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Currently working with QML/Qt and building seatback IFE for airlines. Turns out to be quite fun and since each project is a custom mix of hardware setup and client-driven features it also turns out to be always interesting.

Done building and updating tools for a new game engine. Lots of UX and all that jazz.

I am also EMT certified. Not currently active but will be looking for weekend volley or PRN opportunities later this year.

I'm a long time self taught game programmer having worked on many shipped titles, a number of published titles on various platforms and one cross-platform MMO so far.

-Patrick


Dec
4
comment F# performance vs Erlang performance, is there proof the Erlang's VM is faster?
Agents, actors, it's a design concept that comes up a lot in functional language discussions; I'm surprised that you haven't run across it yet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent-based_model
Dec
3
answered Multithreaded file copy
Nov
27
comment Is Java a good choice for cross-platform games?
I'd say that local system access is a really big "much" over applet restrictions for many serious games, especially multiplayer. HTML5 is neat, but it's still a wee babby with spotty support and important bits like GL and Sockets turned off on many browsers, plus the audio isn't yet well suited for game use.
Nov
27
comment Is Java a good choice for cross-platform games?
To satisfy the requirements all code would have to ship on FPGA and encased in epoxy. Surprise, even black-box chip packages can and are reverse engineered all the time. Then even mighty giants like Intel introduce bugs in their CPU packages so your epoxy embedded, hardware black box is still going to suffer from exposure to hardware libraries. Finally the call to security by obscurity, that doesn't work. Reductio ad absurdum, I know, but so is the original answer.
Nov
27
comment Is Java a good choice for cross-platform games?
Depends on what style of game you're looking to do. Depending on the style wanted it could be that HTML5 and some javascript would work for you, if not java.
Nov
8
awarded  Critic
Nov
6
comment Solutions for implementing a full-duplex game server?
+1 This is pretty much how games requiring this kind of connection work.
Nov
6
answered Why is an array of characters called a String in Object Oriented languages?
Oct
29
comment Costs of Switching to Java
+1 for pointing out that "It's the ecosystem, dummy" and not just language syntax =)
Oct
25
comment How 'simple' is a real KISS solution?
+1 for Saint-ex quotes, my friend.
Oct
25
comment Does Node.js actually increase scalability?
+! That guy is definitely a troll.
Oct
25
awarded  Scholar
Oct
25
comment What Java client+server stack to allow async client info popups and responses?
I'll check that out, Thank you.
Oct
25
accepted What Java client+server stack to allow async client info popups and responses?
Oct
15
answered How do you address the gap on your resume after a self-funded sabbatical?
Oct
12
awarded  Student
Oct
12
answered For performance critical situations is storing file metadata in a database better?
Oct
11
comment What Java client+server stack to allow async client info popups and responses?
@MartijnVerburg That book gets some pretty nice reviews. It won't help me directly with my question but it just might help me design the infrastructure that my eventual solution works within. Thanks =)
Oct
10
comment Are there any real-world cases for C++ without exceptions?
All great examples of tightly controlled runtime environments where errors are handled properly and there are no "exceptional" events.
Oct
8
comment Could it be more efficient for systems in general to do away with Stacks and just use Heap for memory management?
On many CPUs the stack is handled in hardware, which is an issue outside language but it plays a big part at run time.