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Free Windows Phone Game Training in Portland - 5/11

FREE WINDOWS PHONE

XNA GAME DEVELOPMENT TRAINING!!

On Friday, May 11th, at the Microsoft Portland Office!!

Even if you have developed applications for Windows Phone before, you won't want to miss this opportunity to learn how to develop XNA games for Windows Phone, and maybe win some of the $800 in prize money! Not only that, but we'll feed you all day long!  This is a great opportunity to jumpstart your game development!

BUT HURRY!!! THESE ALWAYS SELL OUT, SO

REGISTER NOW!!!!

Here's the agenda for the event.  In the hands-on-labs you will develop a Windows Phone XNA game that models one in the marketplace.

Session 1 - Introduction to XNA


• What is XNA
• Game Development Tools
• XNA Game Projects
• XNA Game Loop
• Debugging Games
• Working with Textures
• Playing Songs and Sound Effects
• Drawing text with SpriteFonts
• Getting input on the phone
• Using the Accelerometer
• Using Touch


Session 2 - Game State Management


• Keeping Score
• Tracking Health and Lives
• Adding Levels
• Creating Multi-Screen games
• Loading content in the background
• How to pause the game
• Phone Application Lifecycle
• Supporting Fast Application Switching
• Persisting and Restoring State
• Silverlight and XNA Integration

Session 3 - Advanced XNA Games


• Understanding the Windows Phone Marketplace
• Submitting your Game to the Marketplace
• Adding Advertisements to your game
• 3D Support in XNA
• Creating a simple 3D Game
• Building Games for Phone, PC and XBOX
• Other Multi-Platform options
• Using Windows Azure
• Social Gaming Toolkit

tags: XNA | wpdev

Windows Phone "Mango" Hackathon (7/18)

The Portland Windows Phone User Group will be having our July meeting on Monday the 18th. For our next meeting we’re using a hack-a-thon format.  It will be a full afternoon of creating, hacking, and helping you with your apps for Windows Phone “Mango”. Details are below, look forward to seeing you there!

FYI, I have three devices which have “Mango” installed to help you test your apps.


WHAT: PWPUG - July 2011 Meeting

WHEN: Monday, 7/18/2011
11:30 a.m. Lunch / Networking
12:00 p.m. Presentation on new “Mango” Features
1:00 p.m. Hackathon, Demos, Help with Apps
4:30 p.m. Wrap up & giveaways

WHERE: Microsoft PacWest Office (map)
1414 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209-2798

WHO: Kelly White
Kelly White is a Windows Phone Development MVP and has a passion for startups and ideas that can change the world. Kelly co-founded both the Portland Silverlight User Group and Portland Windows Phone User Group with Erik Mork. Kelly presents regularly at User Groups and Code Camps throughout the Pacific Northwest on Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 Development.

TOPIC: Windows Phone 7 Hack-a-thon
This event is follow-on from the Windows Phone 7 Unleashed Events that were held last fall.  The format is less structured, and more hands-on.  Whether you need help developing, architecting, pricing, integrating ads, or are just getting started, this is the place to be.  Our primary goal is to help you get ready for when “Mango” apps can be published to the marketplace later this fall.  We’re happy to share lessons learned from our own experiences (e.g. Alchemy, RunPee).  If you find yourself to have been inspired by MIX and just want to get together and hack a cool app, we’re more than happy to jump in and help you with that as well.

NOTE: Devices will be available for testing your apps.

If you are new and want to learn, then this is the place to be.

Sponsors: While you are at it, consider visiting our premium sponsors that make these meetings possible:

tags: WP7 | Silverlight | wp7dev | PWPUG | XNA

Why Attend Microsoft Gamefest 2011

In about a month our summer vacations will be starting to wind down and the kids will be getting ready to go back to school.  At that point we'll also be a month away from the BUILD conference and yet still have no word from Microsoft on how Silverlight fits into Windows 8.  While Microsoft's silence is discouraging, I'm super excited right now.  Why?  Because in just over a month I'll be driving up the Seattle to attend Microsoft Gamefest for the very first time.  Woohoo!

Gamefest has been a conference that I've always wanted to attend and yet never been able to schedule time for.  This year is different.  I absolutely will not miss Gamefest this year.  I registered and booked my hotel last month (staying at the Sheraton).  I'm even taking the family with me, and why shouldn't I?  The conference is only two days long, and Seattle is such a short drive from Portland.

Perhaps you're  wondering why I'm making such a big deal out of what has typically been an Xbox focused conference.  If you know me then you know that I'm very focused on Windows Phone and lonst interest in Xbox Live Indie game development.  This year Microsoft Gamefest has a very large focus on Windows Phone.  Just check out the conference details and see for your self.

If you are thinking of building games for the Windows Phone then you really need to attend Gamefest this year.  I'm not going to try and convince you why you should attend.  Either you see the opportunity in front of you or you don't.  I will say that the early bird registration ends July 29th ($450 vs $550).

