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Often times, you want to take a screenshot of an application’s page. There can be multiple reasons. For instance, you can use this to provide an easy feedback method to beta testers. I find this super invaluable when working on integration of design in an app, and the user can take quick screenshots, attach them to an email and send them to me directly from the Windows Phone device. However, the same mechanism can also be used to provide screenshots are a feature of the app, for example if the user ...
In this Issue: Mark Monster, Kevin Dockx, Jeremy Likness(-2-,-3-), Timmy Kokke, Den Delimarsky, Mike Snow, Samuel Jack(-2-), and Renuka Prasad(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Trigger a Storyboard on ViewModel changes" Mark Monster WP7: "Microsoft Push Notification in Windows Phone 7" Renuka Prasad Shoutouts: SilverlightGal sent me the link to The Silverlight Dossier ... I think it's a pretty good start... additions I'd like to see are ways to submit to the various areas. Michael Crump put up ...
In this Issue: John Papa, Tim Heuer, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-, -3-), Jesse Liberty, Jay Kimble, Wei-Meng Lee, Paul Sheriff, Mike Snow(-2-, -3-), Samuel Jack, James Ashley, and Peter Kuhn. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Animation Texture Creator" Peter Kuhn WP7: "dows Phone from Scratch #13 — Custom Behaviors Part II: ActionTrigger" Jesse Liberty Shoutouts: Awesome blog post by Jesse Liberty about writing in general: Ten Requirements For Tutorials, Videos, Demos and White Papers That Don’t Suck From SilverlightCream.com: ...
In this Issue: Michael Crump, Jesse Liberty, Shawn Wildermuth, Domagoj Pavlešic, Peter Kuhn, James Ashley, Sara Summers, Morten Nielsen, Peter Torr, and Tau Sick. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 4 – Coded UI Framework Video Tutorial" Michael Crump WP7: "Windows Phone From Scratch #12–Custom Behaviors (Part I)" Jesse Liberty From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 4 – Coded UI Framework Video Tutorial Michael Crump posted a video tutorial today on the Coded UI Test Framework that we got with ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Samuel Jack, Alfred Astort(-2-), Nokola(-2-), Avi Pilosof, Chris Klug, Pete Brown, Laurent Bugnion(-2-), and Jaime Rodriguez(-2-, -3-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Sharing resources and styles between projects in Silverlight" Chris Klug WP7: "Windows Phone Application Performance at Silverlight Firestarter" Jaime Rodriguez Training: "Silverlight View Model (MVVM) - A Play In One Act" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Koen Zwikstra announced the availability of the ...
In this Issue: Adam Kinney, Jonathan van de Veen, René Schulte(-2-), Vikas, Chad Campbell, Chris Koenig, John Papa, and Martin Krüger. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight TV #54: Introducing 11 Brand New Labs" John Papa WP7: "Gestures in Windows Phone 7" Chris Koenig Training: "New Windows Phone 7 tutorials for Designers on toolbox!" Adam Kinney Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty posted ways to get help when you get stuck: Top 10 Tips To Getting Help With Silverlight From SilverlightCream.com: New Windows ...
I just got my first WP7 (an LG Quantum) about ten hours ago. Since then I’ve explored it, played games on it, registered it as a dev phone, deployed my project that’s nearest to completion and tested that, taken some pictures, transferred some essential albums to it, downloaded some apps and some trials, and setup my twitter account and several email accounts both standard and custom. Between one thing and another, I never had a chance to use an actual phone until now. So I’ve been running on pure ...
In this Issue: Ryan Alford(-2-), Joe McBride, Rob Tiffany, Pete Brown, Charles Petzold(-2-), Alfred Astort, Mark Hopkins, Nokola, Chris Klug, Gergely Orosz, and Adam Barney. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Creating a Metro UI Style Control" Joe McBride WP7: "Ready for take-off? Top 10 things to check when you think you are done with your application" Alfred Astort Shoutouts: Adam Barney posted his "Introduction to the MVVM UI Pattern": Slides and Demo from Iowa Code Camp Damon Payne gave a WP7 presentation ...
