New C# and the installer tutroial for .Net 4.5 coming soon!

4 03 2014

Since I’ve posted the tutorial on .NET and the installer it has maintained a good following. I believe that this has helped out a lot of you when it comes to personal projects or work questions that you might not have otherwise gotten the answer to without coming here.

Because of this I’m re-writing this tutorial in .NET 4.5 to bring it up to date for those of you struggling to get it work in the newer frameworks. I just wanted to drop a quick note, if you’re having issues getting the current tutorial working just hold up, I’ll have a new one out here soon.

Thanks for the support guys.

Sky Domes are neat, so are day night cycles!

20 01 2011

Finally got it working in my proof of concept. Rather than explain the details just watch. I asked for help creating this as i know next to nothing about HLSL, but none the less check out my question here and you should be able to pull it off!

Here is the video:

YAPU – Yet another project update

10 01 2011

I’m realizing now i haven’t posted any progress on the project in a little while, hence the post. We’ve been slowly moving forward, mostly with the terrain generation, its actually looking pretty neat at this point so i feel like i should post something:

As you can see from the screen shot above we’ve been refining the process of our random terrain generator. The terrain you see here is procedural and will be different each time we run the application. If you can make out the FPS marker there, its around 4 FPS… that’s horrible. I’m the one tasked with increasing performance, I’m working on occlusion culling at the moment, this has proven to be a big pain in my ass but none-the-less if i get something working good I’ll try to post a tutorial or something.

So far things are going good, we’ll be able to hopefully have some kind of video up pretty soon that all depends on what kind of blocks we run into between now and then. Happy coding!

XNA Project Update 12-29-2010

29 12 2010

I’ve made a little bit of progress since the last post. I have begun the work on a sky sphere, after doing quite a bit of research on the best way to do things, I’ve decided that no matter the difficulty a gradient sky sphere is going to be the most dynamic for what i would like to do, now i just need to figure it out…

So far i have the sky sphere correctly moving with the camera, now i want to be able to shade this and have it change realistically from day/night and visa-versa. So starting from here, lets see where this will go, wish me luck I’ll need it:

New XNA Project

28 12 2010

Wow, how long has it been since I’ve made a blog post? Seems like its been quite a while, and according to the dashboard i think it has been.

I’ve been working on a new XNA project in my free time lately. The basic idea is to create a terrain rendering system, and a small RPG style game that is fairly sandbox style. It seems as though things are falling into place, things have come pretty easy thus far and i feel like I’ve made good progress. Check out this screenshot:

One Region test

One Region Rendered

This is one successfully rendered region of the terrain, I’m working with one other developer who’s task currently is to generate some sort of neat terrain layouts and come up with those algorithms. I want to keep the project as procedural as possible, with no set “maps”.

We’ll see how it goes and i’ll provide updates as we work. Maybe i’ll even get around to writing some tutorials for you guys as it seems my windows installer tutorial and XNA stuff has taken off pretty good. Stay tuned!

Unable to start debugging on the web server. You do not have permissions to debug the server.

30 06 2009

Today I was encountering this problem, it would appear that its kind of hard to re-create but in the event that you are running domain websites locally on your machine you use what is called a “Loopback Check”. Not quite sure excatly what the check does, but during that process you will lose your authorization to debug a web application.

In order to fix the problem I located a thread on the Microsoft Support website with two available options. For me I added the domain name of the website that I’m referencing locally to the registry in MSV1_0 under a new Multi-String value called BackConnectionHostName; in this case: and it worked like a charm!

For more information on how to resolve this issue please visit:


25 02 2009

Last time i used Linux was back in middle school, i installed Linux Mandrake on my computer and it was a little tough for me to get up and running on. Back then I pretty much had to find or make the drivers to get connected to the internet and all that good stuff. Recently, with the crash of my extra windows laptop, i decided that i wanted to give linux another try. After talking with a few people about what distro to get, i ended up going with Ubuntu.

Installation was pretty easy, i tried burning a CD, which in turn failed on my windows box… Figures. After that i decided that my best bet was to use my extra thumb drive and just use the application listed on the Ubuntu community website to format it into a “LiveCD” style Ubuntu boot disk. I booted that right up the first time from my laptop and just had to double click the installer on the desktop. It took care of formatting everytihng for me and getting it up and running on the disk.

The more I used it the more it has grown on me, and now i have my entire PHP development enviornment up and running and its working great. It took a little getting used to, but wasn’t so bad with all the information you can find off of their website or just in general off of google.

My advice to anyone who wants to switch from windows to a linux distro. Try Ubuntu. Easy setup, and a great way to start learning the open source os community!