Archive for August, 2006

Displaying output in an .rhtml file

August 31, 2006

So yeah, in Ruby, when writing a .rhtml file, you surround your Ruby code with <%= … %> and not <% … %>
Just lost like half an hour figuring that one out. Go me.

Web App Is Running

August 29, 2006

Yep, Ruby on Rails rocks. It was incredibly easy to set up my own mini app.

Status Information

August 25, 2006

I suppose if you’re reading this you must want to know something about the game I’m writing… or maybe I’ll be the only one to ever read this and I can someday use this as a way to document my progress, either way, here’s the current status.

I started writing the game script last September (2005) during my senior year of college at UW-Madison. I wrote it mostly during boring classes and finished the first part of the script on the last day of classes in May. Because I never had a laptop in class, I wrote it entirely in a notebook. I filled 71 notebook pages (each piece of paper counts as two sheets… front and back, like a book) over the course of two semesters. I have no idea how long this is typed as I’ve only typed five pages of it, yes, I have a long way to go.

Right now I’ve put the actual script writing on hold until I can properly get this on my computer (and back it up multiple places). A few months ago I had the great idea of dumping all the text into an XML document, as XML is really the way to go instead of typing it in Word. With XML, I can have dialogue elements with text, speaker, language, etc. elements. This was an awesome idea that I credit to myself because I have no idea how the future game engine will actually work, but who cares! I’ll have all the text in an XML document!

So I started writing an XML schema for it, not too complicated. So once I had that done, I began typing the script into straight XML, not a very good idea. So now I plan on writing a web app that will allow me (from anywhere in the world, ie. the computer room or the living room) to add to the script with ease. Just type the line of dialogue in the text box and use drop downs for the other attributes of the XML, and then boom, it’s all formatted and junk for me.

Of course I saw this as an opportunity to learn a new programming language, and Ruby seems like the one to shoot for. So now I’m running InstantRails and am slowly developing the app. Slowly is the key word, but really, I’m in no huge rush. I have most of the game’s plot devised in my mind so as long as I don’t get amnesic I should be okay.

Introduction

August 24, 2006

This blog was created for the intent of being the online resource for the game I am currently writing and eventually developing. I will use this blog as a place to throw out ideas and update interested people on the progress, as well as ask for help from the community if they are so interested.