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Are you serious about games?
Nearly 400 U.S. colleges and universities, including MIT and Carnegie Mellon, now offer formal training in game development, ranging from elective courses to full degree programs. The increasing complexity of computers and game systems requires teams of dozens of artists, producers, and programmers to create a game. "Twenty years ago, a game was made by one guy, or two or three people," says International Game Developers Association executive director Jason Della Rocca. "The games you see now take ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 23, 2008 4:54 PM

Final day for me at the MVP Summit
Today was extremely busy and exhausting as well. The routine here is to wake up early, grab a boxed breakfast and coffee in the huge ballroom at the hotel and then run off to where the buses are parked to take you to the Redmond Microsoft campus. I scheduled meetings with some Microsoft personnel today along with poking my head into some of the sessions that were going on at the Conference Center. I continued to evangelize computer science education and spoke with interested people about the concerns ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 16, 2008 10:13 PM

Day 2 @ Microsoft MVP Summit
Well the weather in April is quite different than the weather in Orlando, FL at this time of year. However, I did notice that there is more color in the trees and plants even though it's cold. I spent most of the morning at an XNA workshop. Even though I'm an ASP.NET MVP, there are certain events that we can go to outside our area. It was interesting to listen to the XNA concerns that the MVP folks had. The speaker who is a senior manager mentioned XNA being used in colleges and that opened up the ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 16, 2008 12:35 AM

Getting to Seattle for the Microsoft MVP Summit Day 1
I arrived early at the airport and met up with our Microsoft local leader Joe, Devfish, Healy. Joe was in high spirits banging away on his keyboard at 7 am! Joe drove from Tampa to Orlando to take the Alaskan Airlines direct flight to Seattle. Joe feels so committed to the MVP program that he makes sure he has money in his budget to go to this event and hook up with the user group leaders at this event. Shawn Weisfeld, a C# MVP and Onetug leader, was next to arrive at the gate. We all boarded the ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 15, 2008 9:36 AM

Teched Tweener Weekend
Joe Healy from Microsoft came up with a brilliant idea which is to have a FREE Teched Tweener Weekend on Saturday, June 7th and Sunday June 8th at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, FL. These 2 days will be jammed packed with free sessions that you can attend. I've been asked to head up a DotNetNuke University for all day Sunday. If you are coming to Tech Ed and want to talk on that day, please let me know. Slots are filling up fast but I may have some available if you act now. More on this ......

Posted On Friday, April 11, 2008 7:28 AM

XNA student game specs
My students have learned enough XNA for them to be able to create their own 2d game. They are ready and anxious. One of the requirements was for them to give me an idea of what the game will be and what will be the game play. So, as we start to develop these games, here's a list of what they will be doing: Helicopter Frenzy- The object of this game is for the player to make it pass all the enemies with a certain score. The players will need to be able to move and fire the helicopter at the same time. ......

Posted On Monday, April 7, 2008 1:15 PM

Orlando DotNetNuke User Group Meeting on Skinning
Will Strohl, also known as hismightiness on the DotNetNuke forum site, did a great job on Saturday at our user group meeting. Skinning is always a popular topic with those that use DotNetNuke. You need to decide to either purchase the many skins available on the DotNetNuke marketplace site or at snowcovered or to design your own. Designing your own requires some skill at graphics and skill at putting all the files together with the tokens you want to use and the css style as well. It's not for the ......

Posted On Sunday, April 6, 2008 3:45 PM

Who would you vote for?
The Communications magazine that is published by ACM had an article based on a survey that listed a top ten Technology Influencers list. Intel organized a panel of experts to vote for the 45 most influential figures in technology over the last 150 years. Yes, that's not a typo, 150 years! Top ten: 1. Tim Berners-Lee (www) 2. Sergey Brin (Google) 3. Larry Page (Google) 4. Gugliemo Marconi (radiotelegraph) 5. Jack Kilby (integrated circuit and calculator) 6. Gordon Moore (Intel) 7. Alan Turing ( Pioneer ......

Posted On Friday, April 4, 2008 8:43 AM

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