The release of the recent update to the Xbox 360’s dashboard has caused quite a commotion among the Xbox LIVE Indie Games (“XBLIG”) community. The primary reasons for this have been a negative response to various changes that have occurred in regards to XBLIG’s look and presence on the Xbox. Unfortunately, what was an “Indie Developers Unhappy With Dashboard Changes” story has been slowly corrupted into a “Microsoft Wants To Kill XBLIG” story. I undoubtedly played a part in that with my post here ...
In this Issue: Michael Crump, XAMLCast, Sigurd Snørteland, Brad Tutterow(-2-), Manuel Felício(-2-), Mohamed Mosallem, Lee(-2-), Walt Ritscher, Chris Koenig, and Jeff Blankenburg. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Architecting Silverlight LOB applications – Part 1" Manuel Felício WP7: "OData v2 and Windows Phone 7" Chris Koenig New: "Visual Studio Async CTP for the rest of us…" Michael Crump Shoutouts: Shawn Wildermuth posted an interesting discussion: A Week with WP7 from an Android User's Perspective ...
In this Issue: Jesse Liberty, Senthil Kumar, Jason, John Papa, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-, -3-), Jeremy Likness, Richard Waddell(-2-), Karsten Januszewski, Brad Tutterow(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Isolating the C# Code in Silverlight Class Library Projects" Richard Waddell WP7: "31 Days of Windows Phone | Day #29: Animations" Jeff Blankenburg Training: "More training videos of Windows Phone 7 for Developers" Senthil Kumar "Windows Phone 7 How-To Index" Karsten Januszewski Shoutouts: Lots of Silverlight ...
I would like to invite you to a FREE BizSpark WP7 Developer Day. What: All day Windows Phone 7 Event focused on getting developers up to speed with the tools and technology needed to launch applications into the Marketplace. This event is brought to you by BizSpark and ONETUG. When: Saturday, November 6th Where: DeVry University (4000 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32839) Register for FREE: http://bizsparkwp7.eventbri... Food: Morning bagels and lunch will be served Schedule Morning Bizspark and ...
Microsoft is having a Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch right now across the USA. I attended the event in Atlanta and tweeted about it. Since the tweets, I’ve had several people ask me about it. So here goes: The unofficial Q&A to the Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch. ---------------------------... What are the topics? Do you have the PowerPoint slides from the sessions? Where did ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Peter Kuhn, Alex Golesh, Jonathan Marbutt, Karsten Januszewski(-2-, -3-, -4-), Erik Mork, Jeff Blankenburg, Martin Krüger, and Colin. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Programmatic Silverlight Tree View Control Node Expansion using View Model (MVVM)" Michael Washington WP7: "Conditional Logic During Start Up of a Windows Phone App" Karsten Januszewski From SilverlightCream.com: Programmatic Silverlight Tree View Control Node Expansion using View Model (MVVM) Michael ...
The always fun and beautiful Tallahassee Code Camp 2010 is upon us! I invite you to join me and 40+ other speakers and hundreds of our dearest friends to this live FREE event. As usual free bfast and lunch provided. And be sure to come by the after party! For more details and sing up for this free event go here: http://tallycodecamp.org The Windows Phone 7 Developer track at this event is in full force: 8:15am - 9:30am Windows Phone 7 Overview by Joe Healy 9:45am - 10:45am Intro to Silverlight Development ...
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In this Issue: Walter Ferrari, Wei-Meng Lee, Rob Eisenberg, Timmy Kokke, Joost van Schaik, Jesse Liberty, Jeff Blankenburg, Jeremy Likness, and Victor Gaudioso(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight (and Sharepoint): "Silverlight and Sharepoint 2010: Getting Started" Walter Ferrari WP7: "Windows Phone 7 – Animation and Games (Part 2)" Jesse Liberty WP7 (2): "31 Days of Windows Phone | Day #19: Push Notifications" Jeff Blankenburg Shoutouts: Tim Sneath has some (not messy) pumpkin-carving fun to share ...
