Scott Hanselman

Physics and No-Touch Deployment WinForms

April 27, '03 Comments [4] Posted in Web Services | TechEd | Speaking
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Folks who know me know that I've been going to school in the evenings on and off for a decade++.  I'm at Corillian by day (and sometimes at three in the morning!), but by night (T/Th/F 6-10) I'm usually in class.  Many a day I've ran from the airport straight to a lab - actually last week I ran from the launch event to class, with only 5 minutes to spare. 

Being the wonk I am, I usually look to integrate .NET into anything I do.  In my recent Group Dynamics class I gave a presentation about my intercultural experiences presenting .NET topics at TechEd Malaysia.  In my Operating Systems class, I was the only guy to write the Tiny Abstract OS using C#.

Anyway, I'm currently in the final term of Physics and Calculus. While the current topics are Electromagnetic fields, we're expected to turn in a final project of some kind.  Some folks are rolling cars down hills, or riding elevators, or playing with lasers.  However, when I think Physics, I think No-Touch Deployment WinForms, don't you?  I mean, who doesn't.  Our teacher oftens goes online and shows us all classes of Java Applets that demonstrate particle dynamics and various Physics concepts.  I noticed that she had no problem finding all the Java examples she needed, no doubt due to Java's deep entrenchment in academia. 

I decided to write up a little application that would solve a problem we worked on a lot last term.  If you take some amount of water of a certain temperature and some amount of ice at a certain temperature and put them together, some amount (or all of the) of ice melts and the water is left at a final temperature.  My little quickie app calculates all of the energy and heat involves and presents the results in a fairly dynamic way.  It should run in 1.0 and 1.1 and should launch out directly from the browser.  It certainly requires a little extra thought around issues like security.  While my IceMelter isn't as polished and cool as Wahoo! it was fun to write and helped me apply what I know (.NET) to something I don't (Physics). 

You can play with IceMelter if you like.

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Sunday, 27 April 2003 23:23:19 UTC
Ok, your ice melter app is cool and all...but the REAL question on everyone's mind is this: why do ice cubes shrink when left in the freezer too long?

Sunday, 27 April 2003 23:23:41 UTC
(by the way, sorry if that's too off-topic!)
Monday, 28 April 2003 14:26:58 UTC
Sublimation. And it's worse in frost-free freezers. http://www.discovery.com/area/skinnyon/skinnyon970509/skinny1.html
Wednesday, 30 April 2003 16:44:29 UTC
Hey cool - thanks for the link! :-)
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