AviationTechnology

Infinite Flight (mobile flight sim)

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Last year when I got my first Windows Phone, the Samsung Focus…I was browsing the Marketplace and came across a Flight Simulator called Infinite Flight. I downloaded and tried the demo out at the time, and loved what I saw.

Almost a year later…I upgraded to a Nokia Lumia 900 and decided to pull the trigger and finally get this awesome simulator.

Here is a quick description of Infinite Flight and some of the features. If you’re an avid flight simulator, have a passion for aviation and own either an iPhone or Windows Phone…then I highly recommend you try it out.

Plus I read that they’re looking to support Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8!

http://flyingdevstudio.blogspot.co.uk/

Infinite Flight

Infinite Flight is the first Flight Simulator for iOS and Windows Phone 7 developed by a team of 2 highly dedicated developers.

 

Features

  • Great airplanes selection (varies with the platform): C-17 Globemaster III, Supermarine Spitfire, Airbus A380-800, Boeing 747-400, A-10, Boeing 737-800, Cessna 172SP, Cirrus SR22, Super Decathlon, F/A-18 Hornet, Airbus A321, Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner, A-10 warthog
  • 2 Regions: San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California
  • Flight Planning
  • Realistic Flight Model
  • Interactive Flight Lessons
  • Autopilot (Altitude and Heading, Throttle)
  • 4 time presets (Sunrise, Day, Sunset and Night)
  • Weather settings: Wind direction and intensity, visibility…
  • Yoke helper for easy handling of the airplane
  • Final Approach Path Display to help with landings
  • ILS (Instrument Landing System)
  • Realistic sounds
  • 5 Camera Modes
  • Runway lights
  • Automatic Logbook (entries added for each flight)
  • Leaderboards
  • Achievements

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AviationGames

Microsoft Flight is now free to play on Steam

Microsoft Flightis Now Available and Free to Play on Steam.

Experience the thrill and wonder of flight with Microsoft Flight. This free download gives you the opportunity to explore the skies over the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii in the state-of-the-art Icon A5 or the classic Boeing Stearman. Enjoy hours of gameplay with a variety of exciting missions, challenges that will test your skills, and hidden Aerocaches that will give you yet another reason to explore.

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The Steam edition is different to the original Microsoft Flight version in that it provides better pricing via the Hawaiian Starter Bundle, which is cheaper on Steam by $13 than it is on the Xbox.com Marketplace. The bundle includes two aircraft, the Maule M-7-260C and the North American P-51 Mustang, and the Hawaiian Adventure itself.

I’ve switched to using Steam when playing and buying any game content for Microsoft Flight. I like the pricing model and the game is always kept up to date.

If you haven’t tried Microsoft Flight yet, you should.

Life

Please help me support the Heart & Stroke Foundation

This year I am participating in the Heart&Stroke Big Bike to raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Heart disease and stroke take 1 in 3 Canadians before their time. Together, we can help improve this statistic.

Please help me reach my fundraising goal by sponsoring me online. Click on the link below to make a secure online credit card donation.
http://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1007010&lis=0&supId=251984362

The donations we collect will help us to continue to fund life-giving research so that all Canadians can live longer, fuller, lives.

Thank you for your support!

P.S. Here is an interesting article I came across on the Heart and Stroke website about how this is a big threat to women…even more of a threat than breast cancer.

Noel Bairey Merz: The single biggest health threat women face (16min long)

Surprising, but true: More women now die of heart disease than men, yet cardiovascular research has long focused on men. Pioneering doctor C. Noel Bairey Merz shares what we know and don’t know about women’s heart health — including the remarkably different symptoms women present during a heart attack (and why they’re often missed).

http://www.ted.com/talks/noel_bairey_merz_the_single_biggest_health_threat_women_face.html

Heart and Stroke
http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.2796497/k.BF8B/Home.htm

DatabaseDevelopment

SSDT – Schema Compare Improvements

Schema Compare is an incredibly useful tool, providing a visual head over SSDT’s model differencing and update engine. It can be used to compare any combination of database, project or dacpac, and allows selective update of the target schema (via an update script in the case of a dacpac). We’ve made some significant changes to the tool for the RTW release, improving its look and feel, particularly to make it easier to digest and process comparison results. This post describes many of Schema Compare’s key features – some of which surfaced in CTP4 – with a screen shot at the bottom that highlights several of them.

First, the visual comparison ‘language’ of the results grid:

Differences-Only by Default: By default the grid contains differences only (with empty folders removed) – if there is only one difference you will see just one item. And the grid always contains all the actions resulting from the comparison – while you can hide an action temporarily within a contracted group it is always present in the grid and will apply to the update or script unless you exclude it by unchecking the action.

