PDC10–thoughts a minute after it finished

October 31, 2010

PDC10 is over. Now it is a time to think about how it was and summarize the experience. For me it was very special PDC. It was very special because of two things: First – I delivered a session during the PDC Workshop! My session was about XNA Game Development for Windows Phone 7. Thanks for all participants – it was a great honor to present for you. The sample I’ve presented during the demo hosted here. The samples I’ve presented from the phone are the part of XNA Creators Club Education Content. They could be...

Thoughts about application packaging, Resources, MVVM and others

October 24, 2010

I thought a lot before decided to write this post… First - I’d like to thanks Ariel Ben Horesh for “inspiring” me to write this post and for dedicating so much time to write his post! After reading his post I thought a lot and my thoughts about the post are the follows: 1. First, I thought about the applications and the way to provide user with best experience while loading those applications… The users shouldn’t wait minutes for application to download… While authoring large Silverlight applications (MVVM or not) the author should consider to split...

PDC10 Workshop Session

Tomorrow I’m flying to Redmond, WA to take a part at PDC10. I believe it will be very special PDC and not only because of its location.   PDC10 Workshop taking place on October 30th, the day after PDC10. During this day I’ll present at “Beginning XNA Development for Windows Phone 7” session. My session slot is from 14:00-15:00, right after the lunch :)   If you lucky to be at PDC10, staying a day after it ends and want to learn how to start XNA development, when use XNA and when Silverlight on Windows...

TechEd Israel 2010 – “XNA Game Studio 4.0: Code Once, Play Everywhere” Session announcement

Next month, 28-30 November, I’m going to TechEd Israel 2010. At the conference I have a session dedicated to games! During the session I will show how to build the real world computer game running on such various platforms as Windows Phone 7, Xbox 360 and PC. A lot of fun and cool sample are “on the house” :) For additional details about the development tools and technologies track (which hosts my session) follow the  link: http://www.microsoft.com/israel/TechEd2010/Tracks/DEV.aspx   See you at TechEd! Alex

Windows Phone 7 Quick Tip: How to use Bing Maps in XNA games

October 22, 2010

A few days ago, a colleague of mine pointed out to this site which shows a Bing Maps usage within XNA game. I was intrigued how to achieve it… I know that Silverlight applications for Windows Phone 7 could use Bing Maps control (see great usage tutorial here), but XNA games cannot render Silverlight controls… To solve it, I decided to use a different approach for XNA – download image tiles and present them in XNA game. Let’s get started. First, in order to use Bing Maps API you need a Bing Maps Account and Application Private Key. The Bing Maps...