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JavaScript Types and WinRT Types

2016 Jan 21, 5:35PermalinkCommentschakra development javascript winrt

Words with Hints Windows 8 App Development Notes

2013 Jul 4, 1:00

My second completed app for the Windows Store was Words with Hints a companion to Words with Friends or other Scrabble like games that gives you *ahem* hints. You provide your tiles and optionally letters placed in a line on the board and Words with Hints gives you word options.

I wrote this the first time by building a regular expression to check against my dictionary of words which made for a slow app on the Surface. In subsequent release of the app I now spawn four web workers (one for each of the Surface's cores) each with its own fourth of my dictionary. Each fourth of the dictionary is a trie which makes it easy for me to discard whole chunks of possible combinations of Scrabble letters as I walk the tree of possibilities.

The dictionaries are large and takes a noticeable amount of time to load on the Surface. The best performing mechanism I found to load them is as JavaScript source files that simply define their portion of the dictionary on the global object and synchronously (only on the worker so not blocking the UI thread). Putting them into .js files means they take advantage of bytecode caching making them load faster. However because the data is mostly strings and not code there is a dramatic size increase when the app is installed. The total size of the four dictionary .js files is about 44Mb. The bytecode cache for the dictionary files is about double that 88Mb meaning the dictionary plus the bytecode cache is 132Mb.

To handle the bother of postMessage communication and web workers this was the first app in which I used my promise MessagePort project which I'll discuss more in the future.

This is the first app in which I used the Microsoft Ad SDK. It was difficult to find the install for the SDK and difficult to use their website, but once setup, the Ad SDK was easy to import into VS and easy to use in my app.

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YouTube - Hungry Beast: Gullible Australia? Gullible Media

2009 Dec 14, 2:20This just in: 'Gullible' removed from dictionary. Story at 11...PermalinkCommentshumor video via:bengoldacre media australia information communication

Android eBook Reader And Makers

2009 Dec 13, 1:27

I was reading Makers, Cory Doctorow's latest novel, as it was serialized on Tor's website but with no ability to save my place within a page I set out to find a book reading app for my G1 Android phone. I stopped looking once I found Aldiko. Its got bookmarks within chapters, configurable fonts, you can look-up words in a dictionary, and has an easy method to download public domain and creative common books. I was able to take advantage of Aldiko's in-app book download system to get Makers onto my phone so I didn't have to bother with any conversion programs etc, and I didn't have to worry about spacing or layout, the book had the correct cover art, and chapter delimiters. I'm very happy with this app and finished reading Makers on it.

Makers is set in the near future and features teams of inventors, networked 3d printers, IP contention, body modifications, and Disney -- just the sort of thing you'd expect from a Cory Doctorow novel. The tale seems to be an allegory for the Internet including displacing existing businesses and the conflict between the existing big entertainment IP owners and the plethora of fans and minor content producers. The story is engaging and the characters filled out and believable. I recommend Makers and as always its Creative Commons so go take a look right now.

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Scribblenauts director: believe in the idea, move slowly - Ars Technica

2009 Jul 20, 5:04"We had five people, over about six months, research and come up with the tens of thousands of words present on the Scribblenauts dictionary."PermalinkCommentsgame scribblenauts videogame nintendo dictionary

Patenting reincarnation - Knowledge Jolt with Jack

2008 Aug 28, 10:58"The patent is really bad, which is all part of the fun: Abstract: The invention consists of the process of reincarnation or rebirth resulting in immortality. Description: [0001] This invention resulted from my combining Einstein's Theory of Relativity and Newton's Second Law of Physics. [0002] Reincarnation is defined in Webster's Third New Inernational Dictionary as "rebith". Thus my invention is a process of rebirth or in other words immortality."PermalinkCommentshumor patent via:kris.kowal reincarnation

Language Log: Egg, penis, whatever

2008 Feb 18, 3:05A case study on the origins of a humorous mistranslation. FTA: "The really weird ones are apparently from dictionary look-up errors ... not just taking an unlikely choice from the correct entry, but actually reading a different (but nearby) entry."PermalinkCommentshumor language blog article translate mistranslation languagelog

Symbols.com - Home

2007 Sep 4, 1:53Database of symbols and their meaning.PermalinkCommentsbook purchase reference symbols language dictionary index database free encyclopedia

Language Translation -- English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Greek, Norwegian, Chinese, Japanese & Korean

2007 Jun 6, 4:59A list of free web based language translation services including language guessing which I think is neat.PermalinkCommentsdictionary translation tool language reference free internet

WordNet - Princeton University Cognitive Science Laboratory

2007 Apr 19, 3:41"WordNet is a large lexical database of English... Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are grouped into sets of cognitive synonyms (synsets), each expressing a distinct concept...The resulting network of meaningfully related words and concepts can be navPermalinkCommentsalgorithm collections etymology dictionary visualization xml language ontology tool free

Double-Tongued Word Wrester Dictionary

2005 Dec 29, 5:15PermalinkCommentsreference language dictionary english etymology slang search

Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures

2005 Dec 29, 3:15The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures, including some implementationPermalinkCommentsreference development algorithm software tools dictionary search

The American·British - British·American Dictionary

2005 Sep 2, 1:21PermalinkCommentsdictionary english language

Online Etymology Dictionary

2005 Apr 9, 6:41Discover the background of your favorite English wordsPermalinkCommentsreference dictionary etymology english search language tools

POPjisyo.com - Dictionary Translation Japanese/Chinese/Korean/Kanji/Hanzi

2005 Apr 4, 3:28PermalinkCommentsjapanese chinese dictionary language translation tools


2005 Apr 3, 4:34PermalinkCommentsreference dictionary search english
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