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Hey all.

*Checks the last time he posted* It has… been awhile since I last posted. Truth be told, nothing much has happened in that time. Work is still slow (and still searching for a web application development company that trains – I’m probably just looking at the wrong web sites) and all of that stuff.

I’ve got the base concepts of a standards-compliant static frontend layout down pat (XHTML 1.0 Strict), but my skills for the dynamic backend are… about as sharp as a bowling ball…

So, in the meantime, I’ve taken up learning Java along with ASP.NET (VB specifically), Ruby on Rails, and Django, as they seem to be, for lack of a better description, right up my alley. 🙂 I’ve been enjoying Java, and I will use it in the future, but I do have a partiality towards VB because it is the very first programming language I used.

Anyway, I’m just about finished with my book on Java and I can finally have a base understanding of its concepts – enough to move on to web application development entirely. Right now, I’m looking at Wicket for the web application framework that I’ll learn. I’ve also been looking at Hibernate for the database abstraction tool, but I’ve been reading some posts here and there that state that the concept of persistence (which Hibernate uses) is outdated and the caching technologies of various databases and lighter abstraction layers should take its place. It’s rather confusing, but it wouldn’t be programming if it wasn’t challenging to the mind!

On the flip side of the coin, for the free time that I do have, I’ve been replaying Diablo II: Lord of Destruction on the USEast realm. I’ve been watching Diablo III, and I think it’s going to be awesome once it’s finished (same for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm).

Anyway, that’s what’s up here – nothing too much!

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It’s been quite awhile!

Hey all, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted here – I’ve had a few, little distractions along the way. Basically, I’ve been playing catch up with all the games that I’ve not been able to finish.

Just wondering, is there anyone else out there who plays games for a period of time and just sets them on the shelf and picks them up about a year later to finish them?

In addition to gaming, I’ve also been working on my programming skills in VB.NET 2008. I’ve been working on a small word processor, and, eventually, a small office suite. Hopefully I’ll be able to put up the word processor soon enough (I’m about 85% finished with it).

Basically, I need to add the ability to “justify” text (something the RichTextBox *does not* have a HorizontalAlignment enumeration for), add the ability to insert images and tables (the former won’t be very difficult), and add bulleted and numbered lists. Once that’s finished, my word processor (which will make like word processor #1,234,567 on the Internet), will be ready. 🙂

I’m also hoping to support the .odt (Open Document) format that OpenOffice.org supports eventually.

Anyway, I hope to post more soon about all kinds of things. Thanks for reading!

*Taps microphone* Is this thing on?

So, if you are viewing this, which… I guess you are, then everything looks to be up and all.

I hope to post often about some random gaming things as well as goings on on the web about new technology for the web, and, as is in my blog subtitle, I also will post some completely random things from time to time.

Anyways, great to be here!