New Company Name!

by Joe Flood on 2016-11-14 12:25:15.507438



Hi all!

So, I should probably explain. Due to a "polite request" from a well-known tech company, we've had to rename ourselves from "Javawag" to something else.

That something else is TinyGoose!

Our Twitter and Facebook pages have been updated to reflect this, but if you're following either account it should carry on over automatically - no worries!

Hello, World!

by Joe Flood on 2016-07-19 12:27:16.808804



Hello, World!

I'm pleased to announce that TinyGoose is now a thing! We're now (for a very short time, I imagine) the UK's youngest indie game development company.

This is ridiculously exciting for me, and I can't wait to get going building games!

Watch this space I suppose! Oh, and also follow us at /tinygooseuk and @tinygooseuk.

New PC

by Joe Flood on 2015-11-26 10:28:48.683605



So, I finally took the plunge and bought a new PC (not Mac!). 

I've worked with Visual Studio long enough now that I'm used to its "issues" - but actually, most of its issues were just slight differences in how it handled certain things, compared to Clang. And in fact, in some places where I previously said MSVC++ was wrong, it was actually doing what it was supposed to - in some cases where Clang was not!

So that's Windows sold. Windows 10 has been an interesting journey for me too - I grabbed an Insider version of the OS from fairly early on and saw it evolve over time. I actually now find Windows 10 more productive than Mac OS X. Go figure.

Okay, okay. So back to the PC. I figured since I'm now back on a PC, I can finally catch up on all the games I've been missing on my underpowered Mac. So I needed something juicy to run it on.

Meet Rapid Dave.

Rapid Dave

I built him from scratch, and he's pretty speedy. He'd have to be, with a name like that!

Here's some brief specs:
  • MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition motherboard
  • Intel Core i7 4790k CPU 4000MHz @4.4GHz + Stock cooler
  • 2x 8GB DDR3 RAM @1866MHz
  • 1x 1TB SSD, 1x 2TB 7,200 RPM HDD
  • Corsair Graphite Series 230T Case with 1 main case fan & 2 smaller, LED lit front fans
  • nVidia GeForce GTX980 Ti Graphics Card

As you can see, it's pretty beefy but lacking in some areas (cooler?!). I'll be upgrading this further as I go - so watch this space!

25

by Joe Flood on 2015-08-22 00:52:13.365538



25. Twenty-Five.

Damn, that's old. Really old. Like, a quarter of a century old!

I'm going to have to try really hard not to have a mid-mid-life crisis (quarter-life crisis?)! Kidding, I'm fine.

Thankfully, 25 is also my lucky number. So, with that in mind, let's make my 25th year* a good one. This year could well be the beginning of something big!

* Yup, I realise it's really my 26th year - bugger.

Another rant about MSVC++...

by Joe Flood on 2015-02-09 08:18:20.588063



So today I came across a weird bug. On Mac, the game engine will happily draw stuff directly to the screen - i.e. for drawing HUDs, overlays, etc. For this test, I used a small red box, but anything would do really!

On Mac, red box appears. On Windows, not so much.

**scratches head**

All up-to-date on Git, check. Same code, check.

**scratches head**

Fast-forward 3 hours, and I've solved it. The reason you ask? Visual Studio's compiler gets it wrong.

The problem is simple. I have a piece of code which draws a VBO (basically, stored geometry, shapes) with a Colour. Here are a couple of methods that I can use to render a VBO object:
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void Render(GLenum drawType = GL_TRIANGLES) const;
void Render(const mesh::Material &mat, GLenum drawType = GL_TRIANGLES) const;
void Render(const Colour &colour, GLenum drawType = GL_TRIANGLES) const;
void Render(Texture *tex, GLenum drawType = GL_TRIANGLES) const;

The one we're using is on line 3 - rendering with a given colour. The calling code is this:
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vbo.Render(0xFF0000);

Do you see it now? I didn't either! Looks like while the Xcode compiler (clang) is good enough to realise that my 0xFF0000 should be used to construct a Colour, MSVC decides that I'm talking about a Texture* (see line 4!). So rather than applying the red colour to the quad, it applies an invalid texture, which the engine apparently silently ignores (oops!) and draws a transparent box. Great.

Problem solved, though!

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