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February 22, 2020, 09:42
PB
Defender of the faith
589 posts

If you've opened this topic, and you're not the last person who replied. Please reply with anything that has not been posted before in the topic (it may even be the next word in the dictionary).

This way, we can test if there are people out there, checking the forum, hoping to see new messages, but not posting any.

So in summary: if you read this, you post next!
Good luck :-)
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February 24, 2020, 13:01
Rincewind
programmer
1493 posts

OK PB. Well what I am doing these days is I am programming Java in a daycare place meant for programming. I have a desk there in a computer lab. I am there 2 mornings in the week. I am working on a Map Editer. However, as it wants I got a bug in. Usually I do not have any bugs, but I hear more bugs could come with an increase of the program code its size. The program is indeed getting large.

I was putting clamping points in for scrolling limitation of the game map, but it should comply for multiple resolutions and menu bar sizes. :annoyed:
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February 24, 2020, 20:31
Mezzmer
Square-theorist
779 posts

I don't totally understand this. We can just post crap again? Ok well I cannot mention the above post, so that's me done I suppose.

Also - horsies.
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February 25, 2020, 20:16
PB
Defender of the faith
589 posts

I figured people are still checking the forums, but nothing is happening. For example, this post currently has 10 views and only 2 replies. So people viewed it, without posting anything.

So with this post, the meaning is: if you view, you post. Any original content is valid (with original I mean: not an exact copy of a previous response). So yes, "horsies" is a fine contribution.

And the reply by Rincewind was way better, because it was interesting to read what he has going on in his life. The meaning of the spamming will be to enable a place for that kind of content, or any kind of content. It doesn't matter, as long as you reply if you view :-)
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February 26, 2020, 22:53
Rincewind
programmer
1493 posts

How is programming a part of your lives the recent days? :aharr:
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February 27, 2020, 01:22
Mezzmer
Square-theorist
779 posts

No. Although a good question Rincewind, the rules of the thread were post something different every post! As well as if you read the thread you must post.

This is getting crazy.

I suppose you could post a new topic for something like that though Rincewind.

Also - dinosaurs!
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February 27, 2020, 20:18
PB
Defender of the faith
589 posts

Yes. Those are the rules.

I think it's a good idea to ask questions, but because people are obligated to reply, it is absolutely fine to ignore the question and post something else. Just make sure you add a post after you viewed when the last post wasn't yours.

I'm a full time develope,r so programming is a big part of my life. In my spare time, I also try out Fuze4 Nintendo Switch so create some games..

[Edited on February 27, 2020 by PB]
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February 28, 2020, 12:59
Rincewind
programmer
1493 posts

What I kinda noticed is that programmers sometimes end up using other languages professionally than that they were taught in education. Often even older languages, or database languages. What do you think of this? Is this good for a programmer_ still or should he be able to get work with his favourite language?
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February 28, 2020, 19:39
PB
Defender of the faith
589 posts

When you're a develope,r you know that along your career you'll often need to learn new technologies. In general learning a new programming language usually isn't that hard if you've mastered the technologies that they are based on(tomato tomato).

Sometimes companies rely on old software written in ancient technology, from which the original generation of programmers have moved on. These type of technologies might be better paid, because there is demand and low supply. However, as a new programmer, that might not be the skill-set you'd wish to develop.

In general I think skill-set is the key word here. When you need new knowledge, Google can provide, quickly and intelligently. But it takes time, discipline and devotion to develop skills. Good new technologies often make things easier to solve a problem (or: what's the point?), but if you're used to doing it the hard way, you have a head start when things get easier.

But of course even then, you do need to take the time to learn what's new in the technology that you're using, so you can apply it appropriately.

[Edited on February 28, 2020 by PB]
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February 29, 2020, 12:56
Rincewind
programmer
1493 posts

Are you a developer_ using new technologies learned? Have they taught you this in your company as training?

[Edited on February 29, 2020 by Rincewind]
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February 29, 2020, 19:26
PB
Defender of the faith
589 posts

The most useful training for me is to learn on the job. But that only works of course if the fundamentals are good...

[Edited on April 1, 2020 by PB]
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March 24, 2020, 12:32
Rincewind
programmer
1493 posts

Is there anyone trying to get new tech diplomas from work (or has had)? :)
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March 30, 2020, 06:38
DTM
Earthling!
811 posts

Coronavirus :O
who else in lockdown?
I'm finding myself more productive since I can't spend much time outside.
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April 1, 2020, 20:03
PB
Defender of the faith
589 posts

In The Netherlands we have, what they call an "intelligent lockdown". So we're asked to stay home as much as possible, and to keep distance from other people, and not to be with larger groups than 2 persons. However, it's still allowed to go outside.

