I’ve found one of the hardest things about college is not having a enough dwell time on the topics that particularly interest me. Classes move along at a break neck pace that doesn’t allow my focus to drift away from my present studies. As a technology student I find this particularly frustrating because after studying hard skill subjects like programming its easy to regress if not practicing them regularly.
To help combat this type of regression I decided to spend some time every week organically maintaining the skills I’ve developed through my studies. To this end I felt it was important to delve into my aging skills in VB.NET.
This guided my decision to start browsing through my programming books to find a suitable starting point; I chose Patrice Pelland’s text Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition: Build a Program Now!.
It took me a little while to settle on a project I felt would be a worthy jump back into development, but in the end I decided to rework a previous class project that I had struggled with. I’ve been developing my own web browser.
As I’m not under any pressure to produce a working application I figure I have time to start from scratch, work the kinks out of my previous project, and personalize it to truly make it mine.
I began work on this project a couple of weeks ago, so I thought I’d share a screen shot here to show you my progress. I’m calling it NAVCrux1.0; after it’s well known counter part in the southern sky. The constellation Crux (or Southern Cross).
At this stage in the game the browser is fully functional, to prove it I took this shot of the browser running while visiting Google’s homepage.
I’ll post more pics as the project progresses. I hope you enjoy!