As an engineer, I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with project managers. On one hand, they’ve historically been the first (and most difficult) roadblock to me making the “right” changes to a system. On the other hand, they’ve typically been there to provide valuable insight that guides and shapes the systems I’ve worked on. For a while I wondered what life would be like without a project manager. I would be free to run at the things I thought were most valuable and implement them correctly while making my own time-to-market considerations. I wouldn’t have to spend countless hours in meetings discussing how I planned on implementing something and why it was the right thing to do to someone who didn’t fully understand what I was saying and mostly heard me asking for more time and more resources for less features. It sounded ideal.Continue reading “The trouble with project managers”
Let’s Play Bizio: Developer Edition 01
It’s been a long time coming but I’ve finally recorded the first demo of Bizio. In this half-hour special we’ll start a company with Will Smith, tackle an easy portfolio project, hire some employees, slash salaries, and so much more. Take a look, leave some comments, and get pumped because Bizio is moving along. I’ll continue producing videos more regularly to cover particular features as they are added and in a while we’ll do another playtesting demo. Enjoy!
Bizio Update 3: AI and Turn Actions
AI is such a broad term these days, but in Bizio it directly refers to the decision-making logic implemented for the non-human players in a game. You first need to understand the mechanics of a turn before you can understand how the AI leverages these mechanics to make decisions like a real human.
Bizio Update 2: Project Management
At this point in the project you might expect that things are organized, documented, and that we have a clear roadmap to completion. Unfortunately that is not the case, but it’s never too late to make a change for the better!
Bizio Update 1
Hey! The first update on the development progress for Bizio obviously can’t cover everything I’ve done up to this point but over time I’ll cover a majority of the functionality and inner workings.
Some Linq Tips
The purpose of this article, however, is to talk about Linq beyond the 101-level course. Linq is incredibly convenient and also introduces a few other programming concepts that can be applied elsewhere. This article will talk about some less well known extensions as well as the programming mechanisms used to take advantage of them. Here are a few of the things I’d like to cover:
- Count, Any, and All
A Robust INotifyPropertyChanged Implementation
- We need an implementation of the INotifyPropertyChanged interface to allow for data binding
- We need some safe and convenient syntax for calling the event handler for PropertyChanged
- We need to make this call thread safe
- We need to reduce the memory footprint of this call
- *BONUS* Can we factor a pattern out of our code?
Creating an Ideal Logging System
This is the first article I am writing and decided to tackle a fairly straightforward topic. Every application I’ve worked on that was larger than a proof-of-concept benefited from some form of logging. The problem always was one of the following:
- There was no logging system at all
- The logging system was cumbersome to actually use
- The logging system logged way too much information
- The logging system wasn’t used in the most critical areas
So the first point is going to be solved simply by reading this article. We are going to walk through creating a simple yet useful logging system that is extendible and solves the above problems. Without further ado, let’s begin!