Build your own Virtual World…

Check out this amazing video – World Builder by Bruce Branit Some day l guess we might be building entire cities virtually like this, walk through them and then create them. Beats a 3D object molder.

Heres a direct link to the quicktime .mov file for faster viewing on your PC. [ Right click, save as, download]

This week 04252009….

Got a good deal on an executive chair with good back support (really need it) from Office Depot – seems tons of items are marked for clearance. They may be closing soon some say…

Cant wait to see the movie X-Men: Origins Wolverine which comes out on 5/1/2009 [USA] He is my favorite character of them all.

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Update on Wolverine 5/14/2009:

Amazed to find out the african city where the x-men travel to is LAGOS, NIGERIA !! Also guess what, my tribe [ibo] seem to be [according to the movie] the source of adamantium – the core metal used to make Wolverine invincible – hmm, wonder why l’m not. Sad – my tribesmen and women get wiped out in the movie, such is how most tales mentioning africa go. For more upbeat fealing, listen to Akons Africa song.
Installed Ubuntu 9.04, this install went flawlessly on my HP laptop as well as the updates, wireless card support and nvidia video card support.  To get ubuntu to run/play DVD’s, mp3, quicktime, windows media files etc – run:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extra

Finally gave up on working on my stop and go, 2 year old lawn mower – had a choice between a basic new push mower for 149 and and electric (no gas, no fumes etc) mower for 50 more, went for the second. Seems the old one may have some rusts parts in it, and l’ve done the drain fuel/dis-assemble/assemble routine one too many times as well as some creative engineering for the pull rope to work. Now if only l could afford a robot lawn mower and gardner….

NBA: Saw Yao Ming of the Houston rockets at the Starbucks – Pioneer square early last week. He’s 7’6″ and had to bend down to get out of the door. We werent allowed to take pictures, besides seems no one was crazy to see him given that Houston beat the Portland TrailBlazers on the 1st playoff games. Sucks – SAS lost today to Dallas. Hope the Blazers win the next game against Houston. Here are some pictures l took at the Rip City Party on the Portland Blazers getting into the playoffs. Didnt get pictures of the players while at a meeting for work.

Posted pictures l captured as l used 3Ds max 2009 with V-ray at this link.

Benchmarking my system using Maxon Cinebench R10

My results: OpenGL test – 2868, single CPU 2692, Multiple CPU render test: 9374.

Microsoft Windows Azure…

Steps l took in exploring this technology.
“Windows® Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Azure Services Platform”  Click here for the Microsoft Website

1. Download the SDK – January 2009 CTP
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2. Download Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio January 2009 CTP
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3. Download
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5. Start Visual Studio 2008 , New project, Cloud service, Web and worker cloud service
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Working on code using the REST API Reference for Windows Azure Storage services

Also download the Azure Services Training Kit – February Update

Will update this blog soon as l make progress….

Render SSRS 2008 Report from Website to Adobe PDF

This is a test project to see if l can successfully render to PDF from an asp.net website, using Report Control from a Visual Studio 2008 project.
First l created a simple sample table called MyContact from some files from the AdventureWorks database. Heres the code:

SELECT
    [ContactID]      ,[Title]      ,[FirstName]      ,[LastName]
      ,[EmailAddress]      ,[Phone]      ,[ModifiedDate]
      into MyContacts
  FROM [AdventureWorks].[Person].[Contact]
GO

If you wish to create the table directly, heres the code:

USE [AdventureWorks]
GO
/****** Object:  Table [dbo].[MyContacts]    Script Date: 01/15/2009 22:34:31 ******/
SET ANSI_NULLS ON
GO
SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER ON
GO
CREATE TABLE [dbo].[MyContacts](
 [ContactID] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL,
 [Title] [nvarchar](8) NULL,
 [FirstName] [dbo].[Name] NOT NULL,
 [LastName] [dbo].[Name] NOT NULL,
 [EmailAddress] [nvarchar](50) NULL,
 [Phone] [dbo].[Phone] NULL,
 [ModifiedDate] [datetime] NOT NULL
) ON [PRIMARY]
GO

I’ll attach a link to a text file with data for populating this with over 19,000 rows, as well as a link to the entire source code.
Heres a link to the Report Webpage. (should be active soon)
Currently l’m trying to debug the error below:

Configuration Error

Description: An error occurred during the processing of a configuration file required to service this request. Please review the specific error details below and modify your configuration file appropriately.

Parser Error Message: Could not load file or assembly ‘Microsoft.ReportViewer.WebForms, Version=9.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a’ or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.

Source Error:

Line 53:     <add assembly="System.Design, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=B03F5F7F11D50A3A" />
Line 54:     <add assembly="System.Windows.Forms, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=B77A5C561934E089" />
Line 55:     <add assembly="Microsoft.ReportViewer.WebForms, Version=9.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=B03F5F7F11D50A3A" />
Line 56:     <add assembly="Microsoft.ReportViewer.Common, Version=9.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=B03F5F7F11D50A3A" />
Line 57:    </assemblies>

 

 

WRN: Assembly binding logging is turned OFF.
To enable assembly bind failure logging, set the registry value [HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftFusion!EnableLog] (DWORD) to 1.
Note: There is some performance penalty associated with assembly bind failure logging.
To turn this feature off, remove the registry value [HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftFusion!EnableLog].

This seems to be a possible solution to this problem.

Silverlight….

Microsoft Silverlight allows developers to create rich, cross-platform, interactive Web applications. I went through some sample code from Microsoft’s silverlight.net website and created a base page from which to demo/test the functionality of silverlight capabilities and use these as a base for learning as well as for future projects. Click here to see these awesome demos.

For the web

My favorite web publishing software used to be and sort of still is Dreamweaver 8/CS4, but recently l have been using Microsoft Expression Web 2 which is impressive, and integrates wonderfully (obviously) with web projects developed in asp, visual studio.net 2005/2008 etc, and has a good media encoder with which you can prepare your video file for web publishing – mainly targetting microsoft silverlight. To do serious web development with the .Net framework from Microsoft, you need Expression Web 2/Blend 2/Encoder 2/ Design 2/Media 2 (you get the picture). Heres a link for a trial version.