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Every week I keep wondering if there’s going to be enough activity in the community to keep doing these notes on a weekly basis and every week I’m reminded of just how awesome and active the XNA community is. There’s engines being made, tutorials being created, games being crafted. There’s information being shared, questions being answered and then there’s another whole community around the Xbox LIVE Indie Games themselves. It’s really incredibly to just watch all that’s going on and I’m glad I’m ...
Last night my wife’s Nexus One finally bit the dust. You may not know but I’ve been nursing her Nexus One one along for quite a while after her screen shattered. I was able to replace it on my own (go me!) but little quirks have been popping up and the phone was quickly deteriorating. Lately it’s been the power button. Wifey would often have to press the power button several times to get her phone to turn on and last night it just wouldn’t wake up again. I took it apart and tried my best to see if ...
Most XNA programmers are concerned about generating garbage. More specifically about allocating GC-managed memory (GC stands for “garbage collector” and is both the name of the class that provides access to the garbage collector and an acronym for the garbage collector (as a concept) itself). Two of the major target platforms for XNA (Windows Phone 7 and Xbox 360) use variants of the .NET Compact Framework. On both variants, the GC runs under various circumstances (Windows Phone 7 and Xbox 360). ...
If you used to think the XNA community was small and inactive, hopefully these XNA Notes are opening your eyes. And I honestly feel like I’m still only catching the tail end of everything that’s going on. It’s a large and active community and you can be so mired down in one part of it you miss all sorts of cool stuff another part is doing. XNA is many things to a lot of people and that makes for a lot of really awesome things going on. So here’s what I saw going on this last week! Time Critical XNA ...
South Florida Code Camp - 02/12/2011 - Final Days to register 13 tracks, 78 sessions, 65 speakers Topics include: Windows Phone 7, Silverlight, Web dev, Architecture/Agile, Sharepoint and SQL Networking with 700 other software developers, over 800 already registered! Free breakfast and lunch Hobnob with speakers, MVP's and authors Party afterwards with attendees and speakers Convenient location at Nova University in Davie Free XBOX 360 Kinect 250 GB raffle (must be present) Free raffle of valuable ...
Another week and another crazy amount of activity going on in the XNA community. I’m fairly certain I missed over half of it. In fact, if I am missing things, make sure to email me and I’ll try and make sure I catch it next week! (clingermangw@hotmail.com). Also, if you’ve got any advice, things you like/don’t like about the way these XNA Notes are going let me know. I always appreciate feedback (currently spammers are leaving me the nicest comments so you guys have work to do!) Without further ado, ...
I recently acquired a Samsung Focus Windows Phone 7 device from AT&T and wanted to share what I thought of it as an end-user. Before I get started, here are several of my write-ups for the Windows Phone 7. You may want to check out the second article titled: Hands-on WP7 Review of Prototype Hardware. From start to finish with the final version of Visual Studio Tools for Windows Phone 7 Hands-on : Windows Phone 7 Review on Prototype Hardware. Deploying your Windows Phone 7 Application to the actual ...
Note: I am currently in the process of relocating my blog from http://www.geekswithblogs.n... to my new address at http://www.techtwaddle.net I suggest you point your feed readers to the new address as I slowly transition to my new shared-hosted, ad-free wordpress blog :) You probably remember my rant from a while back about my windows mobile developer account having problems with the new AppHub, well, there have been few developments and I thought I should share it with you. First up, ...
This post is simple superb – What if Visual Studio had Achievements :-) Although maybe you need to a developer who also has an Xbox to fully understand how good it is. My favourites: Shotgun Debugging – 5 Consecutive Solution Rebuilds with a single character change The Architect – Created 25 Interfaces in a single project The Multitasker – Have more than 50 source files open at the same time Every Option Considered – Created an enum with more than 30 values Thanks to Dominic for highlighting it to ...
Another week and another whirlwind of wonderful works coming from the XNA Community. I find it crazy just how hard it is to keep up with everything going on and knowing just how big the community has gotten recognizing just how much I’m missing as well. But here are the things I DID manage to catch… XNA Developers @Chounard ponders whether he should port sfxr to XNA http://twitter.com/Chounard... And showing just how awesome the XNA commmunity @Chounard DOES (and in a day!) ...
