Adam is doing it... So maybe I will too. Ok well lets be realistic… I have 3 kids in the house under 18 months old… I am thinking it might not be realistic to do it every day… But the rumblings in the community and the new toys coming from Microsoft have me amped to get some blog posts out the door again.
First excitement for me is the latest release of the XNA Game Studio 3.0 beta I will start by saying I have very little XNA experience… I have done some sound stuff and some sprite stuff but not enough to feel comfortable and I have never had any successful deployment experiences… Well that ended tonight… Downloaded the beta and within minutes I had deployed the Alien sample game to my Zune. Just added the device thru the XNA Game Studio Device Center and oila! Tried to add an XBOX so I could deploy to that but I need to buy a subscription to deploy (bummer, hint hint).
So Client #1 for me is the Zune… (never saw that coming).
Other excitement for me is that I downloaded the latest Wave 3 of the Windows Live products (Mail, Messenger, MovieMaker and Photo Gallery). Rumor mill has it that messenger is being given a WPF makeover and I cant say for sure but there is a bitmap effect text glow on the name and status text. While it is hella ugly, I have to say it looks uncannily like a WPF glow bitmap effect… I’d put money on it. Its a beta build so Im hoping to see more polish come its way but its worth grabbing the download… One really cool new feature with Messenger is the ability to stay logged in on multiple client machines.
Last bit of fun… I got this months Expression newsletter in my email today and it was chalk full o’ goodness.
One link that really stood out to me was the Windows Live Quick Apps http://dev.live.com/QuickApps some sweet Silverlight goodness…
Okay so we have XNA, WPF, and Silverlight covered so to close up tonights post I will make sure to include something about Surface…
I keep planning on talking about what it is like thinking about user experiences on Surface. It is definitely a fun new challenge that really deserves a post of its own (hint: try to start thinking about user experiences when you dont have a mouse and for the last 15 years I have been developing experiences with mouse and keyboard input… its much more interesting than that… add multiple users… and multiple points of input… gestures… it gets complex… but the sky is the limit… I still posit that if you find the simple experiences in complex systems thats when you create products that benefit humans.) Anyway Surface is sweet… The stuff we are doing with it is amazing. And hey, Ashton Kutcher thinks its amazing (even if he does think its a big iPhone)