Oh yeah. Oh. That, that right there is what I am talkin' about. That feels good. I haven't felt this good in quite a while. What I am talking about is the satisfaction of a job well done, of pulling off something difficult, of doing a good job at work. It's nice to feel smart again. Thank you Jesus, and thank you to all of you who have been praying for me. Tonight I built a little Flash application I'm calling Spelunker that can navigate around inside larger applications and give you a look at how they work. Frankly, it's a hacking tool, but a good and benevolent one. It allowed me to solve a problem at work that we'd been looking at for a while. This may in turn grease the way for a rather big deal for us, and on top of that will allow us to build some pretty cool apps that interact with the larger app in nifty ways. Man, it feels good to have something like that work, and without hours of frustration.
This comes on the heels of finally figuring out a bug in one of my personal projects that had been stymieing me for a while and scaring me off from working on it. That's one headache down. And I need to be on my A game, because tomorrow I'm going to be starting work on the first major project I'm leading. Keep those prayers coming!
The bad news is that I have fallen into NetHack again. For those of you unfamiliar with NetHack, it's one of the best little roleplaying games ever, despite the fact it has no graphics. It's one of those games where they thought of everything, and I mean everything. It's also one of the hardest RPGs you'll ever play. If you die, that's it. You're done. Your saved game for that character gets erased (unless you cheat). But it's a very rewarding game when you uncover all the nuances they worked into it, and it's an accomplishment to beat it without cheating. It's an addictive game, too, but I figure this is staving off me sinking $350 and more time and money into a console. For now, at least.