TrainBoard featured by Transport for NSW Open Data
I was very excited when the Open Data team at Transport for NSW reached out to me to include my TrainBoard project as one of the featured applications as part of their Open Data Community Showcase.
The showcase included a bunch of different apps that were using Transport's data in interesting and unique ways, and I'm honoured that my app was one of the ones considered.
Head on over to the Open Data Community Showcase article to check it out, or check out TrainBoard on the projects page.
Launching the blog
I've finally gotten around to launching a blog on my portfolio website. This website has been through many iterations and changes, first as a WordPress blog, then as a series of HTML pages that I "statically compiled" using a PHP script, before static site generators were all the rage, and finally a Gatsby site.
It'll be good to have one place to keep all the content that's safely revisioned and backed up to GitHub's servers. Maybe my blog will even be included in the GitHub Arctic Code Vault!
WorldSkills 2016 Nationals
In October 2016, I attended the WorldSkills National Competition in Melbourne. It was a 3-day competition, with 4 separate modules spread out over the 3 days.
- The first module was a web design module, which consisted of creating an original full-page design, to fulfil a brief.
- The second module was a client-side programming module, which required us to create a fully client-side app for sorting and filtering data in a table.
- The third module was a server-side programming and database module, which allowed users to view, create, edit and delete data, only while logged in, and had to be protected against XSS attacks.
- The final module was a responsive design challenge, where we had to create three different layouts for an original webpage design in Photoshop, for desktop, tablet and mobile phone sizes.
After the competition, an article was published in the Blue Mountains Gazette.
Path to WorldSkills National Competition
I have been training for many months to prepare for the WorldSkills competition. Right before I headed off, it was great to go to this award ceremony held by TAFE, and to meet our local member Trish Doyle.
Two articles were published:
TAFE WSI Student of the Year 2016
I'm very proud to be selected as TAFE Western Sydney's Student of the Year 2016, in the category of Information Technology. TAFE put on an incredible night for us all, and it was really amazing seeing all the other award winners.