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An Archived Managed World This blog has moved to http://www.managed-world.com/blog February 2004 Entries
HoloSpam
Yup. It's finally happened. I woke up this morning with a few comments on my blog from “Viagra” and “Adult Toyz”. While I might normally feel flattered (not really), I found this a little disturbing. My fear is that I just need to suck-it-up and accept it. Especially with how rampant email spam has become, is it really that much of a leap to think that Blog spam is one of the next steps? Every night, I awake in a crazy sweat fearing of the crazy sinful future that is bound ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 25, 2004 11:16 AM

Writing a Managed DirectX Game - Part 3
The third article in my “2D Game Development with Managed DirectX” is up. You can find the list of articles here.

Posted On Saturday, February 21, 2004 8:50 PM

Wow! A Longhorn RSS Aggregator already!
Adam Kinney has definitely been doing some cool stuff with Longhorn. I think he topped himself this time. He just realized a pre-Alpha (or Alpha?) version of his RSS Aggregator, Ocel, for Longhorn. Nice work Adam ......

Posted On Thursday, February 19, 2004 1:01 AM

Programmer Advice

A co-worker shared this quote with me this evening and I thought it was such a great quote that I would share it with the world.....

“One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing”

-- Socrates

Posted On Wednesday, February 18, 2004 11:51 PM

More Program Efficiency Advice
Wow, it seems to be a great time if you're interested in program efficiency. Stan Lippman just made a great post of his own on program efficiency. Any of you out there who program C++/CLI and aren't subscribed to Stan Lippman's logs, SUBSCRIBE DAMN YOU! :~)

Posted On Wednesday, February 18, 2004 12:22 PM

Rather Good
I know some people are offended by the latest Quiznos commercials featuring the singing rats, but I happen to think they are hilarious. The more I see them the more I laugh. Lucky for me, you can play them all you want at the Quiznos web site. Well, bless my lucky stars, how lucky am I that I ran across this? RatherGood. Perhaps some of the best ones aren't exactly work-safe so I won't link to them here. Of the ones that are work-safe, I like the following (in no particular order): Punk Kittens Zoology ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 18, 2004 11:44 AM

Performance Analysis
For any of those concerned with performance (as we all should be) and not familiar with Rico, I would HIGHLY suggest subscribing to him. He has some excellent posts on Performance. The latest one, concerning performance analysis, is an excellent read, like usual. Keep up the great work Rico!

Posted On Tuesday, February 17, 2004 11:22 AM

What is the Future of DirectX
While commuting home today, I started thinking about the future of DirectX. I suppose this is kind of in relation to Tom Miller's request for future improvements to DirectX. First of all, when most teams at Microsoft are starting up blogs, where are all the DirectXers? The only one I am familiar with is Tom Miller, am I missing some? Not only the lack of bloggers, but also the lack of community. Microsoft's community support for DirectX definitely leaves many things to be desired. While there is ......

Posted On Monday, February 16, 2004 8:28 PM

Writing games with DirectX9 and C#
Hey everybody. I will be doing a series of articles on this blog about developing games with DirectX9 and C#. The first series of articles will be on developing a simple 2d game (the game that I briefly mentioned in a prior post). You can see the articles by choosing the Game Development link “Writing a 2d game with Managed DirectX” on the left of my blog or simply bookmark the following post. I will be updating that post as I put up new articles. The first article is up. I am thinking ......

Posted On Monday, February 16, 2004 6:29 PM

Writing A 2D Game In C# With Managed DirectX
This is a series of articles that cover the concept of writing a simple 2D game in C# using the Managed DirectX libraries provided in the DirectX 9.0 SDK. 1) The One With The Game Spec 2) The One With The Game Loop 3) The One Where DirectX Gets Initialized 4) The One With All The Input - Commands 5) The One With All The Input - Console 6) The One With All The Input - Keyboard 7) The One With The Almighty UI - Coming Soon ......

Posted On Monday, February 16, 2004 4:14 PM

Visual Studio Styler - Ready for Download
Well, VSStyler is now ready for download. It is an add-in into Visual Studio .NET 2003 that allows you to save font and color settings into “styles”. This way, you can switch settings at the drop of a hat. I currently use this at work for a presentation/codeReview style and my regular programming style. It allows me to instantly change to either style I wish at anytime. I was hoping that we putting this out on the net, some of you might benefit from it, especially the presenters out there. ......

Posted On Saturday, February 14, 2004 12:33 AM

Portland Nerd Dinner
Well, tonight was Rory's last Nerd Dinner before he moves to New London to co-host the dotNet Rocks show. Many attended. Jim Blizzard and Chris Sells were both there. Rory was there of course, along with Kori. Many others were in attendance as well. It was real nice to finally meet Chris Sells, almost like meeting a celebrity I dare say. I believe all of us were a little jealous when Rory opened his going-away present from Chris Sells: a framed picture of Chris himself! Personally, if I were Rory, ......

Posted On Thursday, February 12, 2004 11:16 PM

Man, has this been a dream?
Well, I just got home from a Ray Brown Tribute concert featuring Benny Green, Jon Clayton, and Jeff Hamilton. Man, one of the best concerts I have been to so far this year. The concert wasn't the only great part. Tonight, I actually got to meet Benny Green, one of my favorite piano players of all time, right behind Oscar Peterson, Tommy Flannigan, and Barry Harris. Well, I mentioned how I was going to be making one or two trips a year to New York and he actually gave me his email address! Geez! What ......

Posted On Monday, February 9, 2004 12:09 AM

GOTCHA: Com Interop
I ran across a nice little Com Interop “gotcha” when I was working with Excel automation from C# today. I'm sure that a lot of you with more COM Interop experience than me already know about this but I figured I would share so that those with lesser experience can avoid the heartburn that I had today. The gotcha occurred when I was working with Excel ranges to pull information out of a spreadsheet from C#. When working with Office automation from a managed language, one needs to understand ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 3, 2004 4:39 PM

Model Driven Architecture

Martin Fowler has made an excellent post about Model Driven Architecture over at his bliki. If you want to see what side of the fence he is on, saddle up and gallop on over pardner....

Posted On Monday, February 2, 2004 2:35 PM

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