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Programming is fun again

Posted Friday, December 7th, 2007 11:17:00 pm
When I started working with WPF for my Six Minutes To Release website, I had no idea that I was going to have as much fun programming this stuff as I am now.

I don't know why, but I have really picked up the XAML syntax with relative ease. I thought that with a whole new language to learn that this was going to really throw off my productivity.

Well, it took a couple of days to get into the swing of things, but once I picked it up, I've been moving along amazingly fast with the new website. Not only is XAML extremely fast to write once you get the hang of it, the backend coding is a lot more streamlined, because you're not dealing with as much interface crap in the code as you do with ASP or ASP.Net.

WCF is annoying at times, but even that has gotten to the point of "it's easy once you know how". And despite the tiny little quirk I have with LINQ to SQL, that's making database coding so much nicer. I can see myself getting a lot of stuff done in the .NET 3.5 framework.

As for Six Minutes To Release itself, I have finished registration, logins, and editing account information, and tonight expect to be moving on to adding news, coding the about us page, and creating the guild application form. And I have a good feeling this is going to be easy and fun.

After that I get into the more challenging stuff, like creating the raid calendar, coding new forums, and making something I am calling the equipment planner that will allow raid leaders to figure out who gets loot from what. Some of this stuff will actually be interfacing with the World of Warcraft Armory, which serves up XML files for players, guilds, items, and other things. This site is going to be sweet when it's finished.

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