After putting the time into applying to dozens of job openings and not even getting an interview, it’s obvious because of my lack of employment in the past employers are choosing to overlook me. Why was I unemployed for such a long time? Do I have a criminal record? No! Was I bad at the jobs I worked in? No, not according to the employers. The economy was terrible for a decade and I tried my hardest to get into AAA game development in a futile effort, then I made the further mistake of completing a Product Design Degree, another area there are little or no jobs in Ireland.
However, all is not doom and gloom. In the past year, I’ve dedicated the majority of my waking hours to learning how to code and intend to continue to keep learning. The area of concentration right now is preparing for the Java Oracle Exam, with not only passing it, but get a high score in it. It’s possible with the right amount of time and effort. Once it is out of the way, time can be spent learning the JS based frameworks in more depth. So there is plenty to look forward to, I no longer have the thought in the back of my head that my time and hard work is futile, the industry is growing rapidly and there is not reason why one cannot develop their own app and bringing it to market themselves. I’ve plenty of Udemy tutorials bought to watch and follow over the summer.
I completed a full-on one year course in Computer Science, Software Development HDip yesterday. It was a very busy time and learnt a great deal. One of the modules was a team project that simulated an Agile team development process. To show my contribution to the team, a video can be viewed by clicking on Cozmet_Sean
A couple of screenshots of the design can be viewed below. It was made entirely using open source software, without the use of Angular or React. Although, the plan is to learn both frameworks over the coming months and I already know the basics of Angular, it’s really nice. The backend is powered with firebase, all the data comes from it for each object and the graphics were created using InkScape and Krita. The layout is made using CSS Grid and I discovered during development CSS and ECMAScript 6 have gotten enough features that jQuery is no longer needed, but it is still a powerful framework.
A team project for the course I’m attending, HDip Level 8 PostGrad in Computer Science, Software Development. One member is putting her time and energy into the backend while we agreed I’d work on the frontend. The other two members are working on the Google map API and get product info page respectively. With Firebase working, authentication and uploading of member details to and from the firebase database, it is starting to take shape. The top and bottom are made, now the the middle had to be worked on. The website can be viewed at www.cozmet.net .
One team project involved using Android Studio with Java and XML. The end result of the team efforts was a music player, called Sharp Wave. Below is a download link to short video demonstrating how the app works.
Got to finally create visuals of the redesigned Biopodz where it is now less expensive to manufacture, designed for injection molding and uses snap fittings. The main render isn’t as nice as the original Biopodz render, I should really go and rework it using some sub surface scattering and translucency to add realism.
More time was spent on the calendar which is aimed at teaching children about the seasons, how crop rotation works and when to sow and harvest plants.
The new design has less components, uses less polymers, has a 2mm even wall thickness, uses snap fittings, designed for injection molding and the pots are slightly smaller while still having a wall thickness of 1.5mm.
My arch viz portfolio is lacking and for that reason I went to the bother of modelling an entire primary school environment.
Showing the components laid out on tables as before to give an idea how all the CAD models look.