January 2008 - Posts

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Lack of Coverage Tools for .NET by Bil Simser

For the longest time, I've been using NCover for coverage. It was free, gave good results and with NCoverExplorer and CI integration it was the perfect tool. Easy to use, easy to setup, and worth the typical hassle of new tools (setup, learning, configuration...
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Will the real Micropolis please stand up? by Bil Simser

This morning I stumbled across a project on SourceForge named Micropolis. Of course this got my attention and after realizing there was nothing there (no code, no web pages, nothing) I fired a note off to Don to see what was up? I knew his distaste of...
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My XBox 360 is blogging, and I didn't even know about it... by Bil Simser

Here's a twist on that old adage that the machines are taking over the world. In a freaky SkyNet like fashion, I *discovered* that my XBox 360 is blogging. You heard me right. My game console is blogging, and it's not me writing the blog. Here's my XBox...
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Micropolis UI Sneak-a-Peek by Bil Simser

As you can tell, I really suck at running a city. By the year 2023 nobody likes me, power blackouts are everywhere and pollution has consumed the city creating a race of carbon dioxide breathing mutants. The UI is Python using Glade. Yes, the numbers...
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ALT.NET, Round 2. Redmond, Washington. April 18-20. Be there. by Bil Simser

Title says all. We're pleased to announce the 2nd major ALT.NET Open Spaces conference. This time we're in Redmond at the DigiPen Institute of Technology . It's a 5 minute drive from the Microsoft Campus and we're looking to have some softies come down...
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Building A City - The Series by Bil Simser

As I spend more time with the SimCity Micropolis source code I'm digging the Python interface, trying to get used to Glade and GTK all over again (I haven't used it for years) and trying to build something useful from the excellent core C++ engine that...
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Building A City - Part III by Bil Simser

Now you've got a runtime distribution running of the Micropolis demo. Doesn't do much does it? Sure you can spin around and navigate throughout the city. Perhaps you've changed the name of the city to load and checked out the other layouts. Otherwise...
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Building A City - Part II by Bil Simser

MicropolisCore is package put together that is a fairly clean port of the original C code into a C++ mega class (called Micropolis). The distribution is a set of three projects, but this post focuses on the main one Micropolis. This contains the core...
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Building A City - Part I by Bil Simser

Well. My last post was a little, ummm... popular? Slashdot , Boing Boing , BluesNews , and pretty much the rest of the planet have all linked to it. Glad everyone is happy about the source release. Anyways, there's been a lot of buzz about the code and...
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SimCity Source Code Released to the Wild! Let the ports begin... by Bil Simser

This past holiday (I've been bugging him since November about it) my good friend Don Hopkins got a lot of work done on the finishing touches on releasing the original SimCity source code under the GNU General Public Library (GPL) . The code won't have...
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