# Wednesday, August 01, 2012

About a year ago, I enrolled in the TEALS program; I was about to be dropped in a classroom full of high school students to teach them about programming stuff.

The deal was simple: TEALS had booked the first period of every day (8:00am-8:55am) for the computer science course. The plan was that I would go there teach 2 days a week, help the teacher then zip to Microsoft to work the rest of the day. Obviously things did not go according to the plan… for the better.

It quickly turned out that this teaching gig was way more addicting and exciting than expected. I immediately found myself going 5 days a week. I had the chance to work with a great team: the teacher, Michael Braun, and another Microsoft employee Chris Mitchell. Chris also was supposed to show up 2 days a week but ended up coming every day as well. This was an amazing experience – teaching is just something really special.

One year later, I survived my first year of American high school and better words, watch is the video that summarizes it:

posted on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 6:10:02 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Saturday, November 19, 2011

QuickGraph is now a portable library. Get it while it is hot at http://quickgraph.codeplex.com.

posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 7:09:04 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Friday, October 07, 2011

At last, you can pin your favorite TouchDevelop actions to the start screen. More in the v2.3 release notes.

Happy scripting!

posted on Friday, October 07, 2011 10:48:32 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Read more in the annoucement notes about TouchDevelop.

posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2011 9:11:08 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Saturday, March 12, 2011

pex4fun is now available for Windows Phone 7. Write C# with auto-completion and background compilation in your favorite smartphone!!! Download it from the Marketplace

posted on Saturday, March 12, 2011 10:39:27 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Tuesday, December 21, 2010

This is the result of discovering and playing with jquery for a couple weekend nights: Rex, the Regex puzzle!


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posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 6:44:27 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Monday, November 22, 2010

Ever wanted to host a constraint solver in your web page? It is now possible to host the http://rise4fun.com web site in an iframe (without the chrome). It just looks like this:

<iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" style="width:600px;height:800px" src=”http://rise4fun.com/z3?frame=1&menu=0”></iframe>

You can learn more about this feature at our documentation page.

posted on Monday, November 22, 2010 3:45:12 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Sunday, November 07, 2010

QuickGraph is now a package of nuget – which means it is dramatically easier to integrate it into your project. Make sure to use this build of nuget - http://nuget.codeplex.com/releases/view/54662.


posted on Sunday, November 07, 2010 12:25:50 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]

http://rise4fun.com/ is a web front end to a number of tools produced by the RiSE group. It also exposes REST services that allow you to play with the tools from your favorite environment.

Rendering DOT graphs to SVG

DOT is a popular language to describe graphs. It can be rendered into SVG using the MSAGL tool on http://rise4fun.com . To do so, you simply need to do a POST query to http://rise4fun.com/services.svc/ask/agl where the dot code is passed in the request body. rise4fun returns SVG markup that can be viewed in browsers that support it.

Wondering what graph SVG look like? Check out http://rise4fun.com/agl/cilreader to see this beautiful graph. Make sure to zoom out as the graph is rather laaaaaarge.


Cheers, Peli

posted on Sunday, November 07, 2010 12:09:47 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Friday, October 29, 2010

Render beautiful dot graphs to SVG at http://rise4fun.com/agl – yes you can render any graph there. If your graph is big enough, it will trigger the new edge bundling feature that looks AMAZING! Try loading this url with modern browser with SVG support…. click, zoom out and wait for the magic.


posted on Friday, October 29, 2010 10:59:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #    Comments [3]