In this Issue: Roberto Sonnino, Jonathan Marbutt, Jonathan van de Veen, René Schulte, Vikram Pendse, Andrej Tozon(-2-, -3-, -4-), Andrea Boschin(-2-), Jesse Liberty, Jeff Blankenburg, and Team XNA. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Layout States with Reactive Extensions" Andrej Tozon WP7: "WP7 Fast Tips: Load (decode) and Save (encode) Jpeg files" Andrea Boschin XNA on WP7: "New WP7 Games Educational Content on App Hub: Performance!" Team XNA Shoutouts: Joost van Schaik has instructions on ...
In this Issue: Martin Krüger, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), Shawn Wildermuth(-2-), Dave Relyea, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Peter Kellner, David Anson, Andy Beaulieu, Pete Vickers, and Peter Foot. Above the Fold: Expression Blend: "Creating a Simple Action" Kirupa Chinnathambi WP7: "Architecting WP7 - Part 4 of 10: Client-side Data" Shawn Wildermuth Lightswitch: "Building Job Ads Management Module With LightSwitch Beta 1 For Silicon Valley Code Camp" Peter Kellner Shoutouts: Congrats go out to Jonathan van de ...
In this Issue: Martin Krüger, Viktor Larsson, Peter Brady, Colin Eberhardt, Jeremy Likness, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), and Jesse Liberty. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Quick Fix for Silverlight HyperlinkButton Rendering" Peter Brady WP7: "iPhone to Windows Phone 7 – XNA, Animation and Games" Jesse Liberty Blend: "Expression blend 4 Add-in for access to a Silverlight XAML source code 4 project" Martin Krüger Shoutouts: My buddy András Velvárt posted a link to one of his company's latest creations... a ...
Just finished watching the Windows Phone 7 launch event that streamed live from NYC this morning. Was a great event that really set the stage for the platforms launch next month. My general thoughts are that the platform looks very promising and Microsoft is definitely leveraging lessons learned from Apple and Google’s phone offerings as well as the various platforms that they’ve developed (.NET, Silverlight, XNA, Zune, etc.). Of course, until people actually get their hands on the devices and put ...
With the upcoming announcements around Windows Phone 7, I thought now would be a good time to dive into the platform and see what its all about. For those thinking that writing apps for the WP7 platform would be like writing apps for any other platform, prepare for a reality check (unless you’ve written XNA apps for the XBOX Live marketplace…I’m assuming the process is somewhat similar). A key aspect of the WP7 experience is the Marketplace – a Microsoft controlled gateway to getting your mobile ...
El día de hoy fue la primera reunión para desarrolladores de XNA donde Mario Alvarez nos compartió un poco de su pasión y conocimiento en desarrollo de juegos. Siendo esta una introducción, Mario nos habló desde teoría general hasta darnos una demo del juego SpaceRain. XNA es un ambiente de programación, basado en el .NET Framework, para el desarrollo de juegos destinados a Windows Phone, Xbox 360, y sistemas Windows en general. Programar un juego es un poco distinto a programar una aplicación convencional. ...

Last night I finished the core functionality of Ambush, an Asteroids-style clone I made while developing RhinoXNA.

You can find the game and source code at my website here.

There are some tweaks that need to be made before the game is finalized (such as asteroid defect updates and some other gameplay oriented tweeks like ship speed and such).

Hope you guys like it, and I'd love some feedback.

