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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January 29th, 2014

On the discussion of window chrome

My friend Danny and I were discussing whether or not you should use a custom window chrome on your desktop programs. We both have the same subject for our third year projects, and this issue came up when we were talking about my custom window border in PascalDE. It’s a bit picky and some might not see it as an argument at all, but I want to share why it does have an importance in some cases. MORE

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January 24th, 2014

Introducing a new Pascal IDE

It’s been a long time since my last blog post, sorry about that. As you can imagine, university work has been a lot more intense in the last year of the course. There is one thing I can now show you - my third year project. MORE

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November 8th, 2013

I've played an Xbox One

GAME held Xbox One lock-ins across the country this month, and one of them was in Hull. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to play an Xbox One before launch so I reserved a place for me and my friend Danny. MORE

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September 21st, 2013

Podcasts and iOS 7

As you might have guessed from my Cheap Ass Gamer app, I like to listen to podcasts a lot. Usually when I’m doing something mundane like washing clothes, making food or before bed. I use my iPod touch for podcasts because iTunes is (or was) actually quite good at being a reliable hub for podcasts and the Music app is (or was) quick and simple to use. I’m saying ‘was’ because iOS 7 removed the feature to play podcasts from the Music app, and we now have to put up with the terrible Podcasts app they haphazardly developed and left to die (To be fair, it is better now than when it was first released). There is absolutely no valid reason for this. Everyone had a choice in iOS 6, install the app and it functioned as your place to play podcasts, or don’t install it, and keep using the Music app, no problem. Apple haven’t even been bothered updating the UI of the podcasts app to the new iOS 7 scheme, and it’s not installed by default. It appears they just don’t care. MORE

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