BW2 :: the bitwise supplement http://www.bitwisemag.com/2/ en BW2 :: the bitwise supplement http://www.bitwisemag.com/2/ How to write an adventure game in ActionScript http://www.bitwisemag.com/2/How-to-write-an-adventure-game-in 2014-04-15 06:03:52 Huw Collingbourne goes back to the '80s to show how to bring adventure games up to date in ActionScript and Flash Let me take you to a time way before the advent of PlayStation and XBox, when Assassin's Creed and Grand Theft Auto hadn't even been dreamt of. We're going back to the late 1970s and early ‘80s when most computers didn't even have graphics, let alone multimedia! This video gives an overview of how I wrote my simple ActionScript Adventure (...) Huw Collingbourne 2014-04-15T11:03:52Z text/html en Huw Collingbourne Make pro videos on an amateur budget http://www.bitwisemag.com/2/Make-pro-videos-on-an-amateur 2014-03-30 06:43:37 Over the past few years I've taught multimedia courses on a number of eLearning sites such as Udemy, Skillfeed, CodeProject and Adobe Knowhow. More recently I have self-hosted courses on my own web site, BitwiseCourses. Teaching online can be an interesting and rewarding business. If you do it right, it can also be financially profitable. But how do you get started? And do you need to invest a lot of money to buy cameras and other equipment? The answer to the second question is No!, (...) Huw Collingbourne 2014-03-30T11:43:37Z text/html en Huw Collingbourne Designing a GUI in Java http://www.bitwisemag.com/2/Designing-a-GUI-in-Java 2014-03-18 10:43:17 If you are used to programming C#, Delphi or Visual Basic, you may be used to creating user interfaces by dragging and dropping buttons and other components onto a form. So how do you do drag-and-drop design in Java? Well, one simple way is to use the Netbeans IDE. But that doesn't work quite the same as Visual Studio or Delphi. This one-minute video explains the basics.... This is the first video in a new series on Java Programming in 60 Seconds - one minute hints and tips (...) Huw Collingbourne 2014-03-18T15:43:17Z text/html en Huw Collingbourne Learn to program - Hashes and Dictionaries http://www.bitwisemag.com/2/Learn-to-program-Hashes-and 2014-03-11 11:37:48 Here is the latest video in my free series for novice programmers. It explains Dictionaries and Hashes - which are also called 'associative arrays' in some languages. ) This is one of many videos for beginner programmers. Follow the whole series HERE. And to be sre never to miss a video in future, Subscribe to the Bitwise Courses YouTube Channel. Huw Collingbourne 2014-03-11T16:37:48Z text/html en Huw Collingbourne Text Adventures - The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Is Back! http://www.bitwisemag.com/2/Text-Adventures-The-Hitchhiker-s 2014-03-10 09:37:49 The text adventure is surely the greatest flowering of the programmer's art. That being so, it is with great joy that I have discovered that the BBC has released Infocom's great ‘Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy' game in an online playable version! Based on Douglas Adams's comedy science-fiction radio series (which later spawned books, TV shows and a film), The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy was developed by Infocom programmer Steve Meretzky in (...) Huw Collingbourne 2014-03-10T14:37:49Z text/html en Huw Collingbourne Ruby Programming: strings (in 60 seconds) http://www.bitwisemag.com/2/Ruby-Programming-strings-in-60 2014-03-05 05:07:10 There are many ways of creating and using strings in Ruby. But the three most important string types are single-quoted, double-quoted and backquoted. In the first of a new video series that will cover core Ruby programming topics in one minute flat, I explain these three types of Ruby string.... Huw Collingbourne 2014-03-05T11:07:10Z text/html en Huw Collingbourne Cyberlink PowerDirector 12 Ultimate v Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13 http://www.bitwisemag.com/2/Cyberlink-PowerDirector-12 2014-02-17 11:41:15 Sony Movie Studio 13 Platinum £49.95 http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/Moviestudiope CyberLink PowerDirector 12 Ultimate £79.99 http://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdirector-ultimate/features_en_GB.html This is the age of the video. Not so long ago, video making was a specialist art practised by professionals who could afford lots of expensive equipment and software. Now, in the age of YouTube and cheap, hi-definition cameras, professional-quality video making is within (...) Huw Collingbourne 2014-02-17T17:41:15Z text/html en Huw Collingbourne The Decline and Fall of The Art Of Programming http://www.bitwisemag.com/2/The-Decline-and-Fall-of-The-Art-Of 2014-02-13 04:48:30 The world is full of programmers. So why, asks Ila Naqvi, are so many of them so bad at programming? Anyone can become a programmer. But becoming a good programmer is not so easy. It's all very well to be able to drag, drop and code. But these days too many programmers rely on their tools to do the hard work. No wonder there are so many bad programmers! In my view, computer programming is not so much a science as an art. And for learning any art, one needs a lot of skills and (...) Ila Naqvi 2014-02-13T10:48:30Z text/html en Ila Naqvi Scrivener for writers http://www.bitwisemag.com/2/Scrivener-for-writers 2014-01-19 11:54:46 A few months ago I reviewed Scrivener, a low-cost word processor which is aimed at writers (of books and articles rather than of memos and letters). While I liked Scrivener, I wasn't sure that I could really break away from the word processor I've been using for so many years past – namely, Microsoft Word. So I decided to get a second opinion from someone who has made the beak and uses Scrivener regularly. Cathy Presland is an author and instructor who not only publishes (...) Huw Collingbourne 2014-01-19T17:54:46Z text/html en Huw Collingbourne Where Are They Now? http://www.bitwisemag.com/2/Where-Are-They-Now 2014-01-13 08:31:02 Some old software dies of neglect, some is killed and some just fades away… When I recently wrote a review of the latest release of e-on Software's 3D terrain designer, Vue, I was reminded of another impressive terrain generator called MojoWorld. This seems to be in that sad category of old software which has just been left to fade away. While not officially dead, Pandromeda's MojoWorld doesn't show many obvious signs of life either. The last sign of any activity on (...) Huw Collingbourne 2014-01-13T14:31:02Z text/html en Huw Collingbourne