The Windows Phone 7 developer launch is rapidly closing in! My list of app and game ideas grows daily, and I am starting my XNA training to be the game programmer I have fantasized being since i was in the 5th grade. I have found a gem of a book Learn XNA 3.0 by Aaron Reed which is a fun read as well as informative. Only drawback is that all of the XNA code is written in 3.0 and XNA 4.0 has been radically altered to optimize the code across the 4 platforms (Windows, Xbox Live, Zune, Windows Phone ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Richard Waddell, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-, -3-), Dejan Jakovic, Peter Kuhn, Domagoj Pavlešic, Thomas Martinsen, Jesse Liberty, and Joost van Schaik(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Unsaved Data Detection " Michael Washington WP7: "Extension methods for tomb stoning the Windows Phone 7 model" Joost van Schaik Expression Blend: "Simple Layout Techniques In Blend " Richard Waddell Shoutouts: Mark your calendars, because Beth Massi announced MSDN Radio on ...
While I think that Microsoft is shooting themselves in the foot by not releasing WP7 on CDMA networks this year (such as Sprint, meaning no new phone for me personally), these two free developer training events in Dallas sound interesting: Day 1, Wed. Oct. 20: In the first of this two-day launch event, we’ll take you under the hood of Windows Phone 7 and the Windows Phone 7 platform with a progressive set of learning sessions. We’ll start with the basic tools and fundamentals of Windows Phone 7 application ...
Most people who Google some form of 'business' and 'games' typically comes across this awesome site that I've read for quite awhile now called Gamasutra.com. Gamasutra features loads of info on the business and development side of games as well as job postings and blogs by experts and site members. I've been a mamber there for quite awhile now but only started posting there. In fact, today's post there is an updated version of something I posted here. Everything I'm going to be posting there is going ...
As a complement to the already available Windows Phone 7 developer tools, templates for VB are now available. http://www.microsoft.com/do... Here is the full announcement from the VB team and a walk through of how to use it: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbt... You need to have the release tools installed and then this is a ...
I'm going on tour... talking about WP7 & XNA. (Dates below) XNA Games on Windows Phone 7 DESCRIPTION Chris G. Williams will be presenting 'A Tour of Windows Phone 7 and XNA 4.0'. In this talk, he'll cover what's new in XNA 4.0, especially as it pertains to Windows Phone 7. He'll cover phone features, using the emulator and how to take advantage of the various sensors (like the Accelerometer) and features (MultiTouch, Gestures, Push Notifications, etc) in your games. Rumor has it, he may even ...
So if you haven't noticed by the loads of info I'm mentioned about it, I'm working on an Asteroids clone called Ambush using RhinoXNA (a graphics library I developed over XNA). I've been working on it for a month or two now and here is a list of what I have left to do: Must Haves Collision (asteroids, ship, bullet) Ability to shoot bullets Lives and player ship death (including returning to main menu after Game Over) Finish Help Menu Nice To Haves RhinoXNA splash screen Intro story Game story Multiplayer ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Paul Patterson, Gergely Orosz, Dimitris - Ilias Gkanatsios, Kirupa Chinnathambi, SilverLaw(-2-), Sergey Barskiy, Jeremy Likness, and Sigurd Snørteland. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "CodeBox - Syntax Highlighting In Silverlight For Any Programming Language " SilverLaw WP7: "Back to Windows Phone 7 Database " Sergey Barskiy Lightswitch: "LightSwitch Student Information System (Part 2): Business Rules and Screen Permissions " Michael Washington Shoutouts: Karl Shifflett ...
In this Issue: Johan Danforth, Michael S. Scherotter, Xianzhong Zhu(-2-), Michael B. McLaughlin, Mike Taulty, Michael Crump, Jobi Joy, Brad Tutterow(-2-), Roger Gullhaug, Tim Heuer, and Walter Ferrari. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight, Out-Of-Browser and Multiple Windows" Mike Taulty WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Developer Tips and Tricks" Jeff Wilcox via Tim Heuer Training: "Windows Phone Training Kit for Developers – RTM Refresh" Yochay Kiriaty Shoutouts: Available in the Microsoft Download Center: ...
