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What have I been up to?

I haven’t posted since I received my results and felt it was time for an update.

Since I got back from Hull I’ve been working at my uncles company, Regtransfers.co.uk, who are the leading supplier of personal number plates. I’ve had several roles including contacting websites about Internet marketing opportunities, finding companies that have names relevant to number plates we own and want to sell and, most interestingly, a Windows Phone 7 application.

Regtransfers already have an iPhone application and a “HD application” for iPad as well as an Android app available on Google Play. My aim was to make an application that offered all the same functionality of the other applications:

  • Search for number plates
  • Select a number plate and choose options for the acrylic plate (Flag icon, border colour) and see both the front and back plates (white and yellow)
  • Make Enquiries about selected number
  • Buy selected number using secure form
  • Order the Regtransfers Magazine
  • View the Regtransfers Youtube Videos

I also added a twitter feed which is not present in the other applications since the company has started to have a bigger social media presence recently.

The application isn’t finished but below you can see some comparison between the WP7 application I developed and the iPhone version which was outsourced:

Windows  Phones vs iPhone plate search comparison
Windows Phones vs iPhone plate search comparison
Windows Phone vs iPhone build plate comparison (WP7 version incomplete)
Windows Phone vs iPhone build plate comparison (WP7 version incomplete)

As you can see, I’ve taken quite a native look putting a lot of emphasis on the simplicity and “flat look” Windows Phone users expect in their applications — though I’m not sure I’m entirely happy with the background at the moment — it looks nice but it can make some of the text a bit hard to read.

Here are some more images of the WP7 application

Home Page - Emphasizing Search
Home Page – Emphasizing Search
Order a magazine
Order a magazine
Twitter Integration
Twitter Integration
Enquire about a Plate
Enquire about a Plate

What else have I been doing? Well, I’ve realised I’m not back for long so I’ve been spending a lot of time with my friends, family and girlfriend. I’ve also done a bit of work on my brothers website and a few secret projects ill be announcing soon 😉

Danny

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Life University

Back in Hull

I’ve just got back to the Lawns after an eventful, fun 3 weeks at home in Dunstable. I did loads of cool stuff whilst at home — from climbing up The Clock tower of the Houses of Parliament (commonly, but incorrectly known as Big Ben) to going jousting and most important seeing my friends and family who I’ve missed.

I’m glad to be back though, It means I have 4 distraction-free days to get on with the work I’ve wanted to do over the holiday.

I’ll keep the blog up to date with what I’m doing over the remainder of this semester and of course the dreaded exam period!

Danny.

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University

A productive day

Today was a good day. It started with my first Quantitative methods for Computing Lecture with Dr. Li which was an introduction to Vectors and Matrices, two totally foreign concepts to me. However, I found them pretty easy to understand at the basic level at which we looked at them this morning.

After the QMfC lecture I had 3 hours of free time so I decided I would use it productively rather than go home and therefore I spent some time on my ACW1 and ACW2 for QMfC. ACW1 is a mathematics diagnostics test of a piece of software called Diagnosys (I see what they did there) —  to pass the module we need a pass mark of at least 40% in it by the end of the first 11 weeks of the semester. Today I finally beat that with a mammoth 41% :P. After this I then submitted my ACW2 which is a serious of logic questions we have been set over the past 3 weeks, starting off simple and ending in some pretty complex theories. (I still not sure I fully understand Logical Validity if I’m honest, choosing the premises is hard) I hope to get over 60% in both ACW’s by the end of week 11. For the remainder of the 3 hours I continued work on my Windows Phone 7 Application for Oracles ThinkQuest Competition which is coming along nicely.

My next lecture of the day was Computer Systems with Dr. Breyshaw, this was all about using logic to perform arthritic, finite state machines and the manufacture of registers on a modern Central Processing Unit. Dr. Breyshaw also took my last lecture of the day which was Programming 1 (Algorithms) which taught us about HEAPS and using them to sort as well as another sorting method called KY Merge which is used to sort two sorted lists into one in an efficient manner.

Since the end of my University day I have spoken to my family on Skype,  been practising mathematics with Jess’ help, registered to give blood and been working on my Windows Phone 7 Application for my Oracle ThinkQuest team. I have been having some difficulty in implementing a Database for which to hold data about the users purchases, however I hope to find out how to do this tomorrow at an event which is being hosted by Microsoft for University of Hull Computer Scientists interested in Windows Phone 7 Application Development, such as myself. Exciting Stuff. I shall post about how that goes tomorrow.

Thats all for now,
Danny.

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University

Friday/Saturday/Sunday

(Mum, Ruby, Dad and Michael at my new Flat at the Lawns in Cottingham)

Well, I havn’t updated this blog for a few days now, which I’m annoyed to say! So I’m going to cover the last 2 days — and today in one post.

Friday

Friday was an emotional night, my last one in my home town of Dunstable for at least a few months – the last time I’d see my family for around 6 weeks, and the last time I would see my girlfriend for at least 3 weeks. I was sad to say goodbye to the people who mean the most to me, but I know its necessary for me to go further with my education and hopefully have a better life as a result, and have good fun whilst I’m at it!

My family and Jess were obviously upset too, which I found hard to deal with as I love them so!

Saturday

My Computer Set Up at The Lawns
My Computer Set Up at The Lawns

Saturday I woke up at around 7:30 to get my final packing sorted and the last few pieces into the car, about 45 minutes later we set off from Dunstable to Cottingham a village just outside the City of Hull where my student accommodation is situated. The journey took us from 8:15 till 11:30 including a stop for a Burger King breakfast, which was good going on the travel front and tasty on the food front!

I then proceeded to meet the warden and get a key from my room, as well as get my stuff out of the car and move in. Within minutes of saying my goodbyes to my family I was chatting to another Computer Scientist and a chemist who were staying on the same floor as me, which was nice. I invited them in for a drink and we started chatting.

Later our entire block went to dinner together, which was nice and we had Pie, chips and new potatoes! A Right northern meal, which was wicked (and came with the northern delicacy– gravy) ! An hour or so after dinner we met our ‘freshers parents’ — two students from the year above who were to show us around, tell us the rules and then escort us to Asylum, the hull student union night club. Clubbing isn’t really my thing so I sat in the beer garden with a few friends I’ve made. It was great fun.

I came home around 12 because I was so tired from such a busy day and I wanted to chat to Jess, which I enjoyed. As soon as i hit my bed I fell asleep, which was a pleasant surprise compared to my normal insomnia.

Sunday (Today)

Today I woke up around 9:30 and just chilled in my room on my own for a few hours to catch a breather from the constant pounding of information I’ve had since I got here. At 11:30 I met up with my friend Sean who also went to Queensbury Upper School with me in Dunstable, and was in my AS/A2  Business class – we went to the Freshers Fair – which is basically a tent full of companies advertising themselves by giving you free stuff. Wicked.

I got:

  • A DVD of Public Enemies (from Microsoft for playing higher or lower and getting 8 right!)
  • A free half chicken at Nandos (for playing higher or lower and getting it WRONG)
  • Loads of leaflets
  • Dominos promotional stuff
  • A big wall chart with all of HUU’s events for the year!
Later I’m going to go to an acoustic night at the Student union, which will be fun and I’m going to get a relatively early night due to the fact my course starts at 9:30 and it lasts till 5 with only an hours break! Intensive first day or what!?
Anyway, thats all for now
Danny.