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Bob Taco Industries Blogging Division July 2010 Entries
WP7, XNA, the GC, and You (and Silverlight too!)
Some of you may have come across this helpful blog post recently, discussing when the garbage collector (a/k/a the GC) runs on Windows Phone 7 devices. Anyone who has programmed in XNA for the Xbox 360 before knows the GC well. For those of you new to XNA, there are several tricks and tips for slaying the evil GC monster that eats frames. This applies to Silverlight apps too, though since Silverlight does quite a lot for you automatically, there’s only so much control you have. First, you must leave ......

Posted On Friday, July 30, 2010 8:28 AM

Windows Marketplace for Mobile
My registration just came through for the WP7 Marketplace. Took several days and because of some weird system glitch, I had gotten an instantaneous form rejection email when I first submitted and my status was set to “suspended” instead of “pending” or something of the sort. But a quick email confirmed that everything was fine and that if things on my end were still processing along (they were) then just to disregard it and they were sorry for the weird glitch. I’m about half way through my first ......

Posted On Thursday, July 29, 2010 8:14 PM

WinForms Content Loading Sample with XNA 4.0 Beta
One of my hobbies seems to be creating map editors for XNA games. With the new XNA 4.0 Beta(yes, it’s called Windows Phone Developer Tools – don’t worry, it’s the full XNA and builds Windows and Xbox 360 games too, though the current beta doesn’t deploy to the Xbox 360 yet so stick with XNA 3.1 for Xbox games for now)… anyway, with the new XNA 4.0, I thought I’d take the stock WinForms 2 sample (the one that includes building content on the fly using MSBuild) and build it to see how much conversion ......

Posted On Thursday, July 29, 2010 2:31 AM

Windows Phone 7 and learning Silverlight
Recently I wrapped up primary programming on a library for Windows Phone 7 development, which you can find here: . I started it around 6 weeks ago as a quick way to learn Silverlight and replicate some controls that don't exist on WP7 (SaveFileDialog, OpenFileDialog, and FolderBrowserDialog). Quick it wasn’t, but I feel like I understand Silverlight now and I created some nice controls along the way so I’m happy with how it turned out, even if it took about 3-4 weeks ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:49 AM

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