Hide MySpace Friends and Comments on Your Profile

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Most of us have a MySpace page (although many people have switched to Facebook for its cleaner design and less spam) to make friends and keep in touch with people you already know. Have you ever made friends with someone (or perhaps they are someone you know) that continues to put offensive comments on your profile or perhaps you just don't want others to see your friends when they view your profile.

Well, over at bibokz.com they have some code snippets to put in your profile that will hide comments and/or friends.

The below code will hide your friends.

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To get the code to hide friends and comments or just comments click here.

9 Year Old iPhone Game Developer

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Today, I ran across this post about a 9 year old iPhone Game Developer. I was 12 years old when I wrote my first game (in good old GW Basic, now those where the days), so this kid has me beat.

Below is an excerpt from the post.

Do you still recall what we do when we were still at his age? What hand held games we played? This boy does something most of his age is not capable of. To make his own game!!! When i was at his age i was still learning proper English.Shame on me..



Lim Din Wen , a Malaysian residing in Singapore is Apples Youngest IIGS programmer ever. Yep that’s right, a Programmer at a young age. How many kids do you know that makes games on their own? Perhaps teenagers?

Doodle Kids , his first game to ever hit the market is a simple drawing tool for kids.It lets you draw different shapes and sizes with different colors. He developed this originally for his younger sister to play with but never thought it would make bucks online.

You can read the full post here.

It is great to see such a young person interested in programming, I hope he keeps up the programming.

40 Useful JavaScript Libraries

Over at Smashing Magazine they have put together a very good list of 40 useful JavaScript libraries.

Below is an excerpt from the list.

3. Visualization And Image Effects

JS charts
JS charts supports bar charts, pie charts and simple line graphs. It offers nice usability by simply inserting the library onto Web pages and calling the data from an XML file or a JavaScript array. Charts are created as PNG files and the library is compatible with all the major browsers.

JS Charts

Canvas 3D JS Library (C3DL)
C3DL makes writing 3D applications easy. It provides a set of math, scene and 3D object classes to make the canvas more accessible to developers who want to develop 3D content in a browser but not have to deal in depth with the 3D math needed to make it work.

C3DL

Processing.js
This is a JavaScript port to the Processing language (a language for programming images, animation and interactions). The library is feature-rich for creating 2D outputs. It provides methods for shape/image drawing, color manipulation, fonts, objects, math functions and more.

Processing.js

Raphaël
An amazing library that simplifies working with vector graphics on the Web. Raphaël uses SVG and VML for creating graphics that can be modified and event handlers that can be attached to them. The library is feature-rich in functions, including rotation, animation, scaling and drawing curves, rectangles and circles.

Raphael: Vectors With JavaScript

ImageFX
This is a JavaScript library for adding effects to images, like blur, sharpen, emboss, lighten and more. ImageFX uses canvas element for creating the effects. It is compatible with all major browsers (there is a compatibility chart on the script’s page). The library is so easy to use. Simply inserting the .js file in the Web page and calling a one-line function is enough.

Imagefx

Pixastic
Pixastic uses the HTML5 canvas element, which enables accessing raw pixel data. The effects supported include desaturation and grayscale, inverting, flipping, brightness and contrast adjustment, hue and saturation, embossing, blurring and much more. Because the canvas element is relatively new, the library does not have equal support in all browsers yet.

Reflection.js
An unobtrusive JavaScript to auto-create reflection effects. The height and opacity of the reflection can be defined. Using it is as easy as adding a “class” to the images. It works in all major browsers and is smaller than 5 KB.

Reflection.js

You can read the full post here.

VSLive Wrap-up

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VSLive was an overall great conference and I thought I would just write a quick wrap-up of the conference highlights. Below are the top items that happened at the conference.

  • Internet Explorer 8 is coming out very soon with quite a few changes, so you had better check your site on it now.
  • Visual Studio 10 will have a very clean user interface and should be available around September.
  • Silverlight is getting better and may give Flash some competition after a few versions if the plug-in gets more support (it will probably come packaged with IE8 which will help its acceptance).
  • MVC.NET is a pretty good and easy to use Model View Controller platform that will be out of beta very soon.
  • Microsoft Surface is very cool, but needs to come way down in price (currently it costs $10,000). Microsoft hopes to get it down to $2,000 soon, but I think they need to get it around $1,000 to get wide usage of it.

That’s just a quick rundown of the highlights that I took from the conference. There where many sessions that I wasn’t able to go to as there where usually four other sessions going on when I was at a session, so others may have some different highlights, but these are my highlights. VSLive is a very good conference and if you are a developer that works with Microsoft technologies, I would recommend this conference (although, if you are looking for another fun Microsoft conference go to DevConnections [last year I went to the on in Las Vegas and it was a lot of fun]).

