Brian and Dan on .NET Rocks!

This week, Dan Fernandez and I had the opportunity to be on the .NET Rocks! show with Richard and Carl.  We spent some time chatting about our Coding4Fun book (available at fine booksellers everywhere!) and several extremely interesting projects Richard and Carl have created in the past, including an anthromoporphic remote-controlled car, and a parrot who enjoys extremely right-wing politics.  I think you’ll just need to listen to the show to understand what those are about…

Coding4Fun Book News

Now that we have finished writing the book, we finally have an official title and chapter listing.  Someday we may even have a cover. The title has morphed into Coding4Fun: 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, YouTube, World of Warcraft, and More and the final chapter listing (not necessarily in this order) is: Alien Attack: Create a 2D clone of Space Invaders with XNA for the PC, Xbox 360, and Zune LEGO Soldier: Create an action game using Popfly with a custom-built virtual LEGO character World of Warcraft RSS Feed Reader: Use WoW’s customizable interface to have feeds pop up … Continue reading Coding4Fun Book News

64-bit Development Discussion on .NET Rocks

I did an episode of the .NET Rocks show last month which debuted today on the site.  Now, instead of only reading my idiotic ramblings, you can actually listen to my idiotic ramblings.  Lucky you! Anyway, the show is a discussion on 64-bit development with .NET and all the fun that comes with it.  Have a listen…

Newsweek & The Wiimote

The Nintendo Wiimote is getting some very mainstream attention lately.  I was interviewed several weeks ago by Christopher Flavelle from Newsweek magazine for a story on developers using the Wiimote for uses other than playing games with their Wii console.  The article should be in the May 19th issue of the International Edition of Newsweek and can also be read online at http://www.newsweek.com/id/136381.  Have a read…

Twitter

I’ve done the unthinkable and have decided to try out Twitter.  You can “follow” me at http://www.twitter.com/BrianPeek .  Let the grand experiment begin…

Silence…

Where have I been? Sadly, nowhere good. My father passed away extremely unexpectedly on March 4, 2008 and life has been hectic and chaotic ever since.  I’m finally back into some sort of routine, so it’s time to update here and explain what’s going on outside of the unpleasantness. First off, I’ve been contracted to co-author a book for O’Reilly (tentatively) titled Coding4Fun with Dan Fernandez from Microsoft.  The book will be a compendium of 10 (give or take) projects that, as the title suggests, combine fun and coding.  I’ll update as we go through the process. Secondly, I’ll be … Continue reading Silence…

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…

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

Now Running Community Server 2007.1

After a moderate amount of pain, I have finally updated the site to Community Server 2007.1.  I think everything is working.  I’m likely wrong.  Therefore if anyone sees anything that is not working, broken layouts, broken links, etc. PLEASE contact me and let me know so that I may correct it. One noteworthy item:  The new official URL for the blog is www.brianpeek.com/blog .  The main site will 301 redirect you here.  The old /blogs address should also 301 you here as well.  If you’re seeing any weirdness there, again, please contact me. Thanks!