Thursday, December 30, 2010

DreamWeaver CS5 / Medicine Ball Exercise

I was going to wait until the new year to start getting busy here on this blog, but why wait!
I just got a medicine ball I ordered yesterday, and am ready to get busy using it...
Also, Peggy got me a new camera for xmas,
so there will be a lot more picture here in the future!

Here are a few exercises I picked up if you feel so inclined:
Men's Health  December 2010 issue

Medicine Ball Twist - Hold a medicine ball at chest level, arms straight out. Without moving your torso, rotate your arms far to the left, than far to the right. That's 1 rep.
Continue back and forth as fast as you can.

Mountain Climber- Assume a push up position with your hands on a medicine ball. Lift your right foot off the floor and raise your right knee as close to your chest as you can, without rounding your lower back. Put your leg down and repeat with your left leg.
Continue alternating as fast as you can.

Medicine Ball Slam - Hold a medicine ball at waist level, and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. While keeping your elbows slightly bent, explosively lift the ball up and slam it to the floor in front of you. Grab the ball on the rebound and repeat.

Here are some youtube link to some videos as well:

Adobe DreamWeaver CS5
I have also been studying DreamWeaver CS5 for Web application.

I really like my experience with Adobe products, and am enjoying this one as well! DreamWeaver allows you to create, even from preloaded templates, websites and pages without knowing HTML and CSS.
I am studying with a tutorial video that shows you how to work DreamWeaver and create as well as adjust code and understand it...
Here is a link to that tutorial video:
Hope some of this helps! I look forward to reading this back in the future and laughing at when I just got started!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

mySQL / Microsoft SQL server / Visual Studio 2010

Well almost the end of the year.
I am satisfied with my goals,
but really want to kick it into high gear in 2011...

I have classes in SQL this quarter and am looking to expand on what is presented.
I downloaded mySQL and installed...
Here is a link and also a link to a very helpful tutorial to get started:
mySQL tutorial:

My class is in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 which can be downloaded from Dreamspark as a student with a valid .edu email...

To day I am going to post a exercise on how to make a Splash Screen in Microsoft Visual Basic...
This exercise is from the book:
Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express Programming for the Absolute Beginner by Jerry Lee Ford, Jr.
( It is proving to be a very helpful book! You should get it or subscribe to books 24/7 )

Adding a Splash Screen to Your Application

One thing that you might want to do to spice up your application is to give it a splash screen. The IDE makes the creation and setup of a splash screen very straightforward. All that you have to do is create a new form and then tell the IDE to make it your application’s splash screen.


A splash screen is a window that appears briefly when an application first loads. Application developers use splash screens to display product information or to distract users while their application loads.
The following example demonstrates the steps involved in adding a splash screen to your Visual Basic applications.
  1. Open a new Visual Basic Windows application project, and expand the default form to approximately twice its normal size to make it distinguishable from its splash screen. Place whatever controls you want on it.
  2. Click on the Project menu and select the Add Windows Form option.
  3.   Select the Splash Screen and click on the Add button. A window named SplashScreen1 is added to the project.
  4. The IDE will display the SplashScreen1 form. At this point you may add a Label control to the form and specify whatever text you want to have displayed. Optionally, you may add a PictureBox control to display a graphic. Visual Basic will automatically display text on the splash screen form representing your application’s name, version, and copyright date. You do not need to modify this information. Visual Basic will supply this information for you.
  5. Click on the Properties option located at the bottom on the Project menu. A new window will appear in the IDE.
  6. Make sure that the Application tab is displayed.
    Configuring a Visual Basic application to begin by displaying a splash screen.
  7. Using the Splash screen drop-down list at the bottom of the window, select SplashScreen1 as your application’s splash screen.
Now, close the Properties window and press F5 to run your application. Just before the main menu starts, you should briefly see your splash screen appear. After a moment, it will close and your application’s main window will be displayed.

 A splash screen gives the application developer a chance to share additional information with the user before the application starts.

The application’s main window appears as soon as the splash screen closes.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Visual Studio Development - Village Anchor

I haven't posted in awhile...Been Busy Busy!
Just finished my Microsoft Office and XHTML courses,
should have an A in both classes!

I am exploring all the Microsoft content and trying to update on DreamSpark...

Just loaded up all the Visual Studio 2010 content and am going through new tutorials...

I am also wanting to get a Windows 7 phone eventually and learn how to develop apps for it...
I need to learn XAML first, the markup language of the phone...

Also a new restaurant we  recently tried and was Awesome is the Village Anchor: