So again I’ve let the blogging slip, which is a real shame as I’ve enjoyed doing it! I can report that I’m still enjoying myself at univerisity and have started to make some proper programmes for my Computer Science Course including the one shown above, which takes information about fuel type, amount of tax time required and CO2 emissions and then provides a price based on the 3 factors.
The program starts by deciding which emission band the vehicle is in, the least polluting are in class AA and the most polluting are in class D, based on the fuel type selected by the user it then checks the price for a year and half year in each class for the type of fuel. Finally based on whether the user chose 6 months or a year it shows them a dialogue with information about their car and the amount of tax they have to pay, shown below.
This is the first program I had written using the Windows Presentation Foundation API and I must say it is a massive improvement over WinForms!
Other than making this and the previously mentioned Cinema Age Validation Program I have spent much of the weekend speaking the Jess on MSN and generally relaxing after a long hard week, its been a much needed break!
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I will start this post with an admission, as anyone who has even spoken to me on the topic of Apple Inc or any of their products will tell you I really really dislike the company, their ideology, their methods, their attitude and their products. None of it sits well with my thoughts and feelings about computing. This isn’t an anti-jobs thread though — I must admit I was shocked and saddened to hear of Steve Jobs death when I woke up this morning and I think it is a great loss to the computing world and the world as a whole in some regards.
Perhaps the things that are most important that Steve Jobs and Co have left us are the popularisation of WIMP interfaces (you’re most likely using one now to see this post) and the idea of Hard-Drive based Portal Media Players — known to you and me as the iPod. Products such as smartphones, tablets and even app stores are great but Microsoft got there first on all 3 counts, Apple really innovated with the iPod and with pushing WIMP style interfaces though.
In the regard of how Jobs desire for “grandma friendly” computing really helped to push it to the masses I think he succeeded in his aim of “making a dent in the universe” and both himself and apple will be remembered for a long time.
In happier news though for programming 1 today I went well beyond the expectation in one of my frees and completed a WinForms based cinema age validation programme, which I will make available for a (rather pointless) download soon 🙂
As im extremely tired after 5 hours of labs/lectures today I bid thee goodnight!
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