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Monthly Archives: September 2007

  • Cool Demo

    Every once in a while I check back in with the demo scene. I always enjoyed the cracktros on the commodore 64, and later the cool demos by Future Crew and others in DOS.This is a pretty new demo, and it is very cool, especially when you consider the tiny size of the exe.Check it out. fr-041: debrisMy old p4 with the GeForce FX would only run at 800x600 with decent speed. A newer box w...

  • Naming Conventions and Hungarian Notation Advocates

    Due to the naming conventions article I wrote some time ago, I tend to get a lot of guestbook comments on both sides of the issue. This latest comment illustrates one of the reasons I am so dead-set against Hungarian notation (or more importantly, its common [mis]use)Puneet Mehresh wrote:intEIN = objCustomer.Name("xyz"); by reading this, one can easly depict that an object is returnin...

  • Will Vista be Remembered like Windows ME?

    Windows ME is something Microsoft would probably rather forget. While some of its more interesting technology made it into XP (file recovery/snapshots, for example), the OS was pretty much a marketing and user disaster. At the time, most enthusiasts who wanted to stick with Microsoft kept Windows 98 for games and did real work on Windows 2000. Most people who had ME had it only because the...

  • Remix07Boston Speaker Bios and Agenda

    The agenda is up for Remix 07 in Boston.Here's the information on the Silverlight session I'll be doing.For the Silverlight version, click here and go over to Tuesday.

  • Temporarily Disable Screensaver in your WPF Code

    I wrote a small media player for my son. I wrote the original version in Silverlight, but quickly ran into a problem where no matter what I did, Silverlight wouldn't read the larger video files (encoding was fine, so I'm pretty sure this is a 1.1 alpha bug). Anyway, I rewrote it as a WPF app. The first time it ran, my wife realized I had forgotten something very important: the screensav...

  • CMAP Silverlight talk on Tuesday October 2

    I'll be speaking at the CMAP General Meeting on Tuesday October 2, 2007. Since there will be another Silverlight introduction session covered by another developer, I will be focusing almost entirely on the Carbon Calculator and how Silverlight worked on that project.This will be very similar to the presentation I and scheduled for at Remix07 in Boston.See you there!

  • Silverlight Carbon Calculator is Back up

    The Silverlight Carbon Calculator is back up and functioning. It took some doing to get it back up (not technical so much as just fitting it into their update schedule), but thanks to Steve Suing for doing all the hard work on bringing this up to the latest 1.1 release.Thanks also to Lamont and Keith at Microsoft for helping us cut through some of the non-technical issues and get this up a...

  • CMAP is Looking for Speakers for the Fall 2007 Code Camp

    If you can speak at the code camp, that would be great. Otherwise, I think you'll find attending to be enjoyable and educational. The code camps always have great speakers and great attendance.From Chris Steen at CMAP: Central Maryland Association of .NET Professionals (CMAP) will holding its Code Camp 2007 Fall Edition on October 13, 2007.  The Code Camp will be held from 9a...

  • Looking to Attend Remix07 in Boston?

    Are you looking to learn about Silverlight, AJAX, and WPF? If so, use this registration code to save $100 on the registration for Remix 07 in Boston:RM07EXTBMicrosoft has made that code available for the speakers to share with anyone who wishes to attend.What to expect at ReMIX07 Boston …If you’re in the web business, learn about: Building a better user experience to unlock ne...

  • HtmlTextBlock for Silverlight

    This is a great control. We could have used the ability to display HTML text in the Carbon Calculator, and I've run into the limitation in other projects. If you want to display HTML rich text in your Silverlight application, and don't feel like parsing it yourself, check out the HtmlTextBlock. If it doesn't do everything you want, snag the source code and enhance it for your own ne...

  • Silverlight DevCamp coming to the DC Area

    I'll be speaking at this event on Saturday November 3 at the Microsoft Office in Reston, VA. Thanks to Frank LaVigne for setting this all up.Frank's AnnouncementFrank is looking for more speakers, sponsors etc. If you're interested, please drop me or him a line. See you there! 

  • Bad eCommerce Price Display Code

    What a bargain! Someone should send these folks some code to skip showing the retail price if it is lower than the current price :)The coloring is all theirs. $214 is actually a reasonable price for this item, but you wouldn't know if from their site.

  • Upcoming Silverlight Talks

    I'll be speaking about Silverlight and the Carbon Calculator at these events:BaltoMSDN - DuClaw in Baltimore - Wednesday, September 19 (Thanks Ed!)Detailed talk concentrating on client-side Silverlight, including the Carbon Calculator and building a Silverlight app from scratchFree beer! CMAP - HCC Business Training Center - Tuesday, October 2, 2007 (Thanks Vibha!)Talk about the Silver...

  • C# Port of Ogre 3d Renderer

    Just tonight, I was looking at rendering engines, stumbled across OGRE (Object-oriented Graphics Rendering Engine) and thought "wouldn't it be cool if that was ported to .NET." Turns out the next search result in google was just that.Axiom 3D Rendering Engine: .NET Port of OGRE Check it out