Total Eclipse

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Today there was a near-total eclipse. Glasgow was overcast and the only evidence was a slight darkness. Just as we thought we were going to miss it the maximum-eclipse (or thereabouts) struggled through, pale and moon-like through a veil of cloud. Then a few minutes later we caught a brighter glimpse.

But this article is about Eclipse the Java...

Client XML Processing Engine

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So for the past month or so I've been working on a Framework that is database driven and can take in any XML file and based on the client, choose a dynamic object mapper, and based on the keys in each item in the XML file choose a Parser, then it uses the parser to export information from the file to a CSV. It's not completely finished,...

"Martyr2's Mega Project Ideas List!" Reaches 1 Million View Milestone. Thank you!

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It has been a long haul since December 2008 when I wrote the popular thread here on DIC titled "Martyr2's Mega Project Ideas List!" I am happy to report that it has reached the astronomical milestone of over 1 million views here on the board. I think that might be the most popular thread here (wouldn't know for sure since...

Path to a clean code LOG 1: Importance of math and logic

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So funny story happened this night. I was simply making the first module
from a Coursera course in python. The end of the first module required you,
the programmer, to make a solution for a version of Rock Paper Scissors
from Big Bang Theory (it included Spock and Lizard). Basically instead of
one beats one it was 2 best and losses for 1.


Don't Upgrade to Android 5.0

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I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 with Verizon service. Last week I went from Kit Kat [4.4.4] to Lollipop [5.0]. Mistake.

Performance is abysmal. "lag" when using buttons on my phone should not be a thing in 2015. I was experiencing a little bit of this in Kit Kat; one of the reasons to give Lolli a go. One step forward, two steps back.


Planning your project - A movie database program for example

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This post is really an excerpt from a longer conversation. But I thought this might be a good place to keep a copy.
To view the entire conversation check out this thread.

RSS Feed in WPF

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I found this cool page to display RSS feed items in WPF:

Build an RSS reader in 5 minutes

It works great. I thought I would see how it behaves with dream.in.code's feed:


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Unfortunately it, for me, produces a Script Error dialog several times. My settings in IE are already set to not...

Why I chose AS3 to create my game

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Why AS3?

Well I believe for the purposes of what I want is a easy to play online version at online gaming portals and the ability to create a desktop application that can be sold as well. So in theory if it works well the online version would essentially become a demo and the desktop version will be the full version. The online portal version...

Infinite streams and Exact real arithmetic

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I've been gone for a while but have been learning lots. School has taken up too much time for me to do my own programming; I'm too busy doing school work and work for my job. I don't even feel like programming when I get done with the day. I have turned to reading about things in theoretical computer science instead. Most of all I have...

Visual Basic Slotmachine

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a slot machine with sliding slots.

Download link:Download Here (Mediafire)

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Plankton v1.5

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This isn't so much of an update as a few small tweaks. I've just fixed any bugs that I've found, mainly in the drawing your own seabed geometry section, and added in a control for density which just effects how the different size Plankton elements behave in the currents. By adding this I could also add gravity so that Plankton can sink...

C++: Cache-Friendly Code

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I have been working on a mathematical optimization project in C++ for quite some time now. While working with matrices and calculations, something caught my attention: the importance of contiguous memory allocation and writing cache-friendly code...

My Very first Foot Step in DIC

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Hello, To every one who has come over to have look at this rag-tag blog I just created in DIC. I'm a self thought person who loves to code in PHP and in any language which is not tied down to another platform or a OS. This blog will be updated with what ever I collect from my life and my work hoping it'll help some one else.

String Format Diagnostic Update

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String Format Diagnostic Update

I'm working on updating String.Format Diagnostics to VS2015.

This update will include a new ArgHole parser, that enables me to include colourisation of the format strings.

Currently working on updating the analysis engine, to use the results of the new parser.
So that it can...

Heavy Metal Mouse

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Now for a much more absurd exploration into PC gaming peripherals. A long while ago, I got a basic Logitech G500s mouse for some comfortable gaming. It's all you need, it doesn't look like some cyborg shit, it does its job well and it doesn't cost too much. It also fits in your hand neatly. I noticed it came with some weights inside,...

Class is Ending

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Class is ending the blog does not have a lot of entries but I will be trying to update it more often. The last homework assignment in my Data Structures course was to print out a binary tree in post,pre,in, and level order and also provide the structure. This involved printing out the tree in a way it resembles its theoretic analysis. The Code...


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When I first set out to make my online game, I already had a very good understanding of html, .asp, access database, and digital design. What scared me most was CSS and PHP. So I set out to first get a good handle on Javascript. The reason? It looked alot like my commodore 64 code of yesteryear. Even though I never fully understood the...

Making an IIDE in VB.NET

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Recently I wondered if I can make something like VB.NET in VB.NET. Ok, this sounds crazy but it's much possible! Let me tell you how...
1) Open Visual Studio (I have 2012).
2) New Windows Form Application
3) Now the Form1 will be your starting form


1) 2 TextBoxes
2) 2 Buttons


Read the Bible

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Take it little by little.

Short intro to memory

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I've always heard of the stack and heap, and being advanced topics, i tried not give them too much though

But here's a two quick bullet points which made the concepts really accessible
(taken straight from the book)

- When you call a method, the memory required for it's parameters and it's local variables is always acquired from...
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