This past week (much like every week in the XNA community) was filled with things happening and people doing cool things (and getting noticed for doing cool things!). You can definitely tell there are some Xbox LIVE Indie game developers starting to make some names for themselves. Can’t wait to name drop them at bars. Me- “Oh you played Game X? Yeah, I know the guy that made that. Pretty cool guy.” Yeah, I’ll be THAT guy. Time Critical XNA News 30 days left to submit XBLIGs made in XNA Game Studio ...
It can be difficult to find something to look forward to in January – but this year it was a little easier as a) I got lots of great Xbox 360 games and b) the Windows Azure Platform element of the Cloud Essentials Pack for Microsoft Partner Network partners went live. I have previously explained what the Cloud Essentials Pack is and how you can access – but at the time I couldn’t share the details of the Windows Azure Platform element. The Windows Azure Platform element is now available. It gives ...
I’ll start off this blog entry with a little background which is necessary for you to understand my situation. I moved from to the UK to Germany about three years ago and while I can converse in German, English is still very much my first language and the language I want my content delivered in. I happily purchased a HTC HD7 when WP7 was released here in Germany thinking foolishly that Microsoft really would get internationalization and localization as it’s at the heart of their business and developer ...
I’m just back from the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). I go to CES to get a sense of what Microsoft is doing in the consumer space, and how people are reacting to it. When I first went to CES 2 years ago, Steve Ballmer announced the beta of Windows 7 at his keynote address, and the crowd went wild. When I went again last year, everyone was hoping for a Windows tablet announcement at the Ballmer keynote. Although they didn’t get one (unless you count the unreleased HP Slate running Windows 7), ...
Just a quick recap of things I noticed going on in or around the XNA community this past week. I’m sure there’s a lot I missed (it’s a pretty big community with lots of different parts to it) but these where the things I caught that I thought were pretty cool. The XNA Team Michael Klucher gave a list of books every gamer should read. http://twitter.com/#!/mkluc... Shawn Hargreaves posted Nelxon Studio posting about a cheatsheet for converting 3.1 to 4.0 http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sha... ...
Today's Review (alphabetic order): GooNews, Grocery Shopping List, Need for Speed, SurfCube, and United Nations News. I'm a day late if these are going to be 'Monday' posts, but there are lots of apps, lots of goodness, and lots of email, so I might try to do 2 a week, we'll see. So once again I've got a small review of 5 apps that are either on my phone or have been. Disclaimers at the end. In this Issue: GooNews is a very cool app from Shawn Wildermuth (AgiliTrain). I don't know if he uses this ...
I'm going to try something here... if it seems useful, I'll continue, if it doesn't, I'll stop... so give me feedback! There are *lots* of Apps in the WP7 Marketplace, and heaven help me, but the Marketplace sucks for finding stuff. I won't rehash what's already been said in the blogs, but I agree with one and all. I went out last Saturday to find 2 apps that I knew were released, and couldn't do so on my device. Even in the Zune app, it took quite a while to find them... ok, I'll back off a bit, ...
As many of my fellow geeks, I ran out and got a retail windows Phone 7 on the first day. Just had to have it :) I’ve had the developer prototypes in my hands for previous 3 months on and off, so I finally wanted to have one I call my own. I’ve rushed the Launch I’ve checked out both AT&T and T-Mobile offerings on day 1 and decided on a Samsung Focus. Great screen, super light and thin. If you don’t believe me that this phone can compete with the best of the non-Phone 7 offerings - get it in your ...
The news hit Monday morning that Google has decided to delay the release of its Google TV platform, and has asked its OEMs to delay any products that embed the software. Coming just about two weeks prior to the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Google’s timing is about the worst imaginable. CES is where the platform should have had its coming out party, especially given all the anticipation that has built up since its initial announcement came 7 months ago. At last year’s CES, it seemed every ...

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Two separate emails arrived in my Inbox. Email #1: The results of detailed survey of UK ISVs which we had commissioned – what makes them tick etc. In that survey it stated “76% of ISVs do not use any ALM tools”. It also stated that of those that did, most only did the basics. I#m not surprised … but I am disappointed. Email #2: The wonderful Black Marble have gone all Xmasy and are offering Visual Studio ALM health checks with chances to win an Xbox 360 + Kinect each week of Dec. It therefore seemed ...
