Bouncing Back…

Trying to ease back into the community after a short hiatus, I ported the Boing demo that I blogged about back in June to the Avalon CTP build.  You can get the updated source here.  Just load the solution in to the VS.NET Whidbey Beta and press F5.  If you are using Visual C# Express, see…

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Avalon CTP released — Yes it runs on XP!

Like many many others I am also excited about the Avalon CTP release for a number of reasons: It runs on Windows XP!  (I no longer need to boot into a separate partition to write samples for my (recently neglected) blog 😉 We have the beginnings of tool support!  The WinFX SDK installs templates for VS.NET…

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The Donut Primitive, V2

I had mentioned previously that I was dissatisfied with the 1st post in the 3D for the Rest of Us series because I felt that the post did not leave the reader with anything they could immediately go out and try.  I was much happier with the 2nd post, even more so now that I…

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3D for the Rest of Us, Part 2: Transforms

Introduction This is the second in a series of posts intended to fill in the missing pieces for a developer familiar with a 2D graphics API who wants to dabble in 3D with the Avalon platform To be honest, I really was not particularily happy with the first article. I wanted this series to be…

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Interpreted Python and WindowsForms experiment

I have been shopping around for a while now for a dynamic language to use when prototyping pet projects at home.  Everything I read about Python seemed perfect except, of course,  the lack of a .NET compiler.  This week Jim Hugunin of Jython fame finally dropped the first binary build of IronPython (Python for .NET).   According…

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3D for the Rest of Us, Part 1: 3D Coordinate System

Introduction A hallway conversation which Chris Anderson made me realize that when people ask me about 3D support in Avalon I have a bad habit of telling them everything they do not need to know.  After all, it is all the details you do not have to worry about that consume the waking hours of our…

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3D Graph Demo Posted

Coincidently, the same day that Kerry Hammil’s talk which featured the 3D Blood Sugar Tracker demo aired Joe Beda managed to get the source hosted at MSDN.

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Avalon 3D Video Segment

Kerry Hammil, a program manager with the Avalon team, discusses the goals and features of 3D support in Avalon and walks through writing your first Avalon 3D application in this 30 minute video segment (56K, 150K or 300K).  You will want to be sure to stay until the end for the look at future Avalon…

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Avalon 3D Hit Testing Demo

One area where the Avalon platform blurs the line between 2D and 3D is with our hit testing services.  It’s easy to discover that we support traditional ray/mesh hit testing via the Model3D.HitTest(…) API, but rarely does the user want to initiate hit testing in world 3-space (this is especially true for the 3D scenarios targeted…

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IanG’s First Look at 3-D Support in Avalon

MSDN just published an introductory article on 3D support in Avalon by fellow blogger Ian Griffiths of DevelopMentor.  The article is liberal with screenshots and provides a good mapping between the high level concepts and the Avalon object model.  It’s a great way to get yourself oriented to the platfrom and includes a link to Ian’s…

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