What have I been up to?


I posted a few days ago on my entry to the Zappos API Developer Challenge, and that was my first post in 6 months. I haven’t been as consistent with my updates as I once was, but it’s certainly not for lack of things to ramble on about. I’ve actually been very busy. I’ve spent a lot of time reading books about some cool concepts that are doing wonders for advancing myself. In particular, I’ve been reading Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software, JavaScript Patterns and Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code. So I guess I haven’t been writing much because everything I’ve been thinking about has already been documented by someone else who explained it far better than I could at the moment.

I’ve also been spending a lot of building my new robot, Lil’ Lady Murderpants, and working on my Zearch browser extension. Even though the Zappos API Developer Challenge is complete and my entry has already been submitted, I still want to keep working on it and making it even more amazing. There are some features to be implemented, some refactoring to be done and some styling to pretty it up. I’ll end up doing a more thorough article on the direction that Zearch will be taking in comings months, so I won’t go into too much details here.

As far as Lil’ Lady Murderpants, that will also be elaborated upon further down the road. For starters, though, she’s an adorable little ball of joy that I made with my girlfriend over the weekend. We began by following the great tutorial over on Let’s Make Robots. Right now, there are issues with her eyes. The range finding sensors are not reporting data back properly. Once we get that resolved, we can have her run some meaningful software. It’s all programmed in BASIC, so i’m having to learn a new language as part of this project, but learning new things is one of my favorite things to do.

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