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1  Games Center / Archived Projects / Re: Isometric Engine (RCT style) on: 2005-07-26 11:14:19
Doesn't find the tiles.gif file on Linux for some strange reason...
2  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Other vms on: 2005-07-04 04:04:14
Did you mean psycho? The to exe compiler for python.

Python is used either as language for configuration file, or a language for small program. It doesn't need awsome performance for it.
Erm... just a correction here.  Psycho is -not- an exe compiler.  It's an extension module for python and works a bit like the JIT.

Second correction, python isn't used just for configuration & small programs.  I think you'll find it has found uses in a good deal more areas than you might expect.  Apparently when Google are hiring, they look for python as well as java experience, so I'm guessing python is being used in some fairly large scale applications.

That said, I myself am using Jython (the java python derivative) for.... configuration & small programs....  Grin
3  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: post your favorite scripting language on: 2005-06-14 08:56:18
...jython is ugly, but only like 40 times slower....

Jython is ugly?  To embed?  Or you don't like the Python language?  Can't say I'm that impressed by the Jython source, but the more I've used Python, the more I like it.
4  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: J2SE Embedded: a leaner VM for gaming? on: 2005-04-20 19:43:11
We use the word a lot in the colonies as well....    Grin
5  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: J2SE Embedded: a leaner VM for gaming? on: 2005-04-19 23:52:35
And the probable answer is the old adage:

If you have to ask, you can't afford it.   :-/
6  Games Center / Archived Projects / Re: Tribal Trouble (finally) released! on: 2005-04-03 18:08:25
Runs great for me as well.  On an Inspiron 700m laptop running Gentoo Linux.

I don't find the sudden stop when scrolling as jarring as others seem to, by the way.
7  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: BEST GAME EVER on: 2005-03-26 00:34:31

From the terror of bad graphic?

What do you mean bad graphics?  At the time Wolfenstein was cutting edge.
8  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: BEST GAME EVER on: 2005-03-21 21:26:16
I can't believe it was so long until anyone mentioned Elite. For it's time nothing else has come close.

Elite definitely gets my vote.  Also Ultima 7, Ultima Underwurld 1, more recently Outcast, and even more recently Zelda Wind Waker... (or walker, or whatever it was).

Honourable mention should go to Wolfenstein for being the first time my jaw dropped when looking at a computer game.
9  Java Game APIs & Engines / Tools Discussion / Re: New jEdit is out on: 2005-03-17 02:37:42
BTW, one major lack in jEdit's plugins is dot-completion.  I know there is a couple of plugins that are -supposed- to provide dot-completion, but in my experience they've never come close to NB or Eclipse in usability.

That said, the fact that jEdit supports syntax colouring for Python/Jython code is a major plus, and the reason I use it as well as NB.
10  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Must Read on: 2005-02-25 16:21:06
Hmmm... I've thought long and hard about this offer and there are a couple of things I really need to say about it.

The first word rhymes with duck, and the second word rhymes with cough.
11  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Embedding vm: what is allowed? on: 2005-01-27 17:37:39
The more I lookk at that license agreement the less real reason I can see for it being that way. I once got some BS about "supporting millions of tiny broken versions of Java" but plainly this isn't what's happening here.

There's not even remotely a technical argument for it these days.  Was reading something recently (& after wracking my brains I can't for the life of me remember where) that discussed the reasoning behind re-use of libraries, etc, that basically stemmed from a time where disk space was expensive, but which no longer makes sense in a modern environment. If that was actually a reality you could (sort of) accept an argument that said: it's a dumb idea to distribute a VM with your app/game when there should only be one on a machine.  But disk space -isn't- expensive, and your cut down VM is what... only 2MB... so, at the very least, there should be a licensing exception for these sort of uses.

12  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Gaming jobs in Australia on: 2005-01-19 21:27:39

Aussies are also known (so I've heard) for being very hard workers, which is a must-have in the games industry (i.e. a love of pain).