Equal Objects filter:
A toolbar button adds equal objects to the grid. Enabling this is useful if you want to review, for example, unchanged columns alongside the changed columns in a table.

Unsupported Actions filter: You can also choose to see unsupported actions – these result from differences for which there is no supported action that can be taken on the target. These typically result from differences in server objects or built-in types between schema versions.

Action Icons: Actions (Add, Change, and Delete) are visualized using icons, making it easier to absorb a set of changes at a glance. The checkbox alongside an icon indicates if the action will be included in the update or generated script. If there is no icon the item will not be included in an update or script.

Grayed Items: Items that do not contribute to the update are grayed – excluded actions, unsupported actions and equal objects are all grayed. Folders are grayed when all their contents are grayed making it easy to see when a group of differences have all been excluded without you needing to drill in.

Grouping: By default, items are grouped by action so you can quickly assess what changes will be made on update. You can also group the results by object type or by schema. You can expand or collapse a group to temporarily hide detail, and you can exclude all or include all objects in a group.

Refactor Highlighting: Schema Compare processes the refactor log if present when targeting a database. Refactoring is indicated in the grid as a change action with the source name bolded to highlight the new schema and/or name. Refactoring will cause objects to be renamed in the database. Refactoring sometimes also shows up as a second order effect on other objects that SQL Server will modify when applying the rename. These will not be marked as actions in the grid as you cannot exclude them, but you will see the changed script if you select the affected object.

Probably the biggest set of changes affects the script difference pane. While the grid provides a great overview, to see all changes to an object in the grid you have to fully expand it, which, can quickly clutter the view if you’re reviewing many objects. To address this we’ve focused more attention on the script differencing experience – after all, you are writing and editing object scripts to begin with. Changes include:

Expanded Object Scripts: The script difference pane now shows the combined scripts for an object and its hierarchical children. This gives a complete picture of all the changes affecting an object in one easy-to-scan place. To complement this, the Next and Previous buttons step between top-level objects only. Together, these two changes can dramatically simplify scanning through the results of a comparison.

Enhanced Script Differencing: The script difference algorithm now treats child objects as discrete entities, more effectively highlighting those that have been added, deleted or changed. The color scheme is now more subtle and better reinforces the direction of changes. And remember that you can expand the script pane or swap it to the top – so you can easily optimize the layout to better focus on reviewing scripts.

The screen shot below highlights many of these improvements.

Reference
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ssdt/archive/2012/03/23/schema-compare-improvements.aspx

DesignDevelopment

Custom Chrome Window Glyphs

If your looking to create a custom chrome window in Winform or WPF, you should take a look at the ‘Marlett’ font that is available on your system.

This font contains the actual glyphs used in Windows for the Minimize, Maximize, Restore and Close buttons.

Using this font makes it really easy to reuse these glyphs in a custom chrome window, instead of custom images that is typically used.

To get started, assign your buttons the Marlett font.

Next, assign the text value for each of the buttons the following…

  • Close button, use the text r (lowercase R)
  • Minimize button, use 0 (zero)
  • Maximize button, use 1 (one)
  • Restore button, use 2 (two)

You can take a look at the Marlett font in the Windows Character Map or here for more details.

Here is an example of what the Windows buttons would look like using this font…

Mobile

Ordered my Nokia Lumia 900

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DatabaseDevelopment

First Look at SQL Server 2012 Management Studio

Last week, Microsoft released SQL Server 2012. With this release comes an update to SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). Here is a quick glance of some of the new features…

New Font and New Color Scheme

If you take a look at the new SQL Server 2012 Management Studio, you will immediately notice the new color scheme  and that it looks just like Visual Studio 2010! That’s because it’s not built on the Visual Studio 2010 Shell. We will also notice that the default font is now ‘Consolas’.

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Multi Monitor Support

SQL Server Management Studio now supports multiple monitors, just like Visual Studio 2010. You can drag each window to another monitor. This also means that each monitor can appear outside of the SSMS shell.

Code Snippets

Now there are lots of code snippets are available and you can that code snippets via right Click Query window-> Insert snippets like following.

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Once you click Insert snippets it will open lots of built in snippets and create syntax for you directly.

You can also manage the Code Snippets from the Tools –> Code Snippets Manager… menu

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Zoom Functionality

Now you can zoom the query editor window. There is a dropdown given in left bottom corner of the window and you can zoom the query editor windows as you need like following.

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Improved IntelliSense

SQL Server 2008 added IntelliSense support. In SQL Server 2012, this only gets better and faster. It seems much more responsive, similar to what we see in Visual Studio 2010 IntelliSense.

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A New Activity Monitor Window

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Additional features in SQL Server Management Studio:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms174219(v=sql.110).aspx