following the recent public announcement of the new version of the platform this was one of the first events on the subject. The keynote of the event mostly concerned the overall vision and idea of the Windows Phone 7 platform but the following ...
With the release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta, Visual Basic joins C# as a supported development language for XNA. I’ve been busily converting my samples to VB recently. They aren’t all done yet, but quite a few are (only three remain that I plan to convert). Rather than make anyone wait, I’ll share what I’ve completed so far and will add more when I have the remainder finished. Without further ado: Content Pipeline Extension Sample: VB Source Code – Related Blog Post DragAndDropGame: ...
Here are the updated links for quick reference: Windows Phone SDK Beta Download Center: http://go.microsoft.com/?li... Go live license– http://go.microsoft.com/?li... WPDT 7.1 Documentation Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Release Notes: http://go.microsoft.com/fwl... What’s New in Windows Phone Developer Tools: http://go.microsoft.com/fwl... Code Samples for Windows Phone: http://go.microsoft.com/fwl... App Hub Links Announcement: http://create.msdn.com/en-U... ...
Today a new set of tools targeting the Windows Phone 7 “Mango” release is available. This toolset is being called Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 This by not means can be translated into the actual product name for the final release! The download is available at Create.MSDN.com [might take a few hours to appear on that site] Direct Download Link Documentation and What’s New is on MSDN: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Using these tools a developer can write WP7 application for 7.0 ...
Been a busy week for me, wish it was full of XNA stuff and that is why I’m busy (and that the notes are late…again) but not the case. I’m just going to have to figure out a better way of integrating the XNA Notes into some of the stuff going on lately or maybe change my life situation so these things aren’t going on. I’m working on figuring it out both ways. But you don’t come here to read about my personal stuff, you come to see what the XNA community has been up to! So without further ado, here’s ...
This has been done a few times, here's my attempt: public static MvcHtmlString CheckBoxListFor<TModel, TValue>(this HtmlHelper<TModel> htmlHelper, Expression<Func<TModel, TValue>> expression) where TValue : IEnumerable<object> { var name = expression.Body is ParameterExpression ? ((ParameterExpression)expre... : ((MemberExpression)expressi... var sb = new StringBuilder("<ul class='checkboxlist'>"); var values = ((IEnumerable<object>... ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury, Joost van Schaik, Xpert360, Tony Champion, Paul Sheriff, Vangos Pterneas, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, Mike Taulty, and Pete Brown. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Binding on Style Setter in Silverlight 5" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Debugging Windows Phone 7 device network access with just a laptop" Joost van Schaik Training: "MVPs Chat It Up on Twitter - Tony Champion's Pivot of the results" Tony Champion From SilverlightCream.com: Binding on Style Setter in Silverlight ...
In case you missed it, the Windows Phone Hackathon was last night. TechEd attendees and community folks from around Atlanta showed up to get some free training on Windows Phone development (Silverlight, XNA, Azure) and have some Q&A with various subject matter experts (and free help with their projects.) We had a really good turnout, with most people in the Silverlight room learning about making apps. We had a few folks in the XNA room, some who were brand new to XNA and others who were already ...
This has been a fantastic week of XNA activity and news. Standing ovation the the XNA Team for the interaction they’ve been having with the community as well as the new features they’ve been rolling out for Xbox LIVE Indie Game developers. Simply outstanding and I can’t wait to see what might be coming next. It’s also been a fun week to watch people’s Dream Build Play projects inch ever closer to completion. With the submission deadline coming up in June this is the crunch time for many developers. ...
In this Issue: Morten Nielsen, Kunal Chowdhury, John Papa, Jesse Liberty, Mike Taulty(-2-), and Pete Brown. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Custom Cursors in Silverlight" Morten Nielsen WP7: "Coming in Mango–Sql Server CE" Jesse Liberty Silverlight 5 Beta: "Silverlight 5: Using the SoundEffect Class for Low-Latency Sound (and play WAV files in Silverlight)" Pete Brown Shoutouts: Khawar Yunus sent me this link to his app... I'm not going to tell you to make a login, but I did.. and the app is a pretty ...
In this Issue: Chris Rouw, Kevin Dockx(-2-), WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, Telerik Phone Team, Mike Taulty(-2-), Pete Brown, and András Velvárt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Locking and Unlocking controls in a Silverlight LOB Application" Chris Rouw WP7: "WP7 ToDo Lists App Built with RadControls" Telerik Phone Team Just too cool not to list: "Kinect + Bing Maps–the gestures" András Velvárt Shoutouts: The SilverlightShow folks sent me their top 5 from last week: SilverlightShow ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for SilverlightShow Top 5 News for May 2-8, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: How to Create a To-Do App for Windows Phone 7 Join a 3-day Online XNA Training for free! WP7 app designed for the ladies: Woman Calendar Silverlight 5 Beta Rough Notes – The Third Dimension Silverlight MVVM, WCF RIA Services Simple Sample Application Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay in the 'Light ...
