June 13th, 2014

I'm still happy about my game console choice

Firstly Microsoft, which had loads of great games on show. I’m really excited about Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It will be great to replay Halo 2 in HD. It’s a bit of a shame there’s no graphical upgrade to Halo 3, it will look the most dated compared to the other games. It’s interesting to see multiplayer for every game included. I’m hoping they will combine the playlists into one, which would be awesome. With over 100 maps, you would rarely get a repeat. Not sure it’s going to happen though. Sunset Overdrive looked great. I think it will play better than it demos. Looking forward to that one. CoD: Advanced Warfare was unfortunately very boring. It’s a shame considering how they said this game was supposed to be a big change. MORE

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May 16th, 2014

Building my first Android app

One of my modules this last semester was ‘Mobile Devices and Applications’. For our coursework, we were tasked to make an m-Health app for Android which would allow people to perform ‘mini game’-like tasks to assess how alcohol affects cognition. Users can test themselves while drinking alcohol and compare their performance to a baseline established while sober. The app was called ‘Amulet’ and includes 3 different tasks for the user to test themselves with, a drink diary to keep track of units consumed, and a unit calculator. MORE

April 19th, 2014

What 343i missed in Halo 4 that could benefit Halo 5

I’ve been replaying Halo 4 recently, and while I’ve really enjoyed it, I also thought about what was missing in 343 Industries first go at the Halo saga. Things that Bungie really got right most of the time. So here are five points I think 343i should pick up on. MORE

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March 16th, 2014

How to make a progress spinner in WPF

So recently I’ve been working on the search functionality in PascalDE. Unlike most text file searches, which just let you click through ‘Find Next’ to go to each instance of the search term, the search in PascalDE will show you the results in context as a list. This makes it easier to find what you’re looking for. I also found you could search for something like ‘procedure’ and it would give you a list of every procedure in your program with names (useful for quickly navigating your program). I’ve also implemented autocomplete into the search, making it quicker to search for a variable/type or reserved word etc. MORE

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March 4th, 2014

An update on PascalDE

Progress on my 3rd Year Project (a Pascal IDE) has been coming along nicely. Since my first post about it, the UI has been tweaked and features have been added. The screenshot above shows a new Start screen that is presented to the user on startup. Adding a Start screen gives useful options to the user, and the main window is loaded in the background, making it appear faster to open. A feature I like about the Start window is the recent files list. Each tile has a thumbnail of where in the code you last saved, and when the file is opened you can pick up right where you left off. MORE

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