Monday, April 25, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
Last week I received my Freeduino board from http://www.bhasha.co.cc/ . I took almost a week after placing the order to get my hands on the board.
I am really impressed with the small size of the board . I had also ordered the component kit and I got started within hours. Within a couple of days of work I could create this:
I was able to figure out a good way of making my board my favourite melody. The describes how to compose ,test and fine tune a melody on your PC with a C# program , before uploading it to Arduino/Freeduino.
Thursday, September 02, 2010
I have posted an article on implementing WebSocket based application with C#. WebSocket is new technology which enables "server push". Check out the article and code here:
Hope you like it and also please don't forget to participate in the poll on my website (its in the left site menu, towards bottom).
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
I must confess I started educating myself about LINQ pretty late. I was really pleased to see what all it can do. I discovered that all typed Datasets allowed LINQ based querying.
This means old methods of working with Datable object should be forgotten and LINQ should be used where ever possible. Time to get rid of all those ugly 'foreach' blocks .
Read my article on using LINQ and typed datasets here:
Posted by Ashish Patil at 2:15 AM
Monday, August 03, 2009
9th May 1998 : My first PC arrives ( Pentium I, 200 Mhz, 32 MB RAM, 2.1 GB HDD). Spent time learning basics, playing games, exploring chip magazine CDs, exploring encyclopedias and listening to songs.
1999 (FYJC) : Learned FoxPro 2.5, continued timepass with my computer.
2000 (SYJC) : Mostly studies.
March-April(2000) : Read the book "VC++ 5 Special Edition", understood nothing. Started learning basic C++ and HTML.
2000-2001 (First Year Engg) : Learnt PASCAL, DOS,DHTML , EzWindows continues, CGI, made another website. Started learning FLTK (Fast Light Toolkit) in holidays after exams.
2001-2002 (Second Year Engg) : Studied FLTK in detail. C++ Continued. Learnt C, TC++ BGI as part of syllabus. Tried some x86 assembly language programing. Upgraded my PC ( P III 800 Mhz, 128 MB RAM, 20 GB HDD). Worked on project related to "Interfacing computer controlled devices to Internet". It was presented at Terna Engg. College.
2002 (Holidays after Second Year) : Created a personal website. Learned Microsoft Speech API (SAPI). Finished learning FLTK.
Phase I completed. Five years of delightful programing.
Posted by Ashish Patil at 9:31 PM
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I have been searching for a tool that can resize images, add border and put a watermark on those. Most of my favourite tools, dont have this functionality the way I wanted. So I decide to write my own. It's a tiny C# console program that can process images in a batch. I use it to add border and copyright notice to images from my digital camera. The tool has fair bit of configurability. It can be downloaded here:
Posted by Ashish Patil at 9:12 PM
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Computer games these days are getting larger than life. The recent example is 'Spore' , a game which allows you to create different create and nurture your own creatures and nurture them through various phases of evolution. The whole concept in my opinion is wonderful. More can be read about the game here : http://www.spore.com/what/platforms#PC
Thought this game is yet to be released, it has a great feature that is already making it a hit. The 'Spore Creature Creator'. Just downloaded the trial version and started playing with it. And I have to say that this is 'one of the best' software, I have ever used.
Within minutes of downloading the software, I was able to create really funny new creatures and upload their videos on youtube !
The spore creator is a 'standalone' software which is available for around $10. This is a real steal, for the entertainment it provides. The creator is easy to use software which has three sections : create, paint and play. The day when our world would be ruled by game characters is not far !
Here are couple of videos I created:
Posted by Ashish Patil at 4:31 PM
Sunday, August 03, 2008
The long missing feature is finally here. Added commenting functionality to my website. Now users can post comment for different articles on my website.
Working on a system to show comments entered by users, below their corresponding articles. This might take some time !
Still, I hope it becomes easier to readers of my site to communicate with me !
Posted by Ashish Patil at 5:55 PM
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Today, I decided to try out the Moonlight plug-in for Firefox on Linux. It can be downloaded from this site : http://www.go-mono.com/moonlight/.
My 'Animated 3D Bar Graph Application':
Animated line graph application:
Well done ..guys at http://www.mono-project.com/Moonlight !
Posted by Ashish Patil at 3:18 PM