Chronicles of Swallowbush – Changes to a changing world

At the time I was less interested in PHP than I was interested in reading the manual to my printer, but I was charged by a buddy of mine to learn it. He had taught himself what he needed to know in order to build his site, which was by and large much more than I knew. The entry into PHP was indeed a pain, lots of functions to call and very little known about how or why web applications worked, but it was clear to me that I was going to do well after I made my first blog for swallowbush.com.

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Movement theory step one completed

With some very appreciated assistance from Steven_M64, I have successfully replaced the movement code in HL@, with my own that actually works as I wanted it to, with a simpler interface for the programmer to control it. Now I can add as many stances as I wish without having to recode everything. Check out the video to see what im talking about:

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Whats next? good question, and I’d love to tell you but I don’t want to spoil the surprise. G’night everyone.

Classes And Ants, What else is going to happen today?

I did some crazy development last night that you all might find interesting, and had so much fun with it that I forgot to clean up after myself at work. Well, I tell you what, the ants were enough to get my mind rolling in the morning. I spent the better part of two hours fighting it out with the first wave of these fuckers and tore them apart. My desk space was tinted by their blood, my keyboard nearly lost to the maelstrom of water and smashing that went on amidst the fighting, I took a picture which I will upload a little later, but suffice to say that they lost, and so did I.

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My GUI Designer is coming along

I just finished the key values class and its rolling pretty well. Lots of the same features as the one I wrote in C++ but this one I had the honor of designing, and design I did. The class in c# is has dynamic data structures, an array list, sorted list, writing this class over in C++ has been great because I got the chance to put some thought into an old data structure I hadn’t touched in a while.

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Keys && Values

the last couple days I have been working on a C++ class that is quite interesting, and inspired by Half Life 2. HL2 is highly dependant on key value paired files, everything from the weapons to the GUI to the keys are all handled with the same system of keys and values. I recently released an application, the mod manager, which is written in C# and handles the key value files fine. I’m now moving my GUI application to C++ since I want the application to be free of dependency to .net, and I have to work my C++ magic to get the files read properly.

Ill add the file to a repository here when its done.
Keep an eye out.

Inline Functions

I am turning a lab in tonight that handles two very shady topics that have been only lightly touched upon in my previous classes: Bit manipulation and inline functions. Each deserves its own article because they are both complicated in their own right.

Bit manipulation is the process of manipulating bits. For those of you who are not IT inclined as of yet, a bit is a switch and every data type is made up of them. There are only bits in your computer, no such thing as an int, or char pointer, everything is a bit. The emphasis here is that everything is a bit and I cannot stress that more.

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Ill Program idea

Being sick is definitely influencing my programming. I have been ill for the last couple days fighting back the urges to rip my nose out and give it some running shoes, and at the same time trying to piece together my HL2 Mod Manager. So here is the scoop, expect more at a later time.

I have been working on an app over the last month that will make the basic file modification of HL2 into a process that will take seconds where before it used to take minutes and multiple files.

I know what you are thinking, “Wow thats cool, but I”m too old school to use it.” Well this is where the fun begins. This app removes the need to ever go into those directories and edit things again. Create new weapons, fix weapon bucket collisions, expand your localization and add another mod, this one your own project that is just your test place before you merge it into the full build you have on your SVN. I just put some of the finishing touches on the drag and drop collision resolution stuff which was more fun than it was worth so i recoded it better just for added fun.

The app is not stand alone at its current state but will be if there is a calling for it, currently its written in C# (ergo .net Dependant).

Planned Feature List:

  • Automatically update your files with small changes without having to remember which file held what value.
  • Add & update values for your gameinfo, weapons, localization, keyboard etc.
  • Drag & Drop weapon bucket collision resolution
  • VGUI2 Graphical designer.

If you are interested in getting involved in my projects and or would like to help me test this application please email me at the usual spot (check my profile) or hit me up on AIM, I”m available as often as life permits, so please don’t be irate if i don’t hit you back quick enough. ill get around to you all.

and last but not least, I give you my mod manager:

GameInfo.txt is now:
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weapon_*.txt files are now:
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weapon bucket resolution util (Drag & Drop):
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localization files are now:
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