Frequently asked Windows Forms questions at the PDC

.NET, Programming September 26th, 2005

jfo posted a very interesting Frequently asked Windows Forms questions at the PDC post at his blog.
You can find code\slides from the presentations there plus a new version of the old Outlook UI demo we saw when Microsoft where demonstrating Whidbey beta1….

New WildMagic Version

Game Development, Programming September 22nd, 2005

A new update for the Wild Magic library has been recently released. The library a commercial-quality game engine and is the companion source code to the book 3D Game Engine Architecture: Engineering Real-Time Applications written by David Eberly.
The source code is available publically and contains numerous 3D real-time graphics algorithms, including collision-detection, distance calculations, numerical analysis, and image processing, in addition to a comprehensive mathematics library. The book is highly recommended and is an excellent opportunity to support the author for providing such high-quality code.

You can watch the release notes here.

Indepth Look at the Vista Interface

Design September 21st, 2005

Channel9 has posted a great video featuring Kam Vedbrat, lead program manager on the Aero interface being developed for Windows Vista.
Aero is the code name for the re-designed user interface of Windows Vista. The new interface is intended to be cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing than previous versions of Windows. It includes transparencies (Glass), animations and more…

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Age of Empires III

Gaming September 19th, 2005

I’ve been playing AOE2 a lot latelly and I can’t wait for AOE3 to come out.

I’ve noticed something interesting on http://ageofempires3.com. The screenshots page mentions the use of the Havoc physics engine (comment under the “Game Videos”) which should be interesting…

I just hope being 3D and all will not cripple the gameplay as it did in so many games…

IE’s PM switches to FireFox

Technology September 16th, 2005

Scott Berkun, who one of IE’s PM (versions 1.0 to 5.0) announced he switched to FireFox.

In a very interesting blog post he explains the reasons for this switch and gives the FireFox guys some tips regarding their UI design.

I wonder how the new FireFox beta compares with the IE7 beta…

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Microsoft Gadgets

Technology September 14th, 2005

One of the new announcements from Bill’s keynotes presentation yesterday was the Gadgets feature in Windows Vista.

First of all, it seems like the Vista sidebar is back…

Gadgets are essentially widgets that can be hosted on Vista’s sidebar, start.com or Vista’s “Sideshow” (Microsoft’s name for auxilary display gadgets).
Should be an awsom feature… There goes my idea for a sidebar shareware :'(

Anyway, you can check out teh details at http://microsoftgadgets.com/default.aspx

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Jensen Harris Started Blogging

Design, Microsoft Office, Programming September 14th, 2005

Jensen is a PM on the Office 12 UX team and his blog will focus on the new UI of Office 12.
Should be interesting…

http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/archive/2005/09/12/464350.aspx

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Office 12 UI Exposed

Design September 13th, 2005

You can watch screenshots of Office 12 at http://pdc.xbetas.com/?page=o12preview1

Bill Gate’s keynotes should start in about 10 minutes and should be an interesting to watch…

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Bill Gates on Channel9

Technology September 9th, 2005

My favorite questions : “Who are you?” and “Why are you still working?” :-)

http://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=111598

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DirectX 9 To Get a Significant Upgrade

Game Development, Programming September 6th, 2005

Another interesting post at the inquirer

I didn’t expect any significant change to DirectX before DirectX10\WGF (Vista).
It seemed the DirectX team’s main focus  in the DirectX9 updates was on tools etc. but according to this article, DirectX9 will get a significant core upgrade featuring Shader Model 4.0 support.

Should be interesting… I wonder if they’ll invite me to the beta program (if there will be one)…

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