In this Issue: John Papa, Tau Sick, Rudi Grobler, David Anson, Tim Heuer, Pete Brown, Jesse Liberty, Brandon Watson, Scott Guthrie, and Miro Miroslavov. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "5+ Ways to Reduce your .Xap Size" Miro Miroslavov WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools Released " Scott Guthrie Shoutouts: Crocus Girl posted this contest from SilverlightShow: Announcing SilverlightShow 5-day Windows Phone 7 Quiz! John Papa posted the materials that went along with his OOB brown-bag last week: Silverlight ...
If you’ve played around with the WP7 emulator, you may have gotten into the settings screen and may have noticed that there are these things called “themes”. The emulator’s default is the “dark” background with the “blue” accent. However the phone can also have a “light” background, and supports the following accents: “magenta”, “purple”, “teal”, “lime”, “brown”, “pink”, “orange”, “blue”, “red”, “green”, and an eleventh optional color that the manufacturer of the phone can set. Most people naturally ...
The official and the final bits of windows phone 7 developer tools are now available, go download them from here. The installer bundles everything you need to develop for windows phone 7 in a nice little package that includes, - Visual Studio 2010 Express - Silverlight for windows phone 7 - XNA Game Studio 4 for windows phone 7 - Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone 7 - Windows Phone 7 emulator You also get a phone registration and deployment tool which you can use to register and unlock a wp7 device, ...
The Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools have now shipped. I am extremely happy to share this news with you! And can be downloaded here. What’s included: Visual Studio 2010 for Windows Phone Express Blend 4 for Windows Phone XNA Game Studio 4.0 for Windows Phone Necessary SDK and Emulator If you already have the above products, the downloader will only get what is needed. Full install might be available later. Inside the final SDK you will find the Panorama, Pivot and Bing Maps controls that were eagerly ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington(-2-), Brian Noyes, Michael Ossou, Sharker Khaleed Mahmud, Mike Taulty, Jeremy Likness, Brad Tutterow(-2-), and András Velvárt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Best Practices for Themes in Modular Silverlight Applications " Jeremy Likness WP7: "Being theme aware in Windows Phone 7 Silverlight apps" András Velvárt Lightswitch: "LightSwitch Student Information System" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Erik Mork & Crew have their latest podcast up: Show 106: Jetpack themes ...
Merge Wpf and Silverlight to single framework · Merge both frameworks to use the same assemblies and controls (with optional functionality in separate assemblies) make a .net silverlight profile that would be a subset of .net client profile and used by partially trusted xaps. · Conditional compilation within Xaml - stopgap solution: for Silverlight/WPF differences in shared markup. · Support the direct hosting of Silverlight – stopgap solution: support the direct hosting of Silverlight in a WPF application ...
In this Issue: Szilárd Szakács, Michael Washington, Mike Taulty(-2-), Chris Koenig, Tim Heuer, Kranthi Kiran Gullapalli, David Anson, Mohamed Mosallem, Michael Crump, Dan Wahlin. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "MVVM so easy a n00b can do it (Silverlight4) " Michael Crump WP7: "DeferredLoadListBox (and StackPanel) help Windows Phone 7 lists scroll smoothly and consistently " David Anson Lightswitch: "A LightSwitch Home Page " Michael Washington Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty has a ** DRAFT ** Community Comment ...
One of the guys here at Protegra, Paul Jones, has been dabbling in XNA development for the better part of the last year. He’s just got his first indie game, That Orange Guy, available on the XBox Live Marketplace under Indie games! It’s a platformer similar to Mega Man, but with a lot more orange than blue and cell shading instead of anime-style beasties. Talking with Paul, he’s very excited about XNA development and very proud of his game. But he’s also sort of shy, so I thought I’d help spread ...