Windows Phone 7 Unleashed Hackathon Monday, May 16, 2011 6:00p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Register: http://bit.ly/RegWP7Hackathon Don't miss this opportunity to get hands on help with your Windows Phone 7 app, from the experts! This is a "hands on" hackathon where you will learn from Windows Phone 7, XNA and Azure experts how to build, scale and publish your Windows Phone 7 app or game. If you are just a beginner, or already have apps in the Marketplace this event will should not be missed. BYO Laptop! RSVP ...
Michael’s “Mega Collection of Silverlight 5 Beta” Demos I’ve decided that today I would release a set of Demos for the Silverlight 5 Beta to help the community get up to speed quickly with the new features. In order to make the Silverlight 5 developer-base grow I will be creating demos of every feature as it is available. Here is my first set of contributions to make this happen. To download all the demos in one file then click here. For separate downloads then click below. Please note: All of these ...
For the longest time, the Content Pipeline was a magic transmogrification device to me. I would add content to a content project and it would get mystically turned into stuff I would load in my game with ContentManager. A few months ago I decided it was time to put an end to its magical aspects and learn how it worked and how I could put it to work. I thought it would be helpful to share what I learned so I created a sample. This sample has two different custom extensions. The first is a complete ...
It’s not often I let my personal life creep into affecting the things I’m involved in and doing. I usually let my hobbies kind of get me through the tough parts. And while I’ve been having fun distracting myself with playing games and coding this week, I’ll admit my eye wasn’t on the community like it normally is. I apologize for the late posting of the notes and for how light and sparse they are. I’m sure there was more going on in the XNA community (and if you were missed in this weeks notes, shoot ...
I posted a little while ago about how, with XNA and VB becoming a supported scenario, I was starting down the road to learning VB. Just a brief update on that. If you ever need to learn another language, having practical tasks is a huge benefit. Something I’ve been making use of is Project Euler. Writing the solutions in different ways to intentionally make use of certain syntax features has helped me both internalize them and understand them. As a by-product, I managed to hack together a VB Windows ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for April 25 - May 1, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: XNA for Windows Phone 7: a 3-day Online Training Course MIX11 videos mass download tool Best of FREE Frameworks, Tools and Controls for Windows Phone 7 ViewModel INotifyPropertyChanged Code Generation MIX11 Silverlight Bootcamp Slides and MVVM Demo Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay in the 'Light ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Michael Crump(-2-), Gill Cleeren, Peter Kuhn, John Papa(-2-), Nigel Sampson, Jesse Liberty(-2-), and WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Application Events in Silverlight" Gill Cleeren WP7: "Creating a delete animation using Expression Blend" Nigel Sampson Lightswitch: "It Is Easy To Display Counts And Percentages In LightSwitch" Michael Washington Shoutouts: John Papa has a 2-part series up on rebuilding his blog in Orchard... Part 1: Walking Through ...
This week has been an interesting one. Lots of ups and downs in the XNA Community and lots of things that we’re not sure yet if it’s an up or down. One of the biggest changes that happened was that the Top Downloads list on Xbox.com and on the Xbox dashboard is now calculated differently for Xbox LIVE Indie Games. It’s still not clear what impact this is going to have (although I know it feels pretty clear to some of you in the community!) but this lead to some interesting things. One, we got to ...
In this Issue: Derik Whittaker, Morten Nielsen, Jeff Prosise(-2-), Harold Martinez, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty(-2-), Martin Krüger, and Xianzhong Zhu. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Multithread Programming in Silverlight 4" Xianzhong Zhu WP7: "Silverlight for Windows Phone Programming Tip #8" Jeff Prosise XNA: "Basic XNA" Harold Martinez From SilverlightCream.com: Adding Runtime Intelligence to your Windows Phone 7 Application Derik Whittaker has a post up that all the WP7 devs should be interested ...
In this Issue: Dave Davis, Oren Gal, Colin Eberhardt, Dan Wahlin, Jeff Prosise(-2-), @yuriylsh, Bill Reiss, Richard Waddell, Andrea Boschin(-2-), András Velvárt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Working with User Names and Roles in Silverlight Applications" Dan Wahlin WP7: "Silverlight for Windows Phone Programming Tip #7" Jeff Prosise MIX11: "MIX11 Mass Download Tool" @yuriylsh From SilverlightCream.com: Controlling Silverlight Child Windows Using MVVM Dave Davis has a post up that revisits a subject ...
Am back to SQL Server performance turning after a year of a lot of things, as always I love sharing what I am doing to help someone in need and to create a point of reference to my work. Below is a SQL script that will allow SQL tables Index Rebuilding or Re-Organization, I added the Online flag to allow my tables to be accessible during the re-indexing process. You can reference BOL to see how the ONLINE flag works and the limitations that it brings along. Remember for ONLINE feature to work you ...
