Thursday, August 26, 2010
I got the itch to design a game after toying around with Google's App Engine framework. I wrote a slideshow unwrapper for my wife to use when browsing on Ebay or Etsy, which lets you paste in several URLs with slideshows in them, and builds a single page containing all the images. App Engine's "fetch url" function and the ability to execute arbitrary Java code made that a snap. While learning the App Engine ropes, I found that it can serve an applet, and receive an arbitrary serialized object and store it in Google's "data store".
In other words, you can play a game in an applet, and save the game state to the data store.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sunday, August 08, 2010
If you're coming here looking for an algorithm or complete code to solve Facebook's Gattaca puzzle, then first, you're a damned cheater and nobody likes you. Second, they'll never hire you anyway once they realize you couldn't do it on your own. Third, you've come to the right place!
Google assures me that there are publicly available solutions for this puzzle already, and this particular puzzle has been posted in the Facebook careers section for a while now, so I'm going to break with their recommendation to not distribute complete solutions.