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I know this will incur the wrath of many, but client side js has always struck me as the playground for amateurs. Professionals are forced to deal with it and it's possible to write solid, clean js code, but most of what you see on the sites out there is both sloppy and ugly. Error handling seems to be an alien concept and single character variable names are the de facto standard. I can't remember the last time I had a browser up running a debugging session on my own stuff, popped up another tab to go somewhere, and didn't see a boatload of complaints about all manner of stupid and obvious things that no one even bothered to test for.
Add to that the fact that once you're on the client side you're basically in IfDef Hell trying to cope with the flakiness and inconsistency of a gazillion browser versions and it's not exactly what I'd call programmer's utopia.
I do web development because it pays money. It is, nonetheless, a crappy environment to code in. Client side js stuff just makes it worse.
I was surfing around the web and came across this french website[^] by Denis Dollfus. I just thought it would be hilarious to port this application to a tablet PC with touch screen, and let the cat play the shark. It should keep it busy for a while
I ported the code to WPF VB and you could download that here[^]
Cat claws are made of the same stuff as our nails, so not a single scratch yet. The real damage is to the carpet under the tablet when they try to figure out where the stuff went after it goes off one side or another. We have had them flip it over a few times trying to get underneath it.
We currently have a game that has a few modes. A mouse that scurries and squeaks when they bop it, a spider which makes "insect" noises when it moves, a fish that makes swimming noises and splashes when bopped. Plus it has a painting game that is the same as the mouse, but leaves colored paw prints wherever they hit it and smears when they drag their paw. Then it allows you to save the image. I haven't gone that far yet.
Fortunately for me, the one we have does not include in-application purchases. Although that does give me a cunning plan, I need a way to deliver virtual catnip via IAP.
We actually picked it up when we got our second cat. Turned the game on, put the tablet on the floor and they forgot about the fact that a cat they had never met before was sitting less than a foot away... and both proceeded to work on killing the mouse.
A friend of mine and his girlfriend foster cats for a rescue shelter, they use the same game to help new fosters relax and feel more comfortable. Nothing worse than a stressed cat in a new environment. Not good for their health and usually not good for yours either.
Need help with Excel. I exported some data from SQL Server to Excel using the OpenRowSet function which includes some numeric columns (float in SQL Server). But no matter what I do, Excel treats it as Text. I tried formatting the cells to number, but no use.
If I create a Chart out of the data, the values are assumed to be 0 (or NULL) and the Chart is always empty. I checked by negating one of the values and the Chart does recognize it as a number and update itself. I can't edit each cell by hand since there are 50,000 cells to be edited. Got a solution?