If you are a Windows Phone developer who uses Silverlight for all your games then you should still consider attending Gamefest.  You'll benefit immensely as a game developer by attending this conference, and eventually you will be adding XNA to your skillset (don't try to fight it).  Considering how the mobile markets are positioned right now, you've actually got a once in a lifetime opportunity placed in front of you.  What are you going to do with it?

tags: WP7 | wp7dev | XNA

Windows Phone 7 Unleashed Portland - (5/6)

All Day (10 hours) of Hands on Programming, B.Y.O. Laptop!

Windows Phone 7 is HOT! Come check out Windows Phone 7 Unleashed for everything you need to know to develop for WP7. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or you’re just starting with .NET development, there’s something in it for you.

The first half of this deep dive event is lecture and hands on lab. At the half point mark of the day, you’ll have a solid foundation for building WP7 applications.

The second half of the day is going straight to code.

Build the best app and win a $500 (1st place), $200 (2nd place) or $100 (3rd place) American Express gift card!

Free MarketPlace tokens for those putting their application into the marketplace (a limited supply of these, organizers of each event will collect names and we will distribute)

Telerik is sponsoring a $5,000.00 Grand Prize for the best application over all of the WP7 Unleashed events that are submitted to marketplace. The top 25 will be selected and then one of the top 25 will be randomly picked for the prize (So get your app into the marketplace after the event). They are also giving EVERY attendee a free set of their $99.00 WP7 Controls.

PDSA, Inc. is pleased to sponsor the WP7 Unleashed Events. They will be giving 2 lucky winners from each event a chance to win four 1 hour long videos on Silverlight. In addition 1 lucky person will win our Haystack Code Generator for .NET at each event that allows you to create the business and data classes and the WCF services that can be consumed by Windows Phone 7 applications!

O’Reilly will be giving away a free ebook to every attendee (Many WP7 titles) and will also donate a few books to raffle at each event.

Food and Drink (Water, Sodas) will be provided.

In order to deliver the best possible experience for attendees, seating at these events is VERY limited. Register now!

tags: WP7 | Silverlight | wp7dev | XNA

Windows Phone 7 Hackathon (4/29)

The hackathon held on Monday was a success, especially for having such a short notice. Many folks expressed an interest in having a follow-up hackathon at the end of this month, so that's what we're going to do.

Reminder: Anyone who publishes an XNA game to the marketplace will get a sweet XNA jacket (already gave one out on Monday).

To help us plan for food, please visit our Facebook Page to let us know if you're attending.

WHAT: Windows Phone 7 Hackathon

WHEN: Friday, 4/29/2011
11:30 a.m. Lunch / Networking
12:00 p.m. Hackathon, Demos, Help with Apps
4:30 p.m. Wrap up & giveaways

WHERE: Microsoft PacWest Office (map)
1414 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209-2798

DETAILS: This event is follow-on from the Windows Phone 7 Unleashed Events that were held last fall. The format is less structured, and more hands-on. Whether you need help developing, architecting, pricing, integrating ads, or are just getting started, this is the place to be. Our primary goal is to help you get your app ready and submitted to the marketplace. We’re happy to share lessons learned from our own experiences (e.g. Alchemy and Soak Your Head). If you find yourself to have been inspired by MIX and just want to get together and hack a cool app, we’re more than happy to jump in and help you with that as well.

This is the place to be, whether you're new and want to learn, or want the latest info on what's coming in the "Mango" release.

NOTE: Devices will be available for testing your apps.
NOTE: A light lunch and snacks will be provided.

tags: WP7 | Silverlight | wp7dev | PWPUG | XNA

Windows Phone 7 Hackathon (4/18)

To help us plan for food, please visit our Facebook Page to let us know if you're attending.

WHAT: Windows Phone 7 Hackathon

WHEN: Monday, 4/18/2011
11:30 a.m. Lunch / Networking
12:00 p.m. Hackathon, Demos, Help with Apps
4:30 p.m. Wrap up & giveaways

WHERE: Microsoft PacWest Office (map)
1414 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209-2798

DETAILS: This event is follow-on from the Windows Phone 7 Unleashed Events that were held last fall. The format is less structured, and more hands-on. Whether you need help developing, architecting, pricing, integrating ads, or are just getting started, this is the place to be. Our primary goal is to help you get your app ready and submitted to the marketplace. We’re happy to share lessons learned from our own experiences (e.g. Alchemy and Soak Your Head). If you find yourself to have been inspired by MIX and just want to get together and hack a cool app, we’re more than happy to jump in and help you with that as well.

This is the place to be, whether you're new and want to learn, or want the latest info on what's coming in the "Mango" release.

