Okie dokie, I've been having a look around the place, and have decided that my first project needs to be something relatively simple to get my teeth back into coding. I also want to concentrate on what I do best - no, not breaking wind - writing self contained snippets of code that solve a problem (or do some of the donkey work out of game creation).
By first task is going to be to revisit my Bitmapped Font Library code. There are a few good reasons for tackling this project first:-
1) Many, many people seem to have found these routines useful
2) People have modified the code to add additional features, but some have managed to add a couple of minor bugs in the process (oops!)
3) Before RL happened, I had numerous features lined up to add, and numerous optimisations to make
4) It is a set of routines that will always be completely platform independent
With this in mind, may I humbly request that people do not continue to edit my original source further? This is largely because I may decide to make the final version of these routines (which the next one should be!) as "forced" donationware (ie you can have the source for a donation - how much is up to you.) Sorry if that sounds rather unlike me, as normally I am happy to share all my routines freely - but staggeringly, in the three or four years I have had a "Buy PeeJay a Beer" link on the website (in fact, I think that Paypal link is now broken since I changed email address about 2 months ago) I have had no less than TWO donations, one of which wouldn't have bought me a pint of milk, let alone a pint of Guinness! Don't get me wrong - this is not a whinge (well, not much), but with the number of people that have found my tutorials and routines useful, even invaluable, I would have expected a few beers bought for me, especially considering the time that was given up to create these things.
Whilst I am not particularly materialistic - believe me, on my salary, you learn not to be - it has made me feel rather despondent that people are making money selling apps on market place etc, but freely given donations are thin on the ground, to say the least
With that in mind, my whole philosophy and outlook has changed - possibly not for the better - but hopefully enough to help even out of the balance a little. If I am coding for me, that's one thing, but if I am coding for others (which I have done repeatedly in the past both with problem solving and code routines) then a donation for my time would be more than welcome
My very first task, though, it to completely overhaul the website - I kinda like the look of the website I have created for SADOS - www.sados.co.uk
- so the new look website may well look remarkably similar