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Visual Studio 2022 released

January 28, 2023, by Rincewind

Visual Studio, Microsoft's programming studio package with Visual C++, Visual C#, and Visual Basic in it, has been released as a new version 2022.

Ever since VS appeared it was very quickly a very complete package. When I was still in high school Visual Studio 6 was distributed to me and other students through the informatics teacher. This was specially for the computer club students from high school, and many of us tried it. We couldn't see all too far though, we were mainly using Visual Basic because it was easiest. In the end it turned out this was not structured enough for serious programs. These days we would have preferred Visual C++ or Visual C#.

The new version 2022 (17.4) is the first Visual Studio version that is strictly released as a 64 bit version. This is because the new PC hardware and Windows versions are mostly 64 bit. In the past there have been "Express" versions released of Visual Studio, which were free versions that were feature limited in functionality but nontheless very usable. These Express versions are no longer offered, these days there are the following versions available: Community, Professional, and Enterprise. Community version is the new free version, it is more complete than the old express version (in fact alike professional edition) and aimed at individual developers, open source programmers, small teams, and scholars. Professional edition is the entry level commercial edition of VS. It comes with MSDN (documentation), installer packaging and is required to purchase for companies. Enterprise is for companies with new tools for database development, collaboration, and more.

The supported C++ and C# standards: C++17, C#11.0. However VC++ is a language beyond the C++ standard specification, it holds additional commands. The current Visual Studio version will remain supported by its makers for 10 years (just like older versions). VS holds a code editer, UI-builder, auto completion, parameter view, code refactoring, a debugger and more. So what can you do with VS? Ofcourse you can make your own games and other software. Bennu programmers can make libraries for Bennu with VC++ which has always worked in the past (with Fenix). There is a new generation of C# programmers which use Unity with VC#.

Visual Studio 2022 can be downloaded for free (Community version) at https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/

From Microsoft's website Visual Studio Professional is 534,- euros. For 10-40 euros you can buy a VS Professional CD key or an Enterprise edition CD key in online stores.

Happy new year 2023

January 1, 2023, by Rincewind

Have a good 2023 everyone. :) I thought fireworks at midnight had been forbidden, but there is a lot of it here. I live in the middle of a large city, I thought everything had been set off at earlier times today but no!

The newest trend for us IRC people is using IRC Cloud (http://www.irccloud.com), which provides a bouncer functionality (you always remain in the chatroom) and a chat backlog for when you weren't connected. It provides a modern web chat interface with a lot of different emoticons, and the use of an avatar. The client and log can be accessed through a smartphone (Android).

Yearly goal setting remains important for a programmer, so hopefully there is time for all of you to set and reach goals the coming year. It's not always bad, I always make most of my goals since doing the yearly plan making. Us in IRC are still programming well and sharing.

Happy New Year 2022

January 1, 2022, by Rincewind

Happy New Year 2022 everyone. This could be another fine year of programming and reaching your goals. Has anyone had any success meeting the programming goals of previous year?

In other news the Steam discounts continue until January 5 of the new year.
The new Matrix movie The Matrix resurrections will be up for streaming on Youtube Store the 21st of January in this new year. That's rather quick after release. Update: purchasing is now possible through the link.

In even other news, We are still in an IRC channel called #bilge at irc.blitzed.org or timtam.uk.eu.blitzed.org. :)

HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE

December 31, 2021, by Mezzmer

:thumbs:

yeaah.

It's only a few hours away, the new year. That deserves a 12 doesn't it? NO

It deserves a 00:00 and not your stupid 12AM.

These programmer's eyes do not lie. Because a new day, a NEW YEAR absolutely should recieve a clean slate.

What do we do with 12 then. OK I'VE FIGURED IT OUT IT'S 0-11, now. or then, whatever...

As programmers, we should be more responsible with our unitising and go with the 24 HOUR clock. Because I said so. Well can't wait 'til good old 00:00 to celebrate.

AND YOU CAN'T EITHER SO GO HAVE FUN. HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE

It's almost Xmas which means it's Ymas and Zmas (2) too!

December 16, 2021, by Mezzmer

Yes, game programmers everywhere and everything in the sort of vicinity of Planet Earth, HAPPY X,Y and Zmas!

Really, it's not only a Vector3 position in space or a wannabe rotation it's A CELEBRATION THAT WE CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT IT'S FOR BUT WE GIVE PRESENTS ANYWAY.

So what is it in comparison to tradition? It's dimension axis rights for one. Uhh

Do I really have to explain this time? No I'm not going to because this will be the best one(s) ever. Particularly if you receieved a Steam gift card of £20 which is enough for 3 great games on winter sales whereas usually it's not enough for one decent game.

December sales

December 1, 2021, by Rincewind

After Black Friday (discount shopping day), there are still the end of the year discount days to come for when you're shopping on the internet. For example the internet game download store Steam always does come with good pricings. Also music is sold with high percentage price offs (sometimes music albums being sold for 9.00 euros).


For computer games, I found on steam:

Dragon Ball Fighter Z for 8.99 euros (85% off).
Cyberpunk 2077 for 29.99 euros (50% off).
PC Building Simulator for 7.99 euros (60% off).
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot for 19.79 euros (67% off).
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 for 4.99 euros (75% off).

For music I found the music album Walk the plank from Zebreahead for 8.99 euros. All their other albums are similarly priced ATM.

The prices might differ for different people and different times of the month. However, keep an eye on the prices this month all month through!
And please do share in this thread what you find for cheap games and music.

Happy 2021

January 1, 2021, by Rincewind

A happy new year 2021 to all game programmers on Boolean Soup! It's never too late to reconnect to your fellow programmers still at it ever since the early days of DIV-Arena! Boolean Soup has been back for more than a year now, we're hoping you would continue further.

Myself I started a worklog. It had been a while since someone posted the previous worklog. However, anything about programming is good to go so if you want you can run a worklog too! Also don't fear posting on the message boards, something is better than nothing. Have a good year!


Happy end of the year festivities

December 3, 2020, by Rincewind

To everyone at Boolean Soup, happy end of the year festivities! The Boolean Soup colored lights are up. We hope you can get some vacation time this last month of the year, and be able to work on your projects a bit. Personally I always save my vacation days for the end of the year, and then in the new year, as I discern, I take 2 more weeks of my new year budget. Around the end of the year there surely are people in our IRC channel to speak to, hope to see you around.


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