Coding4Fun Book News

Posted September 4, 2008 7:00 PM Categories: Personal | Gaming | .NET | Coding4Fun | Wiimote | XNA | Windows Home Server | Light Sequencer | Coding4Fun Book | Hardware | Visual Studio

Now that we have finished writing the book, we finally have an official title and chapter listing.  Someday we may even have a cover.

The title has morphed into Coding4Fun: 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, YouTube, World of Warcraft, and More and the final chapter listing (not necessarily in this order) is:

  • Alien Attack: Create a 2D clone of Space Invaders with XNA for the PC, Xbox 360, and Zune
  • LEGO Soldier: Create an action game using Popfly with a custom-built virtual LEGO character
  • World of Warcraft RSS Feed Reader: Use WoW's customizable interface to have feeds pop up while you're gaming
  • InnerTube: Download YouTube videos automatically and convert them to a file format for off-line viewing
  • PeerCast: Stream video files from any PC
  • TwitterVote: Create custom online polls on Twitter
  • WHSMail: Build a website with ASP.NET for Windows Home Server that lets you view the messages stored on a computer with Outlook
  • "Wiimote" Controlled Car: Steer your remote-controlled car by tilting the Wii Remote controller left and right
  • Wiimote Whiteboard: Create an interactive whiteboard using a Wii Remote
  • Holiday Lights: Synchronize your holiday light display with music to create your own light show

We also have an official web site for the book located at http://www.c4fbook.com/.  This will be the “go to” place for source code downloads, forum discussions, updates to all projects as we continue to work on them, and everything else you will need to fully enjoy the book.

Get your pre-order in now and save 34% off the list price at Amazon!  Or, buy from O’Reilly with another book and get a 3rd free!

Outlook Webmail Add-in for Windows Home Server

Posted August 10, 2007 3:57 AM Categories: .NET | Coding4Fun | Windows Home Server

My latest article is posted to Coding4Fun.  This time, I wrote an add-in for Windows Home Server that allows one to view their email stored in Outlook via the web.  Perhaps I'm the only one, but I have 6 or 7 email accounts all of which POP into Outlook.  Hardly any of them support IMAP or have a webmail interface.  When I'm away from home and want to check my messages, either I have to remote desktop into my home machine and use Outlook that way, or I need to remember to shut down outlook, and then check all accounts separately.  With this add-in, I can now view my Outlook messages via a web browser.

I'm doing something a little different with this article by offering the source code and binaries via CodePlex.  My hope is that you folks out there might find a use for this and decide to extend it.  Hopefully CodePlex will make that process easier.

Check out the article and, as always, comments and questions welcome!

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