Crusading Coder
...with the courage to conquer any conquest
Ovation
Good day and welcome to the section that will tell you a little about myself. My real name is Dean but on line my alias is Vig and either name will work when addressing me. This domain is used both for personal and professional areas, with the personal being mainly my playground and testing area for new ideas and concepts.
Interests and Hobbies

My interests include many things but I will try to keep it breif. One of the things I thoughrally enjoy is music, I played the piano for 7 years and have always enjoyed listening to a wide variety of music. I do not listen to a specific genre or group, but will listen to anything from techno to rock to rap to calssical and everything in between, if the song is good I will listen to it.

I am also an avid gamer and have played many a game and continue to do so. I mainly play RPG's and RTS's but I do enjoy FPS's, puzzle and racing games as well. I would love to make my own game one day but right now I am lacking in the spare time to do so.

Another thing that I enjoy is reading, I read books all the time and will read forever. There is nothing quite like curling up with a good book and getting lost in the story. I mainly read Fantasy and Science Fiction, but like the music I will read any genre if the story is one I enjoy.

Last but not least is my enjoyment of programming, which is something I do in my spare time for fun and to learn. I mainly do web development in my spare time, working on this site to be exact, but I do make the odd application when an idea strikes. Below I go into further detail on what I program In my spare time I also enjoy programming, which is something I do in my spare time for fun and to learn. I mainly do web development in my spare time, working on this site to be exact, but I do make the odd application when an idea strikes.

AE Bits

One of the applications I continually develop is a javascript script for a game called Astro Empires (AE) called AEBits.
The script is constantly changing as the AE mods like to make changes to the game which require me to update my script, as well as user requests. That said my script is currently used by a few hundred people on a daily bases and they all seem to enjoy the functionality it offers.

The script is currently for the Firefox web browser only and during the development of it I have learnt a lot about Firefox specific function calls and javascript to accomplish what I need to do.

For more information about the script see the AE page.

Web Site

Another of the main programming areas I continually work on is the web site. I have changed its appearance a few times, add functionality and general improvements to it as often as I can. Lots of this functionality is not visible by guests as I do have a private login area which has several administrative functions for updating content on the site, which is database driven.

These functions are and will be mainly for me but if I find a need for other people to have access to a specific function I will set up an account and the permissions to use said function. Currently the list of these functionalities is small and of no use to anyone but me, however that will change as time goes on.

While working on my own site I have learnt a lot about CSS, PHP and MySQL and how to use them to achive my goals and make sure they work on all the different web browsers. I have also taught myself basic graphic design and image manipulation to great some cool effects to make the best looking sites I can. As I continue to play around on my site my knowledge of these will grow and my site will change to properly reflect that.

Web Development

I have currently completed a web site for a local union and am in the process of working on another site. For more details about any and all web sites I have developed please check out the Anthology page and look under the Web Development list.