Boilerplate Code: The Start of the end

Mostly just a fairly quick post to point out a great page detailing a lot of the common starting points for games made with Unity. Unity3D Game Architecture from Rivello Multimedia Consulting details a lot of several common techniques that are frequently used for managing those core, boilerplate systems that every game just needs that are not already included in Unity3D itself. Personally I’ve used all of those with the exception of #6 StrangeIoC, AKA: Inversion of Control / Dependency Injection, and really they are all viable solutions. I know some of my coworkers would be looking at me like I am crazy as hell right now, as I’m sure they see me as being all about structure and ideal code, but really it’s not about the method you chose, it’s about having the discipline to write 5 lines of code instead of 1 when it will make things easier for you later on in the project and when it makes the compiled code faster to boot.

Thinking about this more, this actually reminds me of why it took me so long to get into programming professionally and why I was so scared. Back when I first started fiddling with the idea of programming and started reading into it, I had the hardest time actually reading any line of code. Keep in mind this might have been somewhere between 2000 and 2003 when I was trying, but all the examples, all the code, everything was written by people that wrote code professionally and autocomplete was not a thing. So to them typing out fully identified variable names or function names was a rarity, and honestly sucks as a noobie trying to read it and learn.

Dev Blog Start

I’ve been thinking about doing this for some time now, however never got around to doing it because there are so many dev blogs out there and just one just adds to the noise. The final push was tonight, reading through my usual sources, I found a forum posting from another developer and went to save it in my bookmarks as I usually do, only to realize I’ve got one giant link collection going. Some of which are no longer valid, or the contents were pruned. So instead of keeping these gems to myself, I will post the links to the content and it here, mostly for my reference in case I forget, but also in case others find it useful as well.

On that note, if anyone I quote, or link to wants something changed, or removed. Just drop me an email and I will update accordingly. I try to quote and link directly to the source if it will be around for a while, otherwise I’ll post the full context if possible.

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Burning the midnight oil

So I decided it was time for a major overhaul on my website since I hadn’t changed anything since 2007.  After updating all my widgets and other modules, I decided to scrap a lot of the old stuff and rework the site almost from scratch. That is until I found this nice theme. So after setting everything up, looking for new gallery widgets, and staying up until 5:00 am cst, everything has come together nicely.

Now go on and check out the site.

Testing things out

So after picking up this iPhone at the beginning of the year and installing the WordPress app to manage my site from it, I end up waiting two months to test it out: Procrastination at its finest.

Up and running

Well it seems that I’ve gotten everything up and running decently enough to where I am somewhat satisfied. The About Me and Portfolio pages still need to be edited, however, the Photo Gallery is up and running nicely. I’ve added a calendar to the upper right that shows when posts were made and it also shows events, those are in red. If you want to see upcoming events, click the Events category to the right.

First post!

This is the first real post ever created with this new site. I hope you all enjoy the things that are to come here.