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[Crosspost from Managed World] You know what? I realized something over the last several weeks and it sort of worries me. Surprisingly enough, this actually has nothing to do with Rory whatsoever. I'm sure that's a first, but a guarantee I cannot give for I have a feeling it is not the case nor the knot. Or is it, perhaps maybe it is or to be hither? Yay to be to yay, just mine for mine just. A rhino's nose hath bloweth but to thine growth I stayeth true. For gredd? Nay! For love! Or happiness I ...
[Crosspost from Managed World] Benjamin Nitschke made an announcement today that the English versions of the video tutorials for Rocket Commander have now been released on the Coding4Fun website over at MSDN. The website says each video tutorial is 40 minutes. There are ten tutorials, so we are looking at possibly 400 minutes of video tutorials on game programming if the numbers are correct :). So, well, take a day off of work (or two) and enjoy the tutorials :). I've been waiting for this since ...
Of the three submissions, #1 & #2 were both appealing. No mention of #3 at all.

#1 (the Home Automation book) may be overlapping with another project they have in the works, they are looking into it.
#2 (one of the Game Programming books) was the most appealing to them and they have requested more info from me to "kick things off".

Here I go feeling cautiously optimistic... :)

http://blogs.msdn.com/dwell... (scroll down) Take a good look at the picture and tell me what's missing... (for those just tuning in, the photo is of David Weller's bookshelf/collection of good game programming books. ISBN 1-59059-401-0 is noticeably absent... guess he knows something I didn't.) my rant/review (Believe it or not, I don't have anything personal against Mr. Weller, I'm just really annoyed at having wasted good money on such a crappy book. I'm sure he's ...
After a weekend of mostly vegging, I'm mostly back to normal and ready for work on Monday. Tech*Ed Orlando was awesome but I'm glad to be back. That's a tough pace to sustain for much longer than a week. What's next on my agenda? Well... lessee... 7/14 Open Source Mobile Game Programming Expo (Final) 8/18 - 8/21 GenCon (Indianapolis, IN) BIG MAYBE 8/27 Jacksonville Code Camp (Jacksonville, FL) Speaking 9/2 - 9/5 Dragon*Con (Atlanta, GA) 9/17 Charleston Code Camp (Charleston, SC) Speaking 10/23 - ...
OMG I'm exhausted. I feel like I've been beaten with a bag of tshirt bricks. As the first official day of Tech*Ed draws to a close, let me just say one thing... “NOBODY throws a bash like Microsoft”. I have not spent a dime since I left SC. Everything at Tech*Ed is covered. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, after-parties, etc... It's amazing. (Ok yeah, technically I owe the state of Florida 75 cents but that's a whole other issue.) Met more cool folks today, and also got a chance to get better ...
So I'm at favorite bookstore and this Game Programming book catches my eye. Ok, the title was interesting, but it was actually the 40% off sticker that REALLY sucked me in. Hmmm I think to myself... a game programming book that focuses on VB.NET, from one of my favorite publishers, and 40% off?? Well, needless to say, $30 later (do the math) I'm flipping through my newest acquisition. Preliminary opinions are not good. (There will be a review, and the tech editor will be crucified...) However, I ...
This is a cool idea... http://www.dotnetolympics.org/ I'd REALLY like to see the Carolinas do something like this as well. We have numerous user groups. (It's funny... GC.NUG is doing the Open Source Mobile Game Programming Expo, which ends in July. When we first came up with the idea I wanted to include other Carolina groups to make it a bigger event and more fun. The primary opposition to that suggestion ended up dropping out of the contest after a couple months, quitting the company I work at ...
Well the buzz from Atlanta Code Camp is starting to wear off a bit and let me just say I had a great time. My presentation (GDI+) went very well, with lots of questions (although overall I think the Charlotte one went a tiny bit smoother on my end). I also caught some great presentations on free .NET tools and the Enterprise Library. My two absolute favorites of the day were on Speech Server and Programming Windows Media Center (with a healthy dose of home automation). Oh how I wish those two guys ...
For those of you who couldn't make it to last night's meeting, you really missed a good one. Attendance was around 32 people and the pizza and wings from Papa John's (courtesy of Microsoft) were delicious. Thank you Blackbaud for giving us a place to meet. Doug Turnure (MS) gave a terrific presentation on what's coming with Indigo / SOA. Doug was also nice enough to allow us to pick his brain about other Microsoft technologies coming down the pipe. It was quite informative. We officially kicked off ...
Tonight is the Greater Charleston .NET User Group (GC.NUG) meeting, which contrary to certain people's opinion is NOT pronounced GC NOOJ. :) Anyway, we meet at Blackbaud at 6:00 and tonight's meeting features Doug Turnure of Microsoft, who will be talking about Indigo and SOA. He's also graciously offered to spring for the (Papa John's) pizza. In addition to Doug's presentation, we will be officially kicking off the 2005 Open Source Mobile Game Programming Expo, which runs from today until the July ...
My local user group http://groups.yahoo.com/gro... is having a Game Programming contest. Starts in January, ends in July. We've already got some cool prizes lined up, with hopefully more before long. So far we have an XBox, 1 year of PocketPC Magazine & VB.NET Standard as prizes. I've been thinking about what I want to do, and whether or not I can finish it in 6 months and have it look fairly good. I'm thinking I'll do a card game. Something other than solitaire though. Something with a ...
I meant to add this last week, but I'm a slacker... GC.NUG First Meeting Notes (12/09/2004) As many of you know, we had our first meeting tonight. I'd like to thank all of you who could make it. I had a great time and met some great people. I hope all of you did too. A big thank you to Blackbaud for giving us a place to meet each month.Attendance was good! We had 34 names on the signin sheet, and I know a few more folks slipped in after we got started. I think it was around 37 total.We started things ...
Last time I blogged about chatting with book authors, I promised to post an update on the upcoming DirectX chat. For this one, I give you not one, not two but three book authors on a DirectX Chat. This time we are bringing you our Direct X mavericks , Tom Miller (Author of many books, including the upcoming Writing a game using Managed DirectX) , Alexandre Lobao (the author of Beginning .NET Game Programming in VB.NET) , David Weller (the author of Beginning .NET Game Programming in C#, and Microsoft ...
For the last few weeks I have been working on deploying chats infrastructure for MSDN Canada website. The previous version had some limitations --> it required certain ports to be open. The new chat, Chats 2.0, are completely web based. Port 80!!!! So what's this chatting with microsoft experts, book authors title? Developers are picky, so if they have questions, they want expert answers to it. For the 3 chats I scheduled so far I lined up AWESOME experts for topics in BizTalk, Security and Gaming. ...
What I have found in my vast experience of experimentation and failure is that I don't have a single bone in my body that can draw anything. Sure, I'm a master at stick figures, but my skill isn't even to the level to allow me to do masterpieces of modern art like Rory does. Since I've been working on a 2d tile-based game engine, I have found that I long to have any sort of drawing skills. In that vein, I came across some really good links if you are at all interested in pixel art or arcade-like ...
Well, the XGameStation is finally finished. I was starting to wonder if it was ever going to come out. I've been excited about this for a long time. Not only do you have a console you can program against, but it is built in a such a way to be a hobbyist console that also teaches you how consoles work in the first place. Considering that I was never into computers when others were having their first C64 or AppleII moments, I have a feeling that this baby is going to cause me to have many late nights. ...