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I Stray Further

Progress Okay, my pet project is going okay. I'm learning the questions to ask, in any case. I have strayed exceptionally far from the book. I was hoping to do both simultaneously. That hasn't worked out at all. Here's what it's become so far:


The picture on the right changes. If you've got all your hours in, it's a happy face, sad face if you don't.

What I Know and Don't Know I have figured out how to use the date picker. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get the up arrows in each box to correspond to 15-minute increments. I found code to do it, but it's not working for me. I probably have it in the wrong spot or something.

    Private Sub DateTimePicker1_KeyDown(sender As System.Object, e As System.Windows.Forms.KeyEventArgs) Handles dtpTimeInSunday.KeyDown
        If e.KeyCode = Keys.Up Then
            dtpTimeInSunday.Value = dtpTimeInSunday.Value.AddMinutes(15)
            e.Handled = True
        End If
        If e.KeyCode = Keys…
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Progress on the Pet Project

So, I don't have much, but I do have some. Behold my genius code for my hours calculation:

    Private Sub btnCalculate_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles btnCalculate.Click
        Dim s1 As Integer
        Dim s2 As Integer
        Dim s3 As Integer
        Dim s4 As Integer
        s1 = Val(txtTimeInSunday.Text)
        s2 = Val(txtTimeOutLunchSunday.Text)
        s3 = Val(txtTimeInLunchSunday.Text)
        s4 = Val(txtTimeOutSunday.Text)
        lblSundayHoursTotal.Text = s4 - s1 - (s3 - s2)

        Dim m1 As Integer
        Dim m2 As Integer
        Dim m3 As Integer
        Dim m4 As Integer
        s1 = Val(txtTimeInMonday.Text)
        s2 = Val(txtTimeOutLunchMonday.Text)
        s3 = Val(txtTimeInLunchMonday.Text)
        s4 = Val(txtTimeOutMonday.Text)
        lblMondayHoursTotal.Text = m4 - m1 - (m3 - m2)

        Dim t1 As Integer
        Dim t2 As Integer
        Dim t3 As Integer
        Dim t4 As Integer
        s1 = Val(txtTimeInTuesday.Text)
        s2…

Bigger Picture

I've learned a big part of development since I've been a part of this team. We have meetings. Some seem long-winded, some seem unnecessary at times, but I've gotten something from all of them in every case. There's a lot of communication involved in this role. I focused on a lot of technical, but there are many soft skills involved to make it successful. Below is a summary of some of the things I've learned in just a few quick months.




1. Know When You Don't KnowThere's nothing wrong with not knowing. There are developers on this team that I've heard everyday say, "I"m not sure how to do that, I need to ask 'so and so'." I feel I'm part of a great team, and maybe this type of honesty isn't the norm. In any case, it's refreshing to see that type of behavior. It's also encouraging to see someone who has been here for many years not afraid to admit when he/she doesn't know something. No one is going to know everyt…

New Discoveries

So What Have We Learned Today, Class? Okay, I haven't progressed nearly as far as I had hoped in the textbook. Actually, I still haven't gotten past the GUI development in the 2nd chapter. This doesn't mean that I haven't been picking up what I can. Codefights has still been a great resource. Not knowing a lot of the functions has really been a hindrance. Not knowing many of the commonly known practices of developers has also slowed me down considerably. So, what have I learned?

Visual Studio When I first started as a software tester in March this year, I was using TFS (Team Foundation Server) web portal. For those who don't know what this is, it's a web-based portal to let you see what your team is working on.

Above is a generic screenshot of what's going on right now and things we're fixing. You can click on each task and see more specific details. This view is much easier to navigate to me, but I needed to learn how to integrate with Visual Studio m…

Time Management

Codefighting Progress Okay, first, if you're not following my other blogs, it's worth noting that I'm simultaneously studying to become a pilot. I had no idea the time it's going to take to study everything for the flight school. The amount of information covered is insane and demanding. I'm going to keep both up, but not nearly at the pace I had initially hoped.
The actual ground school lasts 12 weeks, and then I take a written test. I'll have to get actual flight time in and eventually take the flight test within 2 years to be a full blown pilot. That being said to iterate how much my focus will be divided briefly, but I will come back more focused to this task at hand. I'm in the 2nd week of the 12 week close so only 2 1/2 months left, then my flying time is only on the weekends. I'll figure out how to do that.
As far as the what I've been doing lately, well, I haven't progressed further than the 2nd chapter in the book. In my spare time, I…

Pet Project Progress

Well, I've started my pet project, and I've got a GUI laid out. It's a little slow going, but it should work well in the end, I think. I'm sure there's going to be lots of feedback and many different ways I could do things. Right now, however, I'm limited to what I am learning in the text. As promised, here's the screenshot of my first program.



Help? I'm trying not to ask too many people how to write any of the code yet for a couple of reasons. First, I haven't learned any code yet, and I likely won't understand a word of what's being told to me. Second, I'm afraid that what I'll be told I'll understand at that moment, but since I didn't have to work for it, it won't get burned into my memory like the knowledge I have to seek out. Those long hours searching usually scar you to the point you never want to forget those lessons again.

Function Since I don't have too much to show, I'll just explain what the intention …

First GUI Development

I've done my first GUI (graphic user interface). It's a relief to actually have something (although extremely simple) to show that I have at least done something.


It's nothing fancy, but hey! It's a window. No code added, no function what-so-ever. But, it's a great start. I think possibly some of the biggest challenges are just coming up with a user interface that works well. The formulas and code in the background can be easier to imagine when you have a physical interface and an idea of how it should work.

I had a friend, Joe Kidd, who worked in IT as a developer. I would sketch stuff out for him a lot when it came to designing a part of a program. I had no idea how in the world that could help him, but I see now the benefit behind having that.

This is really exciting, to be honest. I'm starting to realize that some of this might be much easier to build than I thought before. In addition to learning to be a better teammate for my company, this could be huge i…