Live fromVSLive - Day 3

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Today was another good day at VSLive. With all the Silverlight and WPF action going on I am on sensory overload. After all the cool-aid that I've been drinking while here I am almost starting to think that Silverlight is going to kill Flash, but then I look at Expressions Blend 2 (I know you can do a lot in Silverlight with out using Blend, but it needs to get better to allow for better design) and realize that it still has quite a ways to go before it can compete.

The other big session was about the upcoming release of Internet Explorer 8. IE 8 has quite a few improvements over IE 7 these include a better set of development tools and web slices (they are like mini RSS feeds from a portion of a site). One interesting feature is the accelerators feature which makes it possible to highlight some text and have it sent directly to a web site (like a maps site or Google). You can read more about accelerators here.

IE 8 also promises to be more standards compliant and this will affect about 20% of web sites (so, finally people will have to start writing better code), so you will want to check you site on IE 8 to make sure it looks good. The new version also has support for cross domain XML, although I prefer the implementation that will be coming out in Firefox. IE 8 will be released very soon (as soon as in the next few weeks). You can get Release Candidate 1 of IE 8 here and check out all of the new features.

All in all this has been a great conference and one that I wouldn't mind coming back to.

Live fromVSLive - Day 2

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Today was a very good day at VSLive. The day started with a great key note by Tim Huckaby (and quite a few other people during the demos) that was about going beyond HTML and featured demos using Silverlight and WPF. The WPF demos showed some great 3D demos and even featured some cool demos on Microsoft Surface (the table that is also a touch computer). You can see more about Surface here.

The day went on to have some great sessions including a session on Restful communication in .NET applications by Jon Flanders (it was full of reasons to stop using SOAP whenever possible). It even touched on using JSON (one of my favorite topics). You can read more about Jon at his blog.

The day went on finish strong with a great presentation by Tim Huckaby (you can read more about Tim here) on WPF. This was another presentation featuring a lot of great WPF and Silverlight demos. The day even finished with Tim trying to get his Windows 7 build to blue screen (apparently Windows 7 is quite a bit better than Vista, but it doesn't have all of it's video driver issues resolved yet). He wasn't able to get it to happen during the sessions, but I saw him do it before the session (it brought back memories of Windows 95).

Even though most of my application development is done in other languages (except for some C# and C++ that I am doing for a couple of projects) this has been a great conference. Hopefully, tomorrow will continue to be just as good.

Live from VSLive!

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I just got done listening to the key note at VSLive and it focused on the upcoming Visual Studio 2010. We where the first group at a conference to get a sneak peek of the new IDE.

My first thoughts of Visual Studio 2010 is that the interface is very clean. The new version of Visual Studio includes many things to help you write code faster, such as HTML snippets and the ability to generate classes after you reference them.

The Visual Studio 2010 Beta will be released in the next few months and the full release is currently scheduled for September of this year. It looks like it will be worth checking out.

You can see a video featuring Visual Studio 2010 here.

Safari 4 Beta Out

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Apple has quietly released the first public beta of the Safari 4 browser. With fast Webkit rendering, very fast JavaScript in Squirrelfish Extreme, the tag "World's Fastest Browser" may be more than just marketing hyperbole. But I'll wait for Safari's cousin, Chrome 2.0, to come out before I make that judgement.

Safari 4 is also 100% Acid 3 compliant, an important milestone passed by the Webkit team a few months ago.

You can download it here.

jQuery 1.3.2 Released

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The jQuery project has released its second update in the 1.3.x series, 1.3.2.

Notable changes:

  • Elements are returned in document order rather than the order of the selectors passed in. This is to comply with the Selectors API.
  • Improvements in the :hidden/:visible selectors to check the browser-reported offsetWidth and offsetHeight rather than the CSS visibility attribute. This works better with elements that have hidden ancestors, and improves performance.
  • Performance improvement in width() and height() methods.
  • Better selector peformance in IE.
  • The methods appendTo, prependTo, insertBefore, insertAfter, and replaceAll now return the set of inserted elements, instead of the original set of elements.

jQuery 1.3.2 can be downloaded from the main page.

YUI 2.7.0 Released

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The Yahoo! User Interface team has released version 2.7.0 of its JavaScript framework library. The new release brings official support for IE 8 and graduates some components out of "beta" (Element, ProfilerViewer, and Selector).

What's new?

  • The YUI StyleSheet Utility. Allows you to create and modify CSS stylesheets on the fly. It addresses the need to apply style or style changes to multiple elements in a more efficient way--using dynamic CSS--than traversing the DOM and applying changes directly, which generally incurs the cost of a page reflow for each change.
  • The Charts Utility gains several new additions, including rotated axis labels/titles and new series styles that allow greater control over look of the chart lines, borders, and fills.
  • Many enhancements and fixes to the TreeView Control. Improvements include multiple selection node highlighting (including propagation up/down) and better focus/event handling.
  • The addition of new methods to the DOM Collection, including getComputedStyle(), getElementBy(), setAttribute(), and getAttribute().

All together, there were over 180 bug fixes and enhancements in the release. You can download YUI or use the YUI Configurator to select a custom component mix.

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