Tuesday, April 7, 2009

XNA Gaming

On April 6th, 2009, CTXNA (Central Texas XNA) was launched. We had our first meeting to kick off this exciting journey. I'm totally stoked and pumped about developing games using XNA. Mark and Tim are the leaders of this grassroots organization. I think they have what it takes to get this thing off the ground. There were a total of 5 people that showed up; there would've been more but the others had prior commitments. Nevertheless, I think CTXNA will continue growing. We were told that only good things are destined to come. Like freebies from Microsoft!

I'm really looking forward to the collaboration with other developers. I believe this will help me with my "day" job. Mark is working on the website as we speak. I'm by no means proficient at game programming, but I have a willing heart to learn. I just hope I'm not the stumbling block for the rest of the team. At any rate, I believe we all have something to add.

Michael Adkins

Thursday, April 2, 2009


I've been working in the .NET Framework 2008 and was attempting to add a component to a form via the toolbox. When I went to "Add Items" the IDE closed out completely! Mind you, I attempted this twice; thinking it was just a fluke. But, low and behold, it was not. So, I googled the problem, and come to find out, Microsoft is aware of the problem. The fix is to start up Visual Studio in "Safe Mode." You can do this by navigating to your Visual Studio command prompt and typing, "devenv /SafeMode." Needless to say, I did not feel safe. But, it worked! Symptom solved (not the actual problem). Google is your friend. :-)

Michael Adkins