1 hour to go…

1 June, 2007

It has been a long night.

Chaks has finished the worst of the code and still looks fresh.

Jen has poured over pages of documentation and diagrams and (according to onlookers) looks ok too.

We are ok. 🙂

Chaks nearly finished

Chaks nearly finished!

Jen nearly finished

Jen nearly finished 🙂


1 Day Left!

31 May, 2007

Within 1 day this round will be over 😦

Still some crucial work to be done. But hey that’s what all nighters are for aren’t they?

Below is Jen’s To Do list plus unofficial sponsor!

To Do List plus unofficial sponsor


Only 2 days to go!

30 May, 2007

Yes folks only 2 days remain for T4 in this round of Imagine Cup.

  • Chaks is racing to finish off the development code
  • Jen is racing to finish off the documentation
  • David & Hamish have organised video conference facilities at no personal cost to us
  • Hamish is also in Auckland at a job interview (good luck Hamish)

We’re almost there 🙂

Chaks coding


T4 introduces its coffee boy…

29 May, 2007

He he. Today we fool around with T4 whipping boy & Microsoft Student Partner Hamish Hill.


Blog: Hi Hamish. So tell us about yourself.

Hamish: I’m a 5th generation Queenstown born southland boy. I have just completed my BSc in Information Science and Software Engineering. I have a wide range of experience  — not just in the IT industry.

Blog: Facinating. Any hobbies?

Hamish: SLEEP…. I hit the gym most days or go for a surf. In the winter I live for the snow so I head up to the hills as often as I can. In the weekends I’m quite partial to partying with my mates.

Blog: Sounds like fun. In your own words what does your project do?

Hamish: HAHAHA….NO. That is Top Secret information, I mean I could tell you but then I would have to kill you.

Blog: Ha, oh yes very funny. Well tell us please what have you enjoyed most about the competition?

Hamish: Learning about WPF, .Net 3.0, and the Expression toolkit.

Blog: If you could start over would you do anything different?

Hamish: I’d definitely start earlier. My advice to anyone thinking of entering in 2008: try and form a team as soon as the theme is announced (should be August 2007) and start working on it ASAP.

Blog: Thank you for your time Hamish & for the excellent coffee.


T4 introduces its lead developer…

28 May, 2007

Today we are getting to know the teams’ most experienced .NET programmer  – Chakkaradeep!


Blog: Here we are finally, Hi Chakkaradeep and thanks for putting down your keyboard long enough to answer our burning questions! So, tell us about yourself.

Chakkaradeep: I am Chakkaradeep from India. My friends call me Chaks which they find easier than spelling my full name :). I am currently doing my Masters in Computer Science at University Of Otago. I already hold a Masters in Software Engineering (which was done in India) and work experience of 2 years in the Software Industry.

My previous jobs dealt with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and their Server Products like Microsoft SMS, Microsoft MOM Server. I lead the Windows Server Team back in my previous job. Yes, there were C# coding too in certain projects.

I love Windows Programming. I program in C#.NET and WPF. I can rate myself to 6 out of 10 in Windows Programming. I also program in Linux and the languages I know so far are Python, Qt, PyQt, PyGTK and tools like Glade to build Interfaces in Linux. My current Masters project deals with Linux Server Management. You can find more info here

Blog: Wow, you’ve been busy. So what do you like to do in your spare time? *says blog sarcastically*

Chaks: In my spare time, I like to do what I want :D. Sometimes I go online, read some tutorials/samples/examples in Programming and try them. I watch movies a lot and my latest addition to the movies is Pirates of Carribean – At the World’s End. I love to be with my friends. I chat with them a lot online. I read the latest technology news and always keep an eye with the latest Microsoft and Linux news.

I also work with Yoper Linux and Klikit Linux as a freelancer. I love to develop/maintain/try Linux Distributions. I love Ubuntu for its ease of use . Its the best alternative to Microsoft Windows that you can suggest to your friend. Klikit Linux main aim is to build a Fun, Community based distribution. Yoper is totally from Scratch and lot of development works are going on and the best part is, Yoper is a New Zealand based distribution. I also love Microsoft Windows Operating Systems especially Windows XP Professional. Though Vista fails to be a good User Experience for a naive user, its good if you what is what in Computers and the you would love Vista too like XP.

And yes, I do Blog 😀

Blog: In your own words what is the team working on?

Chaks: Everything ! (My Team Leader would sack me if I tell what we are working on , lol, :D)  (no she wouldn’t – only if you made some profit from selling the info & didn’t share — Jen)

Blog: What problems have you encountered in your role within the team?

Chaks: There are nothing like Problems. Everybody are doing their job and that’s good. As others are having their exams nearing, I pity them that they have to lot of work to get themselves ready for the exams, and thus I took up the coding part in the project. Jen helps me though in Interface Designing and giving some ideas. 

Blog: What are you doing in the photo?

Chaks: Of course, laughing 🙂

Blog: Have you enjoyed Imagine Cup? What would you do different next time?

Yes, it’s Challenging and I wouldn’t think I would be doing next time as its only for Students 🙂

Chaks designing stuff on Whiteboard


T4 -6 days to go…

27 May, 2007

We had a very exciting day today. Jen, Chaks & David managed to spend the whole day together working on the project. We’ve had quite a few interface issues to sort out & the app has changed slightly from the original proposal. Ironically the thing that has changed was the one thing that made it slightly innovative. Oh well nevermind at this stage I think we might just be happy to have it completed. Still the documentation and presentation to prepare. No conference arrangements yet.

3 of T4


You will submit in 7 days…

27 May, 2007

As the final countdown to our project submission looms there are still many tasks and loose ends that need to be completed:

  • Still having trouble finding time to work in a group of more than one
  • Hamish has job interviews for the greater part of next week
  • Exams are like 2 weeks away!
  • We need a presentation
  • We need documentation
  • We need to arrange video conference facilities for our practice & presentation session…
  • Oh & the project actually needs to work proper yet

Lets hope we can submit in 7 days 🙂