At this stage I have two personal projects planned… As you can see in the post Title.
Have it all broken up into .js files. One for each function area. Just need to sit down and think of what it is that is the most essential areas that needs to be included in each area.
Sort of like how .NET has their System.* namespaces, and Java has their java.* packages.
So using the above analogy we could perhaps have something like: JS.Window.js… JS.Integer.js
Inside the JS.Integer.js file you could have perhaps a function called IsInt(myVar)
Basically the implementation could be something like this:
// test and validation code to see if it is an integer value.
// return a true or false depending on whether the variable is an int.
[Ok, i’m doing things quickly here, so no real implementation].
Now, anyone would be able to have access to all of the code. They can look at it to learn how things were done. And to perhaps provide feedback on certain areas.
They can also extend the existing functionality. They can write their own library like this one, whilst utilising what the core functionality has provided.
I haven’t really given this too much thought, but you should be able to get the idea of what i’m suggesting here. I really have no idea if anything like this has been done before. I should probably check it out.
Free publicity for something you created in the past? Isn’t that what everyone wants? A little bit of publicity, and saying, hey, I contributed to that. I made that possible! Basically, bragging rights among friends/peers and so on.
And then all that needs to complete it is to implement some easy way to invoke certain functions through a server side sript. Eg: Through ASP.NET, ColdFushion, JSP, PHP etc…
Honestly, if anyone wants to do this let me know. I’ll provide all my ideas on this.
Ok, and the second part of the title suggests learning C# 2.0. Well, this one is going to be sort of a group project among myself and a few friends from uni. Yes, you can create stuff and learn at the same time, isn’t that amazing? Alright, well, the plan is to use the Managed Direct X libraries to implement some sort of simple game which makes use of C# 2.0 features such as Generics. I know that my friends like games, and most (if not all are quite good programmers), I feel like it would be important to get them to know more about generics and other features of the upcoming C# 2.0. These are guys I spent most of my time at uni with while doing projects. Knew all 3 of them since first year. We’ve all graduated now, and all working. 3 of us are programmers while the fourth is a tester.
Through this project I hope to sort of get everyone “knowledge sharing” as we all did during uni days. As well as to hopefully maintain a sort of bond with them all, and to not let the friendships made during uni to go astray.
I had always intended to get my head stuck into C# Express 2oo5 and checking out all the features and functionalities, but thought rather than just do it myself, drag the other friends in as well. This way we can all learn, and learn at the same time.
I had gotten responses from them all stating that they are always quite busy with probably only 2 or 3 hours a week to spare. I said that it would be fine. I don’t want to eat up too much of everyones’ time. It is not as though there are any set deadlines for this. And there is no immediate plan to release it. Hence it does not matter if there is no final product.
However, having said that, I do hope that myself and i’ll try to encourage the others, to blog about it. (Which reminds me, I need to encourage them all to setup a blog for themselves). I want to share what I learn from it with the rest of the blog reading world out there (the blogosphere/community).
I was having a thought about whether or not to enter the project into the Summer of Express contest being run over at Channel 9, but i’m leaning against it as this will not likely have a final product. Or if it does, may not be completed within the given timeframe.
I just had a thought, if it is so important for people to have a UI for SQL Express 2005. Why not just write one up using C# Express? I see many complaints about it around various blogs and forums. (Yes, i’m talking about the complaint in regards to the missing Server Explorer in Visual WebDeveloper Express 2005 Beta1).
I recall a remark on the aus-dotnet mailing list by Mark Jarzebowski stating that SQL Express 2005 to be a serious competitor to MS Access. I’ll tell you what, the missing thing there is you also want to have an MS Access like UI to make it really simple to use. And there you have it folks, something that can “almost” kill off MS Access.
I have a lot of little projects that need to get done. One of them is to actually redo the entire domain. I need to make a new layout, put my resume back online. And start writing some tutorials/tips and tricks to fill up the whitespaces 🙂