Saturday, November 01, 2008

Almost there....

I've just about got my PC setup again, althought theres always going to be apps I've forgotten about and will only rediscover later on. I thought I could get away with just installing the C# Express edition for all my needs, but alas no. I really need macro support and it doesn't have source control built in so I'll have to install the full Visual Studio again. I do hope to do some C# Express projects for the debugger to allow people to write plug-ins without having to buy the full visual studio though.

Speaking of source control... I've reinstalled Visual Source Safe so I can get access to my old repository but I'm thinking I want to install SubVersion. This would bring me upto date a little and allow others to check stuff in/out of my depo. Russell's been moaning at me for months to let him get access to the debugger and so he can keep upto date with the XeO3 source. I have come across a tool which converts VSS databases into subversion ones, so I'll have to give that a go - I like having all the history for them, but as long as I still have to old VSS repository I guess its not a huge issue.

The guys wanting to do a CPC+ version of XeO3 got in touch (again - I missed them 1st time around; my bad), so we'll have to have a chat and see if they meet the criteria for offical developers (Yes, I'm a picky bastard...).

I'm having a slight issue with my new install as it's a 64bit OS, my 32bit apps are struggling to talk to the parallel port. Still, once I get DevStudio installed, I'll see if I can fix all that. It should also mean I can release 32+64 bit versions, or I might take the opportunity to port them to C# and mono.

I've also downloaded a VMPlayer and will get a mono vm image so I can start doing Linux support. This will let me play with Linux without having to dedicate a machine to it, or even reboot into it. (I hope - depends on how the free vm player works.)

So with any luck... back to normal next week!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

You got mail!

Anonymous said...

hey mike..

stay away from that microsoft source
control rubbish :==) Actually.. why
don't you have a look at git ?
(http://git.or.cz)

At least if you
plan to do branching&merging subversion
is mostly useless unless you use
scripts like "svnmerge" which makes
merging somewhat bearable.

And if I may suggest a Linux distro
you should go for Ubuntu :D

By the way.. the DMA history website is
nice (although the layout seems a bit
broken in firefox..) Are you going
to complete it at some point? I really
got into reading it after a while and
then it just stopped .. *boo* ! :)

-tobi

Mike said...

VisualSourceSafe is great for a a single developer, or if its nothing complex. I've used it worry free for years. But now that I want to allow multiple folk access over the web, its time to change.

Yeah, Ubuntu is the one I intend to install, I hear nothing but good things about it.

Well, I only have so much time, and so many arms/fingers. Yeah, I'll finish it sometime - and it'll get easier once I get to 93-94 time as there were loads more people around. But it all takes time.

I did plan to try and port it over to a database/php format rather than plain HTML at somepoint, but never got the time. I really do need about 36 hour days...

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike,

Check out VirtualBox, it's a totally free cross-platform VM from Sun, is very quick and has some excellent features. http://www.virtualbox.org

Mike said...

Nope, didn't know abotu that one. I'll have a look there as well - ta.

sylvainulg said...

(subscribed to the flow)
i haven't figured out if you were actually a game developer back in the commodore days, and so, but keep up talking us about your past and present project: that seems something worth-reading, definitely.

Cheers.

-sylvainulg

Mike said...

Yeah I did a couple of games for DMA Design and Psygnosis back in tbe day.... long time ago now!