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Post Mortem: Personal Labor Day "Game Jam" - Day 2

Posted by evolutional, 11 September 2015 · 118 views

Day 2

I started day 2 pleased with that I had a playable game at the end of the first day, but it wasn't finished yet. Cracking on, I set myself some goals for the day. The first three were continuations from the first day.

☑ Add "game over" detection (no more moves) & message
☑ Add game reset and "new game" logic
☑ Add scoring + display of scor...

Post Mortem: Personal Labor Day "Game Jam" - Day 1

Posted by evolutional, 10 September 2015 · 118 views


It's been a long time since I've done anything directly game related in my spare time. I work 40+ hours a week on video games and by the time I get home, I often can't summon up the motivation to do anything dev related at home.

Sure, I've still got ideas and desires to work on projects I've carried in my head (or as failed prototypes) for...

Chamois - Fluent Assertion Syntax for C++

Posted by evolutional, 13 September 2014 · 1,927 views
c++, unit, test, bdd, tdd, fluent
One library that I love in .NET is Fluent Assertions . It takes assertion syntax in Unit Tests and wraps it up in a natural language syntax. Doing so, we get a nice looking structure for our test that reads like a requirement, rather than a bunch of code.

For example:

Sure, it's nice and tearse for a programmer, but what if it were more fluent?

Or a...

On C++ Naming Conventions

Posted by evolutional, 15 July 2014 · 3,233 views

I threw myself back into the deep end of C++ again a few months ago, having spent the last couple of years with an emphasis on C# and .NET.

One thing that I'm thinking of is the old subject of coding style. Every software house tends to have a house style, so at work you just adopt that - but at home, on personal projects I find myself drifting around st...

First version of FlatBuffers in .NET

Posted by evolutional, 05 July 2014 · 835 views

I've committed by first alpha version of the FlatBuffers port to .NET to GitHub .

Since my last post, I decided to port the Java version to .NET as straight as I could, which means the use between Java and C# should be similar.

I ported the JavaTest buffer creation code; which looks as follows: var fbb = new FlatBufferBuilder(1); /...

FlatBuffers in .NET

Posted by evolutional, 24 June 2014 · 2,639 views
.net, c#, protobuf, flatbuffers and 1 more...
I've been tinkering with Google's new FlatBuffers protocol and have an experimental port of it running in .NET (C#).

FlatBuffers is interesting and there's a couple of other alternatives in the form of ProtoBuf , Cap'n Proto , Simple Binary Encoding (SBE) and, to a lesser extent, JSON , XML and YAML . These protocols all share the same thing in common...

Porting Accidental Noise Library to .NET

Posted by evolutional, 14 April 2014 · 1,064 views

I've been inspired by the images that JTippetts ' Accidental Noise Library can generate. However, these days I do very little C++ work so I felt like tinkering with a little project that would help me tip my toe back in this water and also have a bit of fun.

As a result, I decided to have a crack at porting Accidental to .NET. I'm aware that James Petr...

How Uncle Bob, Fowler & Beck, nCrunch and ReSharper changed my code

Posted by evolutional, 15 January 2014 · 890 views
.net, c#, code quality, testing
I've been trying to do Test Driven Development (TDD) for quite some time and struggled. I've always been what I would term a "traditional" coder - write something, debug it in some custom rigged harness to make sure things work as expected, then move on to the next piece of the system and repeat ad infinitum. This style of coding has got me through litera...