What does SharePoint Composer, an IPad, and a Halo Reach Xbox 360 bundle have in common? The 2010 SharePoint Composer Giveaway! ShareSquared is hosting a giveaway that has some terrific prizes. We have used this same giveaway at the last few technical conferences and it is about to close. Generally, we are giving you the ability to get in on the action even if you were not able to attend one of the conferences. If you would like more detail about the giveaway, timeline, and its rules then follow ...
Just a brief reminder that if your company makes commercial software (in other words, you don’t just develop it for your own employees use) then you should check out the FREE technical event my team is putting on next Thursday (25th Nov 2010). We also with have an Xbox 360 with Kinect to give away plus free books and other goodies. I’m currently looking after the Xbox and have so far resisted peaking in… but I make no promises! :-) Note that we have gone for zero breaks with the intention of making ...
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 ...
I had a whole blog post written up on the evils of Telus and how the “largest 3G network in Canada” doesn’t even run through two of the central provinces – Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Then I found out that they actually are 3G in SK and have the Windows Phone 7 devices listed as “coming soon”, so it would seem that Manitoba is the only province left out. Fine. Whatever. But that still leaves us with an interesting landscape here in Canada. We have three carriers committed to WP7 devices at launch: ...
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 ...
It’s been a while since my last post so I thought I’ll write a filler. Forgive me but I’m going to start off with some rant. My windows mobile marketplace account hasn’t been accessible for a couple of weeks now. Every time I try logging in I get this annoying error which says, “WE’RE SORRY. AN ERROR HAS OCCURRED. We encountered an issue connecting your App Hub account with your Xbox Live Profile. Please visit Xbox.com and update your contact information. After you have updated your contact information, ...
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 ...
I posted just the other day about some intricacies with the Windows Phone marketplace. I got some intel that the info that was available was outdated and that the program had changed, but nothing official was available online yet. Well, now its official, and the changes are definitely developer friendly! Instead of it being just a phone marketplace, Microsoft has combined the Windows Phone and XBOX Live development programs under one program. Registering for the App Hub allows you to submit for both ...
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. ...
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 ...
I was lucky enough to be nominated to receive the Windows Phone 7 from a representative at Microsoft. The phone that was given to me was the LG GW910. Please note that this phone is not mine, it’s going back in a couple of weeks. The review of the phone below is my personal opinion. Keep reading to find out if I’m actually going to buy one and to see other screen shots. Back to the phone, the first thing that I did was remove the sim card from my iPhone 3G and drop it into the WP7. It immediately ...
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 ...
As you might or know – Windows Phone 7 launch of final developer tools is coming very soon and Marketplace is opening it’s doors for submissions of WP7 apps & games in early October. I urge you to get up to date on this communication – ‘A Developer’s Roadmap to Windows Phone 7 Launch Timing’. I recently presented a session at spectacular Jacksonville Code Camp on 8/28/2010 in a wonderfully put together full-day track on Windows Phone 7. If you missed my presentation - here is a link to a video ...
App categories are Microsoft’s way of organizing applications so that users can more easily find what they are looking for. For Windows Phone 7, there are 41 categories and sub-categories to help organize applications for users. When you submit your app to Marketplace you can choose from one of the categories below to help users find your app. Apps can only be placed in one category. Books & Reference - eReader - Fiction - Non-fiction - Reference Business Entertainment Finance Games - Action ...
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 ...
I was sitting watching my son play Transformers:War for Cybertron today (it’s 4x XP points today you know, so he’s got to play 24x7 this weekend…) and I saw an email come in from GoDaddy. I immediately clicked just in case it was one of those titillating GoDaddy girl commercials but instead it was an automatic renewal notice for one of my websites. That’s right XNADevelopment.com was renewed today for another year! It’s really hard to believe that I’ve been writing tutorials and been part of the ...
This is going to be more of a high-level post. But it’s important, especially for my fellow XBLIG developers who are now targeting WP7, since it highlights some things you need to really think about before writing your game (or while porting it). In order to provide a great user experience, all programs (games and apps alike) must display their first screen within 5 seconds of launch and must accept user input within 20 seconds of launch. (See: Windows Phone 7 Application Certification Requirements ...
