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We had another meeting on Wednesday, particularly shorter than previous meetings but feature packed nevertheless!

Richard Costall and Pete McGann came down from the Midlands and presented "Silverlight, XNA and Gaming"; which was an informative reflection on how they went about rebuilding Manic Miner in .NET and XNA and then remapped the presentation layer to Silverlight. Audience participation has once again prevailed to keep the sessions interactive and tailored to what is of interest and it was no surprise that game development techniques eg: collision detection; were at the forefront of a lot of questions.

Recordings to the event are available on Michelle’s blog (here).

FEEDBACK…

We asked for feedback at the start of the evening and thanks to those that filled out the cards and dropped in suggestions. We are continuously looking to maintain a high level of interest/involvement at the meetings, so please let us know of what we need to improve.. here are some examples.

  • Subject areas… Silverlight? Blend? Designer/Developer workflow?
  • Format… want more time networking? longer sessions? shorter sessions? demos?
  • Want to present?… let us know what you want to show!
  • Seen a presenter or session elsewhere? let us know who or where you saw it, maybe we can get them along too

You can send in suggestions/feedback through the links at the end of this blog post.

As promised; below is a selection of those from the night.

“Very informative, interested me greatly due to the background. Designers probably felt left out but the technical ability was outstanding. Really good presentation. Peter is a real talent!”

“Probably a bit less typical designer view as I am interesting in games and games graphics but although technical aspects of the presentation hasn’t completely lost me. Plus really useful to get a idea of what aspects of game graphics are affected by aspects of the games engine. How the way we make graphics can help the game developer, improve performance etc….”

“Really enjoyed the session, good mix, good ideas which can be used anywhere in general programming”

“As a dev and as a fan of retro games & Silverlight I enjoyed all aspects of the presentation. I also liked the tips about using the ASP.NET Providers”

“Well presented by both Richard and Peter. Great organisation of the event.”

“Very good demo, love to see new things in progress. Collision detection stuff was very useful for Silverlight. Would definitely come again!”

“I would like to see a more technical breakdown of how certain techniques were used to overcome problems encountered. Enjoyed the meeting – many thanks”

“Everything was great, can’t wait for the next one! Made gaming interesting to a non-gamer. Really interested in seeing Silverlight with mapping tools.”

Next meeting?

The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for the 5th November in London. There are number of big events in and around that date:

 

We don’t want to be in competition with VBUG we’ll still hold the next meeting on the 5th November, so please come along if you are specifically interested in Silverlight. I’ll post up the details as soon as I can.

Finally a grateful thanks to those that presented, those that attended and the team that works behind the scenes getting it all organised on the day (Michelle Flynn, Steven Evans, Matt Bagwell and Anthony Steele).


Want to join the discussion?
The event is geared to please/interest/inform both developers and designers alike, so if you are interested in coming along then please contact either myself or Michelle Flynn (here) and we’ll be glad to take your details.

Want to present or showcase?
We are always on the lookout for presenters for future sessions – whether it be a high or low level coding walk through, a designer’s perspective, working practices or showcase demo. If you think that have a topic/presentation that ought to be shared with the community then please contact either me here and I’ll see if we can schedule you in!

 

This is a cross post from my EMC blog, mainly for backup duplicity and to aggregate some of my past postings. My EMC blog used to be under the Conchango brand but was acquired by EMC so I’ve also retrospectively refreshed some of the old links and maybe a tweak a bit of content too.
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I was trying to access my local web service this morning and was getting back the dreaded, generic "Server Application Unavailable" each time I hit the service via my code or browser.

For Example:

http://localhost/mywebservice/endpoint.svc

 

Resulted in:

Server Application Unavailable
The web application you are attempting to access on this web server is currently unavailable. Please hit the "Refresh" button in your web browser to retry your request.

Administrator Note: An error message detailing the cause of this specific request failure can be found in the application event log of the web server. Please review this log entry to discover what caused this error to occur.

 

Recorded in the eventlog:

Event Type: Error
Event Source: ASP.NET 2.0.50727.0
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1084
Date: 29/09/2008
Time: 10:14:22
User: N/A
Computer: –PRIVATE–
Description:

aspnet_wp.exe could not be started. The error code for the failure is C0000142. This error can be caused when the worker process account has insufficient rights to read the .NET Framework files. Please ensure that the .NET Framework is correctly installed and that the ACLs on the installation directory allow access to the configured account.

 

Solution?

Try reinstalling ASP.NET (2.0.50727) to refresh the ASP.NET settings, config, metabase and security/worker accounts on the local machine:

  1. Open a command prompt and….
  2. Stop IIS: iisreset /stop
  3. Change to the .NET Framework 2.0 root directory: C:\windows\Microsoft.Net\Framework\v2.0.50727\
  4. Reinstall ASP.NET 2.0 by using the following command: aspnet_regiis -i
  5. Start IIS again: iisreset /start
  6. Try to access your web page again.

Note: there are many other fabulous options available to refresh your IIS settings… just give aspnet_regiis /? a run!

 

This is a cross post from my EMC blog, mainly for backup duplicity and to aggregate some of my past postings. My EMC blog used to be under the Conchango brand but was acquired by EMC so I’ve also retrospectively refreshed some of the old links and maybe a tweak a bit of content too.
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It’s fast approaching the time for another meeting of the Silverlight UK User Group. The third session planned for  Wednesday, 1st October 2008! The event starts at 18:30 and will be hosted by Conchango at  Notcutt House (nr Southwark Bridge).

Full Address: Conchango, Notcutt House, 36 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9EU.

The event might be a bit shorter than usual, probably testament to the fact that the Microsoft team are incredibly busy finishing off the Silverlight build as well as those waiting/upgrading in anticipation to get our hands on it!

AGENDA

Welcome/Kick off

Silverlight, XNA and Gaming (part I)
Richard Costall and Pete McGann
Matthew Smith did it in 6 weeks in the early 80′s, now over 20 years later Pete McGann and Richard Costall have built Manic Miner in .NET, with an engine which works for Silverlight and also XNA. In this session Pete and Rich, talk about the .NET engine, implementations and issues on the two platforms – before Pete steps up to take the ultimate gaming challenge…
more…

Pizza and beer.. a chance to recharge and discuss in the interlude.

Silverlight, XNA and Gaming (part II)
Conclude the presentation and questions.

Showcase (TBD) or Open discussion to finish.


Want to join the discussion?
The event is geared to please/interest/inform both developers and designers alike, so if you are interested in coming along then please contact either myself or Michelle Flynn (here) will be glad to take your details.

Want to present or showcase?
We are always on the lookout for presenters for future sessions – whether it be a high or low level coding walk through, a workflow perspective or showcase demo. If you think that you have a topic/presentation that ought to be shared with the community then please contact me (here) and I’ll see if I can get you scheduled in!

Hope to see you there!

mark.

This is a cross post from my EMC blog, mainly for backup duplicity and to aggregate some of my past postings. My EMC blog used to be under the Conchango brand but was acquired by EMC so I’ve also retrospectively refreshed some of the old links and maybe a tweak a bit of content too.
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