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Jason Z


It has been a good long while since my last post. Things have been pretty busy between work, school, and family - but I should be updating more regularly over the next couple of weeks.

Lately I have been working on a project for one of my Masters courses: Computer Graphics. The requirement is to develop a game using OpenGL. I am very familiar with computer graphics, but had never used OGL until this assignment. It is actually quite similar to DX, and it is very beneficial to sit down and read the OGL spec - it provides all kinds of insights into the common links between OGL and DX, namely the hardware.

There is a reason that the two APIs are so similar, and its because they both run on the same hardware. I have an electrical engineering background, so the hardware side is just as interesting to me as the software side. Plus, understanding the hardware helps you to understand how to improve performance as well. All in all, I have to say that working with OGL has been a good learning experience.

I will be posting some info on the project and how it is coming along. I only have about 1.5 weeks left until the due date, so I had better make some good progress quickly.
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Sounds like good stuff :) Out of curiosity are you doing your masters in engineering or science?

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Masters of Science in Computer Science. I have just been attracted to software ever since my undergrad was finished, so I decided to go for it. I was a self taught programmer before, but now I have had the opportunity to study computer science as a whole and am quite happy about the choice I made!

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Very cool! I have been working in software for about 9 years but have returned to school part-time in the ECE program (you choose either EE or CE in 3rd year). I'll most likely wrap it up within the next couple of years, and will then do the MBA after that. Although if I wasn't doing business I would definately do what you are doing and go with a masters in comp. sci over M.Eng.

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