Coding4Fun Book Contest Winner!

It’s time to announce the winner of my contest to win a copy of our Coding4Fun book!  15 people entered the contest via my forum.  I assigned each of them a 0-based index in the order in which they submitted their entry.  The final list was: leif902 = 0 jcauble = 1 krakerjak = 2 RoryBecker = 3 amrkamel = 4 anonymous = 5 Arrowofdarkness = 6 qiuliocc = 7 hanan = 8 Amira = 9 helpware = 10 michaelb = 11 FunnyX = 12 John Bisschop = 13 juanformoso = 14 bringo = 15 Now, I did say you … Continue reading Coding4Fun Book Contest Winner!

Win a Free Copy of Our Coding4Fun Book!

I’ve decided to setup a simple contest to give away a free copy of our book, Coding4Fun: 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, YouTube, World of Warcraft, and More.  Entering is simple.  Post a message to the forum entry located at: http://www.brianpeek.com/forums/p/1012/3258.aspx And to make it a bit more interesting, here’s a topic for your post:  How have you coded for fun?  Write up a couple sentences on any fun project you’ve tackled at some point in your spare time.  I won’t disqualify you if you don’t, but I’d love to hear about your projects, and I’m sure others would … Continue reading Win a Free Copy of Our Coding4Fun Book!

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…

Hanselminutes Podcast

At the very last minute before Scott left for Africa, Dan Fernandez and I were able to do a quick episode of Hanselminutes to promote our book.  Have a listen to learn a bit more about our book, the projects it contains, how they were developed, and some issues we ran into when trying to use some technologies in a way they weren’t intended to be used.  Head over to the main site to stream the show in your browser or download in a variety of other formats.

Coding4Fun Book News and Preview

I received my first copy of the book on Friday afternoon and it looks great!  It is now also listed as “In Stock” on Amazon.  Additionally, there is now a Google Preview of the book If you’d like to see a preview of the book, you can do so by clicking the Google Preview link below, or navigating directly to the Google Book Search page for this book. I can’t think of a better holiday gift for the geek in your family than this.  But, I may be a bit biased… GBS_insertPreviewButtonPopup(‘ISBN:9780596520748’);

Animated Musical Holiday Lights at TVUG

I’ll be presenting a session on building your own holiday musical light show using Phidget boards and .NET at this month’s Tech Valley User Group.  I’ve previously written an article about this topic on the Coding4Fun site, and there will be a full chapter on this in our upcoming “Coding4Fun: 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, YouTube, World of Warcraft, and More” book.  Here are the session details… Abstract: This month, learn how to build an animated light show set to music, much like the famous holiday light show videos you may have seen on YouTube.  This session will cover … Continue reading Animated Musical Holiday Lights at TVUG

We Have a Cover!

We finally have an official cover!  This is likely exciting to no one but me (and Dan)… Dan and I are working on the very final round of edits and formatting.  The book goes to the printer next week and it should be available the first week of December according to Amazon.  So what are you waiting for?  Order now!  🙂 And be sure to visit our book’s website.  The chapter items will be filled in as we near the official release so you can get a head start on the book’s content.

TL39: Coding4Fun: Windows Presentation Foundation Animation, YouTube, iTunes, Twitter, and Nintendo’s Wiimote

Well, PDC2008 is over.  I had a lot of fun, met a ton of interesting and fun people, and learned about a lot of exciting new technologies.  I hope to make it back out there next year. Our PDC2008 session video has been posted up at Channel 9 along with the PowerPoint slide deck.  In this session you will learn about four of our current projects:  WiiEarthVR by myself, InnerTube by Dan Fernandez, TwitterVote by Clint Rutkas and BabySmash by Scott Hanselman. If you’d like to check out the video, you can watch it “live” or download the deck and … Continue reading TL39: Coding4Fun: Windows Presentation Foundation Animation, YouTube, iTunes, Twitter, and Nintendo’s Wiimote

Coding4Fun Book Chapter Teaser for PDC

At PDC2008 we have been giving away printouts of our first chapter and table of contents for our new book, “Coding4Fun: 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, YouTube, World of Warcraft, and More” to anyone who drops by the Coding4Fun area.  We ran out of copies early today, so for those of you at PDC (and anyone else for that matter) that’s interested in taking a look at the (not really properly formatted in all places) first chapter of the book in PDF format, you can do so by visiting http://oreilly.com/go/mspdc .  This chapter covers how to build a simple … Continue reading Coding4Fun Book Chapter Teaser for PDC

PDC2008

Anyone heading out to PDC2008 this year?  I will be in attendance with (hopefully!) a new Wiimote project and perhaps a few old ones as well.  More details on that when the project is a tiny bit further.  We will also be giving away a free chapter of our new book “Coding4Fun: 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, YouTube, World of Warcraft, and More” to all PDC attendees. I will also be co-presenting a lunch session at PDC: Title: Coding4Fun: Windows Presentation Foundation Animation, YouTube, iTunes, Twitter, and Nintendo’s Wiimote Date/Time: Tuesday, October 26th, 12:45pm-1:30pm Speakers: Dan Fernandez, Scott Hanselman, … Continue reading PDC2008