April 7, 2002

I am beginning to wonder whether moving back to Sri Lanka was the wisest choice after all :p I haven’t had much spare time to do anything at all since I came back. In fact, I couldn’t even do the weekly update I do to this page since there was a family gathering on my father’s side of the family and I had to go over to where my parents are (where I have no access to my computer and since I have to travel by bus, where I cannot take my notebook with me for fear of damaging it during the journey …). The gathering itself was quite nice and it was good to see a lot of family members that I hadn’t seen in a while but that meant that my whole weekend went into that.

At work, I’ve been working with Visual Studio .NET for the last three weeks or so and I must say that I like it quite a bit! I hadn’t had much experience with C# before that but by Friday I had managed to get but not one but two applications for work completed using C# – one was an ASP .NET website which provided a front-end to an Oracle 9i database (which I also set up …) which hosted a database of the footage we have at work and the other was a compiled C# executable which would take a CSV file of salary data and convert it into an ASCII file in a specific format with header and footer information for one of the banks used by the company. I am quite pleased with how the applications turned out and am also pleased at having got some coding done at all.

Of course, what I’m not pleased at is the fact that I still have done no work at all on any of my apps since I came back 🙁 I’ve got tons of bug reports and feature requests for both Blog and Scope and there are also the grand plans that I’d made for Blog … unfortunately, since I leave home around 6:30 am and don’t get back usually till after 8 or 9 o’clock in the evening, there seems to be not much time to get anything done at all! It’s now that I long for the US where I could go to work, get back, watch TV, surf the web and still get my coding done too! I don’t know why my time’s not being used as efficiently here but then again, I guess the main problem would be one of distribution – even if I did get Blog coded, I just couldn’t afford the bandwidth to upload it to all my sites. So then I’d have to either take my notebook with me to work by bus (which I really don’t want to …) or put the distro on a few diskettes using a disk-spanning compression program and then upload it once I get to work … Ah I don’t know …

There’s a long weekend coming up next weekend and that’ll probably be one of the last stretches of off-time I’ll have since we’re supposed to be working on Saturdays to meet an overdue deadline by June from the week after and maybe I’ll get some coding done then but I won’t hold my breath – there’s just too many things to eat into my time. Anybody need a good coder in Australia, maybe? :p

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