Category: Technology

Last year, I swore to update my site regularly and write more articles on programming stuff I like, but it got out of my hands again. I don’t know if I’m lazy or busy!
Since I found out I’m better in using Visual Studio than all of my colleagues, one idea was about composing a tutorial video on how to use Visual Studio as the IDE for Unity. But, hey, Visual Studio 2017 is out of beta, and the RC is available for a free download! So, why I don’t postpone this side project to a time that the final version is released?

Hey,

How often do you look up a piece of text on a web page?

If you’re a power user, probably you will use your keyboard rather than mouse to perform this sequence:

  1. Ctrl + C: to copy the selected text.
  2. Ctrl + T: to open a new tab in your browser.
  3. Ctrl + V: to paste the selected text.
  4. Hit enter to trigger the search.

I could never imagine that I can shortcut the whole process! To do this, you can use the AutoHotKey tool. I skip the instruction on how to install it and create script files, but as soon as you go over those, here is the script you’re looking for:

This script means when you hit qq (2 q’s) on your keyboard, AutoHotKey will replace it with sending Ctrl+C, Ctrl+T, Ctrl+V, Enter.

The difference between :*:qq:: and ::qq:: is by using ::qq::, you will need to hit space/enter to trigger the replacement (which doesn’t work for us in this case), but the * in :*:qq:: makes the replacement happen as soon as you type it.

I hope you find crazy cool uses for AutoHotKey!

Windows 10 shortcuts are here for power users! I was looking for multi-desktop shortcuts, and I found this page.

If you are looking for something specifically or you want to print them all, unfortunately this page is not very searchable, but if you are a geek there is a workaround:

  1. Right click the page in any browser, and select Inspect Element from the menu. Browser’s web development window pop ups.
  2. Navigate to Console panel.
  3. Paste this code in console and hit enter to execute it:
    $(“a.link_collapse”).addClass(“link_expand”).removeClass(“link_collapse”); $(“div.collapse”).addClass(“expand”).removeClass(“collapse”);
  4. Now you can search for your stuff, or print them all!  wlEmoticon-justkidding.png 

I think Xamarin has become the best cross-platform technology for software development, especially for mobile apps.

You can share a high percentage of your code across different versions of your app, and technically only the native UI code will be different from platform to platform.

Yes! Xamarin makes native UIs for your apps, and here is a huge advantage over technologies such as Cordova. It lets you access native API, and as a result it has native performance!

Xamarin also lets you develop your apps with Visual Studio!

Last but not least, Xamarin Test Cloud service allows you to test your apps on over a 1000 devices!

Check out all Xamarin products here! It’s so hard not to fall in love with Xamarin! 😀

JIBO is the first family/social robot. It will be deployed to developers in late 2015.

Developers will be able to make apps for this new platform, so it wall have its own market place.

Jibo Social Robot

Jibo Social Robot

MakerBot has recently introduced three new 3D printers to the market.

Replicator Z18 is the biggest and most expensive in the family.

Replicator is the medium size bro. The code name is weird, because the predecessor was called “Replicator 2” and the new one is just “Replicator. It’s the 5th generation model.

Replicator Mini is the small sista, very affordable and good for home/small office use.

Combining one of these 3D printers with MakerBot’s Digitizer, which is a 3D scanner, will let you replicate everything you need! wlEmoticon-justkidding.png