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Xcode For Beginners

Xcode For Beginners

I believe anyone wanting to learn programming should start with the basics, and that means the C language. It also means no graphics so the focus is on the language itself and understanding just the language, and not an IDE or environment like Flash. You can do plenty of good learning just by using text mode. Here is a step-by-step walkthrough of [...]

Ravenwood Fair Post-Mortem

Ravenwood Fair Post-Mortem

What would it feel like to actually make Disneyland in a magical, fairytale forest? That's what I wanted to find out with Ravenwood Fair. I wanted to make a social game last year, so my girlfriend Brenda told her employers (Lolapps, Inc., a social game developer in San Francisco, California) that I was interested. I started consulting in [...]

ActionScript 3 Class Definition and Importing Sickness

ActionScript 3 Class Definition and Importing Sickness

Sorry, but this post is about some programming garbage. Okay, so i decided to write a little ActionScript 3 code since it's all object-oriented and somehow "real" compared to the previous joke versions. I was trying to create a small class that did some simple stuff and get it working in the Flash environment. After reading several examples [...]

The Fracas Reveal

The Fracas Reveal

Some of you may have noticed one of the random messages along the top has been "Stuart Smith, where are you?" I am, of course, referring to the author of the great Adventure Construction Set and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves from Quality Software. One of my small hobbies is locating lost greats from the dawn of the game industry with most of [...]

Apple-NeXT Merger Birthday!

Apple-NeXT Merger Birthday!

It's been 10 years since Apple merged with NeXT and then later brought us the awesome OS X. I still remember seeing OS X in action for the first time and how the Finder displayed directories in NeXTSTEP format and the rotating CD for the new Wait cursor.....YES! I was totally convinced at that point that some version of Mach was at the core of OS [...]

Website Redesign – HDB PC

Website Redesign – HDB PC

Well, I finally got tired of the old design and tried out a new look. Simpler and no flash menu (which incidentally doesn't even load on my machine when accessing it over the net!). I'm still going to keep the flash banners for the game stuff, but I won't use it for a critical navigation feature. We're close to landing a couple Gameboy [...]