Tuesday, December 4, 2012

CV Creator™ Application 2.11 is Live!

The CV Creator™ application is deployed. All beta tests have been successful. The application is being used primarily at BEAM Africa in Nellmapius with plans to deploy to other locations during 2013.

The original plans for CV Creator™ was a stand-alone app using .Net Framework 3.0. However, I figured that due to varying system types, numerous framework versions and limited internet connectivity, it would be better to create the application in Access. I had already seen a number of computers with Framework 2.5 but without network to download the current version. Therefore I went with MS Access for v2.11. Now the problem is that a machine must have Access installed. That rules out Home or Student editions.

Current features of CV Creator™ v2.11
• Tabular navigation for ease of use 
• Saves all created CVs to database for quick reprinting 
• Quick CV editing, viewing and printing 
• Database backup of all saved CVs 
• Detailed help document 
• Single self-contained Microsoft Access file 

Future versions, specifically v3.0, will be back to .Net but with a download package or CD install that has the correct framework version. Some features of the next version include PDF export creation of CVs, JobLinx upload and spreadsheet export and quick creation templates. Verions 3.0 is planned for release in 2013.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My Contribution to Politics

I managed to visit the US during a presidential election year right at the time the campaigns are heating up. I was excited to spend a few hours watching football (something I have dearly missed while living in South Africa) only to find that every commercial break was riddled with political campaign ads. I felt left out and decided to make my own. See my political advertisement here.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Siyathemba Nokeng Web Site is Live!

The web site for Siyathemba Nokeng in Rayton, South Africa is now live! Visit the page at www.siyathembanokeng.org

Friday, August 17, 2012

Siyathemba Nokeng Web Site - Beta

The Siyathemba Nokeng web site is functional using a combination of Joomla, iWeb, custom CSS and old fashion code from scratch. The Noyile's have reviewed the site and have approved it for live publication. I have a few tweaks for the contact forms, events pages and some additional JavaScripts. After that, it will be on the live site and optimized for search engines. I will post and update when complete!

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Pig Incident

I have become a little famous in South Africa. Well, in the town of Rayton anyway. Well, more like only at the Siyathemba Nokeng Community Centre. I managed to fracture my collarbone at the shoulder. I was working on a video project regarding the oversized, atrocious pigs in the community when I managed to trip while running full speed. Fortunately the whole thing is on video. Yay. So now I can globally embarrass myself online.

You can laugh at me here.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

CV Creator Application

The CV Creator Application (version 2.0) is almost complete. There are a number of organizations in South Africa that create and print CVs (Resumes) for township residents. The process was normally to create a Word document from scratch or to edit a previously created document. It was time consuming and difficult for users.

CV Creator is a VB.Net application with a tabular form for information input. It dynamically creates additional fields for work history if needed then compiles all the data into a pdf format. The current version does require .Net Framework 4.0 but I plan to change it to 3.0. I want to avoid exhausting framework installations on the already aging equipment.

Version 1.0 was a HTML page viewable in a browser with selections for work history and contacts amounts then opened a Word document form. Version 3.0 with save entered information into a database. It will include options to upload to JobLinx, a job candidate web site not unlike Monster.com.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Who is Mike?

I am Mike. I am not special, except to my wife, my mother and God. But I am special enough to have a web site. The site is not to merely inform how special I am, but rather to show how special I am.

Kidding aside, this information is here to share my work not only to bring traffic to companies and organizations I work with, but also to market my work to generate more work. If a video or application I post here generates interest to be hired for another project, then yay for me.

The idea really is to have fun. So enjoy what find here.