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Farewell PHP, all hail C#

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

I started getting serious with programming with Visual Basic 5, so ASP (3.0) was the perfect candidate when I decided to do some web development.
Soon ASP exposed some of its limits and for reasons that I couldn’t really tell right now, PHP became my language of choice, instead of Truth is, I’ve been coding 99% percent of my recent web projects in PHP, with MySQL as the backend database.

Well I’m not sure if it’s me doing something sneaky behind the scenes but I’ve been totally unsatisfied with performance and reliability of my websites lately. I even switched several VPS and dedicated servers without actually finding out the root of some pretty serious issues, so now it’s time for me to give up. Or better yet.. evolve! I finally decided to drop PHP in favor of ASP.NET and started rewriting my projects modules one at a time (some actually being windows applications for the several schedules tasks I have in place).

Today I decided to put the first huge batch of modules in production, hence this posts. If you’re using my Xbox Live gamercards, know that they are now powered by some brand new ASP.NET coding. The good news is that they seem to perform much faster so far, and they also render slightly better (this is pretty easy to notice in the ‘Big Sig’ template).

While I’m in this process, I also have plans to move most of my projects to a new domnain called Luvisoft. Why Luvisoft? Well, that’s a very long story that I’ll probably cover in another blog post. :)

So┬áthis is it for now: as 90% of the core functions and modules have been rewritten and never tested in production, I’d be very grateful if you could report any issues or bugs you may find, as well as general impressions or comments about the new gamercards. Thank you!

Even more gamercards news (and designs)

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

Since I just decided that this would also be a devblog for my gamercard service, I guess I might post all udpates I make to them – I noticed a quite big increase in traffic lately, most likely due to:

  • a) the new designs
  • b) the fact that I’m – again – actively developing the service now, so it just works. ;)


The most successful new design seems to be classicnew, but I also got some awesome responses for the ‘Big Signature‘. It comes in a few different colors and it’s inspired partly to‘s look and partly to Microsoft‘s (now patented) Metro UI. I started using it myself in forums I frequent. :) Here’s an example of the Orange Big Signature:

I also did a slightly different gamercard a few days ago, which I’m not promoting on the gamercard generator, but you should feel free to use if you wish: I wanted something that would put focus on the Avatar (the full body) but also include more info from Xbox Live. You can see the result on this blog’s sidebar.

Want one for yourself? Here’s how:

  • - dark text (for light background):
  • - light text (for dark background):


Enjoy and, as always, comments are very welcome!

New XBL Gamercard generator + new designs

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

As I said earlier, I’m at work to improve my XBL Gamercard generation service lately.

One thing I never put much effort on (shame on me!) is the actual “generator“, where you can choose a design and create your own gamercard. Well I’m trying to fix that, and if you want a sneak preview head on to for the first draft.
Feel free to tell your friends & family about it and do provide some feedback, as I’ll be working on it a lot in the near future. :)

While we’re on the subject, don’t miss the 2 new designs I just added: one replicates the new (it would have been ‘new’ if I did it a few months ago actually) look of gamercards on the forums, and for the other one I have to credit Genio del Male, who gave the idea in a tweet.

New gamercard, more designs likely coming

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

People have been using my Xbox Live gamercards ever since I first released them a few years ago, and traffic has grown substantially when MGC decided to close down their services ( :( ).

I’ve been actually debating for a while whether I should move my gamercard generator to its own domain, polish it up a little bit (or better yet, A LOT), add more layouts and styles etc.. I’m still not sure if that will happen but I do like doing gamercards.. a lot! So I’ll definitely try to improve them in the short term.
For a start, enjoy a new gamercard design, specifically designed for forum sigs. It’s quite obviously a tribute to the “new” design, that I honestly like a lot.

Feel free to create your own and let me know what you think in the comments or via email. :)

Hello world! It’s me again.

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

I really have lost count of how many times I wrote a “Hello world” blogpost here on, but yeah.. here we are again. And – for those interested – let me spend a couple minutes to explain what is going on.

Those who know me, also know that I’m a geek, and that I love it. I have some very strong passions in life: my girfriend, programming, Xbox, mobile devices, and.. my girlfriend. Putting it all together, when I’m not with my girfriend I’m most likely trying to build something cool and new for the Xbox Community, or collaborating with awesome people and websites doing the very same thing.

The problem with this approach is that “you can’t be everywhere at once, and you can’t do everything“. I’m not sure if it’s a good or a bad thing that I’ve learned that on my own, but that’s the way it is. The point is that – as long as you do all this for passion, and passion alone – once in a while, you gotta put something on hold, abandon a cool project/idea, and focus on those that intrigue you the most, or capture people’s interest the most.

As a consequence of this, is the first website of mine that will be changing a lot, and if you are reading this you may have noticed already. First and foremost, the website is now based on wordpress and it’s actually going to be my very own blog (like it was ment to be when I first registered this Internet domain). Some tools/services may be put on hold, while others will stay. I’m making decisions based on the interest I’ve seen in the last few months towards the various areas of the website, but they are NOT final. We will see how it goes :)

There’s so much more going on, and so much more to say, but that’s it for now. Feel free to sign up to the new site and do visit once in a while if you’re interested in knowing something behind the scenes of my current and future projects, my everyday “job”, and my passions. I can’t promise that I’ll be able to entertain you, but hey I’m so glad that I have my personal blog back.