So the REU is coming to a close, just a week. We didn’t get as far as I would’ve liked but such is life. In addition to the 3D and 2D graphics libraries I wrote, I’ve also created a simple 3D world, consisting of a board (of customizable size in the x- and y-directions) divided into cells where a user can create, move, and remove blocks, balls, and disks. In the process of creating this, I managed to contribute to the scala programming language, a new feature concerning multidimensional arrays was added because of me!
I’ve started reading the Harry Potter books, and have made some pretty good progress on them. I guessed the ending to the seventh book before I read ANY of the books though, just went off of what I’d heard about them, and my girlfriend will back that up.
So far the summer’s been pretty eventful. My research so far has led to me writing some simple graphics libraries, both in 2D and 3D. In the process I’ve learned the Scala programming language pretty well, although I’m not too sure how I’ll use it in the future. My crash course in 3D graphics should be helpful for my second IRC, coming to a Hiram near you mid-November. Aside from that I’ve been to Indianapolis (set the first, third, fourth, and fifth place records for a speed-shooting game at the arcade) and I went to Chicago and visited a friend from the Cayman Islands that graduated a year ago.
In my spare time I’ve starting writing a few little pieces of software. Nothing special or commercial-worthy, just a fun little project for me to practice some programming skills not stressed enough in undergrad; file i/o, user-interface design, things like that. Not sure when I’ll be done with it, but someday there’s going to be a post on here announcing the project’s release and it’ll be up on the downloads page, both in compiled form and as source code.