Also I do have the certifications for the technologies I work with.

[Edited on April 1, 2020 by PB]
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April 8, 2020, 16:50
Rincewind
programmer
1493 posts

I hope that shit is over soon, I need to get back to daycare. At daycare they organized a digital classroom on the internet now. It is like a large MSN Messenger group conversation. It is better than nothing but it is hard to put myself to programming at house. :(
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April 18, 2020, 10:58
PB
Defender of the faith
589 posts

The current lock-down situation isn't good for anybody. I'm afraid it will take a while, but even when we get out, I fear the effects of it on the global economy will last for more than a decade :F
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April 26, 2020, 23:48
Mezzmer
Square-theorist
779 posts

The government here is talking about a loosening of the lock-down regulations. So light at the end of the figurative tunnel I guess!

As we are talking about programming(!) - I'm using Unity for a touchscreen game that's been in the works for 3 years or more. It's about to be released as a paid iOS title. HOORAY.

Unity is very nifty and cuts out a lot of "building" work such as talking to the physics engine, 3d generation, rendering. It's also apt for 2d games if you want to import the 2d games packages.

In fact I'd recommend it for developing most games if you're at a intermediate level. Not to say it doesn't appeal to professionals. It builds to basically any mainstream device too.

What else? Oh I'm trying to finish a small text adventure with pure C++. That's an exercise for me to improve my lame programming skills.

[Edited on April 26, 2020 by Mezzmer]
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April 27, 2020, 16:39
Rincewind
programmer
1493 posts

Is 2D game development in Unity accelerated well graphically? Also what would matter to me is how fast C sharp itself actually is. I discovered a lot of speed in Java for looping over all tiles every frame for multiple layers, but almost would expect more speed from C languages.

Congratulations with your game out Mezzmer. I saw you have received a lot of comments on it from in the store website. Are there any sales figures known yet?
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April 27, 2020, 18:22
Mezzmer
Square-theorist
779 posts

Yes, 2D is extremely well accelerated! It all runs through the latest graphics pipelines and you can temper compression techniques using properties settings within Unity. Here's a page from the reference which is quite interesting.

https://docs.unity3d.com/Manua … ession-concepts

Most of all Unity is referenced and supported very well. It just takes a while to find everything in the environment.

Sheepdog Adventure is the free version from 2 years ago! Nonetheless yes, we recieved lots of positive comments. The diagnosis is - free games with ads need a LOT of downloads and we couldn't afford to "pump up" the marketing to get the game out there.

But good news for the future!

Sheepdog Adventure Deluxe will be out in the next couple of weeks when it's been thoroughly playtested. Android titles are usually put out for free and the market is flooded with free games already, so the decision is to focus on the iOS version for Apple devices and sell it for a low price per download.
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April 28, 2020, 13:27
Rincewind
programmer
1493 posts

OK I took a look at the docs page. Seems okay! Java LibGDX can also compress images, but this happens when creating an Atlas file and a sprite sheet (with compression settings).

Hah I just keep looking around at other languages, it is putting my work forward. :F
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April 30, 2020, 09:13
PB
Defender of the faith
589 posts

Congratulations on the upcoming game release then!

I tried to search for "Sheepdog adventure" in the app store, but got no results. Not international maybe? Or is it for iPad in stead of iPhone?
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May 1, 2020, 23:32
Mezzmer
Square-theorist
779 posts

Thanks PB.

As I said, Sheepdog Adventure Deluxe will be out in the next couple of weeks for iOS, (iPad and iPhone).
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May 4, 2020, 14:42
PB
Defender of the faith
589 posts

I know :) I was looking for this one though:
Quoting Mezzmer:
Sheepdog Adventure is the free version from 2 years ago!

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May 7, 2020, 13:39
DTM
Earthling!
811 posts

Sheepdog adventure is rather cute :)

also download my game too pls :DD
https://play.google.com/store/ … ames.explodorum
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May 9, 2020, 11:22
PB
Defender of the faith
589 posts

I'm afraid I can't find Sheepdog Adventure.
Explodorum looks good, but I don't have Android 🤔
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