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Offline Catharsis

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« Posted 2005-02-04 13:34:34 »

A thread in another forum on this board got me all nostalgic about Netscape's IFC library.   I completed a medium sized project with IFC back in 1997 that was a visual simulator of a single cycle implementation of MIPS (albeit a reduced instruction set).

It is a really cool learning aid and is based on a figure from a very popular book used in computer architecture courses.

In my spare time I got it up and running here via web start:

I've tested it on win32 and Mac OSX 10.3.5 running 1.4 and 1.5 JVMs.  I could use some help verifying if it runs on Linux. So if someone could get back to me on that I'd be stoked.

Don't fret though.. This is still somewhat game related as I put in my 1st game based on the classic D-Zone as an easter egg.  Click on the eye of the image in the lower right and type in "xyzzy" without moving the mouse after you click on the eye.    I even had a networked version of the game mostly there and it was cool as the mouse point controlled the turret..  I'll maybe get around to getting that updated, but doubt the free time will be there as there are cooler things to be doing these days.

Spasm was my senior project for uni which I completed the summer after my _freshman_ year. I went to a decent engineering uni and came out of left field with this app as no one else at the uni had heard of Netscape's IFC and couldn't believe I had this running in a browser and as an application at the time.   At that point the few professors dinking around with Java were stuck at AWT..

Completing this app and realizing it with this level of quality firmed up my path following Java way back then..

Building this on a P-166 though took at least 2-3 minutes for a full rebuild... crazy...

mmm... Can't wait to release the new stuff.. Smiley


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