I am proud to announce my first course with Lynda.com is now available for viewing! The course runs a little over two hours in length, includes complete source code, and step-by-step labs for each chapter. I’ve never been a fan of having to spend hours going through an SDK and the intent of this course is to learn from example. I move you from having no tools installed on your machine to a complete game you can then download and modify as you wish. In fact, I published the game created in the course to the Windows Store recently so if you have a Windows 8 machine be sure to check it out.
Via Lynda.com course summary…
Setting up your Visual Studio 2012 development environment
Laying out the interface with Canvas
Creating a game loop
Adding a menu
Supporting snapped, filled, and full-screen modes
Working with the Touch API
Creating a scoring and leveling system
Working with the Application Bar
Accessing the camera and accelerometer
Debugging and deploying your application
Running on an ecosystem of Windows devices
Part of what I tackle in the course is getting the game to run across all of the various Windows 8 devices consumers can now buy. Multi-Touch, Mouse, Pen, tablet sizes screens, laptop screens all the way up to 80” Multi-Touch screens the game will run on all of them. It was fairly simple to code the game in a way where it scales up or down no reworking needed for each device. All Windows apps automatically scale up based on a formula of your current screen size and resolution. You can include multiple sources for your images that are rendered at different resolutions. This includes not only in game graphics but also the images used on the Windows Store, the Live Tile as well as the icons for search or sharing.
The result is a game that can run on older desktop hardware with a keyboard and mouse. Here is a photo of my five year old playing Balloons on my older Vista era desktop with a keyboard and mouse. Yes my office is that messy but isn’t a mess a sign of a great thinker? <smile>
Not to be outdone by her sistser my eight year old decided she wanted to check it out on our Surface. I get a kick out of her using all ten fingers when I tell her it supports multitouch.
Or, it can be run on an 80” Multi-Touch Windows 8 Screen! I had fun watching my friend Dani try and pop the balloons quick enough.
If you have a Windows 8 device you can download the app for free from the Windows Store here.
If you are not currently a Lynda.com subscriber they also offer a 7 Day trial to the entire library here. I hope you enjoy the course as much as I did creating it!