Random acts of code

Generated map

A program that allows you to see a small ecosystem at work. The rabbits were designed to move around and eat the apples that would fall to the ground. The apples would over time spawn in a radius around the trees but not inside of a certain radius. Everything in this program was made by hand including the models. While their diet and my artistic skills are in question, the effect was worth it.

Lost and Found, NotifyIcon

I am currently making a program that will display in the task-bar on the bottom right of desktop. I had created a program like this in college but am trying to relearn the process using WPF. Now this is all fine and good til I realized there was no such feature inside the WPF. You could add references to the form versions of NotifyIcon, but I found like to be less then desirable with some odd side effects.

A simple project became more of an issue, but rather then changing it to a forms project I looked around for a third party library. Luckily I was able to find a few. While the application is not complete yet I at least wanted to post my findings. The resource is on Codeproject.

And then a step to the right.

I wanted to move the form to the bottom right. The code was fairly simple but I am unsure if it’s really good for a WPF project. So my research is not going to stop here. For the time being I am happy with the results.

The following gist shows the code needed to get the job done. I did have to add two references: System.drawing, System.Windows.Forms .

The code just changes the placement away from the top and left sides of the screen minus the size of the window in question. Luckily it is based on the size of the working area of the desktop so it can handle different resolutions. This will also be useful if I change the size of the window and need to reapply it.

Happy coding,
Michael.

Rails Windows platform

I am currently using windows for my development which has caused several issues over the last month. Honestly I have tried to keep all my development on my Ubuntu laptop but it’s starting to show it’s age. So while I was looking for a good IDE, I experimented with several different setups. I think at the end of the day I am settling with rubymine.

One of the main things I wanted to make sure I could do was rapid deployment with out a lot of overhauling or insane amounts of setups for basic projects. The more I can automate the better which this is currently allowing me to do.

Current state of fibon

While I have not used fibon gem in awhile I am going to start working on it on free time. The general idea of the gem was to allow the user to pull out and test Fibonacci numbers. While not complex I was happy about the size compared to other gems that did similar feats.

At the time of the writing I had over two thousand downloads of the gem and over five hundred with this current version. The lack of updates were due to the change in directions with projects I had at the time but at this point I think it would be a shame to not update it.