25 Dec 2001 Judas   » (Master)

Hmm, its been a long long time since I posted a diary entry here. I probably wouldnt have done so again, if it wasnt because I'm pretty much dead bored, and nobody seemed to comment on my latest overview stuff, so this seemed like the best 'waste my time' thing I could do right now. :]

As people following clanlib development close might have noticed, I've been mostly working on writing a completely new version of the networking classes in clanlib. I'm rather proud at how nice they have formed to be, and I really think its a huge improvement over the previous networking stuff.

In fact, I'm pretty excited these days about how all of clanlib is shaping up. There was a very long period of time where the only reason I even coded at clanlib at all, was because I had managed to get a userbase (althoguh somewaht limited) and felt that I shouldnt cancel the project, only because then it would hurt those projects.

The cool thing about clanlib these days is, that a lot of the core APIs are beginning to be feature complete and cleaned up enough for my early clanlib design faults. ClanCore is pretty solid, despite the I/O Data stuff is a bit too primitive, and our string class could be far better than it is.

ClanGUI is shaping up really nicely. It was a pleasure to experience at work, how I'd rather have clanGUI in certain situations than Qt's GUI library. Not generally, Qt is far more maturized than clanGUI, but there was places where I missed clanGUI specific features. :)

With the new networking API almost ready, and with a new display API on the drawing board and even half way implemented, it really looks like ClanLib is almost going to become what I originally dreamt it to be: A nice and feature complete game SDK.

So if you had been wondering why I've been so active on ClanLib lately, then its because I have started to believe that I can fix the flaws in ClanLib and make it an attractive SDK that I might even want to use myself. :)

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