Nonetheless, I did manage to get a little bit of work done on Essentia, though I don't have much to show for it. To begin with, I have created a CVectorMap class, which uses two std::vectors to create a templatized map container which performs an insertion sort as you add items to the container, and uses a binary search to access said items in a timely fashion. The identifier is a char* array, which lets you do cool things like order frames in a sprite animation simply by naming them something like "FRAME1", "FRAME2", etc. This also allows me to implement a global asset management system, which keeps track of all the assets via their string identifiers.
The asset system takes care of all of the memory management for all CObject, CSprite, and CImage objects. This is much simpler than what I'm currently doing - my placeholder Main.cpp is garbage. But we'll worry about that later.
The asset system is still highly in development and refinement, so I am loath to say anything about it because I guarantee that it will be completely rewritten several times before I'm happy with it. So for now, let's just say its a work-in-progress.
And that's about it. Now that I have enough of the engine finished that it is actually beginning to have some form, I realize that it needs a massive organizational makeover. First engine...lots of mistakes. But hey, at least I'm learning, right?
Hopefully, I'll get a lot of development time starting this weekend and extending throughout Christmas break. My little brothers are on my case, asking me when I'm going to "hurry up and finish the engine so [they] can make their game." So I'm under a little bit of pressure. :)
For now, I am focusing on organization - which is work enough in and of itself. I feel that I need to create some kind of outline for this beast, or else I'll get lost in the code and lose sight of the big picture. I'm hoping that sectioning everything off into dedicated modules will help things a bit. I'm thinking of creating an asset module, graphics module, physics module, application module, and eventually a sound module.
Who knows, I might just ought to diagram the whole thing out. If anyone has any suggestions, by all means please instruct me - I'll definitely take whatever advice I can get.