Scott T: The Blog

Paging and RMI

Posted Sat, Oct 13, 2007 at 11:04pm by Scott
Tagged: programming, ssc, uni

So the RSS feed wasn't the next thing on the list, but it is coming sooner rather than later! In the mean time, paging has been implemented (at least on the front end) to make it easier to read through older posts (and it was only a 100 odd lines added according to Trac)

Now to the bulk of this post. At uni these past few weeks, we've been working towards handing in an assignment for Computer Programming, however this one has been one I've really enjoyed working on (despite some of the head-banging moments) and even think it would be cool to take further. What we were working on was a multi-player Pac-Man style game.

The language of choice for the Comp Programming topics is Java (although other languages are taught for various topics), and cross-JVM communication for Java requires<0> the use of 'Remote Method Invocation' (or RMI). After being given the basic source code as a framework, we were essentially turned loose to fill in all the TODO's.

Initially, this assignment didn't grab much of my attention since it was just implementing the basics for a stand-alone game, however once Stage 2 started, things got more interesting. With exception of actual coding of connecting to the RMI registry and initiating connection between client and server (the source of much frustration), the ability to get a server set up and have myself and friends join it (each with our own coded client) was quite enjoyable, to the point I was determined to work as hard as possible to eliminate server game-state spoiling caused by problematic clients.

Despite the fact that there were people who despised the task, it brings out the need for tasks to be enjoyable. Idealistically, projects and assignments should be as fun as possible (although the write-ups usually accompanying them aren't) as this encourages further learning and better understanding.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend :)

<0> - A Google search informs me CORBA can also be used

NB: Post titles are still hard to come up with ;)

On Blogs and Things

Posted Fri, Oct 12, 2007 at 10:47pm by Scott
Tagged: on-the-net, ssc
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Now that I've had a few weeks to get used to this 'Blog' idea it's really starting to grow on me. I've been around the net, and subscribed to sites the blogs for some sites I visit recently and after following links here and there, found some new blogs which make quite interesting reading at times :)

One obvious down-fall to this recent activity has also highlighted the items that are lacking in this blog too:

On a side note, anyone else noticed how hard it is to come up with decent blog titles these days?


Posted Mon, Sep 24, 2007 at 4:33pm by Scott
Tagged: spam, ssc

I'm taking a bit of a leap of faith here - I've just enabled comments without any "CAPTCHA" on it...

Hopefully this won't kill the server, and hence my account as that would be bad so if things get too bad I'll probably head for something more like WordVerify since it seems less likely to impair accessibility. One thing I am doing however, is checking how well the Akismet service works for spam filtering.

Hopefully you can now let me know if anyone IS reading this and your thoughts on any future (or past) posts I make.


Posted Wed, Sep 19, 2007 at 5:56pm by Scott
Tagged: ssc
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Like any good blog like software should, I've now added the ability for something that is cross between tags and categories. For simplicities sake, I'm calling them tags :p.

Posts can be assigned as many different tags as appropriate in order to categorize it. You should also notice to the right a new "nav-bar" like object with links to posts within certain tags along with archive pages containing links to all posts in a given year.

In another note, I've found out the :-) is 25 today...

Well... This is interesting

Posted Mon, Sep 10, 2007 at 1:01am by Scott
Tagged: ssc

Much to my surprise, it's now rather late (or early depending on how you look at it) but I've completed the basics what appears to be a working "news" style module. Of course, bugs still to fix but it's a start...

Does this mean I now have a blog?

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