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Frostfall & DayZ

When it comes to gaming, my preferences seem to lie in the RPG Genre with Strategy and Simulators coming in second. It is not often that I dabble in First Person shooters. While I have some fond memories of the multiplayer mods that came out of Half Life, I did not find myself curious about the features of Battlefield 4.

The features of DayZ, on the other hand are interesting. While it doesn’t really have any RPG elements, it does seem to have unusual features and when the mod came out, it was noticed for being different… and difficult…

My brother has been trying to get me to play DayZ for a little while and I did try the mod a while back. I found it to be a bit “too real” to be really enjoyable. From the near explosion of similarly themed games recently, it does seem like a popular genre though…

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Elder Scrolls Online – The good, the bad, the ugly

I must have played TESO for at least 200 hours by now. It’s not a heck of a lot in the grand scheme of things – particularly in the world of MMORPG’s. This is however, the first MMO into which I have invested so much time (played WoW and SWToR a fair bit – both got to around level 40). When Skyrim first came out, I took a week off and played it more or less solid through the week. Over the years, Skyrim had me traipse through its landscape for over 150 hours.

While this post will talk about my gripes with the game, it should be noted that I still love this game and look forward to hundreds more hours of playtime. The gripes are on paper to get them off my chest and hope that they will be resolved. Gripes about TESO are not hard to find – the eso forums are rife with complaints and bugs – but that’s really besides the point… :-p

TESO was a game I was very much waiting for; breath baited. Took time off work, got my brother to take time of work and played it in earnest. It is difficult to put my finger on what was expected from this. In all honesty a multiplayer version of Skyrim would have been fine for me. It was not the MMO elements that attracted me but the multiplayer elements.

If they had merged Skyrim and Borderlands (2), it would be a perfect game – or so went the thought process. The features of Elder Scrolls Online do seem to be (on paper at least) a good mix of MMO Features and Elder Scrolls Features.

I don’t care about the “bugs” since they seem to be pretty on the ball with regards to getting them fixed and while there are a ton of them, and they are annoying – let’s be fair – would it be an Elder Scrolls Series without more bugs than a dark and damp cave?

Forced Single Player – Really?

The first gripe with the game and still by far the largest is this. For an MMO, there is an awful lot of content that you are forced to play single player. This makes no sense to me!

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rich:calendar and the onchange event

I wanted to trigger some validation based re-renders with the rich:calendar component. I was scratching my head for a while trying to figure out why it wasn’t working.

Then it happened, its supposed to be onchanged. This particular component requires the extra d at the end… and it worked and everyone lived happily ever after…

Twitter is better

A little while ago, I wrote about my pet peeves to do with twitter, and while they probably didn’t read my specific ramblings, they have certainly addressed my key concerns.

My biggest concern was of course, about security and twitter-apps. A little while ago, I noticed that this has been resolved. Twitter is now linked with applications in a more security conscious way. I love the way twitter now asks if an application should be  authorised to access information. Yay! No more giving my twitter account details to third party websites.

I also covered an issue that I had with grouping users to see relevant tweets together. This has also been resolved with the use of lists. In fact, lists have changed how twitter works to an extent. There is a blog post about how lists will impact follower counts. Lists provide a powerful mechanism to follow a group of people – now, if only I could have an option to see all the tweets made my the people that I am following as well as the lists – that would be cool. It probably should’t be the default, but an option to do that would be useful.

I also like the new feature where it tells you that there are new posts since I last viewed a timeline – saves me from having to click reload randomly to see if there are no posts. The little grey line differentiating the new posts help in that I know how far down I have to read to see just the new posts… 😀

Coming into the world

I’ve spent the last few months getting deeply involved in an enterprise ticketing system. This involved great joys of work with a large number of tools and libraries.The application itself uses:

Tools for development included:

The whole thing took about a year to complete and was recently launched as the backend system for megabus canada. The site handles thousands of visitors each day. The system is built to handle hundreds of thousands of visitors and thousands of orders each day and this was a soft launch that went well.

As a brand new enterprise level ticketing system, we went through several hurdles and challenges. We hit limitations of java and the tools on more than one occasion (lack of closures being a key one) and in hibernate (the inability to do interface based multiple inheritance being the key one).

It was one of the largest projects that kraya has been involved with and it is an absolute joy to see it live and in use. We will be releasing the system as a product over the next few months with various modules to allow for different product sets with a capability to add customised functionality to fit specific requirements.

Years of experience working with megabus.com and the edfringe.com has helped us to put together a truly enterprise level ticketing system whose scalability is limited only by the hardware that it has access to.

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