Hello there

I suppose that it is time for my once yearly blog post. A lot has happened over the past year, far too much to explain. I am still alive, and I have made it through college. I am now an alumnus of The Ohio State University. Since last time, Soulfire Software has released onto Xbox Live Indie Games. We are all hard at work on our next game, Project TP (super-secret ūüôā ). We have now released two games onto Xbox Live as Soulfire Software. It is an incredible feeling to be able to work with a team that is so passionate for crafting a quality experience for players. So much polish went in to our last game, and that’s really what made it worth a dollar.

In other news, I started full time work at Battelle Memorial Institute, and am enjoying it immensely. I just so happened to stumble onto a ‘Googlesque’ environment where everyone is nice, professional, and super smart. There are also free snacks and drinks to keep up the productivity throughout the day.

Working is far less stressful than school is. I actually have time to do what ‘I’ want to do after work. I usually work on our game for Soulfire when I get home. I am trying to balance working on the game vs. playing them. Zelda: Windwaker is taking up a great deal of my time at the current moment.

Overall, I can say that I am quite happy. Next on the horizon consists of obtaining my IFR rating and getting the Garmin 430 installed in N41AH. Blue skies are certainly up above.

Oh how I love technology

I really like my job.  It allows me to try out new things and I am always learning.  The one thing about technology these days is how one thing evolves into another so quickly that we rarely step back and think about what is actually going on.  I thought I would show how a few cool things working together can make some REALLY cool.  Microsoft has made such an excellent product that truly is an integrated development environment.

For the airport’s intranet site, I created a CodedUI test using Visual Studio 2010 Premium to exercise the user interface for a particular page. ¬†It consisted of opening up the browser, clicking on links, Assert()ing that they existed and that everything is working as it should. ¬†A CodedUI test can then be “played back” when the tests are run.

Now on to the next bit. ¬†I am using Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 for Source Control, Work Item management, and Building. ¬†What’s really slick is being able to utilize the TFS server to build the project. ¬†I defined a build specification so that it would work like a Continuous Integration (CI) system. ¬†Whenever code is checked in, the server will build the code and copy the binaries to a directory. ¬†If the build fails, the code is rejected.

So what makes this even more awesome, is that with Visual Studio Test Agent, I can run CodedUI tests on a separate test machine from my Visual Studio instance.

Recently, I have been granted access to the network over VPN. ¬†VPN is Virtual Private Networking. ¬†Basically, anywhere there is internet, I can access the servers on the airport’s local network without physically being there.

So there I was, sitting at home drinking coffee.  I pull out my laptop at the kicthen table and connect through VPN (no wires or anything, wireless is cool beans), and decide to make a quick change to the code of the intranet site.  When I check in my code, the TFS server all the way over at the airport builds the code, copies the build to the test machine, runs the CodedUI test on the test machine, delivers the result to the build server and then TFS accepts the new code (Changeset).

I think that’s really slick. ¬†It’s truly mind boggling to think of all the underlying technology it takes for that to just “work.” ¬†And this is why I really love technology.

It’s been another year!

I think I’m doing quite well with this once yearly blog.¬† Oh man, what a year.¬† Soulfire Software just released SketchBox 360 on the Xbox Live Marketplace.¬† I’m so humbled by the team with Soulfire and I have so much respect for every one of them.¬† I am now a Junior at The Ohio State University.¬† School is back underway and it feels like I’m starting to get used to it or something.¬† It doesn’t seem to bother me much anymore.¬† It’s always hard to stay motivated, but the pain will soon end.¬† Not much else exciting has been going on.¬† I’ve been living and breathing SketchBox almost all summer long and doing work/school for the other parts.¬† One might say it is dull;¬† I think it is incredibly fulfilling.¬† Nothing can compare to the feeling of accomplishment when we finally finished and released SketchBox.¬† You learn about things that are more important than one man.¬† Working with a team of such talent is just awesome.

Well, that’s all for another year!¬† See ya next time.

Ahh the good life.

