Game Theory

A blog by Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist, Dan Waters

Moving along at Microsoft

After over four years as an Academic Developer Evangelist at Microsoft, I have been blessed with an...

Author: dawate Date: 06/01/2011

Imagine Cup: Windows Phone 7 Competition Finalists Announced

This morning, Microsoft announced the finalists for the various competitions in the Imagine Cup....

Author: dawate Date: 05/23/2011

Digital Audio Resources for Windows Phone 7

I’m at the Imagine Cup US Finals here today in my home base of Bellevue, WA, and I am presenting a...

Author: dawate Date: 04/10/2011

My Super Secret Kinect Project

What I’ve Been Working On Between Imagine Cup, writing apps and games, developing tutorials,...

Author: dawate Date: 04/01/2011

United States Imagine Cup People’s Choice Awards: Vote Now, Vote Often!

Students do incredible stuff, especially in the Imagine Cup. To see what I’m talking about, visit...

Author: dawate Date: 03/29/2011

ShedTrax - Super Simple Fat Loss & Lean Gain Tracker

I just released a new application which I wrote to help me monitor my progress through P90X, a very...

Author: dawate Date: 03/29/2011

Imagine Cup Windows Phone 7 Competition Round 1 Results

Congratulations to all of our fantastic Round 1 competitors in the Imagine Cup – Windows Phone 7...

Author: dawate Date: 03/28/2011

A preview of what’s next on this blog

I quickly realized that I posted something for another blog to this one by mistake. My apologies if...

Author: dawate Date: 03/24/2011

You may remember a while ago when we had the i’m campaign that would donate money based on causes...

Author: dawate Date: 03/11/2011

How I Conceived A Simple WP7 App While Getting High – And Built It in 2 Hours

Boy, if that’s not an attention-grabbing headline, I don’t know what is. Thanks Randy Guthrie, I...

Author: dawate Date: 03/11/2011

New Book: 3D Graphics with XNA Game Studio 4.0

I have had the pleasure of reviewing a new book called 3D Graphics with XNA Game Studio 4.0 by Sean...

Author: dawate Date: 03/09/2011

Silicon Valley Web Camp Report 2/26/2011

This past Saturday, I was involved in a presentation to over 180 developers at the Silicon Valley...

Author: dawate Date: 02/28/2011

Three Easy Steps To Enter The Imagine Cup Competition

Tomorrow is the Round 1 deadline to enter for the Imagine Cup competition in the U.S. If you want to...

Author: dawate Date: 02/14/2011

The Super Successful Student Server – Development Environments for US Imagine Cup Teams

What is it? You’ve probably seen me blog about the fantastic Imagine Cup competition more than a few...

Author: dawate Date: 01/24/2011

Constructing, Drawing and Texturing a Cube with Vertices in XNA on Windows Phone 7

This may be a precursor to something bigger… I’m working on what I think will be a pretty cool game...

Author: dawate Date: 01/19/2011

Windows Phone 7, Azure and Push Notification Tutorial Series in C#

I’ve just finished my miniseries on integrating Windows Phone 7, Windows Azure, SQL Azure, WCF and...

Author: dawate Date: 01/18/2011

Phone + Cloud Series: Bringing It All Together With Windows Phone 7

Looking Back Over the course of this series, we’ve built a SQL Azure database, a Windows Azure...

Author: dawate Date: 01/18/2011

Phone + Cloud Series: Using a WCF Web Role To Register Phone Apps for Push Notifications

In the last post, we learned how to write an Azure worker role to poll stocks from the Yahoo!...

Author: dawate Date: 01/18/2011

How To Create a Windows Live Writer Twitter Plugin That Supports bit.ly

Don’t get me wrong; I love the Twitter Notify plugin that you can download for Live Writer (which is...

Author: dawate Date: 12/30/2010

Tutorial: Creating a Social Media Enabled Windows Live Writer Plugin

Taking a little break from your regularly scheduled Cloud Series blog post to bring you an...

Author: dawate Date: 12/30/2010

Bitly Tweeter updated to version 1.2

Bitly Tweeter had a minor update today. It now allows you to customize how your blog posts appear by...

Author: dawate Date: 12/22/2010

New Windows Live Writer Plugin Available: bit.ly Tweeter

I just finished up the beta of this Windows Live Writer plugin. It automatically uses bit.ly to...

