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Re: Linux game development site mentioned in Linux Magazine

On 24-Jun-2000 Christian Reiniger wrote:
> Bryan Patrick Coleman wrote:
>>Just wanted to let everyone know that our web site was mentioned in the
>>latest issue of Linux Magazine. The review was not real real favorable but
>>could generate more interest.

would someone mind mentioning some details of the review? where it was lacking,
where it was strong, etc? :)

> (I already knew this but) Good. Now we just need to make sure that all
> these people flooding the site see that it's alive and kicking and well
> worth to be visited more often...

If we get to a stage where the site has good structure, it filled out, and has
some good content, we can always talk to slashdot, blues news, flipcode,
gamedev.net, etc mentioning that we're completely reworked and ready to rock...
a small blurb on any of those places could spike the server load pretty nicely
:) But if we go off half cocked, people will look at it, say "now isn't that
special", and never return.

> Parasite - do you now have the time to work on the code?
> Randall - are you fine again?
> Erik - how's the lib database doing?

Sorry, haven't had time to touch it :( I threw out some notes and thoughts
hoping to get some comment on them a while back, but there was no response, so
I'm not sure if people are sitting around going "exactly!" or if people are
sitting around going "that guy is a complete idiot" :) The penguin play database
website (at http://sunsite.auc.dk/penguinplay/database/) has some good
thoughts, but I think jumps to too low of a level way too quick :) I want some
feedback and dialog on what the sdk/lib database is supposed to do for the end
user before thinking about ID numbers, etc. 

To recap on my thoughts to date for this database, I think it should 
  * list all the libs/sdk's in the database.
  * show lots of details about a specific lib/sdk, such as
     + name
     + homepage
     + download location
     + language(s) it's written in and can be used from
     + dependancies (with links?)
     + OS/platforms (linux, fbsd, windows, macos, linux/ppc, alphas? etc?)
     + features (graphics? opengl support? sound? joystick? threading? etc)
  * search for an api given constraints
  * do a side by side comparison of multiple libs/APIs (like the mysql db
    comparison chart?)
  * allow the maintainer of that lib to update their lib

The feature list I think should be broken into a heirarchy and be fairly
detailed, and the user can select which feature sets can be chosen.
For example, 'graphics' may have opengl, Xlib, svgalib, ggi, DGA, dx, d3d,
framebuffer, ...

Once I have that stuff all firmly in my skull (and on paper), I'm gonna do up
the SQL structure and a series of sql commands matching things that need to be
done (I think I already threw an email with that kinda stuff out once),
possibly some bcnf or 3nf proofs of it. Then it's a matter of trying to figure
out the current php code (with no docs, structure schematics, or 'idjits guide
to using the current structure'), and plugging the sql commands into it :)

> Others - who has some spare time?


        -Erik <erik@smluc.org> [http://math.smsu.edu/~br0ke]

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