I have just been to a session by Gert Drapers – Understanding and Optimising ADO.NET. I think of all the sessions I have been to at this year’s TechEd, thus far, that this one will have most direct effect on the code I write.
If you use ADO.NET to access you SQL Server check out the session slides. The performance gains that are possibility available to you are significant, but I must dash to check my SQL query parameterization!
Robert and Richard are currently soaking up the sights and sounds of TechEd Europe in Amsterdam. Look out for their posts throughout the week.
The James Bond 40th Anniversary Exhibition is now in Canada, Science World in Vancouver to be exact. Black Marble continues to contribute to this touring exhibit, check out our website soon for more details!
Black Marble have completed work on the AI for Games project, with the School of Informatics at the University of Bradford. This Microsoft-supported project was instigated to teach students about AI with an interesting and unusual approach. Black Marble adapted Virus and Terrarium for use in lessons, and by all accounts the students benefited a great deal from the course, as well as enjoying it immensely!
More details on our website soon.
The Game Servers have run over 250,000 games during the duration of the AIFG course. We have also produced a Pocket PC version of the virus game and there are already plans for a second version of the Academic Terrarium.
Feedback on the AI for Games module at the University of Bradford has been excellent, with some students reporting it their favourite part of the curriculum. The favourite part has been producing bugs for the Academic Version of Terrarium.
Last night we had the end of conference meal, followed by a group (Peter Drayton & Ian Palmer) of us playing TransAmerica into the wee hours. The presentation was well received despite Peter overrunning 🙂
The food for Wednesdays evening meal was not the best, however the company was very interesting. I talked with Paul Rhodes and Peter Cowling from the University of Bradford and Peter Drayton who is on the Rotor team.
I have just attended a very interesting talk by Christopher Bishop (MSR Cambridge http://research.microsoft.com/~cmbishop ) about Machine Learning. He covered “Super-resolution enhancement of pictures” which is adding information to an image using an offset image or human determined perspective. Intelligent Edit and Removal of information from pictures and face tracking. I highly recommend attending a presentation by him. The features discussed will be present in a soon to be released Microsoft product.
We are currently in sunny ( it’s raining ) Dublin for Microsoft Research Academic days. I have met up with Peter Cowling, Paul Rhodes from the University of Bradford and our Talk for Friday on AI for Games has been finished so we can relax and enjoy the conference.