Coding4Fun Pushing the .NET Envelope

Feb 21, 2007 • 3 minutes to read

Coding4Fun is off the hook lately! Check out these great apps that are pushing the envelope in fun and cool ways

Scott Hanselman’s Controlling a Microbric Viper Robot using Windows PowerShell Logo

Yeah,PowerShell logo embedded into a Windows Form that can programatically control Robots. (Video demo)

Video: Programming Unreal Tournament AI bots

Andy Sterland, James Lissiak, and Tom Randell .NET Powered Unreal Tournament AI Bots

To show off how easy it is to program Unreal Tournament bots, I created my own “bot” which searches for a player called Dan and kills him on-site. It’s that easy! Andy, James, and Tom wrote this while students at University of Hull (UK), and they even held a tournament with students competing to create the best bot.

Visual Basic

1: Protected Overloads Overrides Sub PerformActions()

2: If Me.CurrentGameState.PlayersVisible.Count > 0 Then

3: 'You have someone visible you can shoot at

4: Dim allPlayers As List(Of UTBotOppState) = Me.CurrentGameState.PlayersVisible

5: For Each player As UTBotOppState In allPlayers

6: If player.Name = "Dan" Then

7: Console.WriteLine("Attack Dan, His health is: “ & player.Health)


9: 'the “false” is asking to use alt fire (ex: grenades)

10: Me.BotCommands.Shoot(player.Location, False)


12: End If

13: Next


15: Else 'If no visible players, jump and rotate by 90 degrees

16: Me.BotCommands.Jump()

17: Me.BotCommands.RotateBy(90)

18: End If

19: End Sub

Visual C#

1: protected override void PerformActions()

2: {

3: //Get a count of visible players

4: if (this.CurrentGameState.PlayersVisible.Count > 0)

5: {

6: //You have someone visible you can shoot at

7: List allPlayers = this.CurrentGameState.PlayersVisible;


9: foreach (UTBotOppState player in allPlayers)

10: {

11: if (player.Name == "Dan")

12: {

13: Console.WriteLine("Attack Dan, His health is: “ + player.Health);

14: //the “false” is asking to use alt fire (ex: grenades)

15: this.BotCommands.Shoot(player.Location, false);

16: }

17: }

18: }

19: else //if no visible players, jump and rotate by 90 degrees

20: {

21: this.BotCommands.Jump();

22: this.BotCommands.RotateBy(90);

23: }

24: }

Brian Peek’s Computer-Controlled R/C Car with Wireless Camera

Brian shows how to hack an R/C controller to drive an R/C from your computer, all using Microsoft Robotics Studio. This is so cool that I’ve asked him to send me one so I can create “Drive my car” Web app for Microsofties to take the car for a spin remotely.

Mark Harbakus iAccelerate Application

See how fast and furious your car is by using an Accelerometer. This is too tempting to try out :)

Arian Kulp’s iTunes-Style Desktop Search

It works on Vista and it’s very cool! My favorite features is the search by Old-ness and the dynamic categories. I was easily able to search for pictures from last year with a 200 ISO speed in fractions of a second. Arian has another mod (part 2) that I’m sure will be equally cool and useful.

This is just a sampling of recently posted articles by our rock-star authors…we have lots more cool content coming down the pipeline :)

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