More proprietary platform desktop hacking


While Java’s still my first choice for a mainstream systems language with great server support, .NET’s Windows desktop integration is a refreshing change. It’s full of proprietary APIs and historic hacks and sometimes those aren’t deal-breakers. Sure, there’s some real language development going on over there as well, but let’s not pretend I need LINQ and lambda expressions to write a dumb screen saver.

Anyway, the photos in our staff directory are available internally and I wanted a quick hack to get them fading in and out at random. Not quite as quick as I’d hoped, given the need to re-learn C#’s minor changes from Java and the slightly baroque launch interface for screen savers. Well, it’s all packaged up now in case that seems like something you might like.

(Music: Kristin Hersh, “Slippershell”)
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