Drools.NET is a port of the Drools library to .NET. I have a bg, big architectural decision coming up for a client and I am debating about whether to tackle the issue with an inference engine or a scripting language. So I’ve been looking at Drools pretty closely. It’s okay. I wouldn’t put it in the same league as ILog JRules, but the price is right and it seems to have momentum.
In the .NET front, I’ve been told there’s a Rete-based inference engine inside BizTalk (?), but I never followed up on that. Another tool is mTuitive’s xPert Authoring Environment. More to check out….
Against my better judgment I bought Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 from Amazon. Over the years I’ve tried lots of dictation software and have been uniformly disappointed. The new NaturallySpeaking says that it achieves a high level of accuracy out of the box without extensive user training. Many people say that “Gee, if you just invest the time in training, a few weeks or so,” the voice accuracy a level which is very practical but I’ve never had that patience.
Since being able to work with dictation would be such an incredible boon to me as a writer I bought the latest version of NaturallySpeaking. I also wanted to show exactly what NaturallySpeaking gave for an out of box experience and so I recorded screencasts of my very initial dictation with NaturallySpeaking. You can judge for yourself.
Oh, and naturally, I dictated this blog entry.
I quite liked COmega’s model for concurrency. Joins is a library from Microsoft that implements the same model using .NET 2.0 generics. I haven’t played with it yet, but it’s definitely in the queue.
I like Karsten Januszweski’s 5-day tutorial on WPF (via Steve Pietrek). Instead of writing something himself, he’s structured advice on Internet-available resources (videos, tutorials, etc.) That’s a very helpful way to restructure available content; I feel I should do something similar (if only there was something that I knew…)
Everyone’s buzzing about Photosynth, Microsoft’s impressive technology that stitches together photographs and presents them in a 3-D space. However, all that is available today is a video.
In the meantime, though, it turns out that automatically stitching together photos to create panoramas appears to be a solved problem. Autostitch is freely downloadable and does a great job.