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First look at new web app

I’m really excited that I can share with you this image. This is my first web application and it took me a while to learn all the details required to put everything together. What you see is an index page created in Asp.Net MVC. Information is pulled from MS LocalDb database using Entity Framework 6.… Read More »

Project: WMCWeb. Draft design

The console application that I created and that is available for download has this unfortunate name mpconverter. In my opinion is not the best choice. The upcoming new version should be called something else that better describes my intentions. For now it will called WMCWeb. We should be able to access UI through the browser.… Read More »

Update: July 2017

Last couple weeks I spent learning Entity Framework 6 and it latest version Core. As I was watching and reading through various materials, I noticed that unlike with OOP and C#, acquiring this knowledge requires different approach. For example as you learn various things in C# and you try to apply concepts in your code,… Read More »

EPG123 = welcome back guide data.

The latest MCE Guide outage is becoming more…permanent. Microsoft and Rovi are claiming that they are working together on resolving the issue. Yet entire week passed and still guide shows empty slots. This is a bit strange considering that we are dealing with XML files. I tried a tool called EPG123 and I can report that… Read More »

Windows Media Center Guide issues and surprising discovery.

Finally it happened. Windows Media Center guide is missing data. We had some close calls previously but Microsoft was able to fix it somehow. As it stands right now, Windows Media Center without guide data becomes unusable. Hopefully, this will be resolved soon. I tried to download Guide data manually. That option is available in… Read More »

Project PlexRename

Currently I’m working on two small projects that would help me with design of my new mpconverter. First project is called PlexRename and second project is type of media converter that is based on FFMPEG. I’m planning to reuse some of these ideas in the future. PlexRename is actually the first application that I wrote… Read More »

Object Oriented Programming. Importance of data types.

Anyone who starts reading about OOP or watches video tutorials about the subject knows that learning curve is very steep. Even if you have some experience of creating your own classes and objects, you still may not be fully comfortable creating complex projects. In fact some of the developers will try to limit number of… Read More »

My home media setup.

I would like to tell you little bit more about my home media setup. I started playing with an idea of hooking up my computer to TV set when HTPC was still in infancy stage and my first build was very modest. It included 250G hard drive, dual core Intel CPU and analog Hauppauge TV… Read More »

Programming. How hard it can be? Part 2

How to build familiarity with a subject that we know nothing about? This is a million dollar question. I realize the difficulty that we are facing. Different people have different learning styles. For some of us classroom setting might be the right one. Others will rely on some tutorials and visual help. There is also… Read More »

Programming. How hard it can be? Part 1

Couple years ago, I picked up a book about Java with a clear intent of learning programming. After reading “Hello World” chapter and some other paragraphs, I put it back on a shelve and never looked back. There was nothing wrong with that book. It was written by highly respectable authors and it also had… Read More »