Aug 122010

I’ve been pretty motivated lately to try to make some positive changes in my life.  Given the opportunity to attend a game developer’s job fair, put together by the awesome Jim Rivers from Obsidian Entertainment, I’ve decided to be a little more proactive regarding the development of my career as a Software Engineer in the game industry.  With approach of the job fair (that took place yesterday) I decided to implement some much needed updates to my personal website.  Prior to my changes my website wasn’t much more than a skeleton.  I had some pretty non-critical content, including some social networking and gaming references but there wasn’t really any kind of content that describes what I do for a living or my skill set as a programmer.  That has all changed.  I’ve got a pretty accurate depiction of my last 2 years working as a programmer at Quicksilver and I’ve got some of my game reviews and tutorials posted as well.  There is still room for improvement, however, and I hope to continue making these improvements to the website until I have at a place where I’m satisfied with the message it puts out there for the internets at large.  Feel free to check out the main site ( and let me know what you think.  Thanks for reading.

Nov 032009

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. To be honest I haven’t had too much spare time lately as I have picked up some more hours at work since I am the main programmer on an application we are developing. Not to worry, however, I still find some time to program on the side and fill my brain with various technical programming knowledge… but not necessarily enough time to blog about it. =)

I recently upgraded to an iPhone, and I must say, it is awesome. I’m in app heaven! I think I read somewhere that Apple just broke 100,000 apps on the iPhone which is a pretty monumental task; great for consumers, not so great for us developers trying to make a buck in that market. Flooded much?

Anyway, in my travels I found a pretty nifty wordpress plugin called xili-theme-select by xiligroup. xili-theme-select allows you to create a theme for your wordpress blog that is tailored for viewing on the iPhone. I gave it a try with my Suffusion theme and found it to work quite well on the iPhone. Instead of the blog blowing up the iPhone screen, it fits very nicely within the constraints of the iPhone window. I suppose it isn’t ideal viewing a technical blog on an interface as limited as the iPhone, but it looks a lot cleaner now than it did previously.

It’s pretty straightforward to install as well.  All you need to do is visit the plugin page and follow the simple installation instructions:

  1. Upload the folder containing xilithemeselect.php and language files to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory,
  2. Upload a specific theme for iPhone with a folder named as current theme + extension “_4touch” but don’t activate it as usual.
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress,
  4. Go to the dashboard settings tab – Xilitheme select – and adapt default values if necessary.

After that you’re pretty much set.  You can tailor the theme placed in the special “_4touch” folder to your specific needs and desires for users that will be viewing your blog on the iPhone.  Its simple to do and allows for better exposure to new readers.  Sweet huh?

Well, that ends this post.  Check back later for more development goodness.  Thanks for reading!

Sep 162009

I’ve been studying some PHP here and there by reading the PHP manual ( online.  I’ve been mostly learning, or rather, acquainting myself with Javascript at W3schools (

Thus far, I am really quite pleased with how similar javascript is to C family languages; in particular C++ and C# as I have had the most experience with both of them.  I’ve been blazing through the examples at w3schools and am itching to get my hands dirty with some javascript.  I will, however, move on to some PHP programming before I begin anything big regarding the construction of the main site.

For now, I think I’ll stick to the learning and maybe work on some preliminary or concept design work on the look of the main page in regard to navigation of the site.

Thanks for reading!