Dec 20, 2007
Had to reinstall OS X late last night because something left our trusty iMac in an unbootable state and a simple Repair from the install disc wouldn’t do the trick. This happened after running a system update, but I’m not sure I can blame Apple for this one. I also happened to interrupt a syncing iPod during that session. It’s possible that either of those things could have whacked the filesystem tree. Of course, I would expect the iPod sync to whack the iPod. Still, I’m not exactly an expert on these matters.
Nov 27, 2007
Nov 26, 2007
I decided to install the Sun JDK on my new Fedora install today. Tried downloading the JDK/NetBeans self-installing bundle. It didn’t work. I got an error in xcb_xlib:xcb_xlib_unlock - something about a failed assertion. While running the installer. Drat.
Oct 29, 2007(Updated Jul 11, 2009)
There is more than one way to experiment with Ruby. JRuby is a mature version of Ruby written for the Java Virtual Machine. This gives you a great deal of platform independence, since JRuby will comfortably run anywhere that Java runs. It also provides you with access to Java’s huge standard library. I thought I would take a little time to examine the Jruby implementation, which is nearing a 1.0 release.
Jul 3, 2007
PHP may not be my favorite language, but the last couple of years have seen profound improvement. I got the urge to start playing with Zend Framework last week. It isn’t too shabby. Yesterday Zend made a 1.0 release, which is a good milestone for PHP types to learn about MVC and ACLs etc. You know, other than the ones who are already using CakePHP. You’re probably doing just fine.
Jun 29, 2007
I have trouble waking up on time. That’s probably because I have trouble getting to bed on time. You can tell I have trouble getting to bed on time, because it’s 1:40 in the morning right now and I’m writing a little blog post instead of going to bed.
Jun 14, 2007(Updated Jul 11, 2009)
This is Part 3 of an ongoing series about writing interactive fiction games in Python. By the end of Part 2 we had created a text-based user interface and explored one way of storing multiple scenes. This part will finally bring the needed glue for the player to move between all of the scenes in the story. In other words, we’ll have a game!
May 2, 2007(Updated Mar 28, 2015)
The contents of coolnamehere are now officially available under the Creative Commons Attribution License. I am a coding geek by profession, but my main contribution to the world at large seems to be the odd assortment of notes, tutorials, and random tangents that make up coolnamehere. The site has become more useful to people as it has grown and evolved. It just doesn’t make sense to keep the material locked down under traditional copyright terms. If somebody wants to redistribute the Python Babysteps Tutorial for some strange reason, I say “Let them.” All I care about is that people know I’m the original author of that particular … let’s call it a “masterpiece.”
Apr 20, 2007(Updated Jul 11, 2009)
This is the second part of an ongoing series about using Python to create interactive fiction. I hope to show you one fun use of Python while teaching you more about the basics of this language. We started by defining how our game was going to work and creating a set of scenes for play. Next we wrote the code to handle a single round of the game. Today we are going to tie all of our scenes together to make a complete, playable game of interactive fiction. We are going to approach it from an experimental view, playing with different approaches until we find one that makes us happy. Well, one that makes me happy.
Apr 19, 2007(Updated Jul 11, 2009)
I think the next step is to write the code for a single round of the game. We’ll limit ourselves to Scene 1 to stay focussed.
Mar 9, 2007
I haven’t been on the Rebol3 AltME world for a few weeks, mainly because AltME isn’t working correctly on Linux. The only time I log on is on my OS X machine if I remember or on Windows via VMWare if I’m not too busy. Turns out that Maxim (pointillistic.com, I think) left a message for me that reMark is available for messing with. I think the idea is that you can use reMark to build static Web sites, very similar to the way that WebMake or ZenWeb do. This is Rebol, of course, so the approach is going to be a bit different.
Jan 25, 2007(Updated Jul 11, 2009)
Sometimes it’s helpful to have multiple consoles open. The best example I can think of is when you are logged in to a machine via
ssh. There are other ways, of course. You could try to log in to the server with ‘-X’ so that X11 applications can run on the remote host but display on your computer. That’s not always easy, though. The administrator of the server may not allow X11 forwarding. Your machine may not allow or even understand X11 requests. You could log in to multiple
sshsessions. This is what I did for several years. It works, but it’s not the most convenient approach, since it clutters up your desktop.
screenis a better option.