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The Atari 2600 is considered archaeological material now. This was an very interesting read. They supposedly found a never before documented algorithm inside the dissassembled ROM. They tracked down the engineering team and this is what was said:
The basic maze generating routine had been partially written by a stoner who had left. I contacted him to try and understand what the maze generating algorithm did. He told me it came upon him when he was drunk and whacked out of his brain, he coded it up in assembly overnight before he passed out, but now could not for the life of him remember how the algorithm worked.
I took a look (The algorithm is at the bottom of the paper) and it looks very similar to a simple Moore[^] or von Neumann[^] neighborhood.
As someone who (still) works with WinForms, I was interested to read:
The Windows Forms designer is still in preview, and available as a separate download. It will be added to Visual Studio as part of a later release. The designer currently includes support for the most commonly used controls and low-level functionality. We’ll keep improving the designer with monthly updates. We don’t recommend porting your Windows Forms applications to .NET Core just yet, particularly if you rely on the designer. Please do experiment with the designer preview, and give us feedback.
You can also create and build desktop applications from the command line using the .NET CLI.
«One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.» Salvador Dali
I haven't found anything easier or more straightforward when I want a quick Windows program that just does something without me having to learn 6 new weirdly-named frameworks and 7 new ways of doing old familiar things.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
The caveat is that WinForms, even in .NET Core, is still Windows only.
The "only" benefits you get is a performance improvement and you can run applications without the need of having the .NET Framework installed on the client Windows computer (which is pretty sweet).
If you want to make use of Core packages, like Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore, Microsoft.Extensions.Configuration(.*) or Microsoft.Extensions.DependencyInjection you can just keep your current .NET Framework application as all of those are built on .NET Standard and will run in .NET Framework as well.
I just inherited a WinForms application, but it'll be a while before I port it to .NET Core.
I remember reading a few years ago that he had to put together some Kickstarter type of campaign to raise money for cover his medical issues because the guy was essentially broke. For someone who had a recurring role on a Star Trek series, that's downright embarrassing.
Just to be clear, I mean Paramount, not him, should be embarrassed. As an actor, the guy was probably just grateful to get any work at all.
I'm in need of a system that will track a box through different locations. For instance, I have a box of documents, and I want to know its current location. So far, I've thought of creating a QR code label for the box. Then we can have employees scan this code from different locations. But how would this help if the same QR code is being scanned from each site?