Billy's Journals

May 02, 2010

  • I went out to Harding Elementary on Friday and showed Lesson 3, which teaches the concept of loops.
  • Discussed the effectiveness of the lessons and a few other ideas about deployment of the lessons in different settings. Plan to use these ideas next week.
  • Testing the stability of the Storytelling Alice 2.2 port to Linux on a VirtualBox VM. There appears to be an unexplained issue with using it in a VM where it will crash when trying to play the video.
  • I have checked the settings of the VM, modifying them to see if it is possible to affect the problem. It has not changed.
April 26, 2010

  • With the end of the semester approaching, I have been very busy.
  • I went out to Harding Elementary and taught kids Storytelling Alice again. Will use the experience for more modifications to the curriculum.
  • Still testing the stability issues of Storytelling Alice 2.2 on Linux within a virtual machine.
April 18, 2010

  • I put out the instructions on how to setup a virtual machine testing environment using VirtualBox and Ubuntu.
  • Found some possible stability issues with running the Storytelling Alice 2.2 port inside a VM.
  • I will look into the reason Storytelling Alice 2.2 crashes in the VM this coming week.
April 09, 2010

  • Learned more php and mysql to create a feedback page on the myvice website.
  • Took the first lesson to Beeks and Harding Elementary school today. Got a lot of good feedback which we will use to update the curriculum.
  • Plan to show lesson one again tomorrow at KTU.
  • I will also put out instructions on how to setup a good testing environment to work more on the stability of the Storytelling Alice 2.2 port to Linux.
April 04, 2010

  • I continued working on the function to grab a picture from rendered data, but I am making little headway.
  • Since we don't use the function yet, I will be switching my focus to stability and getting more testing done.
  • The biggest issue of stability so far is a problem with XML parsing in Linux, so I will be attempting to fix that problem, which can crash the program in some of the tutorials.
  • Also this week, I will be looking into setting up a database for feedback from Kid's Tech University, which will be the coming Saturday.
March 28, 2010

  • I began working on the function in Storytelling Alice to create an image from the currently rendered data.
  • I am having problems accessing the data. It appears that the program setup is not quite the same when running the JOGL renderer as when running the DirectX renderer, since the DirectX renderer seems to be an independent component.
  • I believe I have the code setup to properly parse the data, but still need to find where the data being displayed is stored and how to access it.
March 19, 2010

  • We met to discuss the necessary tasks to complete for the next Kid's Tech University. We also discussed beginning to teach the curriculum we have to local schools.
  • I looked into the video exporting code since it did not run correctly in Linux. It seems it may require the same code as the picture taking function, so I will be attempting to complete that function this coming week.
  • I will continue testing for more bugs in the Storytelling Alice 2.2 code.
March 05, 2010

  • Last week we attended Kids' Tech University, taking a look at how kids reacted to our first lesson and the program overall. We put up a simple feedback system which we hope to improve on soon, and we hope to get lots of helpful feedback.
  • I switched the image in the world loading screen for Storytelling Alice 2.2 per Dr. Feng's request. It now shows an image that labels the program as Storytelling Alice.
  • Fixed the bug which caused Storytelling Alice 2.2 to try and save before any world data was loaded.
  • Managed to successfully test the video exporting tool in Windows, but have not been able to test it in Linux yet. I hope to do this over Spring Break.
  • Finally, we made the redesigned SERVICE site live.
February 26, 2010

  • Met to discuss the plans for tomorrow's Kid's Tech University event where we will be testing out the first lesson of our curriculum.
  • I mainly focused on testing the .iso that Gabriel created to make sure it was ready for this Saturday. I helped ensure the proper files were included in the right locations.
  • Located the cause of a glitch in Storytelling Alice 2.2 where it would attempt to save before a world had been loaded. Still need to test the video exporter and create the JOGL render image function.
  • Redesigned the SERVICE website with Gabriel. Through css and php, I created a new design for the journals page. With a few final modifications, the new design should be live this week.
February 19, 2010

  • Met to discuss the progress we've made and need to make for Kid's Tech next weekend.
  • This week will focus on making sure we're ready for the event next weekend.
  • I got sound working in Storytelling Alice 2.2 on both Windows and Linux, since there was an error when trying to use them.
  • I also wrote up a script for running the program quickly and easily in both Windows and Linux.
  • I need to write a method to grab an image from the JOGL renderer and also test the video exporter.
  • I will mostly be trying to help with the Kid's Tech preparation this week.
February 12, 2010

  • Continued working on getting the updated version of Storytelling Alice working on linux.
  • It now runs on one of the test machines. The other currently seems to have a problem with the graphics on the computer.
  • I will be making the version that runs available to the group for further testing.
  • I will also be attempting to find and fix problems such as errors with picture taking.
February 05, 2010

  • This week I continued to work on the Storytelling Alice 2.2 port with Gabe.
  • I have gotten Storytelling Alice 2.2 working on Windows with a few errors during runtime still.
  • Gabe and I have set up two new Linux systems for testing since we believe there have been some errors due to the way Linux was set up on the last system we used for testing.
  • Made sure the git repository was up to date and properly set up.