Source control is bread and butter for web developers, however not so much for SQL developers and other business people. One of my goals for the coming year is to get the whole of my team using source control processes. Continue reading
You have probably like me almost forgotten about this blog. Life has got in the way over the last few months, but lets see if I can restart my blogging habit.
In 2017 I want to start a side project for a few reasons. I want to improve my coding skills and look at things I wouldn’t normally during my day job.
I have been trying to decide what to build. The actual project doesn’t matter too much, it is the techniques I use during build that matters the most. I would like something that I can start off as a windows app and then extend onto the web or mobile apps.
I started off thinking about a Rubik’s cube app, however my initial coding has lead me to believe it is probably too complex for my first app.
Last year I spent an evening looking at Connect 4 during a York Code Dojo session. I think this should be complex enough that I can code some logic to efficiently solve the game, however not too complex I get defeated before building too much.
So far I have built a console app that displays via Console.Write() commands, a grid to represent the game, with 0 meaning empty, 1 red and 2 yellow etc. I am currently working on the logic to solve the game, once I have that in a good state I can extend into a winforms app, into a web (MVC most likely) app and finally a mobile app (I have no knowledge about how to do this yet, but something I would like to try one day).
Over the last few days I listened to .NetRocks where they discussed Progressive Web Apps. This sounds like a great challenge for me to aim for. A progressive Web App is a website that automatically detects various properties to give you an app that runs well whatever the state of your internet connection and whatever browser you are in.
I have lots to learn but I can split it down into small sections and I can build something that demonstrates some of my skills.