My name is Tim Roadley and I’m a ‘married-with-child-self-professed-IT-nerd’. I do computer stuff for both work and play. I work for an Australian financial services company called Cuscal where I’ve gone through the ranks as Desktop Support, Server Support, Senior Server Support,Team Leader and now Infrastructure Manager. 11 years through and it is way too interesting to give up, even though heaps of people say that’s too long to be in one place. Cuscal have an enormous company changing project going on right now that is awesome to be immersed in every day, especially to have my name all over many design aspects.
A couple of years ago I released a public website called AskEarn.com. The idea of the site was to try to give back to people who help others on question forums. The way that was supposed to happen was for someone with an issue to put up a $10 bounty on a question (any topic). Whoever could solve that question to the askers satisfaction would receive $5 and the question solution would then be locked. Others could then pay $5 to unlock, split royalties from that going to the asker and solver. Unfortunately I had to shut down the site due to the expense of running a merchant account, which is required in Australia for accepting credit card payments online. While the site may not have been a great success it was a large driver for learning database and web site design from the ground up. AskEarn was essentially a custom-built forum with a secure payments section. The ‘from scratch’ sql web development I now re-use and customise for any purpose that presents itself.
One of the main beneficiaries of this new-found ASP/SQL coding has been my work. Our team now has a real-time portal we use every day. The job of our Infrastructure team is to ensure that all systems Cuscal runs are performing at their best. If issues occur, or are going to occur, we need to know ASAP so we can react. The portal not only has hooks into many databases for real-time information, it also has procedures, wiki, team contacts, a knowledge-base etc.
ASP/SQL coding is fun, however it’s got nothing on iOS coding. iOS is the operating system used on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The language is Objective-C, which is object oriented C code. By the way, you can still use normal C or C++ code in objective C if you like. I’ve been learning Objective-C for over a year now and have released an iPhone game ‘iHeals’ in that time. It’s certainly no Angry Birds that’s for sure! Regardless, as long as I’m having fun and learning at the same time I don’t see it as a waste of time at all.
More recently I’ve been delving into Box2D. What is Box2d you ask? It’s the reason Angry Birds is so awesome – physics. Now box2d is written in C++ code so to start mucking around with it I had to write a ‘wrapper’ for it. I’ll explain that in a how-to one day. Hopefully someone points me to a wrapper someone has already written, I can’t help but feel I’m re-inventing the wheel. (EDIT: I am, it’s called CCBox2D, that”s now on the to do list to look in to).
Anyway I think that’s enough for my ‘About Me’ post. Now it’s time to get on to some proper articles.
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