Post Archive - January 0001 wharbargle

Posts tagged C#

code HenchLua Lua

This is the first of a series of posts on the subject of HenchLua. HenchLua is an implementation of the Lua VM in C#. It's targeted at projects running in otherwise limited .NET contexts, such as web-based Unity games (the Unity plugin, I believe, requires pure verifiable CIL), mobile apps (which are memory-limited and must meet the limitations of Mono's full AOT compiler, or apps that run on the .NET Compact Framework (whose garbage collector has some serious performance issues, as anyone who's written an XNA game targeted at the Xbox can attest). ... Read more

code Windows WPF

WPF makes it easy to animate numbers, colors, sizes, and a host of other properties. Unfortunately, it isn't easy to animate an ImageSource property, which is what we're usually looking for when implementing a flip book animation. The closest we get out of the box is ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames, which works, but it's very tedious to set up all of the individual key frame times. ... Read more

code Windows WPF

Using custom icons can be a little tricky in WPF. It's simple enough if you want to use your application's main icon or an icon file that you can refer to using a pack URI - so long as you do that, everything just works. ... Read more

code Windows

There are times when you need an icon file, but all you have is an icon resource embedded in a PE (executable) file. Getting at these is a little tricky, since icon files aren't stored as a simple blob in the PE file. In fact, they're split up into a number of different entries. Fortunately, it isn't very hard to combine these entries into an ICO-format data blob which you can then save to file or pass to an API that expects it. ... Read more

code Windows

Most native applications make extensive use of Win32 resources. While the .NET Framework provides a far more useful resource API, it's sometimes necessary to access the old style Win32 resources. Fortunately, this isn't very difficult. ... Read more

code graphics Windows

Windowed (fake) fullscreen is probably my favorite graphics option ever when it comes to PC games. It lets me have my nice fullscreen game, but doesn't lock me out of using my other monitor, and any programs running behind the game are an instant ALT+TAB away. Games that can go from fully windowed to fake-fullscreened in an instant are also super cool, and not all that difficult to write. So how does one implement such a thing? ... Read more


So I've got a large solution with a lot of projects (mostly build tools) and every now and then I would get suspicious phantom breakpoints, meaning that the debugger would break where no breakpoint had been placed. This would usually happen after closing and reopening the project, and it only ever seemed to afflict the executables in my solution - never the libraries. ... Read more