Tag Archives: programming

  • Interview Number 1 – The Software Engineer

    Welcome to this months blog entry. As I promised last month, I would like to give some insight into how engineers view their own profession, and what kind of things to expect if you chose a career in software engineering yourself. So I’ve asked a friend of mine to be my interviewee…

    ME : Give us some background to who you are and what you do.

    Eng : Well, I’m a software engineer at a large video  games company. I’ve been working in this position for 2 years here at this company, and 3 years before that I worked at another video games company. I am currently a level 2 Software Engineer which basically means I have enough experience to take charge of designing and implementing features on a game. I am working on a title that I’ve been working on for a year. It is due for release next year,and will ship on PS4 and Xbox one. The title will also have other spin-offs, such as a free to play mobile title, and some web site tie-ins also.

    ME: Why did you enter the Software Engineering field ?

  • Step 2 of your I.O.T. Project – Setting up the Raspberry Pi 3 for the Weather Station

    Welcome back. In the last post we were half way through putting together an I.O.T. system. Let’s recap on things first. The idea behind the Internet Of Things (I.O.T.) is to allow small electronic devices to connect to the internet. It is supposed to be a quick and easy way to take any electronic device networked. The power behind this is obvious, allow anybody with a small cheap device to create data, post it to some kind of web service, then use this data from either the device that created the data itself, or allow any other web connected device to utilize the data, including simple web pages via web browsers.

    Some quick examples are a :

  • The Cloud and The Internet of Things (IoT)

    The new exciting technology that seems to be here to stay is IoT. Have you heard of it ? If not you’ll soon be using it without even knowing it’s here, or there, or everywhere. and believe me it will be everywhere. It is the only, truly omnipresent technology. Before I start discussing what on Earth it is though, it’s worth noting that if you are embarking on a career in Engineering, you must become a Zen master at the art of the T.L.A. The ironic thing about T.L.A.’s is they are Three Letter Acronyms themselves, and the irony is the self-describing quality of this oft coined term. Today’s Blog T.L.A. then is I.o.T. There will be a little mention on A.W.S. also, actually I think I will summarize…

    I will be looking at how we can use a M.K.R. M.C.B. as an I.o.T. device, talking to A.W.S. using U.D.P. Got it ? O.M.G.

  • Always strive for self-improvement

    As an engineer, your future can be blessed with working on profound,maybe even life changing technology. That is,of course,if that is what you want  your career to be! You might find yourself working on the latest pandemic iPhone App, the most hotly awaited virtual reality based video game, an Earth shattering AI algorithm capable of predicting the next stock market crash, or even a defense shield for weapons of mass destruction. The future could be filled with exciting and rewarding opportunities, let’s hope so ! But take a step back.How do you make sure whilst creating such imperative, progressive applications and services, that you are producing the highest quality of work that you can ?

  • Software Engineering – First Steps – Learning to Code

    As I discussed in my last blog entry, there are two main areas in Computer Engineering, Software and Hardware. I thought it would be good to start a discussion today with the area that I know best,Software Engineering.Since the age of 9,when my parents first bought me an Atari 400 home computer (back in 1980 !), I’ve been learning to code.The 400 was a behemoth in it’s day,having a flat membrane keyboard, an 8 bit CPU with 8 KB RAM,and you had to use a detachable cartridge with BASIC on it to even program it to do anything.Those first years gave me the basic concepts of programming that still hold true today in the world of declarative or functional programming.I’ve been programming now for over 25 years, in many different languages,for many different applications,and I can say with all honesty that if you learn one language,it’s not too hard to transfer those skills on to the next.So it doesn’t really matter which language you learn (as long as it’s one of the more popular ones), it will teach you valuable concepts that will be applicable to most other languages.With that in mind, What are the languages to learn to program ? And what are the strengths and weaknesses of them all ? Obviously,there are many modern computing languages,most of which are free to download the compiler or the run time engine for, and most are also easy to learn. If you want to learn to code there are 4 good languages to start with. Let’s discuss the history of what are known as C based programming languages.

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