Where am I?

March 25, 2008

If you developing games using XNA game studio, many times you need to know where your code is running - on PC or on Xbox 360 hardware... Unfortunately, there is no any out-of-the box functionality provided by XNA Framework to check platform, but here is the solution: XBox 360 the only device, which supports special 3rd mode for Pixel & Shaders version 3 on its Shader profile and this could be checked out. Here is the sample code: 1: bool isXbox = false; ...

Mystery Error

Today I've decided to change my regular Internet radio application, and try something new... I've got myself some free Internet Radio Player with recording ability and A LOT of radio station presets, but when tried to switch on Israelis "100 FM", got this very cute error: I was very confused, what is so mysterious in connection fails... That's make a classical example of confusing user message. Morale: Don't inform your users about mysterious errors :)         Enjoy, Alex
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Silverlight 2 & CreateSilverlight()

March 16, 2008

Current Silverlight 2 Beta by default doesn't using silverlight.js/CreateSilverlight() functionality we used to add Silverlight in Alpha version, but Silverlight directly created on page as object: 1: <div id="silverlightControlHost"> 2: <object data="data:application/x-silverlight," type="application/x-silverlight-2-b1" width="100%" height="100%"> 3: <param name="source" value="SilverlightApplication4.xap"/> 4: <param name="onerror" value="onSilverlightError" /> 5: <param name="background" value="white" />...

Наболело (Off Topic)

March 15, 2008

Вчера ребенку подарили шоколадное яйцо, купленное в одном из "русских" магазинов нашей страны. Вроде бы всё и ничего, и шоколад вроде ребенку понравился, и игрушки внутри по-типу игрушек из "Kinder Surprise", но вот одно меня лично добило: почему приложенная инструкция для родителей навсех языках (из знакомых мне) переведанна по-человечески, а на Иврит - набор слов/букв??? Ребята-производители питерские, неужели так давит жаба заплатить пару баксов переводчику, чтобы перевел ваши пару слов? Неужели этот отвратный машинный перевод, стоит того позора который вы на себя навлекаете, печататая эту галиматью? Если вам всё равно, какого х.ра вы сбываете сюда свою продукцию? Почему вы...
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MIX08 – Day3

March 7, 2008

Well.... Its the last day of MIX08... First lecture on "Bringing Data to life in WPF" by Anson Tsao was very pathetic. He described binding mechanisms for dummies... For someone, who develops WPF this lecture was one big waste of time. The session on Web Analytics with Silverlight by Michael Scherotter was good, but for me not enough technical. Last one I have on this MIX was "Working with Data and Web Services in Silverlight 2" by Eugene Osovetsky. The session was very interesting with nice demos, code samples, etc. All sessions could be watched online here. Next MIX09 announced yesterday on keynote...

MIX08 – Day 2

Well, second day was nice with a lot of interesting lectures and second keynote from Steve Ballmers. I've attended on at Rob Releya's "Whats new in WPF 3.5" and Karen Corby's "Creating Rich, Dynamic UI  with Silverlight 2". Karen did a very good presentation, and was focused on creating reusable component methods in Silverlight 2, many code, samples, etc.. Rod did brief overview on upcoming service release for .Net 3.5 with a lot of demos,  but what I've personally missed is code behind them :( Keynote was like any keynote - nothing special...   Will update...

MIX08 – Day 1

March 6, 2008

Well, day 1 is over... It was very interesting day. I've started (like majority of attendees) on Keynote, being presented by Roy Ozzie, Scott Guthrie and Dean Hachamovitch. It was very big excitement on announcing Silverlight 2 Beta1 and IE8 Beta. Lots of great demos and showcases by partners (AOE mail, Hard Rock Cafe with Deep Zoom, WeatherBug with Silverlight mobile for Nokia platform ), etc.   So, here are the major release downloads: Silverlight 2 runtime (download)  Silverlight Tools for VS2008 (download)  ...