Author: dawate Date: 12/21/2010

Phone + Cloud Series: Polling Stock Quotes with an Azure Worker Role

Introduction This is a pretty common task in any financial app. Though usually you’d only poll...

Author: dawate Date: 12/20/2010

Phone + Cloud Series: Configuring SQL Azure

Understanding the Data Model In most learning scenarios it is helpful to understand and define the...

Author: dawate Date: 12/14/2010

Into the Cloud with Windows Phone, Windows Azure and Push Notifications

The need for cloud computing (or at least an understanding of it) Windows Phone 7 supports “smart”...

Author: dawate Date: 12/13/2010

Imagine Cup: Northwest Tour Dates 9/27-11/9

If you’re a student and interested in building software to change the world, I may be coming to a...

Author: dawate Date: 09/24/2010

The benefit of student software competitions

This blog post is for students. I was a student myself just five years ago, so a lot of this is...

Author: dawate Date: 09/09/2010

Rant: Useless Security Measures

I was recently on the phone with Register.com for one reason: to change my contact email address....

Author: dawate Date: 09/02/2010

Windows Phone 7 XML IsolatedStorage Example

For one of the apps I have been working on, I needed to persist a List<T> of T objects across...

Author: dawate Date: 08/31/2010

Redmond Secret Leaked At TechReady: Seattle Weather Actually Really, Really Nice

As thousands of worldwide Microsoft techies descend upon the Washington State Convention Center this...

Author: dawate Date: 07/25/2010

3D Level Editing for Windows Phone 7 Games (#XNA)

For future reference, everything discussed here is in the context of Windows Phone Developer Tools...

Author: dawate Date: 06/08/2010

[April Fools] Goodbye Seattle, Hello Florida

After only six months in Seattle, I’ve decided to return to Florida to work as a Developer...

Author: dawate Date: 04/01/2010

Exploring Microsoft Pivot, Live Labs’ Latest Creation

Microsoft Pivot is a new tool from Live Labs. What is pivot? According to the web site: Pivot makes...

Author: dawate Date: 01/18/2010

Upcoming Information on Zune HD: Inertia

Hey folks! I have been getting quite a few questions about the Zune game I have been working on...

Author: dawate Date: 12/22/2009

Hey out there, Internets! A bunch of my GO links expired and that left you unable to access the...

Author: dawate Date: 12/14/2009

Developing Communication Skills Presentation

Below is a presentation I just did for our Microsoft S2B Fall Webcast Series. You can download the...

Author: dawate Date: 11/04/2009

WPF Wave Synth is done!

Check this out: Maybe some more tweaks left, but it’s pretty much done. Notable tweaks: Each...

Author: dawate Date: 11/02/2009

Writing My 1st Zune HD Game - Inertia

All RIGHT! Today is 9/17 and my Zune HD is out for delivery. Naturally I’ve already started making a...

Author: dawate Date: 09/17/2009

Goodbye Florida, Hello Seattle

It’s been a little over 2 and a half years since I joined Microsoft as the Academic Developer...

Author: dawate Date: 08/21/2009

Intro to Audio Programming Part 4: Algorithms for Different Sound Waves in C#

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Author: dawate Date: 06/25/2009

Intro to Audio Programming, Part 3: Synthesizing Simple Wave Audio using C#

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Author: dawate Date: 06/24/2009

Intro to Audio Programming, Part 2: Demystifying the WAV Format

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Author: dawate Date: 06/23/2009

Intro to Audio Programming, Part 1: How Audio Data is Represented

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Author: dawate Date: 06/22/2009

Video: Windows 7 HomeGroup

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Author: dawate Date: 04/02/2009

Details On My Upcoming XNA Book

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Author: dawate Date: 04/01/2009

The Pursuit of Jobs – My Keynote Presentation

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Author: dawate Date: 03/30/2009

Doing Homework in Windows 7

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Author: dawate Date: 03/23/2009

[Video] Win7 running on my Eee PC

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Author: dawate Date: 03/23/2009

Zune Game Development Using XNA 3.0 is Published!

I received my first author copies of the book in the mail today and boy am I pleased with how it...

Author: dawate Date: 03/16/2009

[Video] IE8 Web Slices & Accelerators

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Author: dawate Date: 03/16/2009

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