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Android Ported To C#

darrenkopp Re:c# what a lousy name (351 comments)

Pretty sure it's more a play on "a sharp c" by it's relation to c the language, rather than it being c# the music note.

more than 2 years ago
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Did the Windows Phone 7 Bomb In the US?

darrenkopp Re:Wait, we're comparing one *day* to six months? (609 comments)

exactly. i don't know how many g1's sold, but i thought about it, went and found some articles from the g1 launch day, and basically everyone said "well, the g1 didn't sell out, some stores still have half their inventory in stock, the g1 is a failure." 2 years later, where does android stand?

more than 3 years ago
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Bloomberg Reports Facebook Building Android Smartphones

darrenkopp wait (63 comments)

they can't even make a decent facebook application for android... how are they going to make an android phone?

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Shows Full 3D XNA Games On Windows Phone

darrenkopp Re:Windows On Mobiles - Yet To Be Convinced (70 comments)

you may want to look into what windows phone 7 series is, because it's not anything close to what you think it is.

more than 4 years ago
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Valve Announces Portal 2

darrenkopp WTF (189 comments)

Portal came out w/ episode 2... so where the F*** is episode 3? excited for this, but priorities valve!

more than 4 years ago
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What You Get When You Buy a $40 iPhone In a Bar

darrenkopp maybe it's better? (211 comments)

i bet it'll run flash before the iphone does.

more than 4 years ago
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Sandy, Utah Tops US Cities For Broadband Speed

darrenkopp Re:Nice in theory, but.. (121 comments)

wasn't sandy the FIRST place to get utopia? like 2 years go?

more than 4 years ago
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Wikipedia Disputes Editor Exodus Claims

darrenkopp it is a decline (207 comments)

the fact that there isn't a wikipedia entry about this proves that there is a decline.

more than 4 years ago
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Flash Vulnerability Found, Adobe Says No Fix Forthcoming

darrenkopp someone will keep me safe (355 comments)

good thing firefox will automatically block this plug in for me, to keep me safe. that's what they do right?

more than 4 years ago
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Open Source Not Welcome At Palm App Catalog

darrenkopp Lots of open source apps on there (174 comments)

The twitter app i use (spaz) is open source and it's in the app catalog. and they were able to do it before the SDK was even available to the public. they got permission from palm.

more than 4 years ago
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Web Hosts Hit With $32 Million Judgment For Content

darrenkopp only in the us (202 comments)

i just got back from italy, and literally right across from the louis vitton store there were people on the street selling fake louis vitton bags. the only reason they are doing this in the US is because we're the only people who will do anything about fakes.

more than 4 years ago
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Is Cataclysm the Next World of Warcraft Expansion?

darrenkopp you heard wrong (259 comments)

i heard it was called modern warfare 2.

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Pre "iTunes Hack" Detailed By DVD Jon

darrenkopp Re:How Long Before Apple Files a Lawsuit? (338 comments)

the only REAL way apple could sue is if they had copyright over the "sync" process. meaning around the messages they are sending. Since the pre is doing 2 way sync, they are obviously interpreting the commands that itunes is sending and doing whatever it's supposed to do. they couldn't be sued over appearing like an ipod via USB.

more than 5 years ago
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Reliable Male Contraceptive In the Works

darrenkopp WTF? (519 comments)

"Dr. Harman, where would you like to do the trials at?" "What country has an over population problem?" "China?" "Fantastic, lets try it there. Hopefully it works or we'll just be making matters worse."

more than 5 years ago
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Opting Out Increases Spam?

darrenkopp o.m.g (481 comments)

you probably would have been better off sending them your money, then they would have at least made less from that than selling your email address.

more than 5 years ago
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Chimpanzees Exchange Meat For Sex

darrenkopp here goes my money again... (313 comments)

congress will probably find the need to regulate this also....

more than 5 years ago

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Microsoft Ajax Library Essentials

darrenkopp darrenkopp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Darren Kopp (981266) writes "Microsoft AJAX Library Essentials

Microsoft AJAX Library Essentials, by Bogdan Brinzarea and Cristian Darie, introduces the reader to the Microsoft AJAX script library. The term AJAX stands for Asynchronous Javascript and XML, and represents a more unobtrusive way for internet browsers to interact with back end servers, however, as the authors show, the Microsoft AJAX library goes much further and makes web development a lot less painful for developers.

The book starts off with a brief history of the web but very quickly delves into some basic javascript. The authors do a good job of covering the basics of javascript, the Document Object Model (DOM) and the XMLHttpRequest object. These three elements are the core elements of AJAX. While the authors do cover all the core features of each of these elements, I would say that they assume that the reader has had some experience with javascript and the DOM. If the reader has not, I would suggest reading an introduction to javascript and the DOM.

After the reader has their feet wet with the basics of AJAX, the authors delve right into some more advanced javascript topics including Object Oriented javascript, closures, and anonymous methods. Now don't get worried, the authors do a good job of explaining these topics, however again, it is cursory coverage and assume that the reader has had previous experience with javascript.

Finally, the authors get to the Microsoft Ajax Library. The book covers all of the core features that the framework enables you to do in javascript which includes events, inheritance with objects, enumerations, and more. The tutorials throughout this introduction are simple, but comprehensively documented.

At it's core, the book gives a good introduction to the framework, though I feel that it drew to a conclusion much to quickly. The book is only 230 pages long, with 80 of those pages being the history of AJAX and the introduction to javascript. All of the topics covered are covered well, but again, I would have liked to see more about the Microsoft AJAX Library. However, the last 40 or so pages of the book are a class reference for the Microsoft AJAX Library, making this a valuable desktop reference.

One thing that I did not like about the book was how it handled source. I personally like to see colored formatting of source, but at a minimum source code should have a different background than other text on the page, where this book just had a monospace font to set aside source code. This just made it a bit harder to navigate the source.

All in all, the book is a good introduction to javascript and the way that the Microsoft AJAX Library adds functionality to web pages. Although the library was developed to give a consistent feel to the .NET framework, this library can be used by all web developers. Also, although in the book when the authors refer to server-side methods in ASP.NET terms, this is not Microsoft web server specific technology, and could easily be implemented on a LAMP (Linux,Apache,MySql,PHP) stack."
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Microsoft to release source code for .NET Framewor

darrenkopp darrenkopp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

darrenkopp (981266) writes "Scott Gunthrie announced today that Microsoft will be releasing the full source code for their .NET framework, including comments, for download later this year. It will be released under the Microsoft Reference License (MS-RL). Doing this will allow developers to both view the source code, as well as step into sections of with a debugger that formerly were unavailable. It is unknown how this will affect Mono development, but assuredly this will speed it up. However, one may wonder, based on Microsoft and Novell's recent agreements, if the Mono community could use large poritions of the frameworks code."
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darrenkopp darrenkopp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

darrenkopp writes "Microsoft released their anticipated AJAX framework that integrates with their ASP.NET product. It can be downloaded from http://ajax.asp.net/ and is a fully supported product (24x7 phone support), but is completely free! They are releasing the source for it as well."

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