Thursday, December 31, 2009

Photoshop Tutorial: Glowing Lines

I always see these background nice flowing lines on websites. Here is a Photoshop tutorial that will get you started making your own curves and lines.

Luminescent Lines | Tutorials Palace

Javascript Transition Library

New javascript transition effects library. It might have promise.

transm.js (javascript programmable image transitions)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Operation Weezy F. Baby. | Funniest Video of the Day

Pretty funny.





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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Metaplace Goes Under

My brief foray into educational game design a few years back keeps me focused as least passively on what is going on in the game development sphere.

It looks like metaplace.com, which conceptually SHOULD have been successful, is shifting gears (going under). It is a shame, I think the 2.5D Flash environment has potential, but in a world of triple A shooters a cartoon big headed avatar Flash environment I think failed to capture content creators which spells death for metaplace's current model.

Oh well, sometimes you step up to the plate, swing, and strike out. I wish a prosperous future to the folks at metaplace, no harm in failing as long as they pick themselves up, brush off, learn, and move forward.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Missing Enum.GetValues() when doing Silverlight for instance ? - Blog'A'Little

Missing Enum.GetValues in Silverlight? Here is a partial work around.


Missing Enum.GetValues() when doing Silverlight for instance ? - Blog'A'Little

If you name your class something like myclass.shared.cs and remember to put the partial keyword infront of the class you can declare this class in your web project and it will be shared with your silverlight project (if using the business or similar tempate, which breaks things up in a silverlight and a web project. Remember to include the folling namespaces at the top of the class.


using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Linq;

Have fun.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Silverlight DataSet

Many an oldschool developer has been put off from joining the "RIA" world because data access through web services is a comparitive pain in the arse compared to old school ADO.Net. Some smart guys in Canada might be changing the equation (hopefully). I haven't used Laskarzhevsky Software's free Silverlight DataSet control yet, but it looks promising. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Laskarzhevsky Software Inc

TranslateThis Button: Copy+Paste translation for 52 languages

One push button translation. I like it.
TranslateThis Button: Copy+Paste translation for 52 languages

jSnow jQuery Plugin

Add some unobtrusive snow to your website for the hollidays.

jSnow

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Great Into Silverlight RIA Services Video

If you are developing with Silverlight and RIA Services, and you haven't seen this video, I would watch it. Two hours that are well worth it.


Currently Watching : The Official Microsoft Silverlight Site

Thursday, December 03, 2009

WCF and Silverlight

We are experimenting around with WCF vs .Net RIA Services at work. Here is a pretty good entry level tutorial on getting started with WCF and Silverlight. One WCF method is exposed and consumed by a datagrid. Also so SQLtoLinq is used as well.

MSDN Switzerland Blog


Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Photoshop Tip: CS3 and CS4 Get Rid of the Hide/Show All Menu Items

I was working with Photoshop and the stupid menu items kept hiding themselves. If you are a guru, and you know what you need, that is fine, but I'm not. I'd like to always see everything and see it in the same spot in the menu list. Someone named Chris Koerner came up with a fix that makes this go away.

Remove “Show all Menu Items” From Photoshop CS4 « Chris Koerner

Thanks Chris!