About a month ago, I thought to myself “Why am I sitting on my bottom playing games? I need to get out there and learn as much as I can about programming!”, and just a single month later, I have gained so much experience in PHP, MySQL, and CSS. However, there is still so much more to learn – especially on the Microsoft side of things. Pretty much every job these days is Microsoft this, ASP.NET that, so I am basically required to learn this stuff.

Today, I have begun looking into some of the newer Microsoft technologies. These include WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) and C#. I have had absolutely no prior experience with WPF, but I have used C# before during a temporary job. The best way of learning is by doing, so I am going to use these Microsoft technologies to create an application.

I am going to try and build my dad a new version of an offshore calculator thing I wrote for him about two and a half years ago. The old one runs in Java, and while there’s nothing wrong with it, I believe I have gotten better at programming in general over the last two years. Additionally, I will be able to add more features and improve those that are already there. I might even be able to hook it into a database and have some proper storage instead of just using a text file. I hope my dad will be happy with it…

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