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A Few Stories from Japan

I've been in Japan for just over a week now. Todd and my Japanese teacher, Michiru, just left yesterday. My friend Brian is still here. Michiru took us to a bunch of places we'd never been before, and guided us through the murky Japanese-speaking waters. Todd took a lot of great photos (same camera setup as me -- NEX-5 with 50mm/1.1 lens). While the memories are still fresh in my mind, I'll share a few stories from the trip.



Integrating XNA with Windows Presentation Foundation

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Hi there. I'm Cory, Lead Programmer for Kung-Fu Kingdom, and I'm going to occasionally be writing articles on how to make programming a complex video game both EASY and FUN EASIER and BEARABLE!

We're writing Kung-Fu Kingdom using a platform called [XNA](http://creators.xna.com). I've worked with a lot of game frameworks, and this particular one has a lot of advantages, but the two big ones are:

1. You can write code in any .NET language, which means you get to use C#, a very nice programming language with a lot of great features. 2. You can compile your project for the XBox 360 Community Games platform.

I'm compelled to note that the primary disadvantage of XNA is that it's currently (and will be for the foreseeable future) Windows only.

Now, XNA is great, and it's based on DirectX, the Microsoft graphics layer that Windows has used for ages. But it's new, and like everything else Microsoft does, when stuff is new, it doesn't work well with others. In particular, they've also recently released a new GUI framework called Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). It's desirable in a lot of cases to mix your game framework with your GUI framework, so you can, say, make a nice looking set of tools to build your game with.

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