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29. April 2013

We have been running a giveaway of my recently released book PlayStation Mobile Development Cookbook here on GameFromScratch.com.  Now we announce the lucky PSMwinners!

 

The lucky winners are ( by Disqus username ):

Neil Munro

Brian Beuken

Chaibi Mustapha

 

 

 

Congratulations to each of you. I sent you each an email in case you miss this thread.  I have submitted your email addressed to Packt.  Let me know if you don't hear anything shortly.

 

 

 

As to how I selected the winners… I wrote a program of course!

 

The follow is the Haxe source code for choosing a random value from an array:

 

 

package;

import neko.Lib;

class Main
{
	static function main()
	{
		var contestents:Array<String> =
			[
			"ComRevan",
			"Dave01x",
			"Neil Munro",
			"Kronaxx",
			"Liam Duffy",
			"Matin Habibi",
			"DynaVita",
			"Ayat Motevallian",
			"Brian Beuken",
			"Wojciech Musialkiewicz",
			"hdra",
			"BenjaminBrown",
			"Shawn A. Allen",
			"chaibi mustapha",
			"Calle Leppajoki",
			"Waldson Patricio",
			"Lior Tal",
			"Huy Pham",
			"Alessandro Stamatto",
			"ThePettyTyrant",
			"PSMHobbyist",
			"Joey Blaze",
			"ibai",
			"Alberto Gomez R",
			"violet",
			"pedgarcia"
			];

		var index : Int;
		var winner1, winner2, winner3: String;
		
		// Get random index between 0 and contestent array length
		// Get name at that position
		// Remove that name from the list so they cant win twice
		// Repeat two more times.
		Lib.print("Choosing first winner:");
		index = Std.random(contestents.length);
		Lib.println(index);
		winner1 = contestents[index];
		contestents.remove(winner1);
		
		Lib.print("Choosing second winner:");
		index = Std.random(contestents.length);
		Lib.println(index);
		winner2 = contestents[index];
		contestents.remove(winner2);
		
		Lib.print("Choosing third winner:");
		index = Std.random(contestents.length);
		Lib.println(index);
		winner3 = contestents[index];
		contestents.remove(winner3);
		
		//Display luck winners
		Lib.println("The winners are:");
		Lib.print(winner1 + "\n" + winner2 + "\n" + winner3 + "\n");
	}
	
}

 

 

Then from a terminal I did:

Winner

 

Congratulations to the lucky winners and thanks to everyone that participated.


23. April 2013

As some of you may already know, I recently published my first book. Now teaming up with my publisher Packt Publishing we are organizing a giveaway!  Three lucky winners stand a chance to win an e-copy of PlayStation®Mobile Development Cookbook. Keep reading to find out how you can win a copy.

 EDIT: Winners have been announced

Overview of PlayStation®Mobile Development Cookbook:

Psm

• Learn how you can create your own fantastic PlayStation®Mobile (PSM) applications

• Develop 2D games quickly and easily, complete with graphics, audio, and input

• Discover how to construct your own 3D world, import models, and even create texture and vertex shaders

You can read more about this book and download free Sample Chapter: 

 

How to Enter?

In a nutshell, you just need to leave a comment in this thread.  Of course, I'd love to hear what you think of the contents of the book when you comment! The winner will be contacted via email, so be sure to use a valid email address or I won't be able to contact you.  The contest will run until Monday April 29th, at which point I will collect all the email addresses and select three at random as winners.


16. April 2013

 

While I was working on my PlayStation Mobile book I didn’t produce all that many PlayStation Mobile tutorials.  I guess it was a matter of PSM overload in a way, although you should expect to see a few more in the near future covering things that have been added since the book was released.  The good new is, there is another developer, Alex McGilvray, that has created some great PSM tutorials!  His series of tutorials are a bit lower leveled than the ones here on GameFromScratch and are a good compliment.

 

He has made the following tutorials:

Tutorial 1 -- Getting Started

Tutorial 2 Part 1 – Shader Programming

Tutorial 2 Part 2 – Vertices, Indices and Vertex Colors

Tutorial 2 Part 3 – Texture Coordinates

Tutorial 2 Part 4 – Vertex Buffers

Tutorial 2 Part 5 – The Render Loop

Tutorial 3 – Improving PSM Rendering Performance

 

Or you can just check out his blog.  Nice work Alex! 

Programming


2. April 2013

 

As of this morning, my book is now available on Safari Books Online.

 

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I find this personally very exciting, as I am an avid Safari subscriber, as you may have noticed from the Safari links in all my prior book related posts! Smile

 

If you’ve never heard of Safari, it’s an online library subscription.  You pay a monthly fee and get access to over 10,000 books, all indexed and searchable.  There are also iOS and Android applications for reading books, including the ability to take up to 3 books offline at a time.

 

The PlayStation Mobile Development Cookbook was also added to Chapters/Indigo as a Kobo e-book as well as Barnes and Noble in print form.

 

While I was on Safari, looking at the new additions, I noticed another book I’ve had my eye on was released.  Developing Mobile Games with Moai ( Amazon Link ), which is the first book dedicated to Moai related development.  I have done a Moai tutorial series here on GameFromScratch.com, if you want a closer look at Moai.  It’s a very cool technology in desperate need of more documentation, so a book is certainly welcome.  I am going to have to take a closer look at this book when time permits.

General


26. March 2013

 

As I mentioned earlier this week, I just finished publishing my first book, the PlayStation Mobile Development Cookbook.  Since then it has been making it's way through the publishing chain.

 

 

Right now it is much more widely available.  

 

 

You can purchase and download a digital copy on Packt's website now.  Digital copies are available in epub, mobi and PDF formats.  The source code bundle is also available.  Just a bit of a warning, it weighs in at a hefty 158MB.  What can I say… there's lots of code in this book.  You can also order a print copy from the Packt website.

 

 

The book is also now on Amazon.  The Kindle version is available for download right now.  The print version ships on March 28th ( Thursday ).

 

It should also be up on Barnes and Noble and Safari Books Online shortly, I will update when links are available.   I have to say, seeing your name up on Amazon.com is a rather cool feeling! :)


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