Dev notes: About DLLs

Note: there are no deeper insights in this article – just some rambling.

I have a confession to make. I never really understood DLLs. They were some sort of software blackbox for me, something that dawdles about in the install folders of proper software products, like minions waiting to be summoned. I knew that they contain executable code. But the stench of “unnecessary complexity” always kept me from actually looking up how they work and what they are good for. Continue reading Continue reading

Wikipedia: Fortress of Mimoyecques

The Fortress of Mimoyecques is the modern name for a Second World War underground military complex built by the forces of Nazi Germany between 1943 and 1944.

It was intended to house a battery of V-3 cannons aimed at London, 165 kilometres away. Originally codenamed Wiese (“Meadow”), it is located in the commune of Landrethun-le-Nord in the Pas-de-Calais region of northern France.

It was suggested that the gradual acceleration of the shell by a series of small charges spread over the length of the barrel might be the solution to the problem of designing very long-range guns. To reach England, the weapon needed barrels 127 metres long, so it could not be moved; it would have to be deployed from a fixed site.

The Liberation of Dotnet Nation

I vaguely remember musing about the implications of the open sourced .Net compiler half a year ago. Considering the news of late, it’s small fries in retrospect.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s what Microsoft did – they…

  • open sourced the full server-side .NET stack (including ASP),
  • started porting .Net to Linux and Mac OS,
  • and released a full-featured version of Visual Studio for free

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Procedural Planet Generation

Andy Gainey wrote an article about procedural planet generation, discussing many interesting points:

– Generating a sphere by subdividing a primitive geometrical body
– Not using Perlin noise for elevation, but a plate tectonic model instead
– Climate systems
– Vegetation and Biomes

When it isn’t down due to heavy traffic, you can find the article here.