A month? What happened to regular updates??

I know, put the cone hat of shame on me.. I haven’t been updating my blogs as regularly as I should… So what excuse do I have?? … hmm… well the only one I can come up with at the moment is that I dont own an ergonomic keyboard…. yeah, thats it! No comfort, no bonus typing.

Actually on a more serious note I think it is more of more work focus and less documentation focus. This is the culprit of many programmers, as there is a ton of good code, but only good practice of documenting will make that code useful to others. I know this isn’t very applicable to blog posts, but I feel that it also is a tie to motivation, and also getting in the habit of explaining what I have been up to and working on is an analog of sorts to documentation. So tonight I have spent some time organizing and rearranging my other blogs, also I want to score some points back by saying that I have been doing a good job of getting into the habit of adding comments upon SVN commits, SOOoo THERE! 🙂

Alright, I’m sure all of my readers (none) are interested in what I have been working on. It has obviously NOT been the zombie application, and although I did want to turn that into a mature application, I really never had a scope or true vision for it, besides ‘just because’ and a fun challenge. I know I have fallen victim to that sort of abandonment before, before you start throwing rotten vegtables at me, I would like to explain my newest product.

Yes I used the word product, but service or web application works just as well. The only reason I am blogging about this is because technically the website is in ‘alpha’ stage and is live without a domain lock… The reason for this is because I partook in a forum game of sorts called the “Progress Accountability Thread” where you post a goal, and supposedly everybody else on that forum will hold you to what your goal is… sort of like a motivation community, they expect you to get done, and will criticize you if you don’t! I feel that my motivation was pretty stable before signing up to this thread, but in all honesty it did help me get started on working maybe two nights… which is enough for me to say that is a substantial amount of help.

So quit stalling, what is it? Well it’s a website called www.PalmTell.com. It is a website designed to build an online community of palm readers, and palm submitters. To help clear the water, let me explain:

  1. A person freely signs up and into my site.
  2. They then take a picture of the palm of their hand.
  3. Using my website, they upload the picture.
  4. Once uploaded they will submit the picture for anybody in the website community to try and ‘read’ what they think the palm ‘means’
  5. The original submitter will then go through and vote on what they think the most accurate palm reading is.
  6. They then have the option to give feedback to the winning palm reader.

Now the winning palm reader earns a point and the optional feedback… eventually the really good palm readers will rise to the top and have high scores. From there, they can choose to charge for their professional palm reading skills. Because of their high amount of positive feedback and high votes, the potential customer will be reassured that if they pay for a reading, it will be of some worth.

Now anybody that signs up to the website can both submit and read other peoples palms, depending on what you prefer to do, it is up to you!

So where does this website sit as far as progress, what does ‘alpha’ mean? Well, I am still working on some core features, them being a few security holes (nothing to get your account stolen, just to ensure data is entered fairly), and a few more of the core functionality. These core items include: webcam support, as so it is much easier to submit pictures; user profile information, so people can view other peoples score and informaiton; and leader boards, so people can see who ranks higher as far as readers go. Honestly the leader board thing was added just now.. but it is a very important aspect that will have to be added eventually.

I have just reposted on the “Progress Accountability Thread” that I would have leader boards, webcam, and user profile pages by the end of this weekend. A fairly big push.. but I think I can manage. This does not mean beta, but instead it means one step closer to beta! Beta will come when I think the aesthetics are bearable, and I have all core features implemented, AND all of my known security holes patched. At that point beta will be declared and I will drop the link on facebook and start pushing it to be used by friends and family 🙂 … potential marketing too.. can’t forget the marketing!

