This Week on C9: Project Natal, Qex for SQL, and Bing for Devs

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This week on Channel 9, Dan and Brian cover the week's top developer news including:

- Microsoft announces Project Natal (pronounced na-tall) for Xbox 360, Dan wants to code it, badly
- Gizmodo - Positive review of Project Natal in action
Bing launches, including Developer page
- Brandon LeBlanc - Windows Blog - Windows 7 General Availability is scheduled for October 22nd
- Scott Guthrie - IIS Search Engine Optimization Toolkit step-by-step tutorial
- Nikolai Tillmann - Pex 0.13 Released, Unit Tests as Input and Visual Studio 2010 support, via Peli de Halleux
- Margus Veanes and Pavel Grigorenko - Video of Qex - Symbolic SQL Query Exploration
- Photosynth of Channel 9 Studio, via Larry Larsen and Nic Fillingham
- Gunnar Peipman - Code Snippet for reading embedded files at runtime, via Alvin Ashcraft
- Adam Kinney - Motion Capture viewer in Silverlight
- Habib Heydarian - WPF Visualizer in Visual Studio 2010
- David Ebbo - CodeDom vs T4 for Code Generation
- Dan-el Khen - CodeProject - LINQ to FQL (Facebook Query Language)
Windows 7 Little Tweaker for 32-bit Windows, via Greg Duncan

- Brian's pick of the week: Watch Netflix videos with friends, Xbox 1080p HD streaming with Zune video
- Dan's pick of the week: Xbox gets Facebook & Twitter integration

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      Bas

      The image is still messed up in the Silverlight player for me. It only fills the top 3/4th, with the controls below it, and a black bar below that.

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      Dan

      Weird, it works on my machine Smiley

      I tried IE8 and FF 3 and I'm not seeing anything abnormal.

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      Chadk

      I have the same problem.

      Chrome on Win 7.

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      PerfectPhase

      You mean like this?   I assume it's because the video is now 16:9, but the silverlight player is 4:3.

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      I'm not really much of a gamer but an still really intreasted in Natal, really want the media center support, and here's hopping it get support into windows 7 multi-touch and gestures API.

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      Dan

      Here's what I see in IE8/FF3, notice the player is resized automagically to 16:9.

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      As to the other point, yes, I'm sure folks will find a way to enable it for Windows, like Brian Peek did for us for the Wiimote Coding4Fun wrapper Smiley

      But yes, I'm definitely excited for all of the possibilities with this - voice commands, body tracking, gestures, etc.

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      rhm

      That's what it's like until you start playing the video.

      Anyway, I have to download all the channel9 videos because the streaming is always stalling for some reason. I guess the downloads come from another server because they come down nice'n'fast.

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      dentaku

      It looks fine until you start playing the video then you get a 16:9 video playing at the top of a 4:3 black box.

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      Dan

      Got it, yeah, I'm seeing the same thing, I assumed the issue was rendering, but yeah, it's just that the video is 16:9 in a 4:3 player. It looks a lot better just watching/downloading in Windows Media Player/VLC/Your-favorite-player.

      @rhm - The streaming file and the download are also coming from the same location so I don't know why streaming would be slower.

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      Bas

      Maybe the Silverlight player could be updated to 'letterbox' widescreen videos, instead of placing them at the top. Center it vertically, so that it has even black bars on the top and bottom, and then place the controls at the bottom of the player instead of at the bottom of the video.

      Or just autoresize the entire player, of course. Smiley

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      dentaku

      Yup, if it centered vertically instead of aligning to the top and the controls would stick to the bottom of the box it would look much better.

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      aL_

      check out the official natal speculation thread on c9 Tongue Out  http://channel9.msdn.com/forums/Coffeehouse/472182-Project-Natal--Windows/

      here's hoping for a gooing deep episode on natal Smiley [maybe i should'nt hold my breath though]

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      Burkholder

      In the "Adam Kinney - Motion Capture viewer in Silverlight" section of the "This Week on Channel 9" video, it was mentioned that Nikola used the new 3D features of Silverlight 3.0 to create his Motion Capture Viewer.  That is not the case.  Nikola's Motion Capture Viewer only requires Silverlight 2.0.  Nikola coded the point, vector, matrix, quaternion, etc. classes needed for the quick software rendering of those stick figures (all of which is provided in his Silverlight 2.0 source code) ... and all easily handled by the Silverlight 2.0 player.

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      Chris​Stepaniuk

      That would be awesome.  It would be nice if all video was done in 16x9.

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      Dan

      Doh! Sorry about that, neither of us caught that, apologies. I'm guessing we goofed since Silverlight 3 is getting perspective 3D support we just said that

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      rhm

      Thanks for the explanation. I was curious because I've looked at the documentation for silverlight 3 and I haven't yet found any of the 3d features people on channel9 keep talking about. All I've found is the ability to set a perspective (non-affine) transform on an image. So you can do 'coverflow' with it, but nothing really useful.

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      Dan

      Useful + 3D really depends on the scenario Smiley

      One quick note is that you can use this with any controls. Scott Guthrie demonstrated this in his MIX09 keynote showing how to render a data entry form using perspective 3D. Pete Brown has a similar demo showing SL 3's 3D support for a data entry form (with code).

       

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