January Status Update
Hello! I’ve sort of fallen off the bandwagon with these status updates, I think mainly because of a lot of other work including college applications and schoolwork. I’d like to get back to doing them as a regular thing, sort of documenting what I’m working on from month-to-month.
Given that I’ve skipped three months, this status update will be a little longer than usual.
Kicking things off with probably the biggest development, I’ve been accepted to and have committed to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute as part of the Class of 2025! This is big, since WPI was my first choice. I’m super excited to go there this fall.
This has been progressing slowly. I’m running into issues regarding Postgres connections blocking the main event loop. I think it’s an issue with not closing connections at the end of commands that use the ORM connection. I need to write a function that runs at the end of every SQL command to close the connection.
This has morphed from its' original design. I’m working on sketches for a hardware component to make it easier for referees to enter the scores. I’m basing it off of the scoring pedestals that come with the FRC fields that the referees use to enter fouls, penalties, and the endgame scores.
I’m thinking of a network of Raspberry Pi 3 or 4s, with keyboards and touchscreens, in a custom box that can be clamped on to each table. They’d be powered with power over ethernet, which will also be used to connect them to a private network that also hosts the server.
This has led to a redesign of the software side of the project. Instead of being a microservice architecture that’s designed to be served over the internet, it’s going to be similar to the current standard software, in that it runs on the local network.
The CSS isn’t the prettiest but it’s a start (and it’s better than anything I’ve done previously!). I’m really excited because this project has already taught me more about CSS and web apps.
Like I said, not the best design, but it’s a prototype. I’d like to get some help with making it look nice before I mark it as ready for production, but that can come once the functionality is down.
I’m thinking of redesigning this site a little bit. I’d like to put my own spin on the design instead of using someone else’s. We’ll see how that goes though!
That about does it for what I’ve been working on over the past three months. I’ll see you (hopefully) next month for another status update!
Articles from my webring
The Rust team is happy to announce a new version of Rust, 1.51.0. Rust is a programming language that is empowering everyone to build reliable and efficient software. If you have a previous version of Rust installed via rustup, getting Rust 1.51.0 is as easy …via Rust Blog March 25, 2021
Video games are an interesting class of software. Unlike most software, they are a creative endeavour, rather than a practical utility. Where most software calls for new features to address practical needs of their users, video games call for new features to…via Drew DeVault's blog March 23, 2021
Hi all! This month has been a little bit more quiet than others. I’ve spent a fair bit of time working on gamescope for Valve. As usual I’ve been fixing bugs and improving gamescope itself, but I’ve also worked on the rest of the ecosystem. I’m plumbing forma…via emersion March 15, 2021
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