Where have I been?

Sadly, nowhere good.

My father passed away extremely unexpectedly on March 4, 2008 and life has been hectic and chaotic ever since.  I'm finally back into some sort of routine, so it's time to update here and explain what's going on outside of the unpleasantness.

First off, I've been contracted to co-author a book for O'Reilly (tentatively) titled Coding4Fun with Dan Fernandez from Microsoft.  The book will be a compendium of 10 (give or take) projects that, as the title suggests, combine fun and coding.  I'll update as we go through the process.

Secondly, I'll be presenting a session titled Introduction to Microsoft Robotics Studio with Lego NXT at the Tech Valley Code Camp this Saturday, April 19th.  If you're in the area, as always, stop by.  It should be a fun and informative day.

And finally, I will be back to work on some Wiimote goodness soon.  I was right in the middle of Guitar Hero controller support when the above …

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Code Camp Lego NXT Source Code

Well, if you attended my session, you know that something broke with MSRS and connecting to the NXT hardware.  Just so I can prove I'm not a total idiot, I'm sitting outside the session room right now and, of course, everything is working happily.  I downloaded MSRS, did a "Repair" installation, and everything magically came back to life.  <sigh>  Oh well.

Anyway, I hope everyone was able to get something out of the session even if you didn't see the 'bot move.

As promised, I have posted the source code (C#, VPL) and the PowerPoint presentation.  You can get the materials here.  If you have any comments, questions, or anything else to say, please don't hesitate to contact me or create a post in the forum for discussion.

Enjoy, and thanks for attending!

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