My blog has now turned into a once yearly blog.¬† As it so happens, I seem to post something about 1-2 a year.¬† The reason?¬† I would attribute this to being “busy.”¬† What does “busy” mean?¬† Well, I’d say, but I don’t have time.¬† I’ll give it a go in one sentence.¬† Mainly stuff related to school at The Ohio State University full time, working with enflight.com (awesome web-based flight planning software), flying to Oshkosh, working with Soulfire Software on an XNA animation tool and game, the Ohio Aviation Association website, fixing and building various computers, and working at OSU Airport maintaining their intranet site,Osuairport.org and the Aviation Department website, both in Silverlight, and ASP.NET versions.¬† I do pretty much all of this on a daily basis.¬† To say that I have bitten off more than I can chew is an understatement.¬† It’s a challenge, certainly, to keep it all straight in my head.¬† Languages needed for the above projects: PHP,HTML, CSS, Javascript, ASP.NET (built my own CMS), WPF/Silverlight (XAML), XML, C# (XNA Framework), VB.NET, and C.¬† Oh, and flying airplanes is cool too, I guess.¬† I’m still working on my IFR rating amongst other things that are missing from this short list.

I’m going to go to bed now.¬† I think I need it pretty desperately at the moment.

Life.Alive!

Yes it is true; I am alive!¬† I cannot possibly sum up all of the things that I’ve been going through since the last post because that would be a waste of time.¬† A short synopsis in one word: busy.¬† I am now taking classes at The Ohio State University and have been in a generally good mood, not having to wake up early anymore.¬† I hate waking up early with a passion.¬† It may be because I enjoy staying up all night.

The most exciting thing going on this coming week is Microsoft PDC out in LA.  I look forward to having a whole week of pure techawesomeness (is that even a word?!?!).  While in LA, I will get my hands on a pre-beta version of Windows 7!  I am looking forward also to using the Microsoft Surface while I am there.

Lately I have been too busy with classes to handle many other projects.  I am currently working on an XNA project with a friend up at Bowling Green who is doing all of the artwork and modeling for the game while I do the programming.

I simply can’t believe that we are nearing the end of October already.¬† It is getting quite a bit colder outside, but that’s okay, I like it cold.¬† It’s 43degrees outside yet you’d see me in shorts and a T-shirt.¬† Along with other ramblings, Top Gun in Bluray with 1080p is amazing.¬† It was quite a brilliant idea to include a Bluray player in every PS3.¬† I would expect it to be a pretty well-selling item this Christmas.¬† In Apple’s infinite brilliance, none of their computers have support for Bluray or even HDMI for that matter.

I will likely update this blog a bit next week with all of the coolness going on at PDC, so yea, back to coding like a good little boy for me.

Misc.New Theme!

I finally found a new theme that looks very nice for this blog.¬† I’ve got a nice post that I am still preparing about my trip to Phoenix (actually Wittenburg), Arizona in our small private plane.¬† I’ve got video and other stuff for it, but not nearly enough time right now.¬† I’m preparing for robotics right now (I’ll have a post about that too), coding and stuff.

I will have more content later.

Life.Hmm

Hmm.

I haven’t updated my blog in a while for a few reasons. I’ve been working, sleeping, and breathing. Not much else. I suppose I just had to take a break from blogging for the winter. Happy 2008 everyone! It’s official, I have been accepted the The Ohio State University at Marion. I hope it will be an exciting time to meat new people. I’m winding down the last couple of months of my high school career. In election news, I was a poll worker for election day in Ohio. An awful lot of Republicans sabotaged the Democratic Primary. Hehehehe. *Cough* anyway, 15 hours of working at the polls was very enjoyable for me.

I don’t have much else to say, other than we have a snow day tomorrow. I believe we set a record for most snow in 24 hours yesterday. I’m so thankful for furnaces and gas heat is all I can say.

Take care.

Aviation.Private Pilot

Well, sorry for not updating for a couple months, but I have been extremely busy lately. Last week on my 17th birthday, I passed my check ride and earned my Private Pilot’s license! 17 is the earliest age which you can get your private pilot’s license. Because many people don’t know what it takes to get a private pilot’s license, I’ll give you a brief overview. You must have a student pilot’s license, meaning you have to go find an FAA Medical examiner because you need a medical certificate to make sure you are healthy enough to fly. With your student pilot’s license, you can not fly passengers. You can only fly with a flight instructor. After enough time and instruction, he will endorse your logbook (Logbook is required to keep track of flights and such while being a student pilot) so that you may solo an airplane all by yourself. As a student pilot striving for a private pilot’s license, you need 40 hours of flight time. 20 hours must be with an instructor and the other 20 must be solo time. The regulations make you do a certain number of night flying, cross-country, and solo hours that make up the 40 hours. You must also pass a 60 question knowledge test to show that you know all of the rules, regulations ect.. It all came down to the wire, and I passed everything. I am so proud that I was able to achieve this. It’s truly a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. Now I can fly passengers and go anywhere I want to whenever (Not that I will, of course ūüėõ )