Microsoft certification

Last month I finished my second exam [70-562] – this means I’m now an MCTS in developing ASP.net Web Applications(hurrah!), unfortunately I have to print my own certificate (boo!).

I got quite a lot out of reading through the self paced training kits – though they’re DULL AS HELL, and full of errata. Lots of little unknown unknowns in my knowledge of C# and ASP.net got patched, and I learnt quite a bit about stuff I have never come across in my job or in my spare time.

The big downside to taking the examinations is the interface you’re forced with using – it’s bloody awful. Lack of mouse-wheel enabled scrolling of the question and answers, 800×600 resolution, no option to switch mouse buttons for lefties (minor point but still, it was a bit frustrating), and a strange UI behaviour where, if you click a radio button of a selected answer, it deselects it! – so my belt&braces OCD make-sure-I’ve-clicked-my-correct-answer method caught me out a few times. Despite the unnecessary hurdles, I made it through – seriously Microsoft, fix the interface.

Project-wise, I’m currently working on a top-down multiplay zombie shooter – Its in it’s infancy at the moment but you can find some early screen-shots on the Daybreak project webpage.

Legume is on hold for the meantime – it’s not dead – unlike zombies – which are.

 

legume 0.1 released: easy_install ‘legume’

It’s been a few months in the making, but now legume has gotten to a point that I thought it worthy of a 0.1 release. The basic feature-set is complete, so it’s in a usable state, that is if anybody can be be faced with using it yet, as at the moment there’s very little (read: nothing) in the way of documentation or user guides.

The release is available via pypi or google code, and I think that softpedia has already snapped it up.

As for the name: “It’s not a nut, it’s a legume! phew!” (Ricky Gervais, Animals).