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  • Blog Post: Coding4Fun on Channel9

    Coding4Fun is where we show off fun and cool open source hardware and software projects. We know there are lots of developers who code for fun, not just for their jobs and with this in mind, we want to show off the cool work developers can do when they combine smarts and passion.  Our projects span...
  • Blog Post: Dancing Lights!

    A few years ago, Brian Peek, created a light sequencing application phidgets to animate your holiday cheer and Don, a coding4fun reader, leveraged it to animate some lights of his own for this year! Awesome job Don and thanks for telling us about it!  Update:  Don has shared his sequence file...
  • Blog Post: Native Extensions for Microsoft Silverlight

    A NESL is a set of libraries for Silverlight developers that allow them to access some really cool features of Windows 7 from their Silverlight applications. Take advantage of sensors like accelerometers, light sensors, compasses, GPS etc. Access content from connected portable devices like music players...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 development for absolute beginners

    We have just launched an all new series over on Channel9 that teaches beginning developers with little programming experience how to develop applications for Windows Phone 7.  This series assumes that they have absolutely no knowledge of C#, Silverlight, or mobile development.  In just a few...
  • Blog Post: Adobe Illustrator To HTML5 Canvas tool

    The guys over at VisitMix created a new tool that converts Adobe Illustrator files to HTML5 canvas elements that can be rendered to any browser that supports the canvas element like IE9.  They even have a Windows and OS X version of the tool.  Find out more at http://visitmix.com/labs/ai2canvas...
  • Blog Post: RFID kit with .Net Support!

    Trossen Robotics has a pretty awesome RFID kit with a RedBee RFID reader by Robotic Connections .  Here are a few specs from the reader. Supports all EM41xx family 125 kHz RFID tags USB, XBee, and TTL Serial communication Serial Communication Protocol and Shared Serial Devices Protocol (SSDP) .NET...
  • Blog Post: Netduino – Open source hardware

    There is a new .NET Micro Framework board that is 100% open source now.  The netduino from Secret Labs can leverage the arduino shields!  Their projects page, http://www.netduino.com/projects/ , has a few projects like how to get a blinking LED to work and read data from a color sensor to determine...
  • Blog Post: Loading, iterating, and saving photos with WP7

    Friend of Coding4Fun, René Schulte, has an full write-up on how to do some simple drawing, loading, and saving with Windows Phone 7 .  René even used multi-touch as well! He leverages the WriteableBitmapEx class that extends out the WriteableBitmap Silverlight class. To do a PhotoChooser, the code...
  • Blog Post: Natural User Interface library

    Blake.NUI is a new open-source library for multi-touch NUI (Natural User Interface) development.  It can be found at blakenui.codeplex.com and is under a MS-PL license. The library is still in undergoing changes but here are some of the things currently included in Blake.NUI: Controls ZoomCanvas...
  • Blog Post: WebMatrix, web development made easy

    WebMatrix was recently released and helps make creating websites super easy.  WebMatrix is everything you need to build Web sites using Windows. It includes IIS Developer Express (a development Web server), ASP.NET (a Web framework), and SQL Server Compact (an embedded database). It streamlines...
  • Blog Post: Мой ПК быстрее вашего. WEIShare: поделитесь своим Windows Experience Index!

    Опубликовано 8 июня 2010 г. WEI Share («We Share») — это пример кода Coding4Fun , который принимает ваши баллы по Windows Experience Index и анонимно публикует их для всего мира на веб-сайте Azure с клиентским интерфейсом Silverlight. Этот код также позволяет вам публиковать свои баллы WEI на Facebook...
  • Blog Post: the world is just a flat database

    Clint Pearson created a flat database project over at CodePlex .  Initially I wasn’t sold on this but then after a few pokes at the source code, I realized it is actually fairly powerful.  Clint implemented a table solution for FlatDB which makes it far more powerful than a typical single serializable...
  • Blog Post: Extreme LINQ, building a RayTracer

    This is what happens when you give certain people spare time :-).  They decide to do something just because they can.  Luke built functional RayTracer with LINQ .  He openly states this is “just because you could” type of thing. How does Luke get around the fact LINQ doesn’t support recursion...
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