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An Analogy Is Worth a Thousand Pictures

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The famous saying goes that "a picture is worth a thousand words" but when it comes to software development, an environment where you are expected to communicate with business people, I found the saying "an analogy is worth a thousand pictures" to be more applicable. Probably ever since the invention of the computer, those who...
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The Anatomy of Sliders and Scrollers

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Everywhere you go on the web you see some sort of slider or scrolling widget on the page. You see a lot of them on blogs advertising the latest posts, you see them on event pages showing shots of the audience and speakers and you even see them on software company homepages showing screenshots of the their latest software release. Sure you can get...
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Using Performance Counters in the C# Language

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At any given time the Windows operating system is tracking statistics for the system and many of the processes / applications that are currently running on it. Things like the number of processors, how many threads are executing, how often the CLR is in garbage collection, the number of I/O operations being performed etc are all tracked through...
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Creating A Custom YouTube "Sparkbar"

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I received a question about this a little while ago and I finally got around to making a blog post about it. The person was asking about making a custom YouTube percentage bar like the one you see on videos right above the thumbs up and thumbs down icons. Intrigued I looked at the code and boiled it down to something that perhaps you all could use...
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Context Menus With JQuery

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I was tinkering around with some jQuery...
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Transforming Shapes With Java AffineTranform

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You, a retro gamer, are on a new quest to bring back a classic arcade hit to a whole new generation of space faring digital cosmonauts. But it is dangerous out there and you need to show these rookies the dangers of journeying their ships alone in the vastness of space. So you want to create your own game of Asteroids...
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The Comma Operator in C++

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When we think of the comma character we often think of it as a separator. It separates values in an CSV file, it separates items in lists, it may separate index values in multidimensional arrays (in other languages) and more. But in C++ an obscure way of using them was as an operator. The reason it never made it big as an operator and into the...
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Populating Multiple Drop-Downs Dynamically

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First off I want to say that there are multiple ways of doing something like this. Below is two ways (and I mention a third) to dynamically populate one drop down using the selection of another drop down (aka chaining drop-downs). One way we will see uses a pure Javascript implementation and another is using a combination of...

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