Tuesday, 19 May 2009

CabControl Project

I have just finished a project for the HND I have been studying for in the evenings through De Montfort Uni. The project was a year long module similar to a normal dissertation.

My project was based upon a mock Taxi Firm that required a management application to track Accounts, Taxis and their drivers. All in all the project went well. I started off with a lot of ideas about what I wanted to do for it but as time crept up on me I found that I had to cut out some of the functionality that I would have liked.

One piece of functionality I was able to keep in was the tutorials for the product which can be accessed through a browser form in the application (the app had to be Win Forms). The browser plugin looks to a page I created on Google Sites to accompany the project. To be honest neither the site or the vids are great but I did it more as an example of what can be done. Alternatively I could have embedded Windows Media players into forms to do a similar thing but with a browser it means I can always update the tutorials even when the application is deployed.

The site I created is here should anyone like to take a look. There are better quality SWFs at the bottom of the page and some of the videos talk about some of the benefits of C#, using ORMs and a couple of other things. -> http://sites.google.com/site/cabcontrolinc/Home

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

New Books

I have a ridiculous amount of books about computers including hardware, software design, HCI and much more but have two books on the table at the moment which I feel are probably going to be some of the most important books I need to read to help in my career as a developer.

They are:
Domain Driven Design - Eric Evans

Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture - Martin Fowler

Obviously this is just my opinion at the moment. I thought it might be a good idea to blog about the books as I am reading them. Maybe it will help sink in what I am reading. So that is what I am going to do!

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