In this Issue: Ben Wintringham, XNA Creators Club(-2-), Sony Arouje, John Papa, Mike Ormond, Microsoft(-2-), Jaana Metsamaa(-2-), Todd Knudsen, Jeremy Likness. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Design-Time Friendly ViewModels with MEF " Jeremy Likness WP7: "XNA from Silverlight on Windows Phone 7 – Saving Pictures " Mike Ormond Training: "Create Games for Windows Phone 7 " XNA Creators Club Shoutouts: Charles Petzold will be presenting on WP7 in New York on October: Author news: Charles Petzold presenting ...
In this Issue: Peter Bromberg, Derik Whittaker(-2-), Paul Patterson, Michael Crump(-2-), Gill Cleeren and Kevin Dockx, Gergely Orosz, Dimitris - Ilias Gkanatsios, Jaime Rodriguez, and Georgi Atanasov. Shoutouts: My friend Koen Zwikstra poses the question How can we improve Silverlight Spy?... log into the forum and give him ideas. SilverlightShow announced Free SilverlightShow Webinar: Sketchflow in Real Scenarios Senthil Kumar announced Microsoft Patterns & Practices – Windows Phone 7 Developer ...
This is just going to be a quick post on some techniques for getting your XAP size down when creating games for WP7. It is by no means exhaustive. First, XAP files are basically zip files with specific requirements re: mandatory content and directory layout. So any solutions that would involve zip-style compression will almost certainly result in a larger XAP sizes due to added code. So those type of solutions are off-the-table. But if you can shrink your source input in ways that zip compression ...

The first alpha of RhinoXNA has been released, go check it out at http://rhinoxna.codeplex.com and let me know what you think!

 

In this Issue: Anton Polimenov, Paul Patterson, Beth Massi(-2-), Derik Whittaker, Dinesh Sodani, jbaird, priozersk, Kyle McClellan(-2-), Dimitris - Ilias Gkanatsios, and Matthias Shapiro. Shoutouts: Koen Zwikstra amazingly enough has the latest Silverlight already in Silverlight Spy 3.0.0.13 ... get the download SilverLaw has a cool Silverlight game up: SilvAir Strike - A Silverlight 4 Game The Silverlight Team Blog posted this article: The Future of Silverlight Peter Torr posted his Sample code ...
In this Issue: Benjamin Gavin, Haruhiro Isowa, Scott Fletcher, Georgi Atanasov, Timmy Kokke, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Anoop Madhusudanan, Mike James, Beat Kiener, Rudi Grobler, Lightswitch Tutorial, Jeff Brand, Manfred Pohler, Indrajit, Levente Mihály, and Erik Klimczak. Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty has posted The Great Silverlight Competency Test [2] Michael S. Scherotter posted BALL Watch Silverlight Contest Winners Announced ... and wow... do those look great!! ... congratulations everyone! Max Paulousky ...
I have been up to mucho in the past few weeks and nothing at the same time. I'm currently in the process of re-designing InsideGamer.org to be my personal portfolio with a whole new color scheme and layout (including a new web host!). I'm continuing work on Project Ambush which is the first full game to use the open source library I'm developing, RhinoXNA. Not to mention several books I've read and games I've completed. All this on top of a 40-hour/week salary job. All work and no play makes Matt ...
Update 1 (Sept. 17, 2010): While the part below about using SLSvcUtil.exe to generate the service reference undoubtedly still works, it is no longer necessary. The RTM version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools now properly supports right-clicking on your game project's "References" item in the Solution Explorer and adding a Service Reference that way. ChannelFactory and related methods remain unsupported. For more details see http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... (Networking ...
Reece turned six this year and for his big birthday bash he wanted to have a super cool, super fun super hero party. So Wifey and I sat down and tried to plan a birthday party for a bunch of super hero six year olds. We had it ALL mapped out and our battle plan ready and then two days before the big event I had a thought. A crazy geek dad thought. I should make a game. A SUPER HERO game. A game that all the kids at the party could play. And not only could they play it, but I should make it so that ...