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New Project and Motivation

I am swimming in motivation. Drenched in it. I've been whirlwinding out code all day long, and don't believe I'll be stopping any time soon -- barring work tomorrow morning.

This all began on Friday afternoon on the train-ride back home from work. I decided what project I really truly desired to write. The project that I knew I had no shortage of motivation or passion for. I resolved that I would begin this project as soon as I got home that night. That I would have a long weekend jam-packed with liquid-cool progress.

Friday night rolled by without comment. I found myself bitten by the "what language + library should I use?" bug. Now, some of you might not be familiar with this formidable adversary, as I notice a number of folks around here seem to only stick to one language/library. However, this little insectoid is a deadly one. I spent Friday evening, all of Saturday, and all of Sunday poisoned by this foul creature. When infected, the oblivious programmer meanders around saying things like, "maybe I should use C++ with Allegro" and, "I think C# with OpenGL would be best" and, "Delphi with Direct3D has its merits you know" and, "COBOL with screen 13h sounds fiendishly tempting". One would not want to be in the same room as the individual, for it is highly contagious. And annoying.

Anyways, the sickness cleared up this morning when I chose a set of tools, sat down, and just started coding. So far it's been working swimmingly, so I'm quite certain -- given the magnitude of this project -- it was just a subconscious attempt of my mind to goad me into inaction.

Now? Things couldn't be better. I'm trucking along merrily, and the code is sluicing out of my fingertips. I am extremely excited at how things are going, and at where they will be going. It'll be more difficult during the week when I'm working full-time again, but time management is a skill I'm getting more adept at. It's going to be a crazy couple of months before September. [smile]


GameDev Club

I was just talking with Kasra earlier, and it looks like the University Game Development club is going to be on to a killer start this Fall. With a brand new term -- meaning a horde of potential members! -- the club is only going to expand. We're working on ironing our the executive schedule, and working better with scheduling rooms, AV equipment, and our time.

I also intend on rewriting the Beginners' section, moving from C# & SDL.NET to something else. Since Java is pretty much the educational-sector staple in the University, I may give that a go. I won't hesitate to admit that Slick 2D is one of the key tempting reasons for considering such a transition.

More on this as Leaf-Changing Season draws nigh.


Hosting?

I need to get some real web hosting. GD.NET has been nice to me for a whopping two years, but I'm feeling more and more constrained. I've already run out of space for project screenshots, and the interface for file management and blog management just seem clunky. The FTP has been untouchable for gods know how long, too. I just need more space, and more freedom.

There are other reasons, still. I want to get a personal website going to show my projects, past games, and slew of demos/experiments, as well as a place to host my upcoming project which will require more than a paltry 50 megabytes to keep satisfied. I'm not too adept in the web design/programming world, but I think I can stick together some HTML/CSS well enough to work things out.

All of that said, does anyone have recommendations for web hosting? I've been looking hungrily at Dream Host for a while now, but I want to make sure I form an informed decision.
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Great to hear you kicked that progress bug [smile]. I've had several different strains of that one before. There was the "what language/API should I use?", the "what windowing API should I use for my editor", the "I should hammer down every minute details of the gameplay design before I code too much". They all serve to stagnate your project into a fetid swamp that's hard to shift in any direction [depressed].

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I'm glad to hear that you're spreading the word on Slick2D. It's a nice little library that does most of everything I'd need. It doesn't do absolutely everything, but I couldn't complain given its small size. Keep me up to date on this. ;)

- Jon

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As for webhosting, I use basic GoDaddy hosting.

5 GB Disk Space
250 GB Data Transfer

6 bucks a month, not bad in my book.

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I use dreamhost, since I got one of their deals which got me a year's hosting for $11 or so. I think the code is super777 or crazy777, not sure if it's working at the moment though.

If you're not looking for 100% reliable guaranteed superfast hosting, then dreamhost is fine. They might be down a couple of hours every couple of months, but that's not a problem for me at least. I've never had any problems with slow sites or low transfer or whatever.

Just my 2c.

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I'm currently using Site5 to host my websites.

For $8 (12 month plan) they offer:
110 GB disk space
5 TB bandwidth
110 domain pointers (I.e, multiple .com websites can point to folders in your main directory)

You can also get that plan for $5 if you agree to pay for 24 months worth. I've been with them for 2 years so far it's been pretty good. Of course, I think that 5 TB bandwidth is completely ridiculous but it's nice knowing that you'll have that extra bandwidth in case you need it.

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Thank you for the host recommendations! I'll hopefully make the final call tonight, and start getting the ball rolling on the website.

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Java is pretty much the educational-sector staple in the University

In fact, Java is currently being phased out as a first-year language at Waterloo. The 2007-2008 academic year will be the last for CS 125, 133, and 134.
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Professor Prabhakar Ragde
The courses recommended for CS majors and interested non-majors (CS 135/136, CS 145) will use Scheme, then C. The courses recommended for others (CS 115/116) will use Scheme, then Python.

And while I thoroughly agree the Java+Slick is an awesome choice, don't expect the first-years to come equipped with any knowledge of Java.

Yay for random UW knowledge.

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Original post by HopeDagger
Java is pretty much the educational-sector staple in the University

In fact, Java is currently being phased out as a first-year language at Waterloo. The 2007-2008 academic year will be the last for CS 125, 133, and 134.


Oh, very interesting. Can you post the link to wherever PR said this? I'll need to talk to Kas about that, so we can take their first-year language into consideration. Thanks!

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