NOTE: Devices will be available for testing your apps.
NOTE: A light lunch and snacks will be provided.

tags: WP7 | Silverlight | wp7dev | PWPUG | XNA

February PDXSLUG Meeting - (2/8)

WHAT: PDXSLUG - February 2011 Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, 2/8/2011
6:00 p.m. Pizza (by Vertigo)
6:30 p.m. Presentation
~9:00 p.m. Afterwards at Rock Bottom

WHERE: Webtrends (map)
851 SW 6th Ave.
Portland, OR 97204-1337

WHO: George Clingerman
George isn't really much of anyone. George is just a family guy who loves to play around with game development in his spare time. He's not an expert and he's no professional, but he has fun and he's been awarded the Microsoft XNA MVP award for his contributions to that community for the past five years.

By day George is a coder, he used to do .NET but recently switched it up and now works out of a Linux shop doing Perl development just to see if he could (they haven't fired him yet so he seems to be catching on quickly!).

While George is busy having fun with XNA he runs a small tutorial site called XNADevelopment.com, helps out on the App Hub forums, manages a blog on GeeksWithBlogs, wrote an Xbox LIVE Indie Game for small children and recently just wrapped up a book for Wiley called Professional Windows Phone 7 Game Development: Creating Games using XNA Game Studio 4 which just goes to show you they'll ask just about anyone to write a book.

TOPIC: WP7 & XNA - Because all developers want to be game developers right?
It's rumored that Windows Phone 7 allows you to develop applications using Silverlight (you've heard those rumors right?) but did you know there's another powerful framework available for the phone? A framework that provides a way for many to fulfill a life long dream? With the XNA framework .NET developers can finally quickly and easily build games not just for the PC and for the Xbox 360 but also for Windows Phone 7! Finally, you can look your childhood self in the eye, the one that sat doodling in math classes dreaming of someday making a game like Pong but even better, pull out your WP7 device and show past you the XNA game you wrote while nodding your head sagely saying, "That's right past me, future us rocks!"

Come learn how you can fulfill your dreams with a quick introduction to the XNA framework and the basics of getting started with simple 2D game development.

Warmup - Programming against the Game Loop
At the beginning of the meeting (6pm) George Clingerman will present some of the challenges business developers have learning to program against the game loop among other topics he's sure to babble on about.

Sponsors: While you are at it, consider visiting our premium sponsors that make these meetings possible:

tags: WP7 | Silverlight | PDXSLUG | XNA

Boise Code Camp 2010

This weekend is the Boise Code Camp (Mar 27-28). These guys do a great job putting on a great show. I know it's short notice, but if there is anyway you can attend then know that I whole-heartedly recommend it. While I'm there I'll be presenting two sessions on developing for the Windows Phone 7 Series platform (WP7). I'm currently scheduled for right before/after lunch on Saturday.

  • Building Games in XNA for the Windows Phone 7 Series

    We'll first walk through an overview of developing XNA games for the Windows Phone 7 Series (WP7) platform, and then examine the tools provided for building these games. We'll then jump into a demo of creating an XNA game similar to MineSweeper for the WP7 platform.

  • Developing Silverlight Applications for the Windows Phone 7 Series Platform

    We'll first go through an overview of the Windows Phone 7 Series (WP7) application platform, and then examine the tools provided for developing WP7 applications. The majority of the session will be a demo of building a WP7 application in Silverlight.

While this is a code camp and I'd prefer to spend most of mine time in the code, I realize that with this topic I'll be doing a lot of explaining and QA at first. Let me make this clear, there will be code. However, I've also discovered that I'll need to be prepared to spend some slides and time discussing other things such as developing for the enterprise and how the marketplace works. I'm assuming that most of my audience will be folks who most likely haven't downloaded the tools, and watched all the MIX sessions. If I'm wrong in this assumption then please correct me.

If you're planning on being there then please do find me and say hi. I'm excited, the Boise Code Camp is always a ton of fun and always worth my time in attending. One thing you might find interesting is that when we do the planning for the Portland Code Camp it is Boise that we look to as example for what we define as success.

tags: WP7 | Silverlight | XNA | Boise Code Camp

OGPC 3.0

TechStartThe TechStart Education Foundation, in affiliation with the Oregon University System, is proud to host the Oregon Game Project Challenge (OGPC 3.0) for its third year at Chemeketa Community College on Saturday, May 1, 2010 (details).  Last year I was a judge for OGPC 2.0 and found it to be a very rewarding experience; so rewarding that I’d like to ask you to consider joining me in being a judge for this 2010 event.

Last year 41 middle and high school student teams created computer games specifically designed to be fun, challenging and innovative.  Teams competed from around the state of Oregon and Southwest Washington for trophies and prizes. We expect this year to be the biggest OGPC yet!  We also expect it to be the most exciting and rewarding for students:  New this year we’ll be allowing students to create games using any platform of their choice in addition to Game Maker!  (Can you say XNA!)

In order to make this a valuable experience for the students involved, we need over 50 volunteer judges to spend the day reviewing and scoring the teams and their projects.  Please rejoin me this year by being a judge and by helping to recruit some of your colleagues to join in on the fun and to share this rewarding experience with us.  To register to be a judge for this year’s OGPC please send your name and e-mail address to Mark Lawler (mark.lawler@comcast.net).  The students and I look forward to seeing you there!

tags: XNA | OGPC