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Richard Anthony Hein Richard.Hein Stay on Target
  • Microsoft's Gargantuan #Fail

    , vesuvius wrote

    @Richard.Hein: I would be grateful if you could point me to any evidence about WPF as a platform on .NET?

    I also don't want suggestions, tangible statements and official facts will suffice.

    In a bunch of the threads on Channel9 recently, there have been links to information about the Windows 8 milestones that have leaked, which show WPF/Silverlight support in what may be a different form ("XAML for the desktop"), as part of directui.dll.  Although the full picture isn't clear yet, those bits of information say that WPF in some form is alive.

  • Microsoft's Gargantuan #Fail

    I thought there has been plenty of evidence to suggest that your investment in .NET is not in vain, and that .NET is growing in importance, not being minimized in Windows 8.

     

  • Learning C# for career development

    @blowdart:  There's nothing wrong with those kinds of questions, but it illustrates that there are so many *types* of developers that relying on a set of questions like this doesn't make sense, unless it really applies to the job.  There's a good reason to ask some people, for some types of positions, questions that relate to their encyclopedic memory of data structures and algorithms.  If someone is asking me to demonstrate a Knuth-like knowledge, I'm afraid I'd fail miserably.  It's not necessary for *most* developer jobs to be able to answer those kinds of questions on the spot.  Creativity, curiousity, the desire to research and keep on working until you solve a problem - those are things I think are very relevant.  So I'd ask some questions like that just to see the thought processes going on when they try to work it out, not so much for the perfect implementation, but to see if they are logical, analytical, and unafraid of "deep" questions.

  • Kinecting the dots

    @magicalclick: LOL Big Smile

  • Kinecting the dots

    Screw it.  I'll post my ideas anyway.  There's no way I can do them all.

    Code name RoomDrum:  Turn your room into a drum set with effects processing.  Map things in your room by drawing a polygon overlaying a display of your room, to sounds that can be played by percussive motion.  Sample sounds from, say, the couch cushion, amplifying them and adding effects to the sound, thus building up your own unique set of samples from your environment.  Then drum away on whatever you want ... glasses, table tops, remote controls ... whatever ... add loops and effects as you go.  Difficulty:  Can the Kinect track drum sticks?  What about speed of the sticks?  If not, we can just use hands.  Additional features:  Map scales to areas ... either the entire range of notes broken down into intervals of adjustable size and shape (i.e. in a polygon overlaying whatever region of the room, divide the polygon into intervals), or choose specific scales (i.e. pentatonic, enigmatic, whatever) and keys.

    This one I'd really like to make.

    Yes, W3bbo, I know there are lots of Kinect music sample/POCs/demos. Tongue Out  However, the one in my head is awesome!

  • Kinecting the dots

    @JoshRoss:

    BTW, I think most of your ideas are good, depending on how they are implemented, and W3bbo is a wet blanket. Tongue Out  I was going to post some ideas, but don't want W3bbo's point-by-point break down of why my ideas are stupid, unoriginal, and doomed to fail. Tongue Out

     

  • Learning C# for career development

    , blowdart wrote

    *snip*

    Get off my lawn youngster. You'd be surprised.

    Ditto ... I feel the age discrimination. Tongue Out  I started programming on a TRS-80 nearly 30 years ago.  It's hard to believe how much I still have to learn. <sigh>  It's a double-edged sword.

    Seriously, though, it's true that when I started, everyone was older than me, and now, just about everyone is younger than me.  So, it does frighten me to imagine that I have to one day get into management just to stay employed.  I hope the industry is really changing and realizes that experience matters and not just whether you can get your young coders to give up 60 hours a week of unpaid overtime to "change the world".

  • Learning C# for career development

    @poetofzwan:  There's a lot you can learn taking a CS degree, but whether or not it's required ... it depends on your current knowledge and your goals.  Where do you see yourself, as a developer, in 5 years? 

    A degree can help you figure out the things you should know ... but only you can really put that theory into practice, and prove to employers that you are capable of fulfulling a role they are willing to pay you to fill.  Self learning and online courses will also give you that knowledge, but do you have the self-discipline and desire to do it on your own? 

    Also a degree will prove a certain amount of theoretical and practical application, but it's just enough to get an entry level position, unless you are a superstar or supplement your learning with sample code that you create over time.

    It's a tough decision.

  • Kinecting the dots

    I wonder how long before someone uses this research to improve Kinect object recognition and tracking.

  • C++ AMP

    Very interesting ... I'll try to squeeze some time in this weekend to watch and read up on this, while also trying to find time to play with the Kinect SDK ... not enough time in the day!

      Perplexed