Author Archives: RodStephens

About RodStephens

Rod Stephens is a software consultant and author who has written more than 30 books and 250 magazine articles covering C#, Visual Basic, Visual Basic for Applications, Delphi, and Java.

Display a form’s control hierarchy in C#

This example displays the control hierarchy for a form. It’s actually relatively simple. Some controls can contain other controls. For example, a form is a control and it contains all of a Windows Forms application’s controls. Similarly Panel, TableLayoutPanel, SplitContainer, … Continue reading

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Loop over a form’s controls in C#

This example shows how to loop over controls of various types on a form. The Control class defines a Controls property that is a collection containing references to the controls inside a control. For example, a form’s Controls collection holds … Continue reading

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Solution: The 40 pound stone puzzle

  This is the solution to The 40 pound stone puzzle. If you haven’t read the puzzle yet, click here before you read the solution. This puzzle similar to some of the puzzles in my book Interview Puzzles Dissected. The … Continue reading

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Use digits of Pi to draw a picture in C#

The article 10 stunning images show the beauty hidden in pi shows several ways to use Pi to generate pictures. This example demonstrates one of them. The program starts drawing at the origin (0, 0). It then scans through the … Continue reading

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Look for dates in the digits of Pi in C#

The example Find patterns within pi in C# looks for patterns within the digits of Pi. You can use that example to look for dates such as 4/1. This example determines whether the first 100 thousand digits of Pi contains … Continue reading

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Find patterns within Pi in C#

March 14 is known as Pi Day because its numeric representation 3/14 includes the first three digits of Pi: 3.14. (At least in the United States. In Europe where they usually write dates month first, Pi Day is July 22 … Continue reading

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Puzzle: The 40 pound stone

This is a variation of a puzzle given on Car Talk. It’s similar to some of the puzzles in my book Interview Puzzles Dissected. A farmer uses a double-pan balance and a 40 pound stone to measure 40 pound weights: … Continue reading

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Make the basis for a card game in C#

The goal of this example is to provide some support for building a card game. It shows how to make a class to represent cards and to to tell what card is displayed in a PictureBox. It’s actually relatively straightforward. … Continue reading

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Verify sizes of playing cards in C#

Recently I wanted to use some playing cards in a program so I looked online for some nice images. I could have included 55 or so separate images (including jokers and backs), but I decided it would be easier to … Continue reading

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Use System.Threading.Timer to make a countdown timer in C#

The post Make a countdown timer in C# uses a Timer control to count down the time until some deadline. This example does something similar but it uses a Timer object from the System.Threading namespace. The basic idea is similar: … Continue reading

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