Month: January 2009

remember me?

EDIT- To anyone looking for a remember me component for Flex, just use the shared object 😉

It’s been a long long time since I’ve written anything in here. Needless to say I haven’t really been focused on personal projects. I’ve been having a great time in California, it’s really been a complete 360 on everything that I’m used to.  Work has been insane to say the least.  I’ve launched a couple of things since september……

First we have a Game Browser and widget. Just some updates to the big one, added trailers, extra filters and tracking through Omniture. The little one is pretty cool, just about all of the same features as the big one, just less space to show em and an embed code for you to drop one on your page if you’d like.

Next we have a Graphics Plus Microsite and widget as well.  This campaign is showing off the power of the NVIDIA gpu. Very very cool stuff. The widget got over 130,000 impressions this month so far and has been embedded on over 1100 pages. Something that was left out of the job description here at NVIDIA is that there will be times when the Marketing department will have an idea and it will need to be spec’d, built, localized in 14 languages, and tracked in 2-3 week time frames.  It’s totally worth it in the end when you finally launch but it’s a little scary when you first hear the launch date.  Unfortunately no embed code for this widget, partners only.

An Optimized PC Configurator needed to be re-written to be more dynamic. It’s not really aesthetically pleasing, but it does what it needs to do and I didn’t have the say/time to re-design. The coolest thing about launching applications for a world wide company is seeing your app in japanese.  The first time you see the app you’ve been building for weeks in 14 different languages, it’s a great feeling. Here’s the configurator in English and Japanese.

Last is a simple widget that is hosted on the download confirmation page for the NVIDIA driver. This is one of those times where Marketing will come over and say “We need something here, can you have it by Friday?”.  It’s not great, design or code-wise, but it get’s over 15,000,000 impressions a month. 😀 Seriously, it gets that many impressions.  I can’t link directly because of ASP variables and whatnot but if you want to check it out, just download a driver or act like you are and click cancel when you are prompted for download. It’s the little widget at the bottom. It’s basically just the bottom half of the Games Browser Widget.

All apps are fully integrated with Omniture Web Analytics and are fully localized in 14 languages. That adds quite a bit to development but I’ve streamlined both processes so that it isn’t as big of a pain as it usually is.

So that’s it for the past 5 months. Usually most developers have worked on 1-2 projects per 6 months, I’ve been on about 10. From my favorite movie Fresh, Samuel Jackson – “Bring him to the park and put the clock on em, I’ll chew his ass up”. You really get to know a developer when it’s crunch time and the “clock is on em”.
I have two more apps that are in approval stage as I type and will be launching within the week. In the meantime, I’ve been stepping into the rails game. More from that wonderful world in the next post.