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26 Feb 2001 (updated 26 Feb 2001 at 09:30 UTC) »

Boohoo... I'm not Apprentice yet. :-)

Begin bragging session.
Anyway, I think I qualify for Apprentice because I have made an OSS project called hexman (which I am documenting better). I've actually done a lot of programming of little things, and I've submitted a few bug reports over the years, but not anything major yet. I consider my C programming skills to be good. I fully understand the grammar of the language (OK, I haven't totally memorized operator precedence yet), and I know some extra programming things. Here's what comes to mind:

  • Pointers/arrays
  • Function pointers (very cool, IMO)
  • Pointer addition
  • Screwing around with dynamic memory using malloc(), realloc(), and free()
  • String handling
  • Linked lists
  • B-trees (haven't really used 'em yet)
  • Structs, bitfields
  • Variable arguments
  • Binary logic and bitwise operators
  • File I/O
  • Modular programming (multiple .c and .h)
  • Really simple stuff: loops, strings, displaying, functions, etc.
  • How to use man pages <-- Ultra-necessary, IMHO
And, anything I don't know I can learn in a jiffy.
End bragging session.

Update: I fixed a bug in hexman which I thought I had gotten rid of. You can now move properly using the keypad with numlock off.

Update: I'm really working on this thing now. I'll update the diary again when I get finished doing stuff.

Update: OK, I made the PLAYING file. I haven't repackaged yet, I'll do it tommorow.

24 Feb 2001 (updated 24 Feb 2001 at 20:56 UTC) »

Nothing much happening right now. I am hacking up a little game right now. It takes place under ground, and you can have dirt falling when it is disturbed. Fortunately, I have a flexible structure so that I can later add water, hot air, buildings, units, etc.

I'm not sure where exactly I should proceed from here. I could either make it a single-unit mission thing, or a multi-unit battle thing. I was originally aiming for the battle, but controlling a single sniper would be kinda cool too.

I suppose with the battle option you could set up scenarios that only give you a sniper, so I should go for that.

Also, shouldn't there be a page with all the Advogato documentation on it? It would be nice to not have to hunt it down in different areas.

PS: If you want, you can certify me as Apprentice or something.

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