Archive for the ‘Innovation’ Category

Visual Studio styled Dockable Windows Component Library for .NET

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Well, isn’t THAT a mouthful of a title.

This is another open source project created as a result of my Senior Design project. See, we had this nice GUI, but it seemed like it needed to be a lot more flexible than it was, since using it was really quite annoying. So, I got the idea to copy the interface from Visual Studio… since, in my opinion, the way the dockable windows work in VS is quite intuitive and useful. Some of you may cry out that there are other programs that do the same behavior… well, I copied it from VS.

So, thats what this component library implements. See a screenshot:


As you can see, its capable of fairly complex layouts, with each element completely resizable and movable and such.  It is not quite as polished as the interface for Visual Studio, but its still quite intuitive for the user to use, and a pretty decent approximation for most projects. More importantly, its open source!

A sample executable and source code/project files are included in the download package.

Please note that you can NOT drag new panes into the form designer, as implementing the appropriate designer support seemed to be more trouble than its worth. Refer to the PaneTest project for detailed implementation, and the source code for detailed documentation.

If you find any bugs or have any comments or questions, feel free to drop me an email!

Download: Link

Improved innovative Javascript/CSS enhanced resume

Monday, November 19th, 2007

I mentioned earlier this year that I had created an enhanced resume web page for myself, by using javascript and css to display either a ‘full’ or ‘condensed’ (one-page) version of the resume, and mentioned also that it would be pretty trivial for someone to make it work for different categories if they wanted.

Well, I did just that, and you can see my newly updated innovative computer engineering javascript/CSS resume on this site now! I’ve spent a lot of this weekend working on categorizing each part, and reducing each category so that they fit into one printed page (on most systems, anyways). Its pretty unique, you should check it out.

One of the things I’ve done with this is tried to refocus it to highlight my strengths in particular areas, and focus a lot more on my security/engineering background, as opposed to just my web background. I haven’t begun my job hunt yet, but with graduation in December, that may start soon if my graduate applications don’t work out. (more…)

Innovative Thoughts

Monday, August 27th, 2007

I’ve been thinking a lot about innovation lately — what it means, why its important, and how can I be more innovative professionally and personally. And, I wrote a statement that I really think describes this.

Innovation is just a problem away.

I would say that at the base of all innovation is a problem that needed to be solved. Asking questions like “Why not?” or “Why can’t I…” allows us to work in a totally new direction and create solutions that are not only innovative, but useful.

Let me know what you think.