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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. March 2010 Entries
Developing For Windows Phone 7 Series with XNA 4.0
I have a talk submitted to the Heartland Developers Conference. It's called: Developing For Windows Phone 7 Series with XNA 4.0 Here's a description: Forget Droid, Windows Phone 7 Series is the iPhone killer. If you want to learn to build killer touch-based apps for this next generation mobile device then this is the session for you. We’ll go over phone specific features and how to leverage those features with XNA 4.0 and C# I need your votes in order to give this talk. Please go here: ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 11:45 AM

Twin Cities Code Camp 8 (EIGHT?!?)

Yep, Twin Cities Code Camp EIGHT is just around the corner (11 days from this writing.)

We've got some great sessions lined up, and a mini-mountain of swag to give away.

If you haven't registered yet, we're ALMOST at capacity... so don't delay.

See you there...

Posted On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 11:35 AM

9Q w/ Michelle Juett

Yeah, it's been a while since the last one. But this one is worth the wait.

NINE Questions with Michelle Juett

Posted On Monday, March 29, 2010 9:42 PM

Game Design Dilemma
I'm working on a 2d tilemapped RPG. I've actually made quite a fair amount of progress, but I'm at a point where I need to make a UI decision. I have the overland world completely mapped out, and I have several towns and special areas. I'm on the fence about how to integrate the two. Scenario 1: I have one ginormous map, where everything is the same scale. This means you can walk in and out of towns without having to load or wait and transition in any way. With everything the same scale, movement ......

Posted On Monday, March 29, 2010 6:14 PM

regarding the Windows Phone 7 series, XNA and Visual Basic
as long as we're talking about VB... I figured I would share this as well. Hi everyone, I'm about to express a sentiment that might ruffle a few feathers, but I think most of you know me well enough to know I love like accept VB for what it is and that what I'm about to say is with good intentions. (The rest of you, who don't know me, please take my word for it.) The world is full of VB developers, I was one of them for a long time. I think it's safe to assume that none of us are ignorant people ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2010 11:34 AM

No VB6 to VS2010 direct upgrade path
From the "is this really news?" department... From looking at the currently available versions of 2010, there is no direct upgrade path from VB6 to VS2010. Anyone still using VB6 and wishing to upgrade to VS2010 has two options: Use the upgrade tool from an earlier version of VS (like 2005 or 2008) and then run the upgrade in VS2010 to get the rest of the way... or rewrite your code. I'll leave it as an exercise to the reader which is the better option. I'd like to take a moment to point out the ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2010 11:20 AM

What's going on with INETA and the Regional Speakers Bureau?
For those of you that have been waiting patiently (and not so patiently) I'm happy to say that we're very near completion on some changes/enhancements/improv... that will allow us to finally go live with the INETA Regional Speakers Bureau. I know quite a few of you have already registered, which is great (though some of you may need to come back and update your info) and we've had a few folks submit requests, mostly in a test capacity, but soon we'll be up and live. Here's how it breaks down. ......

Posted On Monday, March 22, 2010 12:06 PM

Windows 7 complaint
Let me start by saying that I love Windows 7. I think it's the best OS that Microsoft has put out in ages, possibly ever. However, I do have one little complaint. Actually it's not that little, it's become a real pain in the butt for me. I'm talking about Forced Updates. Yes, I know it's always been a problem and that Windows would occasionally force a reboot while you were away, in order to install some important update. That's not quite what I'm referring to. I mean the new "feature" where you ......

Posted On Monday, March 8, 2010 10:33 PM

conference season
It's that time of year where I get ridiculously busy. In addition to working on EDAKTBYD as much as possible, I'm also entering conference season. I was just at the MVP Summit a couple weeks ago, and now I'm headed to the NYC Code Camp this weekend. (3/6/10) That's followed by a trip to Austin, TX to speak at SXSW (3/12/10) and then flying from there to Vegas for MIX (315/10 - 3/17/10). Once I get back, I have the kickoff meeting for the new relaunch of the Twin Cities XNA group (3/18/10). I'll have ......

Posted On Monday, March 1, 2010 4:54 PM

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