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Interpolation Sample for XNA
One thing I’ve always enjoyed in Silverlight/WPF are the easing functions ( ). The easing functions are commonly used to provide interesting looking animations via key frame-based interpolation. XNA has a few, limited bits of interpolation built in (primarily Lerp (i.e. linear interpolation) and SmoothStep (i.e. cubic interpolation)). For a sprite animation project that I’ve since set aside (it’s not dead, but it’s been back-burnered for a while ......

Posted On Saturday, August 6, 2011 3:23 PM

Welcoming Visual Basic Users to XNA
With the release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta, Visual Basic joins C# as a supported development language for XNA. I’ve been busily converting my samples to VB recently. They aren’t all done yet, but quite a few are (only three remain that I plan to convert). Rather than make anyone wait, I’ll share what I’ve completed so far and will add more when I have the remainder finished. Without further ado: Content Pipeline Extension Sample: VB Source Code – Related Blog Post DragAndDropGame: ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 24, 2011 6:30 PM

XNA and VB: The Preparations Continue
I posted a little while ago about how, with XNA and VB becoming a supported scenario, I was starting down the road to learning VB. Just a brief update on that. If you ever need to learn another language, having practical tasks is a huge benefit. Something I’ve been making use of is Project Euler. Writing the solutions in different ways to intentionally make use of certain syntax features has helped me both internalize them and understand them. As a by-product, I managed to hack together a VB Windows ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 4, 2011 12:08 PM

Preparing Myself For XNA and VB
For anybody who might have missed the news, XNA is coming to Visual Basic. I’ll admit that my first reaction was to groan and grumble and mumble. But this is actually a very good thing. While nothing’s ever certain, the fact that Microsoft has spent time making Visual Basic a supported language in XNA Game Studio is a further sign of Microsoft’s long-term commitment to XNA. (Note that VB.NET with XNA is not an immediately available thing; it’s still a few months off as the original blog post notes). ......

Posted On Thursday, March 31, 2011 5:55 PM

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