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Brief Update

Posted by , in Uncategorized, Noter 21 October 2011 - - - - - - · 696 views

Just a brief update mostly on non-game related stuff.

I've placed the latest build of my Noter project on my website. I've been using it exclusively for about the past month for taking notes at work since the web based wiki that I was using started having issues I didn't care to pursue a solution for. I hadn't really planned on doing much more work on Noter but being forced to actually use it I found a number of issues that were intolerable to live with. I think I'm at a point now where, though it's still rough around the edges, things that you just naturally expect to work do actually work. Also, if anyone is interested this sort of thing, I plan on getting a copy of the code and development notes up next week sometime.

The other thing going on programming wise is that I've joined a group of people at the office that are looking to take the "Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS) exam 70-515" which seems to be a certification that says that a you know the basics of .Net web development. We're meeting once a week, going through an exam training book chapter by chapter discussing whatever the chapter was about. Mostly the group is supposed to be an incentive to keep pace and it seems to be working for a few of us. If the various multiple-choice review questions in the book are an indication of what the exam is like, I'm pretty optimistic. Although I can't help but have the sense that I'm not studying or working through the material closely enough. It's a lot of basics that I already know with some specific things are new, none of which is very complicated. But this would be the first cert that I've tried to take since I got my 2 year diploma about 15 years ago that, although centered on a lot of programming, it wasn't really focused on the IT industry. So, I'm a little nervous.

Game wise, I've got nothing. Not even a little work on a sub-project of some kind. I am thinking of spending some time to try and get a handle on programming something for touch phones though that's probably not going to be too game related at first. And as always, I'm always thinking on lots of ideas for life long projects that will probably never see the light of day.

C# Project - Noter

Posted by , in Noter 11 May 2011 - - - - - - · 492 views

It's not exactly game related but the past few weeks I've been working on personal project to create a wiki style desktop application. And I think I've actually got it to a state that I don't mind showing what I have.

Noter is pretty much my first attempt at a C# personal project. As I mentioned, the idea was to come up with something that works as a sort of file based wiki that doesn't require a database or a web server. I've been having issues setting up a wiki on my Vista laptop so I've been thinking of doing a project like this for some time. Basically I was looking for a way to easily create and link together text files. I tend to write a lot of notes and I like the way the wiki I have on my website can be used to keep things organized but I prefer not to have to put everything online. I have the basics that I wanted implemented and it's functional enough for my needs but it might be a little rough around the edges for other people's tastes. Still, if anyone cares to check it out, the download link is below. Please let me know what you think, especially if you find it at all interesting or useful

I'm not sure where it would rate on a project difficulty scale but I'm happy with the results. The current code could use some (a lot of) refactoring but taking a stab at something other than a tutorial gave a more practical feel to using delegates. Writing a lot of the functionality was about as simple as what I've heard people say when they talk about C#. I can definitely see some advantages over C++ (though I'm not likely to abandon C++ anytime soon). There was some difficulty trapping events from the web browser control. I had to find code on the web for functionality to get the ID of a clicked link so that a C# function has access to it for processing. When I found the solution, the code seemed pretty straight forward and intuitive although knowing which objects were involved wasn't as intuitive. There was also an issue where getting that link ID caused problems processing mouse messages. I found the solution to that issue online but it was not intuitive at all. There were a few COM concepts involved that I think might be pretty basic that I don't quite have a good grasp at yet.

As I usually do with projects that I work on, I kept a set of development notes. I thought about posting them into this blog but decided against it since it isn't a game project. I have, though, made them available on my website.

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