Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Back to the Software Engineering

After a short winter break, I am back to software engineering. I am very glad to take Dr.Johnson's class again, which is also part of my graduate research. This class is sort of an extension of the project (WattDepot Web Application) that I worked on last semester.

This semester we are going to create a dorm competition for energy usage called Kukui Cup. It contains a lot of parts. I was in the team of creating a Google Gadget for the stoplight that we built last semester. Further more, we also need to integrate Google Visualization to this stoplight gadget.

Stoplight team has three members: Jerry, Paul and I. We had our first meeting on Monday. We talked about the project schedule and came up with some questions that we are not sure. Both Jerry and Paul are very friendly and energetic. I hope we can have fun in this project and develop a remarkable Google Gadget.

For this week, I am going to walk through the Google Gadget Tutorial ( I have looked at it a little bit. It is very detail and helpful.) Interestingly, I figured that Google Chrome has a problem in parsing the xml version of a Google Gadget. And everything looks good in FireFox. The second task for us is to get familiar with JavaScript and Google Visualization API, so that we can get ready for the future development.

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