Weekend Reading: Tales from Journal Land
Featured GDNet+ Journal Entries
OMG NUB! - Tape_Worm has implemented multi-monitor support for his Gorgon engine and has found the process to be rather painful. He explains why as he covers two ways you can implement multi-monitor support in D3D9
D Bits - Aldacron revisits his Dolce minimal framework code to remake it using more aspects of the D language after he realized he was laying it out too much like a C or Java program - and if he's doing that then why is he bothering with using D? He explains his reworking in detail that reveals much about what makes the D language the D language
Featured Member Journal Entries
japro's journal - japro revisits his earlier entry on vector classes and expands upon it with the additional opinion of JTippets given in the comments of another journal entry on vector classes pointing out that there are so many that are done differently. So japro talks about handling this in your vector class. He also dives into matrices
N.O.W. - Wrathnut is working on an input system for a gamepad using SDL and since he's not a proponent of event-based systems (explanation of why included) and that's what he largely finds examples of around the net, he forges on and creates his own and shares some source examples.
New Journal Land scribes this week: undead, isam2k, Maciekp, mattheaton, ChaoSXDemon, Tilk and latent!
From the Staff
- Gaiiden's Scroll - I'm going to try and restart the habit of using the IPS user status system to micro-blog what I'm working on here at GDNet
- GameDev.net Staff Journal - two updates this past week include information from me regarding the changeover of GDWiki back to GPWiki and what will be happening when you click on the Wiki link in the menu bar and the second update includes some preview details and screenshots of how we're working with the latest Invision Powerboard 3.2 update to bring about a much-improved IPS-based GDNet
- Rock, Paper, Glue - zarfius adds some new features to Glue and works up a quick asteroid game in 6 hours. He also talks about how people find value in a product and what he thinks people see is worth using in Glue
- StarDust DevLog - KaRei provides details on how he's worked his galaxy arms to provide for more up close detail, with a video as well. He then decides he needs a better way to generate the arms and works on a detection algorithm for full-color source images (instead of B&W)
- Calculemus's Journal - calculemus1988 has a new game you can download and try, built from the book XNA 4.0 Game Development by Example. He has also compiled and made available the result from one of the projects in Programming Game AI by Example
- Once a Bird - Demosthenes chooses between two options for the shooting controls in Graveyard Shift - the "Geometry Wars way" and the "sort-of-FPS way". He gives a bit detail for both before explaining why he chose the latter
- OddGames development journal - O-san is struggling with how he wants to lay out the story of his game, whether it will be integral and drive the game itself or just a backdrop with which to set the game in. Stream of consciousness results
- Development of Vegetables at War - SuperMaximo93 continues his weekly updates on his project Vegetables at War, with some new screenshots and details on AI, collisions and physics
- Journal of mikeman - mikeman has details and a video of the new project he has begun to work on
- Milcho's Journal - Milcho has rebooted his terrain project as PrEdiTer - Procedural Editable Terrain and links to the new blog
- Chronicles of the Hieroglyph - Jason Z has created a website for Hieroglyph 3 and invites people to stop by and check it out - let him know what you think. Also, he has updated the engine to work with VS2010.
- LoreHunter's Journal - LoreHunter wraps up a week of game development with some sage advice, including why you should show your work publicly as soon as possible and how he keeps track of the mistakes and failures of others so he doesn't make them himself
- Yckx's GameDev Journal - yckx has created an entity system and as he goes back over it to refactor and refine he'd like the rest of the community to help him pick apart the code he's posted on his journal. Have at it, ye masses!
- New Old Things - Endurion continues to put one foot in front of the other in creating his Commodore 64 game. These last few steps include reloading, giving purpose to item collection, a title screen, and high score table
- XXChester's Blog - XXChester has an update to the generic object translator he posted about a while ago which includes a refined version of the code that's easy to use and modify
- The Bag of Holding - ApochPiQ returns with another opinion piece that digs deep into his experience as coder and results in how to "Become a Good Programmer in Six Really Hard Steps"
- IfThen Software LLC - InvisibleMan is back to more regular journal updates - some of the highlights include answers he had to questions about instruction issue buffers, and data hazards that result from renaming registers.
- Wavesonics Pseudo-Random Journal Generator - Wavesonics has some more updates on his custom-built alarm clock that won't shut off until it detects that he's actually gotten out of bed (snooze is allowed)