Category «Development»

Interviews – what are you looking for

Since making the transition from developer to management, I’ve given a lot of interviews.  Both at my last job, Mitel, and my current one, NorthStar Utilities.  This has made me think a lot about the qualities I look for in a new hire, and how much it has to do with the role I’m trying to fill.  I tend …

Daggerfall: Aldingwall Explore

A little while back I read about the Daggerfall Tools for Unity project.  This made me really happy because I’ve been playing with unity for a few months now and really like how now I have access to all of Daggerfall’s assets to make some more fun games.  I’ve created a quick demo to allow you …

Bouncing Balls for Babies – Windows

I have ported Bouncing Balls for Babies to the Windows 8 store. You can download see it by clicking the Windows Store button below the screenshot. It has actually been on the windows app store for about a month, but I ran into some difficulties because it was listed in Russia, South Korea, and a …

Bouncing Balls for Babies available for Web

Bouncing Balls for Babies is now available to play through this website! Click here to go play it. You’ll need to install the Unity web player (which is a small, quick deployment). My next goal will be to get this on either the Amazon store or the Windows store.  Let me know if you’d prefer …

Bouncing Balls for Babies – Android

    It would mean a lot to me if you would install this game (there are NO ads, it request NO access to your information and it is FREE), then give it a rating and review on the play store. After about 40 hours or so of development, I’ve completed Bouncing Balls for Babies.  I’ve …

New Unity Space Shooter

In a bid to learn Unity, I decided to start making a game that mimics the old snes game Starfox. Everything is just primitive objects at the moment.  Spheres, cubes, and cylinders.  I still haven’t learned any 3d modelling, so it’ll likely be a while until this game actually looks nice, but you can see …

Bouncing Balls for Babies Launch

I have created an alpha deployment for a game I’ve been working on called ‘Bouncing Balls for Babies’. The principle is having 3 balls bounce around a gameplay area squishing bugs.  It’s rather primitive, but has been fun to develop.  It is a game designed for a windows desktop, though I’ll use this as an …

What is stealing focus?

For the last couple of days, the focussed window on my dev box would occasionally lose focus.  It was really annoying.  It would always switch back, but I’d lose a couple letters here or there as I was typing. I eventually found the following code that helped me track down the culprit: Declare Auto Function …

Click-once application as Administrator

I created a ClickOnce application that had to modify the registry. You can’t do this unless you’re an administrator. I first tried to add an app.manifest file to elevate the application, but ClickOnce won’t anything but asInvoker. Then through some googling I found the following article: http://antscode.blogspot.ca/2011/02/running-clickonce-application-as.html In summation, when your application starts, it checks …

Win+X ease of access customization

I really like Windows 8. The replacement of the start menu with the Windows 8 style (Metro) page is amazing. Since I spend my workdays exclusively on windows machines, I’ve picked up some useful tips to help with usability (I love usability). Some of the most important things I access when I’m working can be …