You must've misheard.  Can't have been Aussies.  Must've been NZers.   Tongue
13  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Sun's crappy generic implementation on: 2005-01-11 16:04:31
I'll be surprised if you see C# on a non-Microsoft console.  But I won't be surprised when it appears on an Xbox.

By the way, blahblah, you probably don't have to wait 5 years to find out.  Bruce Eckels wrote a series of articles "Puzzling through Erasure" discussing some of the issues with Java generics.

I -think- this is the one where he had some feedback from someone at Sun:
14  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Linux == reduced life expectancy on: 2005-01-08 19:35:21
Debian is the only linux distro which is safe enough to use in production.

Oh really?!  I do wish you'd told me this 4 or 5 years ago before we installed redhat in our production servers.  Excuse me while I phone up our sys admin team, get them to format our 10 or so servers running Fedora Core immediately and install Debian, since you obviously have so much experience in these matters. I'm sure they'll probably object.  After all, we've been running Redhat in prod for years without any hitches... but no, it's now obvious to me that we must've been wrong.

15  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / FreeBSD Java licensing problems on: 2005-01-05 03:38:51
(picked up from Javalobby):

See the topic "Java Update".

Seems like someone should be lighting a fire under the proverbial buttocks of whoever is in charge of licensing.
16  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Yours truly on on: 2004-12-22 17:31:17
Ugh.  Real Player.  Sigh.   Embarrassed
17  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Arrrrrgh, Swing! on: 2004-12-21 03:38:09

Is it just Swing... or are all GUI toolkits this bad? :-/

I recently wrote (well half-wrote, haven't quite finished it yet) a text editor in python+gtk.  To be honest, I preferred it to Swing, but I don't think it was particularly straight-forward either.
In my experience, GUI toolkits seems to inhabit a black or white space (i.e. very few shades of grey). They're either simple to use, and therefore a bleedin nightmare when you want to do something complicated; or complicated as hell, and end up giving you just enough rope to hang yourself...  Wink
18  Java Game APIs & Engines / Tools Discussion / Re: Maven on: 2004-12-13 18:10:21
Opinion seems split everywhere...   Grin
19  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Working abroad on: 2004-12-07 17:04:08

And sometimes they don't understand me if I use a wrong tone somewhere. It's so difficult sometimes... :-/

My wife has learnt English since about 3 years of age.  So we don't have any problems there.  
But NZers have a nasty habit of talking too quickly, and I do the exact same thing when I try to speak Thai.  Makes it difficult for them to understand what I'm saying.  Then again, when Thai's start talking quickly, I understand about 1 word in 10 (if that).

Phom kid wah khun phuut passa thai dee gwa phom.

Anyway, good luck with your plans.  You'll have to let us know how you get on.  I'd definitely be keen to hear.
20  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Working abroad on: 2004-12-06 16:11:18
Phom phuut phasa thai nit noy. :-)

Forum Etiquitte 101:  How to confuse your fellow forum members.....  Start writing Thai with english phonetics....  Grin

Anyway, the reason I ask is that you'll probably have an easier task getting a job if you do speak a bit of Thai.  It won't be true for everywhere but certainly some Java jobs I've seen advertised there in the past have said both Thai and English.
21  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Working abroad on: 2004-12-05 19:27:27
From a pay perspective I suspect that it's better to get a job for a company in your country of origin and then get a transfer.  My wife has friends who have done that.  Their normal salary turns into a huge amount of money in Thailand (as you are already aware, I'm sure).  In any case, if you're working for an international company, the pay is usually better than the average thai wage (by an order of magnitude).

Big question though.... khun phuut phassa thai mai?
22  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Working abroad on: 2004-12-04 20:41:32
My wife is Thai-Chinese (born in Thailand, grew up in Bangkok).  She thinks you'll be lucky to find a reasonable job in Chiang Mai, esp. considering all the major corporations are based in Bangkok.

