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10-26-2021 at 07:37 AM
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Pixel Vision 8: Stories from an Open Source game developer

https://jessefreeman.hashnode.dev/the-dark-side-of-supporting-an-open-source-project


I found Jesse's story to be moving. I too know what it is like to toil away, spending thousands of hours on a project. I don't do mine for money though. I do it for the satisfaction of tackling puzzles of my own making. Hopefully this will ward off the effects of old age and I'll keep coding until the second coming.

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  1. WCopeland's Avatar

    Thank you for sharing; I enjoyed reading this. PV8 is an awesome project that I've had starred for quite some time, but I didn't know about the personal story behind it.

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  2. datagod's Avatar

    Same here Wes. The project is fascinating. I am glad Jesse writes on Hashnode, or I would have missed his story.

  3. datagod's Avatar

    By the way Wes, glad to see you here! Got any interesting projects you are working on that you could share with us? I'm still working away with python and LED matrixes.

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  4. WCopeland's Avatar

    Nothing super interesting :-) I'm working on starting a side business, but that's quite a ways off. I've been wanting to learn Python for some time as it seems to have great practical applications for ML, but unfortunately I know very little about it other than it's very picky about whitespace 😀

    My most recent project is https://github.com/achievements-app/psn-api which is still WIP but is able to pull data from Sony's network to build interesting stats around PlayStation player profiles.

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  5. dracobeulmont's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by WCopeland

    Nothing super interesting :-) I'm working on starting a side business, but that's quite a ways off. I've been wanting to learn Python for some time as it seems to have great practical applications for ML, but unfortunately I know very little about it other than it's very picky about whitespace 😀

    My most recent project is https://github.com/achievements-app/psn-api which is still WIP but is able to pull data from Sony's network to build interesting stats around PlayStation player profiles.


    Python isnt that hard. Not sure how picky it is with whitespace. Only thing that sucks is converting it over to other formats like android apk or exe files. They got a few converters but they are extremely confusing like installing virtual systems of linux and running the program from it. In the end, the systems are buggy and the results are shaky, if they work at all. Had to teach myself android studio just to make an apk file. (Gotta learn java though.) And the exe files work only half the time. I would still recommend Python, as it is my first love, but like I said, I think it could use new convertor programs to help us laymen.


  6. Barthax's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by dracobeulmont

    Python isnt that hard. Not sure how picky it is with whitespace.

    Can't be as bad as Whitespace: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitespace_%28programming_language%29 :P

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  7. Luigi Ruffolo's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by Barthax

    LOL.

  8. datagod's Avatar

    I have written more T-SQL than any other language (25+ years), but have fallen in love with Python. Not because of the syntax but because of the wide variety of libraries and uses.

    I have written screen scrapers, LED animators, wardriving apps, LOng RAnge radio packet decrypters, text based window interfaces (CURSES) all sorts of neat things.

    The whitespace issue was a pain in the ass at first, but once you get used to it becomes part of you. It forces your indentation to be precise and frees you from having to use BEGIN/END or { ** syntax.

    Now when I do powershell or SQL I find myself having mild anxiety because indentation doesn't mean anything. LOL.

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