Announced today during gamescom 2010 in Cologne Germany was some huge news for those of us looking forward to Windows Phone 7 and mobile gaming on Xbox Live. Not only do we now have an extensive list of games coming out at launch, but they have also given us some solid details on what to expect from the Games Hub and Xbox Live as well. One of the best features I’m happy to hear about is that Live Messaging between your Gaming friends will be available via the WP7 device. That means we can stay in ...
One of the toughest things for an Indie game developer is getting exposure. For many Xbox Live Indie Games (“XBLIGs”), the time they spend on the “New Releases” list is critical to their success (or failure). Most games can expect a couple of days to a week before dropping off the end of the list. At that point, if they haven’t jumped up to either the “Top Downloads” or the “Top Rated” list, they will often fall off the radar of many gamers. Recently, though, a very fine gentleman from Germany, Mr. ...
For me, its the smart phone that really speaks to me. When news about this device came out this past February and they showed off the interface and what was planned, I had a huge smile on my face and said, "I just can't wait!" The last time I was all over something like this, was when news came out about the Xbox 360 Elites and luckily for me, that was a shorter wait. So what is so cool about this device? For me, it takes a lot of the things I currently enjoy and packages them into one single device ...
Cloud services platforms are still in their infancy considering the size of the market, but big players like Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, and Google have made significant investments for the future in offering cloud services in some form or the other. In this section, I will outline the offerings of some cloud services providers: Amazon Web Services Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world, and to support its daily operations, Amazon has one of the most advanced data centers in the world. Processing ...
Some of you may have come across this helpful blog post recently, discussing when the garbage collector (a/k/a the GC) runs on Windows Phone 7 devices. Anyone who has programmed in XNA for the Xbox 360 before knows the GC well. For those of you new to XNA, there are several tricks and tips for slaying the evil GC monster that eats frames. This applies to Silverlight apps too, though since Silverlight does quite a lot for you automatically, there’s only so much control you have. First, you must leave ...
One of my hobbies seems to be creating map editors for XNA games. With the new XNA 4.0 Beta(yes, it’s called Windows Phone Developer Tools – don’t worry, it’s the full XNA and builds Windows and Xbox 360 games too, though the current beta doesn’t deploy to the Xbox 360 yet so stick with XNA 3.1 for Xbox games for now)… anyway, with the new XNA 4.0, I thought I’d take the stock WinForms 2 sample (the one that includes building content on the fly using MSBuild) and build it to see how much conversion ...

Episode 2 of the Deep Fried Devcast has been released and is available on iTunes and for streaming at www.deepfrieddevcast.com  In this extra long episode we talk about the recent trend of board games being translated into video games and vice versa.

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The first episode of the Deep Fried Devcast is up for download and stream at www.deepfrieddevcast.com.  In the first episode we talk with Andy 'Zman' Dunn and George Clingerman (of GWB fame!) about XNA, game development, and their Xbox Indie Game, Kissy Poo.

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It has been 4 years since we ran our original Geekswithblogs.net Game Development Contest! Wow does time go by fast. George Clingerman wrote a game called Bob the Fish that shocked the world (well our world) getting him the prized Xbox 360 and later allowing us to play his Xbox game, Kissy Poo. That contest was a huge success and several of our most popular bloggers gained their readership from that event. So a long enough time has passed and enough has changed in the way we develop software now ...
In this Issue: Martin Naughton(-2-), Antoni Dol, SilverLaw, Jeff Handley, Pete Brown, and Ozymandias. Shoutout: snoutholder at the Silverlight SDK announced Get Started with Silverlight (New QuickStart Articles) From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Business Application Themes - ErrorWindow Issues Martin Naughton has a post up discussing Themes in RIA Services and problems with the new themes. He has those problems fixed and zipped up, plus a fix for binding to text resources and a change for the ...
Well I switched back to Sony. After about a year of debating whether or not to keep my XBox 360 or get a PS3 I decided over the weekend to trade in the 360 for a PS3. I had thought about keeping both but I really don’t need two gaming systems. So far I like it, the graphics are good and the game selection is pretty much the same. For me the game exclusives didn’t sway me one way or the other (i.e. I’ve never played Halo so you can’t miss what you never played). My main reasons for switching were: ...