Working hours are pretty normal apparently.  9-5.  The big killer in Bangkok is that if you're not living in the city, you've got HUGE commute times.  i.e. 3 hours either way depending upon where you are.
23  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Genuine 3D in Flash on: 2004-11-30 21:57:29

Could you do me a favor and right-click the Flash movie?  What version of Flash does it say you are using?  (Version 7 is required for transparency to work, which is necessary for this demo.)

Flash Player 7
24  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Genuine 3D in Flash on: 2004-11-29 15:58:33
Doesn't work for me.  But I'm running Linux so probably not your target demographic.

I get the flash stuff, but no 3d.

FYI. The applet loads (a bunch of logging stuff is dumped to the console), but it never seems to display anything.  I'm also running 1.5.0 (+ firefox browser)
25  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: SUPER ELVIS beta testers required on: 2004-11-27 16:55:00
Isn't there an exception message somewhere? Maybe in ~/Super Elvis 1.0/*log or something? What gfx card and OS version?

- elias

The actual exception:

org.lwjgl.LWJGLException: Could not create a direct GLX context
Sun Nov 28 08:37:49 NZDT 2004           at org.lwjgl.opengl.LinuxDisplay.createContext(Native Method)
Sun Nov 28 08:37:49 NZDT 2004           at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(
Sun Nov 28 08:37:49 NZDT 2004           at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(
Sun Nov 28 08:37:49 NZDT 2004           at genesis.Game.init(
Sun Nov 28 08:37:49 NZDT 2004           at genesis.Game.main(

It's an Asus laptop, so the gfx card is embedded I think.  I'm running gentoo linux.
26  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: SUPER ELVIS beta testers required on: 2004-11-24 02:19:33
Doesn't work any more for me.   Huh


Java Web Start 1.5.0
Using JRE version 1.5.0 Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM
Failed to load hiscores table.
Starting Super Elvis 1.0
     at org.lwjgl.opengl.LinuxDisplay.createContext(Native Method)
     at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(
     at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(
     at genesis.Game.init(
     at genesis.Game.main(

Then again I'm not sure LWJGL has worked at all since my upgrade to 1.5.
(Linux by the way)
27  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Structs on: 2004-11-19 01:37:21
Errggh.  Reading the comments at the bug parade really sets my teeth on edge.  It's like Slashdot.  Only not as funny.

When is Sun going to implement a rule that says you can't submit comments on an RFE unless you:

a) have been developing more than just in VB before you moved to Java
b) have more than 3 brain cells to rub together at any one moment in time.

Frankly I wish I had a spaceship so I could start tracking down these people and telling them just what I thought of them (pathetic Douglas Adams reference, in case it wasn't completely obvious)
28  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: BlitzPlus - BASIC Development on: 2004-11-13 18:12:36

I'm just wondering here - what's Java got to compete???

A nicer language?

I started programming Basic games when I was 8 years old.  1978.  Retro-chic is one thing, but that's taking it a bit far.

I think that part of my brain has rusted over by now.
29  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: A career in games? Advice wanted on: 2004-11-10 02:12:23
Or alternatively, is a career in games very unrealistic, (due to it being highly competetive, or some other reason)and therefore should I just start looking for regular jobs using Java?

A career in games development using Java is probably a bit unrealistic if you have no experience.  Considering there isn't a huge amount of commercial Java games dev going on, other than in J2ME, you'd probably be better off getting some general development experience under your belt, or perhaps trying to get in on the ground floor at a games dev company (as a tester or gofer or whatever).
30  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: A career in games? Advice wanted on: 2004-11-10 02:01:22
I don't know what you want, but I think you should try to pay a little to somebody who helps you, just some kind curticey

I think you shouldn't bother posting messages on an open/free forum if you want to get paid for the privilege. You should probably find somewhere else to frequent.

By the way, this advice is free.
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