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ProjektX – Starting steps with Entity Framework

ProjektX – Starting steps with Entity Framework

Getting through the startup headaches and EF6 looks like a really powerful tool…. Which database method? After much searching about and testing, I’ve finally settled on SQLite as the db tech or choice. This can sit as a single db file in the user’s application directory and doesn’t require any client-side db server software installed. I wrote a guide to setting this up HERE... »

SQLite and Entity Framework 6.0 Setup in Visual Studio 2017

SQLite and Entity Framework 6.0 Setup in Visual Studio 2017

A guide to getting SQLite and Entity Framework 6 working together through Visual Studio 2017 SQLite is an embedded, single file database which is ideal for desktop applications and projects that require a single client/user side database to feed applications data. It prevents the need for clients to have any server/client database frameworks running such as SQL etc. Entity Framework 6 simplifies w... »

ProjektX – Breakthrough finally made

ProjektX – Breakthrough finally made

Finally. After weeks of research, have finally found the best graphics solution for my new project – ProjektX!! ProjektX For a long time, I’ve been meaning to start this project. In fact, it was this project that inspired me to learn coding in the first place (and thus labour through the horror of learning batch scripting on my path to be self-taught). There were a few challenges for t... »

SharpDX + vb.net – Displaying bitmaps and bitmap brushes

SharpDX + vb.net – Displaying bitmaps and bitmap brushes

The adventures into SharpDX continue… this instalment: bitmaps and burshes Thanks to this wonderful article [here], I did some code monkery and converted it to vb.net. The original was designed for wpf and used device context, but I changed it to work with the RenderTarget covered in the last article. I also improved on the RenderTarget text – the window resizing was in the wrong place... »

Getting SharpDX up and running with vb.net

Getting SharpDX up and running with vb.net

Wow. Having to take on DirectX as a hobby coder is like volunteering myself for Love Island (UK). However,  I needed a new graphic rendering solution for a new app, and winform GDI+ just wasn’t going to cut it. So after a while checking options out, finally settled on SharpDX… and got it running… with vb.net!! It’s taken me a while to get it up and running, but here’s... »

Setting up DockPanelSuite in Visual Studio via vb.net

Setting up DockPanelSuite in Visual Studio via vb.net

DockPanelSuite can allow you to incorporate dock-able and removable panels into your application’s GUI. This will give you functionality similar to Visual Studio’s GUI.. Import DockPanelSuite to your project via NuGet. Drag the DockPanel control onto your main form: Ensure IsMdiContainer is set to True: Add a new form to your project and then open up the form.designer code by navigatin... »

Setting up SMFL.net in Visual Studio

Setting up SMFL.net in Visual Studio

“SFML provides a simple interface to the various components of your PC, to ease the development of games and multimedia applications. It is composed of five modules: system, window, graphics, audio and network.” Download Don’t download through NuGet. Rather, visit page and download from here: https://www.sfml-dev.org/download/sfml.net/ Add the following as references in your proj... »

Mago V3 Website launched

Mago V3 Website launched

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George B. Shaw Mago website number 3 is launched “This time it’s personal…” So, back in 2013, I started building an arcade cabinet. 5 years later, It’s mainly done, apart from some last setups (theme-ing etc). I didn’t really have a clue back then how long it would take + how much I would have... »

Installing Mantis Bug Tracker to an IIS Windows Server

Installing Mantis Bug Tracker to an IIS Windows Server

Mantis Bug Tracker is a nice piece of open source software which is easily installed on your own server. It’s stood up to a few years of testing from me, so would recommend. Installation Just download package from website and place where you want in your Domain’s folder. Setup Should be straightforward. Usual drill. Some notes: Logging in for first time The default admin user is: un: a... »