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As a new feature to the site, we will be periodically posting tidbits and morsels of coding wisdom and other relevant topics.

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17

Jan

2009

Writing to LCD screen devices
.NET Coding
Written by Blue Ninja   

We have recently developed two libraries for writing to LCD display devices - the PicoLCD 4x20 device, and the Logitech device. Both of these are licensed under our CDCBL license, and use our HIDLib assembly for low-level device communication.

Our original goal was to support writing to these displays for a particular proprietary application, and both libraries work well for that. However, some additional testing and feature support would make them more complete.

If you have the necessary skills and a Logitech device other than the G15 Keyboard with a GamePanel display on it, we'd love to hear from you whether the sample application included with the library works with your device. We know it doesn't support the new G19 Keyboard yet, and we'll be working on that once a test unit arrives.

If you are using these libraries in an open-source or personal project, we'd love to hear from you!


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16

Oct

2008

OpenOffice.org 3.0 released...
General
Written by Blue Ninja   

OpenOffice.org LogoOn October 13th, the eagerly-anticipated version 3.0 of the free OpenOffice.org Productivity Suite was released. Finally, 3 days later, the website is back up - they needed to take down all but the download links from their front page due to the incredible demand.

For those of you who haven't used or heard of OpenOffice.org already, it is a productivity suite that is often compared favorably against Microsoft's Office suite. It offers compatibility with the Office file formats, which is important to many users, especially business users, who deal with others sending or expecting documents in these formats. Perhaps more importantly, it uses XML-based open standards for its native file format, OpenDocument, which are unencumbered by complex or confusing licensing schemes, patents that lead to legal liability concerns, or closed standards which could leave old files inaccessible by newer software or competing applications.


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22

Jul

2008

Our new CDCBL license
General
Written by Blue Ninja   

We develop applications and libraries for a number of clients. While it is not unreasonable for a client to desire exclusive rights to software they pay to have developed, there are many common modules and libraries that are generic in their use. Furthermore, the idea of “owning” generic algorithms or methods seems ridiculous, as these methods are often public, common sense, or needed for such a wide range of applications that the concept of exclusive rights to them could only make sense to a deranged IP attorney.


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03

Jun

2008

SharpDevelop: An open-source .NET IDE
.NET Coding
Written by Blue Ninja   

For many coders just getting started, or even seasoned coders who feel Visual Studio is a bit out of their price range, there's a fantastic, free, open-source application that does most of what VS does, and has some great extras. We use it here almost exclusively, and are very pleased with it.


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