Archives for: June 2009

2009-06-24

Early Refactor Success

Permalink 20:36:40, Categories: GSOC 2009  

Hello CrystalSpace,
This weeks work has been focussed on completing the factoring out of my first reward (debugprint.) This work took significantly longer than initially expected, but I believe that I have learnt a lot from the experience and am confident that the process of factoring out the remaining rewards will be trivial.

I am now putting together a test program that makes use of all rewards, so that I can test the new implementation of each. This program will later serve as the basis of the quest tutorial. From my work with the system I believe there is a firm need for a singular collated example of all rewards and triggers to increase the community's usage of this feature and look forward to providing this.

Finally, I will be posting shortly after this post a formalised list of deliverables. My current progress is behind the initial deadlines set out in my project proposal. At the time I underestimated that time I needed to become familiar with the CS/CEL architecture. However, I believe that I have also overestimated the time needed to implement a behaviour tree. Therefore, I am still confident that all of the promised deliverables will be accomplished in the timeframe of the GSoC program. In addition, a number of other requests have been made for modifications to quest that I hope to cover once the promised refactor and BT implementation is completed. My intention for this post is to update it periodically to show my progress.

That is all for this week, as always please feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions, queries or complaints.

Kind Regards, Sam

2009-06-17

Coding Has Begun

Permalink 14:16:19, Categories: GSOC 2009  

Hello CrystalSpace,
My minor projects late last week and this weekend have come to an end succesfully. I now feel comfortable working with the SCF, Quests and smart pointers. Thank you to everyone on the mailing lists and irc channel that have helped me overcome this initial hurdle.

I have now begun coding the deliverables promised and have made a start on factoring the reward debug message out of quests. My cel workspace now contains a new project plgrewards that compiles a dll containing plugins for each of the rewards and I intend to create something similar for the triggers shortly. I have a busy weekend ahead of me but believe that significant progress will be made on the refactor over the next week / week and a half.

I also intend to publish a formalised list of deliverables with estimated deadlines. I believe there is some way to publish to the blog so that this list will remain as the top post, if so I will periodically update that post to announce deliverables submitted and to show my progress.

As always please feel free to question, poke or criticise me either openly here, in irc, the mailing list or privately by email. I appreciate any and all input on this project.

Kind Regards, Sam

2009-06-10

Exams Over

Permalink 12:02:23, Categories: GSOC 2009  

Hello CrystalSpace,
So my exams finished on Friday past and I am now fully committed to the project. My work since then has focussed on reading, I have consumed everything I can find relevant to my project in the hope of solidifying my understanding of CS and CEL before I begin coding.

For anyone following my progress that is concerned about the issues I was having with merging with trunk and the black screen on walktut. These difficulties have been overcome. The merging problem was solved by using svnmerge.py instead of the windows executable provided by the same group. The black screen problems were then solved, with a correct merge to trunk, a fresh checkout of CrystalSpace and the latest (14.02) precompiled version of cswin32libs.

My intention over the next couple of days is to code a few minor self projects, to ensure I fully understand the SCF and current implementation of Quests.

Finally, as some of you will have noticed I have started to lurk on the irc channel whilst working. So if anyone has any questions or suggestions, please feel free to harass me on there. I am still fairly new to irc and not generally used to having message clients running, so I apologise if I am slow to reply but will be very grateful for your input.

Until Next Week, Sam

2009-06-03

Preliminary Work

Permalink 15:23:54, Categories: GSOC 2009  

Hello CrystalSpace Community,
As many of you will know the GSoC 2009 coding period has officially begun and whilst, due to my final exam commitments, I am unable to start full time just yet I have begun some preliminary work on formalising the deliverables for the Quest refactor and setting up my working environment from the CrystalSpace SVN trunk and my assigned CEL branch.

It is my intention to make this blog a weekly update, starting today and continuing every Wednesday throughout the development period to keep the community up to date with the work I am doing.

For now, if anyone has any comments on the existing Quest implementation be they positive or negative please contribute to the CEL mailing list conversation [Cel-main] Quest Refactor . The biggest current issue is to wether we should factor out sequences and instead implement them with a standardised start-finish protocol. Any opinions or comments on this suggestion are greatly appreciated.

I look forward to debating these issues further.
Sam.

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