A lot, it turns out. Some long-time readers may remember my post of a year or two back where I set a fun little challenge to test what could be accomplished with just a single element of XAML. In the preparation for MIX09, the team created a competition that offered slightly more room for creativity, encouraging contestants to come up with the most interesting demo sample in either Silverlight or WPF using just 10 kilobytes of code.
It’s really exciting to see some of the samples that have been submitted. With over seventy submissions already, there’s some real innovation and a surprising amount of diversity on display. I wanted to highlight a few that particularly caught my eye. The range of entries demonstrate well the versatility of our client platform technologies and show some of the cool effects that you can get with very little work using the APIs that are included in the framework.
There are many more great entries on the site beyond the ones I’ve chosen below – these are just a few that caught my eye. There’s still time to submit an entry before the contest closes on Friday January 30th, so if you haven’t got an entry in yet, get coding! (And for the record, I’m not one of the judges for the contest and have no influence over the award winners – these are purely personal picks.)
While I’m on the subject, I want to plug the MIX09 conference as a whole. This is the fourth consecutive year we’ve run MIX, and it’s shaping up to be a great event. We’ve got Silverlight 3 and many other surprises coming – make sure you’re there if you possibly can be.
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A few other folks (like Tim Sneath and Shine Draw ) have put up their lists of favorite MIX09 10k entries,
Ah - I went through 3 of those - the oft ignored (from US perception) step in the history of the person computer, not forgetting also the ZX80, ZX81 (my first own machine after using the school board's shared Apple II - with it's 16K expansion pack, interface 1, interface 2, kempston joystick interface, copiable game tapes - no comment - games like Manic Miner, Jet Set Willy, Jet Pack and other classics), ZX Spectrum 128 (and other variations), Commodore PEt, the Z88, the BBC computer, BBC Electron, C64, the BBC Master Computer, etc.
I too remember spending ages typing in magazine code machine code only to find it didn't work. At least they added checksums later. It drove me to write my own games. Also fu, was going into a Dixons stores (that's Best Buy to you USians) and typing in code something like this:
10 PRINT "Loading Manic Miner"
20 Poke xxxx,yyyy
30 goto 30
With the right Poke (that's placing a byte value in a memory address) you could make the screen look like it was loading a game... people would stand in front of the machine for ages in anticipation of playing a games muahaha :)
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You look nice with the moustache. :-)
I’m a huge sceptic when it comes to code competitions – perhaps Terrarium has left a permanent impression
I really like Raindrops Orchestra, but hadn't made the Brian Eno connection. Music for Airports (Part II)!
I was intrigued by the sounds, look like it's playing MP3's from http://www.kooriyoo.com/InteractiveLabs/