Space Naval Wargame Project: Full Thrust

September 12, 2008 § 1 Comment

I’ve been thinking for a while about building a simple wargame as a way to try out various new technologies I’m experimenting with. A gamer friend of mine recently told me about Full Thrust, which seems like an ideal candidate. My initial thought is to implement a RESTful back-end using Google App Engine (since it is hosted for free), and perhaps attempt simple front ends in SproutCore, Shoes, HotCocoa, and the iPhone SDK.

No promises, but watch this blog (and the git repository Assembla developer portal) for future efforts. And let me know if you’d like to help!

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7/11 & 7/25 ShoesFests with Why The Lucky Stiff

June 27, 2008 § 3 Comments

why the lucky stiff and friends invite all interested Ruby hackers — and wannabe hackers — to join them for two 24-hour ShoesFests: 

  • Friday, July 11th noon GMT to Saturday, July 12th noon GMT
  • Friday, July 25th noon GMT to Saturday, July 26th noon GMT

< 8 AM New York / 5 AM San Francisco / 9 PM Tokyo / 3 PM Amsterdam >

The goal of these events is to write and share fun little applications using Shoes,  a clever little cross-platform GUI toolkit written in Ruby. This will allow us to test, document, and file bugs on how the various Shoes features work on the different supported platforms (Linux, Windows, Mac), in preparation for our next major release on July 31st, 2008.

No Ruby — or programming — experience is required; we’d love to find out how easy it is for novices to learn Shoes!  Of course, if you happen to know the Ruby C API, expert help is always appreciated.

The primary interaction will take place on the Shoes IRC channel: #shoes on irc://irc.freenode.net
You can participate using any of the many web– and native– apps for IRC.

Shoes comes with its own built-in manual.  Use `shoes -m` to bring it up.  (On OS X, you can do ⌘-?.)

Additional Resources:

Spread the word!  Everybody could use a nice set of Shoes. 🙂

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