/// <summary>
/// Packs color components into a <see cref="uint"/> type.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="r">The red component.</param>
/// <param name="g">The green component.</param>
/// <param name="b">The blue component.</param>
/// <param name="a">The alpha component.</param>
/// <returns>Returns a uint representing the color.</returns>
public static uint Pack(int r, int g, int b, int a)
    return (((uint)r & 0xff)) | (((uint)g & 0xff) << 8) | (((uint)b & 0xff) << 16) | (((uint)a & 0xff) << 24);

/// <summary>
/// Unpacks a <see cref="uint"/> type into a color type.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="value">The packed color value to unpack.</param>
/// <returns>Returns a color type from the unpacked values.</returns>
public static Color Unpack(uint value)
    var r = (byte)(value);
    var g = (byte)(value >> 8);
    var b = (byte)(value >> 16);
    var a = (byte)(value >> 24);

    return new Color(r, g, b, a);

Today I was writing some C# code where I needed to manage a multidimensional array. Specifically I needed to store a items using Column, Row, & Depth as indexers. Instead I wrote a Array3D class that used generics to store any type and internally it uses a single dimensional array and a little bit of math to select the right index.

Not long after I started writing it Déjà vu set in. You know I could have swore I’ve written this class some time ago. Searching through hundreds of projects and tens of thousands of files dating back to 2001 ala .NET 1.0 I came up with nothing. I even went a little nuts and searched back further into my old Turbo Pascal and QBasic code but still found nothing.

Google, DuckDuckGo, & Bing searches were no help either. I could not shake the feeling I have written or have come across this code before. Maybe not in C# but in some other language. I’m sure I have …

This is not the first time I have started to write code and had a strong sense that I have written this code before as I’m sure many programmers do. Maybe it’s just me but with all our modern fancy IDE’s and add-ons archiving code for long periods of time, as in decades, does not seem to be something that has been readily addressed. If there is one thing I absolutely hate is having to repeat my self to the computer when it comes to coding. it’s also why I have visual studio set to auto save every 60 seconds.

Also hard to believe .NET is pushing 12+ years already. Hard to believe that the so called high tech industry essentially has not changed at all since the early 1960’s. Yes, 1960’s & 70’s that’s the era when the first high level languages were originally developed. And here we are 50+ years later and were still just an endless sea of primates spanking our hands on the keyboard just hoping for the best. But that is a rant for another time. :P

So to try and address the issue of code loss I have decided to start a “Code Snippets” series to archive various code snippets in an effort to make searching for them a little bit easier.

XNA example code updates

Published 2/4/2007 by createdbyx in Example | News | XNA
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I just purchased a wired xbox 360 controller so I can test my code using the controller! I also just posted updated code for my two xna example projects ...

The examples now support the xbox 360 controller as an input device.

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