One last note to keep in mind.. If there are actually any human readers to my site, that HAVE made it this far down with reading my huge blog post AND are actually willing to try my PalmTell site… Please keep in mind that durring the alpha stage, user account information will be subject to corruption or disappearing. There is still a bit of active database work that is happening behind the scenes.. and sometimes it is easier to just upload a new DB from scratch than try to convert the current database. Although I am working and shifting this practice to instead force myself to deal with live work (to prep for the future) sometimes it is inevitable. Don’t worry too much. If I do see user sign-ups I will most likely do everything in my power to preserve them accounts just because users are very exciting, and I don’t want to discourage anybody from coming back! 🙂

Ok, not to focus on more HTML, PHP, and MySQL

Update hopefully soon!

~Andy

Song of the minute “I Got It By: Gorilla Zoe ft. Big Block”

http://grooveshark.com/s/I+Got+It+feat+Big+Block+/2D29rn?src=5

Now you have me curious!

Ok, so all of this talk about a new project.. and dedicated time.. and secrecy. I’m sure you are just on the edge of your seat with anxiety! Well let me say again here that I do not have another Zombie update, nor will I disclose what the other project is… But I am making progress on it with leaps and bounds. I have 3 of the 6 elements almost all of the way complete now. “But you said you were half way done last time??” yeah I did say that, but the majority of work that I did was figuring out user authentication (hint: user accounts!)… But now that the large technical hurdles are out of the way, laying down this additional code is more of a trivial practice. So production is well underway! I have been fixing many bugs and adding even more features. I think my best option would be to add both a survey, and a report bug feature on the product when it reaches the rickety, yet functional state.. I will then throw the beta label on it and throw it to the masses. Back to the grind stone. No sleep tonight! I am gonna pump out a bit more code and then head up to work… to do more code pumping! 🙂 love life.

Song of the minute “Whiskey Hangover by: Godsmack”

http://listen.grooveshark.com/s/Whiskey+Hangover/2LA7pO?src=5

“What’s up man?”

Let me just start out by saying although I understand that all of you eagerly look forward to reading my blog (‘all of you’ consisting mostly of spam bots), I would like to state that I would like to be able to post more often for you. I am not neglecting this blog for the sake of torturing my readers or for lack of care. Because I do care, I have just been swamped with my day-job work. A two man team was dropped to a one man team when one of the lead developers quit and moved to the east coast. Well lets just say that when he left, he didn’t take the work that he was responsible for with him… Although he does maintain some of the open source libraries that he developed for the project, it isn’t the same not having that wing-man there during regular business days… So long story short, I have to work A LOT of overtime, ergo: very little personal time.

I will be upfront when I tell you that I have not developed on the Zombie application in some time. I will also say that it has been due to a lack of interest with other things distracting me. But to my defense the Zombie application was not a bread winner idea. It was strictly for fun and for show. I also did mention on earlier blog posts that I had a new idea and that idea I would be developing side-by-side with the Zombie applicaiton.

I will not disclose what this new idea is just yet, because I fear that this being the world wide web it will get discovered by someone browsing my blog for content (and not to just drop off spam) and (not so much steal) but parody my idea into their own… not cool. I have talked the idea over with family and friends, I would say there is a 70% acceptance rate which is ok but I believe that I am losing the other 30% because of poor conceptual conveyance. So how do you solve that issue?? Well you make the product of course!

My initial idea for a bread-winning website would indeed win bread, the only problem is there are many advanced technical hurdles that I would have to overcome for it to be successful… but as to not completely abandon the idea, I have devised a much simpler variant that I am in active development of. This trimmed application is not so much a bread winner, but more of… a cupcake winner, yet still worth pursuing. I have invested more than 4 straight days (spanned out of course) of development time on this project, and I am glad to say that I am very pleased with the progress. I do believe that with another 96 hours (4 days) worth of work I should have a semi-stable beta application that will be ready for initial dissemination. I do believe that the majority of the major technical challenges have been overcome and now it is just a matter of coding time before the project is tied together.

Again, I am sorry for the vagueness but until I reach beta-dissemination point I don’t want to broadcast the idea behind a currently vapor-ware product.

Talk to you later;

~Andy

 

Song of the minute “Old Man by: Redlight King”

http://listen.grooveshark.com/s/Old+Man/3zNTsg?src=5