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Discussion in 'Programming & Webmastering' started by 3870x2, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. 3870x2

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    I am going to get really heavy in game programming in the future, and am planning to make a website for collaboration between TPUers and anyone else who might happen upon the site.

    This is going to happen very quickly, probably within the next week. What do I need from TPU? a few things:

    1. A name for the website, IE www.(web name here).com/org/net. witty, fun, w/e, just name some.
    2. A set of members to become part of the project.
    3. Some to help with the website (programmers, artists, thinktanks)
    4. Any other ideas you bright minds might have.


    The best way to succeed is to be among like-minded peers of excellence, and this is the idea behind the website.

    The games will start simple of course, some might even be text based, and with these days technologies, it is not unusual to see NES quality games being made by single individuals.

    If you want to become part of this project:

    Email your information to: Jacob@ashleysphotography.biz
     
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  2. Kreij

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    1) gamesource.com, gamecoders.com, gamecode.com, skidmarks.com
    2) I'll lend a hand as time permits.
    3) Site help and testing of projects.
    4) Before you go live, define the scope and goals of the site. Is it going to be forum based or have full projects like sourceforge. Online versioning system for releases? What tools will be available for collaboration? Is everything going to be open source? If not, how will you protect the IP? Where will the source code and binaries reside? Who will have access to each?

    Just the tip of the iceburg. Good idea, though.
     
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    It will launch before most of those questions are met, but I do have answers for a few of them:

    Forum based or have full projects like sourceforge:
    The website will have a forum in the near future (going to have to figure that one out myself), but the forum will not define the website. The website will be oriented with profiles per person, and what they have to offer.

    Online versioning system for releases?
    Yes, there will be previous versions of the releases, depending on what the author(s) are willing to submit.

    What tools will be available for collaboration?
    Tools made available will be purely information based, and resource based. This means that the user will be given links to an informational/tutorial knowledge based on the growing collaboration of the users, including free compilers for different kinds of languages, and other editing programs, like 3do editors, sound editors, image editors, etc....

    Is everything going to be open source?
    This depends entirely upon the user or group. I recommend open source for maximum participation and collaboration, but I will not force you to do anything of the sort.

    Where will the source code and binaries reside?
    I will be looking towards the maximum advancement of the website. That being said, the website will be considered advanced towards a high amount of usage, and 3rd party subsidiaries will be used. I will try to provide this out of my own pocket, so that users are not asked to "sign up" to download files, etc.

    Who will have access to each?
    Once again, this is based entirely on the parties involved on the project. If they want something to go public, it will be public. Other than that, every user on the site will be able to access the information on the website. (I dont expect a whole lot of traffic, but you never know on the internet)

    Thank you Kreij, these are very valid questions. Me being a very unorganized person, this might help educate those on what exactly is going on here.

    For the record, I am a novice web designer, and you shouldnt expect anything but my maximum participation in this project, and I hope to hear more questions on this thread in the future.
     
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  4. Kreij

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    I hope you mean the near future ... like now. lol

    Orient the site by project, with the projects described in reasonable detail on the front page and linked pages for more detail. Make members join a project and let the project manager decide on the level of access to code based on the member's contributions.

    By online versioning I meant "per file". Every time a contributor modifies a single file, that file will have to be tested and merged into the project when it passes mustard.

    By collaboration tools I mean will it be IM based, private forum based, another app?

    Force the users to not only become members, but also sign up for a project if they want the source code in a pre-released state. Let the project manager decide who gets to be in on the project. Allow anonymous download of released binaries only. Again the project manager can make the decision if they want to release beta binaries for public testing.
     
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    Just remember that this can be for the novice to the very advanced programmers, and can encompass any sort of program, even if not a game, in any language.

    Also, even if you are just browsing through this thread, take a shot at a catchy .com name!
     
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    You want to help novices in programming?
    I certainly hope so as there is nothing more rewarding in life than helping someone.
    My opinion is that if you won't share the knowledge you have gained, then you have gained nothing.

    Thus the reason for the first line in my sig. ;)

    Oh yeah, catchy names. How about LateNightCoders.com?
     
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    if you dont mind me asking, what is your choice programming language kreij?

    wonder if allyourbasearebelongtous.com is available?
     
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    I like C#, but C++ is fine too. VB is mildly frustrating but okay.
    I'm up for anything except COBOL which is out of the question.
    (I still cannot find a good reason to learn F#)

    LOL ... How about CodeOn.com?
     
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    code on will turn off alot of people i think. the name implies its all about coding. which some casual gamers may find incredably boring o relatively unintresting. you might want a combination. like gamecoder.com or something like that. a name that encompasses most of the sites would be attributes.
     
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    Ummm ... it is all about coding. At least I think that was the idea.
     
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    ? im confused
     
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    this is a great idea especially if you are just getting into it then you will have a timeline of all your accomplishments and maybe at some point it can get you work


    my quirky name suggestion
    codersaregamers2.com
     
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    I vote for skidmarks.com! :laugh:

    Obviously I have nothing of real value to add except a thumbs up from one of your potential consumers. :)
     
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    Don't be confused. It's still in pre-pre-pre-alpha release. :D

    38 is still kicking around ideas overall.
    Gaming code? Any code? Other stuff?

    He wants to hear everyones' ideas.

    @Wrig : After you've coded all night only to realize that what you've done is crap, skidmarks.com is not so far fetched. :laugh:
     
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    mycodefu.com
    coderawr.com
    pumpedcode.com
    linesniffers.com
    freehotpornoforyou.com

    All open right now.
     
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    Lol, Jiz. freehotpornoforyou.com would definitely get him traffic.

    I've done this so many times when creating a new project.
    What to name it.
    That is one of the most unimportant things to consider at the beginning.
    When the content or function of the site/project becomes clear the name will present itself.

    I'm voting for CodePowerUp!
    (If 38 names it this, I will bail. :roll:)
     
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    i'm looking for a job, would you like to hire me??? :D
     
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    i dont think a paid job is what he had in mind
     
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    its just an offer. paid = faster & better
    and i don't ask for much, right now i just want to shove my leg into the IT door and get some experience :laugh:
    I will even work off the clock
    think about it ;)

    oh and I take paypal only :D
     
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    I had so many good names but all of them are taken! God damn internet!
    Livetocode.com
    Codingthegame.com
    Thefinalcode.com - unfortunately taken.
    Thegamingcode.com or Gamingcode.com
    Thecodeofapproval.com

    Thats all I can think of atm. Thegamingcode.com and gamingcode.com are still usable which was a surprise to me. Hope your website works out well for you. ;)
     
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    There might be some things I would be willing to pay for, maybe some things that are out of reach. It will not come in the form of a paycheck, but maybe a few bucks here and there for artwork or bits of code, etc....

    The goal of my second post was to let users know that I will answer any questions in a timely manner, to the best of my abilities.
     
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    I can help with any photoshop work
     
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    If anyone has any experience implementing fora, it would be very helpful. I already have a host for the site.
     
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    What's "fora"?
     
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    I believe it means forum.
     

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