Monthly Archives: May 2001

JBoss/QUB

There’s a new release of JBoss out. JBoss 2.2.2 has various bug fixes and you can download a version that is integrated with the new Tomcat 3.2.2 release.
What is QUB? QUB is a universal boardgame engine that lets you put the pieces and board for any game into it and it manages all the graphics and helps you play a game on the computer. While it currently has no real-time network support (no playing Ogre in a half hour against an old friend half way across the country at lunch), it is suitable for play-by-mail gameplay now. Since it’s an open source project it is also likely to get somebody interested enough to try and add that network support.
The bad news? I’ll let the developers tell you that one:
QUB is written under Linux, but it uses very little Unix-specific code. It should be possible to get it compiling under Win32, if we can get our hands on a Qt Win32 lib to link against. If you would be interested in doing this… (hint, hint).
That’s a word I love to hear, “possible”. WoW! You mean I can try and hack your code into working on Windows! Or the Mac! And do it again for Solaris! And god-knows-what else! Bestill my heart. Or better yet, drop the language with no support for the net, no cross platform capabilities, no built in UI functions at all and move to Java, or even Perl or Python for goodness sake. At least then it will come to my platform without my having to sweat over it first. Personally, I would love to have this program but I really want it to be a one-click install with automatic updates whenever new versions come out. Do we know any languages that have that?

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Dominion Rules 2.0

Dominion Rules 2.0
Once upon a time I did an interview with these guys for GameDev.net. They have a set of rules for fantasy role-playing that they give away for free. It has gone through multiple revisions and they continue to improve it steadily by working with another group to add illustrations and expanding the coverage of their rules. They just released the 2.0 version of their rules. If you are interested in role-playing games or you are looking for a core ruleset to build an online RPG then you might look no further than this.

Some Interest in HotSheet

Well, apparently there are some people interested in HotSheet. It managed to hit the 90% activity level today on SourceForge which makes it the 169th most active project (as measured by downloads, clicks, etc.). That’s gratifying. Now as a friend of mine observed when I explained the project to him today, the software “isn’t exactly rocket science.” No, it’s not rocket science :), but it is a good start toward something that will gather news and make it available in helpful ways.
SourceForge responded to my bug report about problems with posting a new file by posting it for me, but my bug report stands. I hope that means that they are still intending to address the underlying problems I had with posting the file in the first place and they aren’t just doing a band-aid fix to alleviate one particular instance of a wider problem in the file release system. Note: This may sound like looking a gift horse in the mouth. It is not. SourceForge is neat, it’s free, and it’s very very helpful. I just look forward to the day when they’ve squashed a few more of their bugs and they aren’t modifying the software quite as much on an active system. It is easier to develop software that isn’t always perfectly stable if the platform you are doing development on is stable.

HotSheet Bug Fix Release

Various bug fixes and corrections to HotSheet based on user feedback:

  1. The instructions for running HotSheet from the command line (mainly intended for developers working on the code) have quotes around the classpaths. This works better on Mac OS X and retains compatability with Windows. (Thanks to: Aaron Swartz)
  2. A confusing error message that was issued whenever the channel list isn’t found (like the first time you run) has been replaced with something that is actually informative. (Thanks to: Aaron Swartz)
  3. Double clicking on a news item wasn’t working everywhere. I changed the program to use the Java Web Start function to load a browser and display a page when the program is run under Web Start. It will still fall back to the old system when run from the command line though. One small downside is that the Web Start function always opens a new browser to display a given URL, it would be great if they had a flag that let you choose which you wanted but Sun doesn’t provide it. (Thanks to: Richard Katz)

As always, anyone who installed the program via Java Web Start will be automatically upgraded to the new version. Source will be available momentarily on SourceForge as HotSheet 0.51 Alpha.

HotSheet 0.5 Source Released

Friday was very busy. I am pleased to announce that the source code to HotSheet 0.5 Alpha is available on SourceForge! Last time I checked three people had downloaded it already. Maybe nobody will do anything with it but I can always hope. For my part I’m going to keep adding to it periodically to improve what it can do until it reaches the level of commercial programs like Novobot and Headline Viewer.

JDK 1.4 beta 1

Whoa Nelly! Hot on the heels of their 1.3.1 release Sun has released a beta of the Java Development Kit v1.4!!
There are a whole variety of diverse improvements promised in 1.4 including support for mousewheels, improved speed in offscreen rendering, speed improvements, and lots lots more. I’m definitely keen to try it out.