Tag Archives: Silverlight

2011 links no. 3

Don’t Call Yourself A Programmer, And Other Career Advice from kalzumeus.com links to [old post from Jeff Atwood] Why Can’t Programmers.. Program? and to one of my favorite bloggers Joel Spolsky – Finding Great Developers.

Why I Will Never Feel Threatened by Programmers in India Cheap Overseas Programming from jpl-consulting.com.

Asp.net web application Security Review: Do’s & Don’t By santosh poojari.

Differences between MVC and MVP for Beginners By John T.Emmatty.

ScanX: Creating a commercial quality registry cleaner in C#/WPF by Steppenwolfe.

How to make fewer errors at the stage of code writing – static code analysis for Firefox. Part N4 By Karpov Andrey. And part 3 – static analysis of Qt framework.

I [Brett Goodman] developed FileDb as a simple local database solution for .NET, Silverlight and Windows Phone apps. FileDb.

Speeding up database access – part 8 Fixing memory, disk and CPU issues by Matt Perdeck.

Using lambdas – C++ vs. C# vs. C++/CX vs. C++/CLI by Nishant Sivakumar.

WireframeSketcher is a software tool helps quickly create wireframes, mockups and prototypes for desktop, web and mobile applications. [we still use Ms Paint, Photoshop, regular pen and paper]

ISO Updates C Standard. The standard is known unofficially as C1X.

After a 5 year hiatus, the IOCCC (International Obfuscated C Code Contest) is back! from Slashdot.

Why we need even more programming languages by Neil McAllister.

Will It Optimize? See how well you know (or can anticipate) gcc’s optimizer. From http://ridiculousfish.com.

Using C to Blend Mathematics and Art (When Math goes Beautiful) by MarkDaniel.

In 2011 Average Web Page Approaches 1MB from Slashdot.

The smallest possible valid (X)HTML documents from mathiasbynens.be.

Networks without effective AQM may again be vulnerable to congestion collapse. Bufferbloat: Dark Buffers in the Internet by Jim Gettys, Kathleen Nichols.

Attempt to create Real time communication – Real time communications over UDP protocol by Michael Pan.

HTML5 kills off flash; HTML5 kills off Silverlight; HTML5 makes the dinner and does the ironing too. HTML5 is going to save the (tech) world. I’ve heard it all in the last year or two. Very rarely have I seen a balanced article or a writer that understands the concepts involved. Even worse are the (non technical) tech journalists who write an article on this subject purely to boost their own exposure. This article attempts to provide a bit of history on the subject. It also attempts to pacify the situation and explain why it doesn’t really matter. HTML5 vs FLASH vs SILVERLIGHT by GraemeKMiller.

Silverlight 5 Available for Download Today by Silverlight Team.

Adobe logo in 100% CSS – No scripts, no images, no objects. [warning: kills Firefox 9.0.1]

The Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing Internet marketplace.

Crating 3D fountain for Android using OpenGL – by mikew67.

Android-x86 Project – Run Android on Your PC – project to port Android open source project to x86 platform.

Two words in mobile world: Carrier IQ.

Is the Apple App Store a Casino? from Slashdot.

Striking It Rich In The App Store: For Developers, It’s More Casino Than Gold Mine by FC Expert Blogger Chris Stevens.

SAAB Rapid 3D Mapping YouTube video. One flight. One hour. 100 square km. Accuracy 0.3 m. Fully automatic generation. Result – 3D texture mapped terrain classified database.

Last weekend, over 12,000 LAN party goers turned up at DreamHack Winter 2011 in Jonkoping, Sweden with a PC under the arm. Inside DreamHack, the 12,000-computer LAN party by Sebastian Anthony.

Okay, everybody, it’s time for rumors and gossip from Raymond Chen.

YouTube video Qbo meets Qbo.

Unfortunately, “renewable energy” is a meaningless term with no established standards. None of our current energy technologies are truly renewable, at least not in the way they are currently being deployed. The myth of renewable energy by Dawn Stover.

What Startup To Build? Big & accepted problem. Proven revenue model… By Steve Poland.

The best ever explanation of the Pythagorean theorem. The right-angle triangle: Meet your new best friend by Yvan Rodrigues.

Online CPU Stress Test and Benchmark

Yesterday we launched a new project called Urih.com, that features very cool Benchmarking application written in Microsoft Silverlight. The main goal was to write a Benchmarking tool, that can be used as Online CPU Benchmark / Stress Test, that uses all available CPU cores. It is called SilverBench. Online means, that you do not need to install any browser plug-ins on most of the computers, because MS Silverlight is already installed.

Go to the CPU Benchmark / Stress Test!

We were unable to write application, that can utilize multiple physical processors / sockets. Currently it is not possible in MS Silverlight. Also, 100% CPU utilization of all available CPU cores / threads is not possible. I think, that it is expected behavior of web browser thread implementation. Here is a screenshot of average CPU load during Stress Test and Benchmarking. It goes about 90% all the time.

Another notable feature is history and TOP 50 charts of Standard and Extreme tests, where you can see scores of tests performed by various users around the world.

Also, note that Stress Test has very low FPS on modern computer. This is intentional, so we can watch progress as more CPU cores are added to our computers.

The Best 10 Silverlight Games

Here is my list of top 10 Silverlight (somewhat competitor to Adobe Flash) games, rated by quality, gameplay, sound / music, design etc. There are lots of crappy Silverlight games out there. Actually, most of Silverlight games sucks hard compared to Flash games.

DaoDao. Connect two tiles. Play Now!
DaoDao Game

Shinguru the Ninja. Addictive game played only with space button on keyboard. Play Now!
Shinguru the Ninja Game

Dr. Popper (ball game). Find and destroy balls of the same color. Play Now!
Dr. Popper (ball game)

Silver Arcanoid. Arkanoid / Breakout like game. Play Now!
Silver Arcanoid Game

Dot Killer. Another addictive and hard shooting game. Play Now!
Dot Killer Game

Block Rogue. Interesting and nicely done puzzle game. Play Now!
Block Rogue Game

Area Tower Defense. Classic tower defense game in Silverlight. Play Now!
Area Tower Defense

Mahjonged. Online version of Mahjong. Play Now!
Mahjonged Silverlight Game

Klotski is a sliding block puzzle game. Play Now!
Klotski Game

Ice Breakers. Try to break all ice crystals with falling balls. Play Now!
Ice Breakers Game