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Story of XAudio2 & unresolved external symbol

Category : Win8 Dev · by Jul 24th, 2012

Ok, so I have fixed error I had for over a week now. And actually it was ve-e-ery easy, if you know how to do it of course. If you have started programming on C# you think that all adds for you automagicaly. Once you use SpriteBatch in XNA – d2dcontex is loaded, you use text and d2writefactory is added, you play SoundEffect and XAudio2 is loaded. You don’t even know about this. Until you start doing it on C++ and DirectX.

Windows Phone 7 Search Menu

Category : WP7 · by Jul 23rd, 2012

I have recently got new Nokia Lumia 710 phone and I have setup it to Russian language, as it will be used by my mother. And what I have discovered: when you press Search hardware button it just open browser with http://www.bing.com/ instead of proper search menu with nice background, local scout and so on. Just looks like it is completely lost and missing.

Windows Phone 7.8 Update will be Soon ?

Category : WP7 · by Jul 19th, 2012

Today came across a Nokia Lumia 610 advertisement in city centre and jump to the mobile phone shop to take a look at it. Apparently, very nice phone, very smooth even with outdated stats (should cost 99 pounds though).

The Gang Of Three

Category : Win8 Dev · by Jul 9th, 2012

Shame on me. I was wondering, why my Sprite data is corrupted after copying to vector class, which was causing Debug assertion failed – vector iterator is not dereferencableerror.

And that is why. Because I have not implemented copy constructor for Sprite class this code was created a problem:

Memory Leaks in C++

Category : Win8 Dev · by Jul 8th, 2012

Ahh, that’s a never-ended story. You can’t fight them all, but you could try eliminate most of them.

Once while debugging my Windows 8 C++ DirectX game I opened Windows Task Manager to check memory consumption. It is the worst tool for memory leaks checking, but if your program takes 150 MB additional memory in five minutes, something is wrong.

Deploying App While Sharing Internet

Category : WP7 · by Jul 5th, 2012

I noticed interesting thing. While Tethering my Nokia Lumia 800 can’t receive and install Applications for debugging. So I got nice choice:

  1. Debugging on device being offline
  2. or Use Internet with Emulator

Windows 8 Application Excellence Lab

Category : Win8 Dev · by Jul 5th, 2012

Today in the morning I had Virtual Application Excellence Lab with one of the Microsoft employees. I had some problems with internet connection and game was far from finished, but there is some good point Nicolas tells me while reviewing my application.

Two New Applications on Marketplace

Category : WP7 Dev · by Jul 5th, 2012

Two of my application recently passed verification for Windows Phone Marketplace with difference of few hours.

Nokia Lumia 800 goes Tethering

Category : WP7 · by Jul 1st, 2012

Few days ago Microsoft revealed new update for Nokia Lumia 710 and 800. It’s adding a couple of new features, but the most critical is Internet Sharing. I believe it is actually Tango update people was waiting for almost a year.

But nothing is so easy, it not available in all countries and regions. You can check availability here. Or you can do a force update. Because it is not available for T-Mobile I have done second, I can’t just wait 🙂 And now I have Internet at home.

Windows 8 Game Development

Category : Win8 Dev · by Jul 1st, 2012

Couple of weeks ago I went to Microsoft event in London. It’s been held in mind to help Developers to port their existing application from Windows Phone 7 to Windows 8 Metro. Just to say, the event was incredible! Useful talks combined with great feedback, food and fun.