Saturday, June 20, 2009

Opportunity Knocks

So this summer will be bringing a great deal of opportunity for me.
I say this as a sugar-coated way of saying I have no life or prospects for the future, and the only place to go is up.

Without a job or an occupation in any sense, I plan to spend my summer doing a great deal of independent projects. However, I do have two projects that are not purely self-serving.

I am still working on the Oxford Lions' Club web site, and that will be a major production for this summer. Hopefully it will be fully functional by the end of the summer. I have already completed the main page, calendar, and I am working on a tribute page to honor accomplishments done by members. Last step is to set up a page to allow for donations and online purchasing of raffle tickets.

Along with that, I will be doing a lot of work on my Applied Research class website, using the Moodle platform, which is a very nifty piece of software, and I highly recommend it. Here's the Home Page.

Of course there is some school work for Research and for AP classes, but that will be a cinch.

My own projects include setting up a home server, using Ubuntu Server 8.04 and a LAMP stack. Possibly working on some BASIC programming with my TI calculator. I was also considering some game design in either Java or porting some games to the TI calculator.

I will be picking up the bass guitar for this summer as well, to get some arts in there.

That is all for now. I will update with more substantial information later. (That seems like a common phrase in this blog).

Also, if you are interested, follow me on twitter!
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Thursday, June 18, 2009


Technorati seems like a fairly interesting service. So here we go:

Technorati Profile

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


I have just (roughly) completed a project involving an XML database accessible via PHP. It is not refined in the least bit. It's coded as part of an add-on for moodle. (

This bit o' code is not even close to refined. I would like to add a search feature (in fact, that was the main goal of the project. But with the deadline being tomorrow, and my limited knowledge of PHP, that will have to wait for another day of tinkering). And possibly make it more user-friendly.

I will upload a .zip later if anyone is interested. For now, I need to sleep. Finals in the morning. This will be a fun day.

(However, programming on a LAMP or MAMP stack is very fun and rewarding. I plan to play with this over the summer. My summer will be very free, so expect more frequent updates with more specific and ambitious projects. I want to end the summer with one big, useful project completed).

For now,
Commence Radio Silence

-Tyler Williams

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Scripting and Scripting

Looks like I'll be delving into a good bit of scripting pretty soon.
I'm just sort of wrapping up my web design work with the Oxford Lions' Club. I need to design a few more pages, but it's all working with GUI software. No real coding involved. I can push out a few pages in a cinch. Nonetheless, it's still fairly rewarding.

However, I have a final project for my research class. I'm doing some work on the class website. I believe that to get a nice big 'ol A on my Final, I'll do some work with the source code for our platform. Maybe make a plug-in. Looks like they work with PHP. Time to brush up on that. I haven't really gotten into PHP... ever. Though I have wanted to many times. Just never had the drive.

Along with the academic responsibilities, I picked up a fairly nice little guide on Bash scripting, while I was using "stumbleupon". (I'm addicted, really). I started that up. I really enjoy it. It's essentially like mixing two of my favorite things:

1) The feeling of cruising through a Unix-based terminal.
2) The feeling of writing something useful that I can put into work frequently.

That is all for today. Happy coding!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Get Money

I've been working, though not updating.

Life has been stressful and complicated and wonderful, as it is wont to do.

At the moment I am being paid to:
1) design a web page for the local Lions Club (by paid, I mean compensated. Not a salary or anything).

2) Do some freelance computer maintenance for the less computer-literate.

It's a good gig. Not well paying, but well-rewarding.

My set up has expanded to three computers.

I'm doing quite well.

When the website is finally up and running, I will post a link for you to see.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

New Projects

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have begun doing some application development for Google. To do some testing, I think I am going to incorporate some older projects with this.

A while ago, I posted some source code (that got cut off) for two different programs:
One listed all the cubed roots of the numbers 1-20, for reference.
The other did some sort of re-arranging for a math equation. I forgot exactly the name of the equations I was doing. But nonetheless, it did them.

So I'm going to write both of those applications up in python, and then hopefully upload it to google.

Of course, this may take a while. I'm incredibly busy as of late, and don't get a lot of developing time.

However, my first custom computer is almost built, and I will soon be able to sell it. Hopefully I can turn a little bit of profit.

Live long and Prosper.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Still Here

I'm still here, just very busy. My sport season has started. (Go wolverine volleyball).

Newest project:
start working on google apps.

I should be downloading their development environment sometime tonight.

Good stuff.