take a break

Running into issues...

I have been trying to do these concentrated development sessions over the last couple of weeks. Today is the final session that I have booked off my day job.

Last week I also took Friday off with the hopes of getting some good development work done. Instead of getting some good development work done I spent most of the time getting WinXP installed on my development system because the adware/spyware crap that was infesting my W2k install was driving me nuts. So now I have XP installed on my development system and things have cleared up (for now).

I have run into a roadblock with respect to RaceAnalyzer development. I have changed the way I have the wxFrame set up in the app. Now I have a wxPanel inside the wxFrame. The problem with doing this is that I don't know how to pass file/filename information from the wxFrame to the wxPanel so I can get the file contents dumped into the wxTextCtrl that lives on the wxPanel. I am going to try a couple of ways to do this later today/this weekend so I might have some more status to report later.

Later I also want to comment on how this experiment with these concentrated development sessions worked. There were a couple of reasons I wanted try taking some time off my day job to do these development sessions. One reason was just to see if I am actually cut out for independant work or if I really need the structure of going into an office and working with other people. Another reason was that I just wanted to get moving on getting something developed and I had a couple of ideas (RaceAnalyzer is one and I am still working on getting a new website launched) that I wanted to devote some time to.

Anyway, I will continue these thoughts later today or over the weekend.
category: Development posted on Friday October 28, 2005 at 11:59:49 by: 0xCC

Not quite as planned

This past weekend didn't quite go as planned. I was expecting to have m's family over for Thanksgiving (which is in October in Canada) on Saturday and then on Sunday go to my family's house. What ended up happening was m's family came on Monday and we spent Saturday getting ready for Sunday and Monday (as well as Monday morning). So the net effect of this was that I lost one of my planned concentrated development days. I am going to see if I can pick that up this weekend coming up.

Today was the first of two days off for me this week and was also the first development day of the 'weekend'. As I did last weekend I planned to spend 5 hours (7 am to 12 noon). I did about 50-60% of what I had hoped to do. The weekend activities really took a lot out of me and I basically needed a day to recover. So I did get a little bit done but not as much as I had hoped.

I am starting to think that I might drop wxPython for Race Analyzer. I can't seem to figure out how to do what I want to do with wxPython (although this probably more than likely an issue with me rather than wxPython). I can't figure out how to pass information from a wxFrame to a wxTextCtrl on a wxPanel. I know this must be possible but I have yet to figure it out.

Anyway, things didn't go quite as planned today (or this past weekend for that matter) but I still managed to get a little bit done. Tomorrow is another day off and I will be trying really hard to stick to that 7am to 12 noon timeline. I think I will be spending more time on the new website (and maybe even this one) tomorrow and I might even drop some hints about it here tomorrow depending on how things go.
category: Development posted on Tuesday October 11, 2005 at 15:24:51 by: 0xCC