Sandcastle and API Documentation

I’ve received a few emails recently on how I created the API documentation for my Wiimote library so I thought I’d answer here with a brief tutorial. The answer, in case you didn’t read the post subject, is Sandcastle.  Sandcastle is a tool developed by Microsoft which builds MSDN-style help files by using reflection and XML comments from the source code of a project.  Out of the box, Sandcastle is command line driven and kind of a pain to deal with, so I highly recommend the very easy to use Sandcastle Help File Builder (SHFB) application also hosted on CodePlex.  … Continue reading Sandcastle and API Documentation

Tech Valley User Group Session Posted

I have posted the slide deck and sample code from my “Interfacing External Hardware Using Managed Code” session that I gave earlier this evening.  I hope everyone that attended enjoyed the presentation and got something useful out of it.  Other than the RFID hardware failing for the 2nd time on me, I thought it went well.  If you have any questions or comments, fire them over to me.

TVUG Session Rescheduled

For all 0 of you planning on attending my session at the Tech Valley User Group tonight, please note that it has been rescheduled to next Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30pm due to the impending storm…

WiimoteLib Survey Results

Once again, a bit thank you to all of you who took the time to respond.  I was amazed to receive 100 responses as quickly as I did.  So here are the results and a few comments. 1. What type of release schedule would you prefer? Response Response Percent Response Count Frequent, small updates 59.1% 55 Infrequent, large updates (what I have been doing so far) 40.9% 38   2. I broke backward compatibility between version 1.1 and 1.2. I’m looking to do it again by cleaning up various things such as: Moving anything with an X/Y coordinate to a … Continue reading WiimoteLib Survey Results

Tech Valley .NET Users Group Session

For those of you in the Capital District region of NY like myself, I’ll be giving a session on how to interface external hardware using .NET at the Tech Valley .NET User Group on Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30pm.  Here’s my poorly written blurb on the subject: While developers write code to build software every day, not often are they exposed to code that drives and interfaces hardware. This session will attempt to bridge that gap and show how .NET can be used to effectively interface several hardware devices, including an RFID reader and tags, Phidget control boards with a … Continue reading Tech Valley .NET Users Group Session

WiimoteLib Survey

For those of you that use my Managed Wiimote Library (and if you’re not, why aren’t you?), I’ve put together a very short, 3 question survey to gather some opinions on how to move forward with upcoming releases.  Please take the 30 seconds to click responses to the 3 multiple choice questions and let me know how you’d like to see the library evolve.  Thanks! Click here to take the survey!