9. January 2011 14:26
As a professional developer, I have been writing programs for my personal use for years. However just this last year I realize that I would be better served if I would use the same disciplines personally that I use professionally. Therefore, earlier this year I started using the same disciplines for my personal projects that I use professionally. The results were that it would take me longer to have something working, but it was a much better quality product (fewer bugs, easier to change). In general, all the things I know professionally to be true are even true on small projects. As I stated in my previous blog, I am creating some software for Prince William Special Olympics. For this project, I am going to try to use good software practices. I will also chronicling this project on my blog.
19. December 2010 22:30
For many years now I have been involved with Prince William Special Olympics(PWSO). My youngest son is Autistic and Special Olympics have been such a great organization for him that I decided to get involved. Over the last couple of years, I have set up their web site using DotNetNuke, auto generating reports using the Open XML framework, etc. I have for the last couple of months begun to work on what we’re calling the Prince William Special Olympics Information Management System (not a very original name, in fact I think I need one of those catchy Microsoft codenames). I have begun collecting requirements for the first phase which is to manage our Volunteers. At the end of the project I am hoping to make it open source and have available to the community. It may be something that the various “give camps” may have an interest in.