Jim Galasyn's Learning Curve

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    More WMP Play, Part 2

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    In Part 1 , I described some considerations for implementing a phase-space visualizer. Now I'll dig deeper into the theory and implement the visualizer. The biggest question is how to produce interesting patterns using an input signal with a spread spectrum...
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    Dr. Dobb's Journal interviews Mike Henderlight

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    Check out the interview with Mike and Parimal: http://www.ddj.com/documents/s=9776/ddj1134151231499/swigart3.htm Excerpt: MH : Sure. The statements you're making are exactly correct. The bottom line is, we're trying to learn from what we've...
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    Seen on a whiteboard in the Cider devs' hallway:

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    CIDER See no XAML Hear no XAML Speak no XAML That's what I want hear.
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    Dude, Where's My 3D?

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    While adapting Adam Nathan's cool WPF plugin for WMP , I found that WPF 3D rendering wasn't working on my home machine. Only the 2D WPF elements were rendering. But the plugin did show up correctly on my work machine. Hmm. The two machine configurations...
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    More WMP play, Part I

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    Since Adam Nathan opened the door to using WPF controls in Windows Media Player, I've been itching to make some neat visualizers. This is something I've wanted to do for years, but the hardware requirements and the amount of effort to get a good payoff...
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    WMP Redux

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    You may recall an earlier post in which I was trying to mate WPF with the Windows Media Player ( Playing with the WMPSDK ). My original thought was to export the time series and spectrum data from WMP to a WPF client app. That didn't work very well...
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    The New Chris Sells Book

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    Incidentally, I picked up the new Chris Sells / Ian Griffiths book on WPF last week: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0596101139/qid=1130013562/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-9032567-5819011?v=glance&s=books&n=507846 If you want...
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    Workaround: ActiveX Controls Not Working via XAML

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    Mike Henderlight recently posted a nice summary of a bug in WinFX current (September CTP) bits: ActiveX Controls Not Working via XAML . An attempt to instantiate an ActiveX control with a managed wrapper (Axhost) from XAML fails with an interesting...
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    Playing with the WMPSDK

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    I've had this idea that a neat little WPF project would be to build a toy music visualizer, like the kind in Windows Media Player or the iTunes player. I have a bit of a background in digital signal processing, and this seemed like a fun exercise for...
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    Consuming Cider product specs

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    I've spent the last couple of bus rides to/from Redmond reading product specs for Cider. "Cider" is the code name for the WPF visual designer for developers -- I'm not sure if it has an "Expression" name yet. "Sparkle" is the visual designer for multimedia...
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    Notes from the WPF SDR

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    I attended the Visual Basic SDR for WPF on Tuesday. Interesting to see what our MVP customers are saying. The best line came from a prominent VB author: "If I ever have to see XAML, you have failed." General agreement there. XAML, after all, is just...
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    Speaking of WPF/WinForms interop

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    You can do WPF/WinForms interop right now. Check out Mike Henderlight's blog and get step-by-step demos.
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    Feet first

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    Mr. Burns: Ex-cellent. It's all falling into place . I'll be documenting the Avalon designer and the Avalon/Windows Forms interop story. This makes me happy. This blog will describe the ecstacies and the agonies of climbing this rather steep learning...
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