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Posted on : 02-04-2014 | By : admin | In : Software Development



As part of my dissertation (and final) project whilst at university I have been making modification to a relational database management system called Rel, originally written by Dave Voorhis, and extended by many people. Rel was created as a way of teaching and researching relational database theory, I have made several enhancements to the system. Rev is a visual query system for Rel which allows the user to build and modify databases using visual query elements.

The original software can be downloaded Here
(I had no involvement in this version, this is how it was when I started development).
The current software can be downloaded Here
(I cannot detail how to use it)

Installation instructions:

You’ll need JDK or JRE to run
Just double click Rev.jar and everything should work by itself
Type “java -jar Rev.jar” into the console terminal (without quotes)

Here is a set a screenshots from the software program.


A series of connected visualisers representing relvars (similar to database tables), projection, restriction and order operators.







The tuples editor. Tuple is another name for row or record, basically each tuple represents a unique set of values in a database table, Rev supports grouped relations with multiple sub tuples.

Graphing Software Windows 8

Posted on : 16-04-2013 | By : admin | In : Software Development



I am currently working on another version of my graphing app I have written. The previous version was written using HTML5 and JavaScript, this new version will be created using C# and XAML as a new Windows 8 app. The interface will be very similar and the display will show virtually the same.


Writing Ghost 2.1

Posted on : 09-04-2013 | By : admin | In : Releases, Software Development

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Writing Ghost 2.1 is finally here, download the latest version of our text editing, anti-edit software program.


Update on Writing Ghost 2.1

Posted on : 09-01-2013 | By : admin | In : Software Development, Updates



Writing Ghost 2.1 has been put on and off hold for the last year or more, unfortunately due to other projects I will be unlikely to release it anytime in the next few weeks. However Writing Ghost for Windows 8 has the fundamentals (i.e. offline stuff) built so it is possible with a little styling and online features building that this might end up being released before the main 2.1 (however I say this light heartedly, as I actually doubt that will happen).

Anyway, 2.1 will be released at some point, when I complete a few more projects, and it will hopefully be done soon (but I won’t say when this time).

Writing Ghost Win8 first screen

Posted on : 16-10-2012 | By : admin | In : Software Development



First screenshot of my Writing Ghost for Windows 8, using default black and white theme for now, shows most features that will be in the release, adding more features and fixing current ones.

Writing Ghost Win8 screen1

Writing Ghost Windows 8

Some new projects to expect in the next three months

Posted on : 12-10-2012 | By : admin | In : Game Development, Software Development

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Hello, it is that time of year again when students return to their natural habitat (and I don’t mean the library).
I am James Record a final year Computer Games Programming student at the University of Derby and this is what I will be working on in the next three months.

By December 2012 there will be some new projects for this website.

Writing Ghost for Windows 8
I am writing a new version of Writing Ghost for the brand new Windows 8 app store, although I cannot promise it will make the store itself, I will be working on a version which will be compatible with Windows RT and would be suitable for users to use the program on new devices.
Writing Ghost Win8 will be based on the latest Writing Ghost 2.1 file system (which I haven’t forgotten about). Hopefully I will be able to release v2.1 along with the Win8 version (although again I mention, I do not know whether it will make the public app store).
There will be more on this to come, along with possible screenshots and development stages.
Depending on popularity and how many people use windows 8 will depend on whether further work is continued on the project after December.

Zombie Game
I am also working on a computer game based around the idea of time and zombies. I cannot go into specifics (partly because they will change and also because this is a work in progress and there are ears listening). But basically it involves travelling back-and-forth between two times in the near future to solve puzzles and defeat a zombie outbreak.
To stay away from clichés there will be minimal conventional weaponry, most of the game play is puzzle based and exploring the map, shooting zombies is only necessary to survive and stay alive long enough to see the next puzzle.
I will not be working on this project alone: There will be 3 programmers and 8 artists (spread between environments, character modelling, rigging and animations and prop and 2D art). There are currently 11 of us in total making this so far the largest video game development team I have worked in.
Also there will be screenshots, videos and the demo will be available on completion in December for people to play. This will be a demo and no further work is expected beyond December.
More blog post will be made later in development.

c++ Software Renderer source code

Posted on : 04-02-2011 | By : admin | In : Software Development



You can now download the source code to my c++ software renderer so far.

Source code

c++ Software Renderer video demo

Posted on : 19-12-2010 | By : admin | In : Software Development



The software renderer I have been working on for the past twelve or more weeks is finally at a reasonably presentable state, here is a video demo demonstrating some of its main features (though texturing is not included in this demo).

I said the final version would be available for free download by Christmas but as there are still a few bugs with it I will want to fix these before I release it. I will still do this but it may be a few more weeks yet, and I may also add more functionality than intended for the original version anyway.

Software renderer part 2

Posted on : 02-11-2010 | By : admin | In : Software Development



Previously you may have seen my software renderer with a flat wireframe model that didn’t look that amazing, but now i have the beginnings of lighting, here is a screenshot of what i have done since then. I will continue to update this blog with updates and then include one big blog when the project is complete and looks perfect. (probably just before Christmas).

Writing Ghost 2.0 is now available

Posted on : 30-10-2010 | By : admin | In : Releases, Software Development



Join the hundreds of people who downloaded version 1.1, now with a much improved version 2.0. Protect your writings from plagiarism now and allow the transmission of your works without it being edited or copy and pasted.

Version 2.0 also has a spell checker, find and replace and generally better editor and more secure saving system that can still load v1.1 files. Step-by-step we are working towards making a better FREE alternative to other text editors.

Writing Ghost 2.0 editor mode