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  • Blog Post: First look: Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview SDK

    Longtime readers know that I have great enthusiasm for the Kinect sensor as a revolutionary NUI technology. Now I can report that I was accepted to the Developer Preview program, and my new Kinect for Windows sensor arrived today. The packaging goes out of its way to make you feel special: when the box...
  • Blog Post: Emotiv Engine Client Library is posted at CodePlex

    I finally got my act together and posted the code for my EmoEngineClientLibrary , which is a C# wrapper around the DotNetEmotivSDK.dll assembly that ships with the Emotiv SDK . Browse the source code Browse the documentation overview You may recall this code library from such blog posts as: Kinect-Emotiv...
  • Blog Post: Kinect-Emotiv mashup prototype

    Longtime readers of the Learning Curve know about my fascination with brainwaves, aka, neurodata ( Again with the brainwaves ). Then along came Kinect, which provided a pleasant distraction. But how to get the best of both worlds? With the release of the Kinect for Windows SDK , it became an interesting...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with Kinect development

    Turns out that it’s a lot simpler than I thought . The most significant barrier to entry is the USB jack. If you buy the Kinect sensor by itself, you’re good to go. But if you buy the XBOX 360 bundle, as I did, then you have a problem. As I understand it, the vanilla USB can’t provide enough power for...
  • Blog Post: Modern programming: A tale of four frameworks

    After starting my new job in Core OS, it became clear that I would need to brush up on my old COM-programming skills, which I haven’t used in about, oh, eight years. It’s been all .NET Framework since I hired on as a full-time employee at MSFT. A good place to get acquainted with the COM world is the...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend 4 now available for download

    Expression Blend 4 makes it easier than ever to design your WPF and Silverlight apps. Here are the official bullet points: Create rich web experiences, games, desktop apps, and more. Design apps that use the full power of Silverlight. Take your ideas from concept to finished project. Work effectively...
  • Blog Post: COM Is Love

    New job! I’ve hopped over from the excellent Developer Division User Education org to the cool Windows Server Information Experience group, ‘way on the other side of the Server & Tools business unit , where I’ll be providing sample code and docs for some of the intriguing new Microsoft features....
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 is live

    And it’s good. Download the full trial version here: Visual Studio 2010 Downloads . Technorati Tags: Visual Studio , .NET Framework , Silverlight , WPF Designer
  • Blog Post: Fun with brainwaves, part 3: Here’s some code

    The story so far: Realtime Brainwave Data with WPF and Fun with brainwaves, part 2 . So the code is finally somewhat presentable for public consumption. You can download it from here: Realtime Neurodata Display . If you have the Research Edition of the Emotiv SDK , this is what you’ll see: EmoEngineClientLibrary...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Release Candidates are posted

    Go grab your copy of Visual Studio 2010 RC here . Rewritten in WPF, this is the slickest version of VS yet. Too many features to go into now, but here are a couple of my favorites. The WPF and Silverlight Designer for Visual Studio now has complete parity with the beloved Windows Forms designer, and...
  • Blog Post: Realtime Brainwave Data with WPF

    Update: Code is posted here . A wonderful thing happened since my last post on this project. The friendly folks at Emotiv listened to their devoted users and opened up the raw electrode data from their amazing EPOC neuroheadset ( just $299 ). That’s a 14-channel fire hose of brainwave data, streaming...
  • Blog Post: WPF and Bling

    Here is one of the coolest applications of WPF ever: Bling . It’s a completely new way to leverage the WPF platform for high-performance graphics development. Bling experiments with a programming model that combines the ease of programming provided by a retained graphics model with the flexibility and...
  • Blog Post: WPF samples now available at Code Gallery

    In past versions of our Visual Studio and .NET Framework documentation, you may have experienced frustration when you tried to access our WPF sample code. No more. We’ve picked the best samples, hoisted them out of the docs, updated them for Visual Studio 2010, and uploaded them to Code Gallery: WPF...
  • Blog Post: Fun with brainwaves, part 2

    As I promised in Fun with brainwaves, part 1 , I’ve written a little WPF application that displays realtime data from Emotiv’s Epoc neuroheadset. It’s a very simple monitoring app, named WPFEmotivClient, that displays the data stream from either EmoComposer or Emotiv Control Panel. The idea is to demonstrate...
  • Blog Post: WPF Designer sample code is posted

    If you want to author custom design-time experiences for your WPF controls, this is a good place to start. We have samples for custom adorners, context menus, property value editors, and advanced scenarios. This code is written for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, but you should have luck with the Beta 1 bits...
  • Blog Post: TestApi v0.3 Posted

    Ever wondered how to test your WPF, Windows Forms, .Net Framework, and Win32 applications programmatically? Of course you have. Now there’s the TestApi , a library of test and utility APIs that enables developers and testers to create automated tests for .NET and Win32 applications. TestApi provides...
  • Blog Post: WPF and the Parallel Extensions, Updated

    At the request of the Parallel .NET team, I’ve cleaned up the code from my earlier post, WPF and the Parallel Extensions . Reaction-diffusion visualization You can download the code from here: WPF and Parallel .NET . Have fun! Technorati Tags: .NET Framework , Parallel , WPF , Chaos , Fractal
  • Blog Post: WPF and the Parallel Extensions

    It’s been over six months since the Parallel Extensions to .NET Framework 3.5, June 2008 CTP release, and I’ve been wanting to play around with that stuff for awhile. It’s all shipping in .NET Framework 4.0 and is considered by Soma to be a key cloud-enabling technology. So I finally jumped in and decided...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta is posted

    Get it here . Discuss amongst yourselves at the forum . Don't miss Guy Burstein's guided tour . Here's the official word: Visual Studio 2008 With Visual Studio 2008, developers and development organizations have the tools that enable them to be more productive, take advantage of all the latest platform...
  • Blog Post: Using WriteableBitmap to Display a Procedural Texture

    A long time ago, back in the Java days, I wrote some code to simulate a particular kind of autocatalytic chemical reaction. A chaos theory researcher named Vladimir Gontar was doing some interesting work,  adapting cellular automata to more closely resemble real physical systems. He presented a...
  • Blog Post: Using the WPF Designer: Guidance for Windows Forms Developers

    If you're a WinForms dev, and you'd like to know how to implement your favorite features in WPF, take note: Our new topic, The WPF Designer for Windows Forms Developers , gives you a detailed mapping of WinForms features to WPF Designer features. No more flailing about, trying to figure out how to anchor...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 1.0 on Microsoft Update and WSUS

    Silverlight 1.0 is now available to WSUS administrators for enterprise deployments as well as to Microsoft Update consumers. IT administrators, you now have the ability to deploy Silverlight across your enterprise using the standard deployment tools you already use. Consumers also have the option of...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Fire Starter video site at MIX University

    We get a lot of requests for training on Silverlight, and now there's a great new option: the Silverlight Fire Starter course content is now available online. Five hours of high-quality training material from MIX University  The content is, of course, hosted using Silverlight. Check it out: Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Mobiform's VantagePoint WPF Controls released

    Mobiform has released v1 of their neat VantagePoint WPF Controls suite. View the Demo , which is a live xbap -- I was running it in Firefox this morning! Mobiform's Variable Gauge control
  • Blog Post: WPF Designer docs are posted

    The MSDN library online has been refreshed, and you can find all the new documentation for the WPF Designer for Visual Studio (formerly known as "Cider") here . You might want to start with the overview topic, or if you want to start autoring your own custom design time, try the extensibility portal...
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