Language overload

Man, I’m concurrently working in three different languages, and it really mucks me around. Right now I’ve been writing Java, C#, and Haskell code. Given my work style of spending a little time on each problem and then moving to the next (I’m a closet ADD ), I’m often wondering what the code I wanna write should look like. Even worse, I’m writing Haskell code in eclipse, my usual Java IDE, and reading Java code in Visual Studio, my usual C# IDE. At least I’m still using Eclipse for Java I guess….
Mental note for future: One language at a time….if possible (unlike this situation I currently find myself in, which are lecturer imposed).

Jo.

Intro to my research

This year my degree, as Rowan said, has basically changed from ‘Software Engineering’ to ‘Software Documentation’. I am living within my preferred text editor, writing case precis/analysis, reports on programming languages, work reports about my summer work, and research proposals.

On the topic of research, I found an article online yesterday that is really cool. It’s here:

http://www.marketcontours.com/techblog/plugin-architecture

Yes, it is a rather geeky topic, but if anyone wants to understand what I’m doing, that gives a relatively good introduction, if you know the basics of eclipse or the RCP aspect of eclipse. The document gives all the benefits of why I’m doing this for my research.

My research is titled “Refactoring Centruflow Into Patterns”. So, Centruflow is an application I develop, refactoring means making changes whilst still maintaining the same public interface (generally), but what does the “into patterns” part mean?

It means presently the Centruflow code base is using very few of them, and I want more and better. Right now Centruflow is like MS Word in code design – it’s one gigantic system. I want it to become a plugin system, looking more like the Eclipse application, which is entirely built up of separate bundles of code, or plugins.

Once again, the benefits are listed on the articles page, but for me it seems to be a way to improve code quality, and that’s very important if I want this system to work into the future.

Ah well, I think my discussions my be getting a bit outside the scope of what spaces.msn is for , so I think I’ll leave it there.

First day

Well, Microsoft were here today. They gave a presentation to anyone that wanted to come along, which was all very good. Lots of stuff given out, and plenty of interest.
So much so in fact that the lecturers asked the presenters to do the presentation again in their lecture times. Therefore, we did another presentation in the afternoon to all first year engineering and technology students. Tomorrow we are presenting to all second years doing these courses.
This is likely to mean we will cancel the afternoon presentation for tomorrow, so don’t presume that it is on. If you want to come along, you may as well (if you can) come along to the 159.201 lecture at 9 tomorrow in the refectory down in the Arts area of Massey. Yes, 9AM on a Friday – how dedicated are you? Tell me you read this and we’ll sort you out a prize if you aren’t a second year
Cool,
Jonathan.

Microsoft vists begin

Tomorrow and Friday Paul and entourage from Microsoft will be at Massey. Do come along. It’s important to me: All Microsoft posters were ripped down almost instantaneously after being put up, and I think Microsoft would rather present to people rather than an empty room.
I can only summise that people really like Microsoft (or me), and want a Microsoft poster (or one with my handwriting on it) to put up at their own place. Thats understandable, but imagine how much better getting free Microsoft stuff would be, and learning about the stuff Microsoft is doing this year for us (or alternatively….meeting me…..bah…who am I kidding )
So, those places and times again:
Thursday, 16th March, AH2 from 11am to 12 noon.
Friday, 17th March, AH3 from 1pm to 2pm
See you there,
Jonathan

Finally, MS dates for Massey

I’ve finally got times and places arranged for the Microsoft presentations at Massey. They are:
Thursday, 16th March, AH2 from 11am to 12 noon.
Friday, 17th March, AH3 from 1pm to 2pm
Posters will be up next week.
See you there,
Jonathan Giles.