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Data permanence (or a lack thereof)

  Posted by swiftcoder, 13 March 2015 · 0 views

When Google VP Vint Cerf warned that increased dependence on technology could lead to a ‘digital dark age’ , he merely echoed the concern of everyone involved in the preservation of information in a digital world. While it is expedient to dismiss his claim as sensationalist and/or paranoid, Google’s announcement yesterday that they are closing down the Go...

Approaches to Resource Disposal

  Posted by swiftcoder, 23 May 2014 · 1,886 views

I’m working on developing a novel programming language, working title ‘aevum’. As part of that process, I’ll be writing a series of articles about various aspects of language design and development.

Every long running computer program is going to need to obtain a variety of resources, and those resources are almost always finite. Memory, file handles, t...

Fun with commas

  Posted by swiftcoder, 14 June 2013 · 912 views

This thread over at GameDev got me thinking, “can one assign Python-like tuples in C++?”

I don’t want to pollute the thread in For Beginners with that discussion, but the answer is yes, even without C++11 initialiser lists:

#include <iostream>struct A { A &operator = (int i) { std::cout << "A = " << i << s...

Bidding a Freelance Contract

  Posted by swiftcoder, 28 October 2011 · 634 views

Although I am gainfully employed at present, in the past I have made a good portion of my living in freelance work: websites, Facebook applications, database tools – even the odd carpentry project. The most essential skill involved in freelancing any field? Communication. But the next most important skill is the ability to accurately estimate...

Logarithmic Spiral Distance Field

  Posted by swiftcoder, 21 June 2010 · 602 views

I have been playing around with distance field rendering, inspired by some of Iñigo Quílez’s work. Along the way I needed to define analytic distance functions for a number of fairly esoteric geometric primitives, among them the...

The price of progress

  Posted by swiftcoder, 21 January 2010 · 414 views

I recently installed the beta of Microsoft Office 2010, and the first thing that struck me is how it performs noticeably worse on my 3.0 GHz quad-core AMD gaming rig, than Office ’98 performed on a now 12-year-old PowerBook G3, powered by a little 250 MHz PPC processor.

You can probably guess the next stage of this little anecdote… Office...

RFC 1149 implemented

  Posted by swiftcoder, 12 September 2009 · 266 views

This one goes out to all the networking students in the house:

Wired reports that a firm in South Africa successfully demonstrated that data transmission via flash drive equipped carrier pigeon is faster than their existing internet service...

simplui 1.0.4 released

  Posted by swiftcoder, 17 August 2009 · 238 views

New in this version:

  • Support for multiple windows
  • Java-style flow layout
  • Full batching
  • Numerous performance enhancements and bug fixes
  • Minor theme tweaks
  • setuptools/easy_install support
Given the speed of development, simplui has moved to its own googlecode...

Community News

  Posted by swiftcoder, 14 August 2009 · 159 views

Various things have been snowballing recently, with the result that both development and blogging have fallen by the wayside. A few interesting things are happening however, take a look and see for yourself, after the jump…

The future of pyglet
Alex Holkner recently announced that he isn’t able to continue development/maintenance of...

simplui 1.0.3 released

  Posted by swiftcoder, 06 June 2009 · 134 views

No major features this time, instead a slew of small bug fixes, an update to the API, and the rendering code has been rewritten for performance (primarily though batching).

I wasn’t intending to push a release out until more features were added, so consider this a maintenance release.

You can download the...

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