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    kneitzel is offline Senior Member
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    Hi!

    I just want to introduce myself quickly.

    I am working as a senior software engineer at a big IT company. I am mainly focused on windows so my main development environment is Visual Studio using .Net / C# with all stuff that belongs to that. But the main work is still simple Windows Services and Websites using ASP.Net MVC with absolutely no need for all new Microsoft toys. So there is no need to focus on all the new stuff that they introduce). I was active on some Microsoft Forums in the past before I decided to stop that.

    In my spare time I am also doing some software development. In the past I focused on all Windows Development, too (e.g. development for Windows Mobile 6 and then Windows Phone 7) but I simply had to find out that it is simply not possible in my spare time to master one (new, cool) technology before Microsoft drops it again. :) So I just had a closer look at C++/QT again and then decided that it might be better and easier to switch to Java again. (I switched back to Linux so I simply have a requirement that software should run on Linux and Windows)

    I am visiting this forum just from time to time. Mostly when I have a quick pause.

    Maybe also of interest: I am 41 years old (soon 42) and I created my first programs in Pascal on an Apple II+ when I was 8 or 9 years old :) )

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

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    Quote Originally Posted by kneitzel View Post
    Maybe also of interest: I am 41 years old (soon 42) and I created my first programs in Pascal on an Apple II+ when I was 8 or 9 years old :) )
    Respect for that!

    You did web related stuff when you were working on the dark side of the force, are you going to dive into web related stuff on the Java side of the force too? What is your main interest that you want to apply Java technology?
    "Syntactic sugar causes cancer of the semicolon." -- Alan Perlis

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    Hi gimbal,

    right now I am looking deeper into the swing framework. I am reading the book Pro Spring 3 right now and I want to play around with Spring Roo at the end of this "exercise".

    I do not have a real project right now. When I read the book I might simply take a database from work and create the frontend again using spring / spring roo. I think that this could be a nice experience to see, what is possible and how complex everything will get.

    And I am thinking about one project "timesheet" which should contain
    - an android application to keep care about time spend on different topics (Important in my job, because we have to put our time on different cost centers and we need to fill out special forms for projects and so on ...)
    This application should work offline and data is synchronized with a server.
    - a server part with web frontend so it could be used with any device.

    But right now I didn't start the Android development and I will not start it as long as I didn't finish my spring framework exercise. And that will still take quite some time.

    Ohh ... I also spent some time on game development. So there is of course the big dream that I could create a MMORPG ... But I am simply to realistic and I have a wife, 4 cats and a dog. And I love to spend time with them so I will not spend time on such a project. Or at least not while I am not sleeping :)

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

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    Quote Originally Posted by kneitzel View Post
    Ohh ... I also spent some time on game development. So there is of course the big dream that I could create a MMORPG ...
    Lol, let go of that dream. If you want to make games, make simple games. MMORPGs come with monstrous running costs that even the companies with piles of money fail to maintain in the end. I'd rather take inspiration from the indie scene.

    I can understand that you went for Spring coming from .NET as you may be attracted to its "total package" - you made a good choice IMO.
    "Syntactic sugar causes cancer of the semicolon." -- Alan Perlis

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    Hi Gimbal,

    you are 100% correct. I did some smaller games in the past and such a game is much more than just the core development. You need graphics, animations, music/sounds, ... And even if you have that you need stories and so on ... not to forget that everything must be balanced. So it is nothing more than a dream.

    So you are correct: Regarding game development the indie scene is much better.

    (But I simply concentrate on the application development. Everything else is simply to time consuming.)

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

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