Even Longer This Time?


Yet again I can't believe it's been this long since I posted anything. I'm still doing my part-time degree at Bolton, including the current Semester I've got two years left to do so it finally feels like I'm getting somewhere.

Since my last post I've moved job, so I'm now teaching at K's school, much nicer kids, much better management (not that I'm biased or anything) and just a general feeling of niceness most of the time as opposed to the stress inducing horror that my last place was becoming. This time next week I'll be getting drunk at the Maths Conference again, with Paula, excellent!!!

The course is going well, still totally on the way to a First, although this Semester's Courses may scupper that. Software Engineering isn't bad, the Assignment is very doable, but it's group work, and you just never know if someone's going to let you down. I also have to give a Seminar as part of the assessment on one of a number of papers we've been given (mine's to do with Test Driven Development), a bit of a busman's holiday really for me. On Monday we've to participate in a Seminar given by AC and grade him using the criteria we're going to be using in the actual sessions.

I've just realised that I actually need to sort out my Seminar this week as I'm delivering it a week on Monday and I'm away next Friday-Saturday at the Maths conference. Unfortunately my other module this Semester is Professional Issues in Computing which seems to be one of those amorphous courses with nothing to get your teeth into, just a series of one off lectures which we have to write reports on and and submit. Plus another presentation, this time as a group (me, John C and Phil) on RFID.

For myself I've been playing with Common Lisp, it was just about starting to make sense, but I've got no time to carry on playing so I'll have to save that for the summer, along with sorting out a data entry system for TestAnalyser2. I also started thinking about what I'm going to do for my "Final Year" project, there are various things on the list related to GCSE Maths, plus a SIMS-alike system, and various Mathematical goodies (but with Gerard). At the moment I'm thinking along the lines of the GCSE Maths ones (it suggests using openGL although I might look to temper that with something like Qt4 or SDL) but I've still got another 12 months before I need to be starting that. But if I am doing something with that then that's another thing I can be playing with over the summer. Other possibilities for my project are to come up with something myself along the lines of a computerized mark book/planner (think TPIM in Visual C++.net 2005 Edition), or possibly the Mental Test Generator I was thinking of the other year.

Things I want to do:

Learn Common Lisp more thoroughly to the extent where I can produce something usable in it.

Learn C# (maybe Mono) and write some stuff in it.

Write the Test Database thing for School either in VC++.net 2005 or C#, connecting to an Access Database or an SQLite one. (The project we're doing for Software Engineering should be useful as it's quite similar in nature)

Write some form of Interactive Whiteboard/display tool so that I don't have to use Lynx anymore. I'm getting a Clever Board in my classroom at Easter apparently so I could do with having a go at this over the sunmmer if I don't want to be driven mad by Sahara Lynx constantly crashing.

Write a Tetris clone using SDL.

Write a Planner program using SQLite.

Even if I don't end up doing any of the above projects, there were still plenty of others to whet my fancy.

I've still to do Networking and Visual Programming 2 from my Level 2s, plus I want to do Advanced Databases and OOM2 at Level 3 although OOM2 only runs occasionally and knowing my luck they'll have moved it to Java.

Anyway I'm going to go now.

Bye