Confusion in the Software Industry

January 22, 2008

What’s the difference between a computer scientist, a software engineer, and a programmer? I’ve been in the software industry for 15+ years and when I see these terms in a job description, I have no idea what they mean. Part of the problem is that a large portion of the software industry doesn’t care about […]

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Can’t Stop Laughing!

December 4, 2007
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Upgrade to Leopard

October 31, 2007

If you haven’t upgraded to the latest version of Mac OS X, go out and get it. I was a little concerned because each version of an OS typically requires more resources and I expected things to get a little slower. To my surprise, things are quite a bit snappier. Fewer spinning beach balls with […]

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AS3 GPU – Chapter 2

October 22, 2007

This chapter went into programming more specific to ActionScript 3.0. It started off by showing how to add graphics and text to a Flash movie. Then showed how to add event listeners to handle user input. Next came how to animate objects and then being able to drag the objects around and detect collisions. The […]

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AS3 GPU – Chapter 1

October 18, 2007

I breezed through chapter 1 because I’ve done a little Flash before and the chapter was simple Flash stuff and some basic ActionScript flow of control which is just like any number of languages I already know. One thing that surprised me was that when I saved one of the ActionScript classes in my a […]

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ActionScript 3.0 Game Programming University

October 16, 2007

My next action is to learn Flash game programming by following the book ActionScript 3.0 Game Programming University. I hope to complete the book by the end of the year which equates to about a chapter a week. I’m using the online edition which I can use through the Santa Clara County Library.

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October 15, 2007

Here is my, mostly finished, game, Catechism. Here are some screen shots. So here’s the list of things that aren’t quite right: No application icon Non-final character and tablet graphics Some transition tiles don’t show properly in the build Only one background song Unused resources which cause the application to be large That being said, […]

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The PowerBook is Back

October 2, 2007

I was a little unhappy that my PowerBook need to be repaired for the 4th time in 2.5 years. A benefit was I got a new keyboard (there was a broken key and some other serious wear), logic boards A and B replaced, and a new sound board. I’m hoping this can now last a […]

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Mac Woes

September 26, 2007

I was making some progress on the audio portion of the game and while cleaning up a sound file my PowerBook froze. More lower DIMM slot trouble. I had never looked up to see if this was a common problem, but found a petition for people with the same problem. This doesn’t seem to be […]

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New Web Platforms For Game Development

September 20, 2007

As my ADD would dictate, I have been thinking about what I’m going to work on after I finish my current project. My first thought was to work on a Multi-player Tetris game as described in an article on becoming a network programmer. Then there were two announcements that may change my mind. First, was […]

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