Unity 2.5 released for Windows !!

If you’ve had any interest in 3D game development, you may have heard of Unity. It allows you to create standalone and web-based 3D games, as well as producing content for the Wii, and the iPhone. Before today, the authoring environment was only for the Mac. Well, they just released version 2.5 for Windows!

It’s an exciting time to be a 3D game developer!

iBrent

I Passed!!

You’re looking at a newly Adobe Certified Expert! =D

I took the Adobe Flex 3 with AIR ACE exam this afternoon and passed with a score of 74% (you only need 67% to pass). As soon as the test results are sent to Adobe, I’ll be able to get that fancy logo added to my site. W00t!

Regarding my preparation for the test, the best thing I did, aside from my years of experience 😉 was to review the free documentation that comes with Flex. Basically I took the ACE exam guide, and highlighted all the terms that I needed to brush up on, and then I did a search through the Flex documentation, and read each chapter that discussed those terms (I downloaded the complete set of pdfs, and using the advanced search in Acrobat, I was able to search quickly through all the documents).

All in all I spent about 6 hours of studying, over the course of 3 days. I thought I had reviewed all the sections I needed to, until I got half-way through the test and hit the questions on accessing a local database in AIR. DOH! I forgot to review that, and sure enough, that was my worse section –> Interacting with data sources and servers 37% (oops). Luckily I did well enough on all the rest to pass the exam. Of course with only 50 questions, missing 13, gave me a 74%.

What a coincidence! I took the test on Friday the 13th, and I missed 13 questions. Who would have thought?

Anyway, I’m happy with the results, and I’m excited to get that logo on my site. Because as they say, it’s not what you know, it’s what people think you know, that matters. 😉

But seriously, thanks for all the kind words of encouragement.

— iBrent

I’m gettin’ certified!

Ever since I learned about the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) program back in the early 00’s, I’ve always wanted to get certified. I think it helps with getting new clients, to set yourself apart from the crowd with a certification next to your name. Some people argue that it’s unnecessary, and that experience and a good portfolio are the true test of a good developer. Well, I agree, but I also feel it’s important to show that you meet certain industry standards. The Adobe Certification exams are tried and true programs that give you more credibility. Besides, you get to put a cool new logo on your site. =D

Well, now I’ve officially scheduled my exam, and I’m going to get certified! I’m taking the Flex 3 with AIR exam, and I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes. I’ve noticed a lot of people blogging about it on the Adobe feeds lately, and I’m now more motivated than ever, so here I go. Wish me luck!

— iBrent