The characters in many games today seem lifelike. Under the covers, an application controls the behavior. In this article, Lance Talbert walks you through setting up a game with some simple artificial intelligence built in using Unity and C#… Read more
AWS Serverless Applications allow developers to create apps without needing a server environment. In this article, Gerald Bauer demonstrates how to get started with this technology in C#. He shows how to deploy and test one of the built-in samples and then walks you through how to create your own application. … Read more
Unity is the tool to use when creating games with C#, however, it has had many limitations. With the release of Unity 2018.1, many enhancements have been added to improve performance and the look of the game. Lance Talbert talks about these enhancements and how Unity programmers can take advantage of them. … Read more
The HttpClient class is used to send and receive requests to an HTTP endpoint. In this article, Camilo Reyes describes how to work with the class and how to avoid common pitfalls and issues.… Read more
The user interface, such as buttons and messages, in a game is very important. In this article, Lance Talbert shows how to create a working Tic-Tac-Toe game using Unity and C# consisting of user interface elements. … Read more
In-Memory OLTP was introduced with SQL Server 2014 as a way to improve transaction performance. There are several scenarios that are not supported, such as some data types, and Darko Martinović describes the issues and provides workarounds. He also has provided a tool to assist in migrating disk-based tables to In-Memory optimized tables.… Read more
The next step in learning how to create games in C# using Unity is to add extensions to get custom functionality. Lance Talbert shows you how to create an extension that changes the properties of many objects at once.… Read more
SQL Server Management Objects (SMO) is a great tool for managing SQL Server. Darko Martinovic demonstrates how to use SMO within a C# solution to create tables, backup the database, and more.… Read more
T-SQL does not have an easy way to transpose a row and a column. Of course, there is the PIVOT statement, but it doesn’t quite accomplish the task. In this article, Darko Martinovic shares another method using a SQLCLR stored prodedure.… Read more
Azure Active Directory is a service that provides an authorization layer for different kinds of web applications easily. It is possible to implement it with many programming languages. Jakub Kaczmarek describes the development of an authorization procedure used in an Angular-based Chrome extension project.
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Most techniques used to develop enterprise applications may also be used to develop games. In this article, Mircea Oprea explains how to use a RESTful API to call a web service from a game using C# and Unity.… Read more
Comparing URLs in C# code is a common task and seems simple. Camilo Reyes shows us that there are many pitfalls to avoid since people can come up with several ways to type the same URL. He then demonstrates how to solve several URL comparison problems.… Read more
As software development evolves to service-oriented architectures, the underlying frameworks and methods used must change as well. Mircea Oprea demonstrates how to create a service to manage authentication across components and servers.… Read more
The easiest technologies to use are often the most difficult to create. Take video games. Objects in games must obey the laws of physics among countless other details. Developers can spend their time with details like these, or take advantage of game engines so they can concentrate on what the game does instead. Lance Talbert explains how to get started developing games in C# with the game engine Unity.… Read more
Tuples have many uses in languages like F# and Python; they underlie relational theory. The .NET support for tuples seems rather limp by comparison. Why is this, and what are the obvious uses for tuples in C#? Tom Fischer takes on the cause of C# tuples and tackles the 'what', 'why' and 'when'. He makes the case for using them, while explaining the tribulations of the .NET implementation in the past.… Read more
SQLCLR is now considered a robust solution to the few niche requirements that can't be met by the built-in features of SQL Server. Amongst the legitimate reasons for avoiding SQLCLR, there is the fear of getting bogged down in code with special requirements that is difficult to debug. Darko takes a real example, extending the features of sp_send_dbmail, to demonstrate that there need be few terrors in SQLCLR.
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Amazon's Simple Workflow Service (SWF) in AWS provides a model of workflow that is simple to understand but is it simple to get a robust and durable workflow in place? Tom Fischer guides you through the bewildering early stages of your first SWF application, and concludes that workflows inherently take time and effort to get right, but SWF provides a formidable cloud-based solution … Read more
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