It's been a while.
I've been working as a part-time game developer. I'm using the Havok Engine for an MMO called Embers of Caeruswhich at this time is a volunteer position. If funding gets approved who knows if I'll be offered a full-time position since I'm not sure where the main office will be located in the U.S. or not. It's some nice experience and gives me something fun to do.
Ruby (Rails), Python and Java is really what I've been messing with on my own time. I've done a couple of sites in Rails, a couple of stupid Android Apps for my kids to keep up with the "in crowd" of development. I wish there were more companies around Green Bay that would examine their I.T. and use the right tool for the job instead of forcing it with .NET or RPG. Even then I don't know a decent sized company up here yet that has implemented .net 4.0 let alone writing some Rails site!
I really am into the NO_SQL movement. I've used ORM's in the past, but I've worked with Entity Framework 5.0 in VS2012 and I really like the automation it provides especially for decent databases. I created a little project to hold stock market data and I thought I would give VS12, SQL12 and EF5 a run through it's paces. Compared to what I'm doing in my day job it was so nice to have the db created, the models/mapping created and the calls ready to get and set data ready for my use. It makes me cringe each time I write my mapper class at my day job (even though it is abstracted as far as I can take it).
Speaking of Python, I have a cool idea for a game. I was looking at the Pixar python 3D engine. My daughter is a budding artist and I thought she could learn to use Maya or a similar tool to create my objects and I would exercise my Python muscles more. Heck Python works for Eve Online I guess I could try it!
Cover design for the Refactoring 2nd Ed
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