Monthly Archives: April 2009

A New Laptop

I’ve been meaning to get a laptop for a while.  One might say that I don’t need another laptop.  After all, I do have five already. Of course, all five of these have bad hard drives.  The newest one is seven years old.  One has a blown motherboard.  One lacks a power supply.  One has […]

Studying For The 70-503 Exam

On to the next one… this time it’s the .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Communication Foundation exam.  The study guide for this one seems pretty dry and repetitive so far. It might just be that I have less experience with WCF than I did with the other exam subjects, but so far this one is requiring […]

Passed The 70-561

I took and passed the Microsoft 70-561 exam today and how have the “MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5 ADO.NET Applications” certification. This exam was incredibly hard, and I didn’t obliterate like I did to the previous two.  A score of 700 was required to pass and I picked up a 768. The study book for the […]

The Harpers

Believe it or not, before this year I had never read any of the novels in the Forgotten Realms series. I had always been more of a fan of Dragonlance. Lately I’ve started reading The Harpers series. I started because I read and enjoyed the Dark Sun novels by Troy Denning. Since he wrote the […]

Even Weirder Character Names

As if the random name generator from a week ago wasn’t goofy enough, I’ve created a version with umlauts, accents, and all manner of weird-ifying characters added to the mix. Try it here: Odd character name generator. Expect some extremely unpronounceable names.

Random Character Name Generator

I wrote a random character name generator in Python today. It’s HERE at Xangis.com. The system used is: 1. Roll a d6. 1-3 = consonant (1d20). 4-5 = vowel (1d6 with ‘y’ counting as a vowel), 6 = end name. 2. Names must be at least 3 characters long, ignore a roll of 6 if […]

Zone Data Encapsulation Complete

Zone data encapsulation is complete now.  It was a long, tedious process, but it’s all for the greater good. Last time the code was Fx-Copped, It ran 778,249 checks and found 10,850 issues.  This time, it ran 865,441 checks and found 10,370 issues.  It’s an improvement, but not a huge one. We now have the […]

Studying For The 70-561 Exam

Finished one exam, on to the next now.  The upcoming target is the Microsoft 70-561 exam, “Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 ADO.NET Application Development”. I’m already a fair way into the book, and it looks like I shouldn’t have too much trouble wrapping my head around the material.  There are a few things I haven’t really […]

Passed The 70-505 Exam

Over the weekend I took and passed the Microsoft 70-505 certification exam and now have the “MCTS: .NET 3.5 Windows Forms Application Development” certification.  It was far harder than I expected, but I still ended up with a score of 914 (passing score was 700).

Encapsulation of Zone Data 80% Complete

Just a progress report — things are moving along slowly but steadily and it shouldn’t take all that much longer to finish data encapsulation for the zone data classes.

Pulled Over by FxCop

I ran FxCop against the Basternae source for the first time today. It ran 778,249 checks and found 10,850 issues. While some of these really are design flaws, some minor and some serious, many of them are not applicable to this project, such as the security declarations and assembly signing. Here’s how I break down […]

Halfway Through Encapsulation

You have passed the halfway point and are nearing your next codebase. There’s a lot to do, but I’m halfway through encapsulating all of the data for the zone classes.  This will give us the power to validate data before assigning it to a variable and will help us reduce the number of boundary checks […]