This has been kind of a crappy week for me. Kids are all puking like crazy so I’m up most nights taking care of them. Fun times being a day! (I have 4 kids in case you didn’t know!). And while my kids have been puking, the community has been busy puking too. Puking up a ton of awesomeness! Yeah…probably not the best analogy but I’m tired. I did want to take the time to point out one thing that resonated loudly with me this week. You’ll see some interviews with Kris Steele by Steven Hurdle. In that ...
I’ve recently had the requirement to allow my user to choose between two items in my Windows Phone 7 application. The first way that I thought of tackling this was using the standard MessageBox.Show that is included with the System.Windows class and seeing if the enum provided a way to allow custom text. Unfortunately, it did not. As you can see from the image above, it only includes an OK and an OKCancel. If we run this application, then we get the following: Kinda boring and doesn’t allow any real ...
In this Issue: Peter Kuhn, Michael Washington, Benjamin Gavin, Joost van Schaik, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "How to access Control Template parts from Code Behind?" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Bing Maps control with MVVMLight on Windows Phone 7" Joost van Schaik Lightswitch: "LightSwitch Procedural Operations: “Do This, Then Do That”" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Colin Eberhardt has a post up visualizing data from a Gartner mobile smartphone sales prediction report: Gartner ...
MIX 11 happened this past week and I’m still trying to find and catch up on all the announcements changes that came from that. It looks like we can now use XNA on the web via Silverlight (and am I reading that we can do 3d?). We can now use Silverlight in our XNA projects with Windows Phone 7 (yay for having an easy way to make UI’s in XNA now!). And I’m still searching around to see if there were any other big news. The Silverlight + XNA news is pretty big because that opens up a lot of new game ...
I realized that I’ve given several people recommendations on how to deal with resuming a game from tombstoning on Windows Phone 7 over Twitter in the past month or so. So I figured I would write up my thoughts on it. There is no perfect and objectively correct solution. But there are certain common sense things that I believe will help make every gamer’s experience great. First: Read these: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... and http://create.msdn.com/en-U... ...
On Day 2 of Mix 2011, it announced the new version of Silverlight. The main features in this first beta version are: 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 You can see all necessary information and ...
Since my blog is mainly about Silverlight, WPF and Windows Phone 7, I decided that I’d make a recap of today’s MIX 11 Event for those of you who missed it. I only included things that I thought were big enough to mention to not waste any time. Of course, you can check out the keynote yourself by visiting the MIX Site. MIX11 Day 2 – Windows Phone 7 – “Mango” update coming shortly. Microsoft showed a fan-made video that if enough people like it Microsoft will make it a Television commercial. They are ...
I am very excited to help share this news with you today! I feel as excited today as I was when Windows Phone 7 developer story was revealed at MIX10 last year. I see so many more application scenarios with the new tools and features in Windows Phone 7. There has been a few announcements made at MIX11 – let me recap some of what I find important. There was not a disclosure or showing of any new end-user features. There is a commitment to delivering the next update later this year as a free updates ...
I got the email yesterday informing me that I have been selected to speak at DEVLINK 2011. It's not for a few months still (August) but I'm really looking forward to being there. I haven't been to this specific conference, but I've heard a lot of good things about it and I know a number of folks that are going to be speaking or attending. I'll be doing my Building a Game for Windows Phone 7 with XNA 4.0 talk, and I'm sure I'll have a couple copies of my book to giveaway as well. If anyone has any ...
What a crazy week! Big game releases from the XNA Community, podcasts, reviews, interviews, new educational content being posted and all sorts of upcoming titles that I’m excited about. If there was ever a week that I missed stuff, this was the week. Seemed like every time I glanced at twitter or checked my RSS feeds there was some interesting and new XNA thing going on. No need for me to try and convince you, just like at the size of this weeks XNA Notes! Time Critical XNA News: Making Windows Phone ...
Yesterday I found out that I have received a Microsoft MVP Award for XNA/DirectX for 2011. It is a distinct honor and quite humbling. I join the ranks of many great individuals whose contributions, encouragement, and help have had a profound impact on my life. I have greatly enjoyed my time helping others in the App Hub forums, on Twitter, and through this blog since I first discovered XNA a little more than a year ago. I look forward to the expanded opportunities I will have to help you realize ...
Today is April Fool's day...and apparently I fooled quite a few people with my post earlier today! Sorry if you were outraged, concerned (or maybe you were happy and elated?) but I am not losing my MVP status. I'm still an XNA MVP and hope to remain one for as long as XNA is around. I really love the technology and this community! Something that was NOT an April fool's joke however, there are now two new XNA MVPs (well only two knew that I'm aware of, if there's more, please make yourself known!). ...