Category Archives: Tools and Utilities

Programming tools and various software utilities.

Basternae Project Officially Abandoned

If you have any interest in working with the Basternae code as it is today, fork the repository on Github: https://github.com/Xangis/ModernMUD Good luck and happy travels, Xangis

ModernMUD Source Now on Github

As dumb as the name might be, I decided to go with “ModernMUD”. The source code is available on Github under the BSD license: https://github.com/Xangis/ModernMUD There’s a lot more to be done with documentation, but the XML comments are decent enough to make IntelliSense useful. I’ll probably be posting more about invidiual sections of the […]

I Am Addicted To Github

Until recently, the only code I’ve released as open source has been the Magma MUD codebase. In the process of posting the Magma source on Github, I kind of got hooked on posting code online. Since then I’ve posted the source for a handful of applications, a mix of Linux and Windows desktop apps. A […]

MonoDevelop Not So Great

It turns out that using MonoDevelop had some dangerous side effects, especially related to terminal output. Mobs in your current room were rendered invisible on the Mono build even though they were visible on scan and you could attack them if you knew they were there.  It’s back to using Visual Studio in a Windows […]

Using MonoDevelop

I’ve almost always used both Windows and Linux, but I stopped using Windows a few months ago.  One of the things that only runs on a Windows machine is Visual Studio.  The Basternae code was compiled on a Windows machine and then uploaded to the Linux host. Without access to that, it was time to […]

Win32 Visual Styles

Nothing to do with Basternae, this is just a reminder to myself how to enable the visual styles for controls available in Windows XP and newer in a WIN32 project in Visual Studio 2010.  Had to do this at work and it’s a little tough to look up. 1. Edit Project settings. 2. Under Linker->Manifest […]

C#: Compiling For 32-bit Systems on 64-bit

I recently upgraded from 32-bit Vista to 64-bit Windows 7.  I may be one of the only people who didn’t have anything bad to say about Vista.  For me it was a huge step up from Windows XP, but since I have 6GB of RAM in my system it’s a little silly to run a […]

Visual Studio 2010

Three months ago I switched from Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2010 as my main development environment.  Functionally it’s the same as it’s always been, but there are two things about it I consider great improvements. First, the UI:  It looks so a lot better and cleaner than earlier versions.  It’s not that older […]

Basternae Code Now Stored With Assembla

Code versioning is a good thing. You can rollback changes that make things worse, compare current code to past code, keep backups, and access your code from almost anywhere. It also helps make sure that every machine being used for development is kept current and that changes aren’t easily overwritten. Any serious development should have […]

A Better To-Do List: Got-It-Done.com

If you’ve explored this blog much in the past you would have noticed that I had a “to do list” published.  It wasn’t well-sorted, and not all that easy to edit. Since much of what I do in life is todo-list-driven, I’ve always tended to fill post-its and notebook pages with lists of things I […]

ReSharper 4.5: It’s Finally Awesome

The two of you who have been following this blog regularly probably know that I’ve tried demos of JetBrains ReSharper versions 3 and 4 in the past.  The verdict was that they were pretty neat, but far too slow to be of any practical use. Today I downloaded the trial version of ReSharper 4.5.  The […]

Accepted Into Microsoft BizSpark

Microsoft has this neat little program, BizSpark, that gives a company free access to pretty much all of their products for three years for a total of $100.  The idea is that if they can get startups hooked on Microsoft operating systems, databases, and development tools, then if the companies are still alive after three […]

Even Weirder Character Names

As if the random name generator from a week ago wasn’t goofy enough, I’ve created a version with umlauts, accents, and all manner of weird-ifying characters added to the mix. Try it here: Odd character name generator. Expect some extremely unpronounceable names.

Random Character Name Generator

I wrote a random character name generator in Python today. It’s HERE at Xangis.com. The system used is: 1. Roll a d6. 1-3 = consonant (1d20). 4-5 = vowel (1d6 with ‘y’ counting as a vowel), 6 = end name. 2. Names must be at least 3 characters long, ignore a roll of 6 if […]

Visual Studio Refactoring And Encapsulation

I love the refactoring support in MS Visual Studio.  It makes certain things like field encapsulation incredibly easy. For instance, thanks to its origins in C, most of the Basternae 3 codebase doesn’t have encapsulation yet.  This means that there are tons of class member variables declared like this: public string _keyword; Setting the _keyword […]

Resharper 4.0

Last year I tried the Resharper 3 plugin for Visual Studio, and posted my thoughts on it: http://basternae.org/blog/2007/07/26/jetbrains-resharper/ It was OK, but not all that special. It had potential, but wasn’t quite “there” yet. I just finished trying out Resharper 4.0 and you could paste the Resharper 3.0 review in its place. It’s neat, but […]

Taking The Visual Studio 2008 Plunge

Since VS2008 somewhat rudely decided that it would become the default application for all projects, including projects that were VS2005 projects (what exactly *is* the Visual Studio Version Selector good for, anyway?), I decided to try building Basternae with 2008. It was actually a pretty painless process. Something changes in every version of a compiler […]

Free Copy of Vista Ultimate and Visual Studio 2008

Today was the Microsoft “launch event” for Visual Studio and Server 2008. I attended the local presentation and walked away with a free copy of Vista Ultimate and Visual Studio 2008. It was free to attend and I got $600 worth of software out of the deal. How can you beat that? Sure the presentations […]

Current Line Counts

Lately it’s just been a bit more work on the editor (which is now at version 0.25). Here’s an updated line count: Main Codebase: 99,360 lines total 77,693 lines of code (78%) 8,417 lines of comments (8%) 1,258 mixed (code + comment) lines (1%) 11,987 blank lines (12%) Editor: 9,597 lines total 7,491 lines of […]

HTML Help Workshop = Epic Fail.

Anyone who has wondered why the help systems in Windows applications are typically so abysmal has to look no further than Microsoft’s HTML Help Workshop. Not only is rotting tripe more pleasant to deal with, it’s more likely to help you get the job done. You’d think that maybe an application designed for editing help […]