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The Krewe App Post-Mortem
Now that teched has come and gone, I thought I would use this opportunity to do a little post-mortem on The Krewe app. It is one thing to test the app at home. It is a completely different animal to see how it responds in the environment TechEd creates. At a future time, I will list all the things that I would like to change with the app. At this point, I will find some good way to get community feedback. I want to break all this down screen by screen. We'll start with the screen I got right. The ......

Posted On Friday, May 23, 2014 2:58 PM

Tweaks to Card Roulette
I made some tweaks to Card Roulette. I added some quick interface code so I could make sure the Decks and Cards were working as expected. This lead to the addition of the ability of to add a card to a deck. Otherwise, you can't put a card in a discard pile. I also added a ToString for a PlayingCard. I would pound through some more code, but I need to prepare for tomorrow. What's tomorrow, you ask? Well, remember yesterday when I mentioned the Windows Phone Garage in Birmingham, Alabama? That is tomorrow. ......

Posted On Friday, February 17, 2012 9:51 PM

The Krewe App update notes
I recently published version 2.0 of The Krewe Windows Phone app. The app is meant to facilitate social interactions at conferences, primarily TechEd North America. Version 1 of the app, published for last year, was primarily meant as a consumption app. We provided a list of events, a view of a Twitter feed, and the ability to view where other users are located. The location view used a "checkin" mechanism, similar to FourSquare, where people could check into a location. The location would then display ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 6, 2014 1:18 PM

Data Binding to Attached Properties
When I was working on my C#/XAML game framework, I discovered I wanted to try to data bind my sprites to background objects. That way, I could update my objects and the draw functionality would take care of the work for me. After a little experimenting and web searching, it appeared this concept was an impossible dream. Of course, when has that ever stopped me? In my typical way, I started to massively dive down the rabbit hole. I created a sprite on a canvas, and I bound it to a background object. ......

Posted On Friday, June 14, 2013 3:17 PM

How I bricked my Lumia 920...
...and how you can avoid the same fate. Any of you that follow me on Twitter know that I bricked my Lumia 920 Friday night. I didn't mean to brick my phone. These things just kind of happen. Now that I read up on what happened, I want to share with you what I wish I would have known last night. Let's start for me setting the scene. Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, decided to not allow people to merge Microsoft Accounts. This led to a problem once Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 hit the scene. I ......

Posted On Sunday, December 16, 2012 12:27 AM

My Tech Ed North America Preview - Certification Edition
In my previous TechEd North America Preview, I addressed all the content I wanted to see at the show. This time, we shall turn our attention to the certifications I might try to pick up. If you have never been to TechEd North America before, one of the greatest things about the event is an on-site certification center. If you have a couple hours to spare, you can walk up to a test. The first test on my agenda is 70-5231. I took this update test once, but did not do well on the MVC portion2. A few ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 5, 2012 9:15 AM

My Tech Ed North America Preview - Content Edition
As I promised in my last post, I feel the need to give you a rundown on all the technical content I am looking forward to checking out at Tech Ed this year. We shall start with the content I know I'll be able to see. This would be some demo stations in the Technical Learning Center. I will DEFINITELY be checking out the Windows Phone Device Bar. I will admit that I am a bit of a phone snob, and I just want to manhandle all that sexy, sexy tech. I am also planning on talking to the Windows Phone team ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 29, 2012 2:37 PM

List of Upcoming Appearances
Greetings. I know I have been in work sponsored hiding lately. We are working furiously on a beta project to secure a contract, and I can't really talk about it yet. Hopefully, the contracts will be soon signed. Not only will we then have money, but I can talk about all this really cool tech with which I have been playing. However, since the contract is not signed, I need to bring you people up to date with where I will be during the summer. Let's face it, you can't be a speaker / blogger without ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 29, 2012 1:10 PM

Quick FreeDrag Optimization Tip
Today, I just wanted to share a quick WP7 gesture trick. When you're using FreeDrag gesture, you get a lot of sample points every time you get an update1. Instead of processing them all, you really only need to process two. It sometimes seems a little confusing. The GestureSample returned by ReadGesture contains a Vector2 member called Position. This guy isn't really a "vector." He's is just a screen coordinate for the sample point. As said above, ReadGesture will return multiple samples per Update. ......

Posted On Friday, July 22, 2011 8:28 PM

Using the Default Silverlight Page in a Window Phone Rich Graphics Application
When Microsoft announced that Windows Phone 7.5 would support applications that contained both Silverlight and XNA, I was really excited. However, after I played with it, I ran into one little annoyance. You are forced into a non-XNA enabled page by default1. After some experimentation, I found a way to make lemonade. I used the ease of Silverlight animation to create my Splash Screen page. After the animation completes, it passes control to the actual XNA-enabled PhoneApplicationPage. However, this ......

Posted On Friday, July 1, 2011 8:26 PM

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