Tag: coding

Writing immersive interactive fiction using near field communication (NFC) tags

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Talented fiction writers are skilled at drawing upon their readers’ five senses–sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.  But what if a writer had a way to truly immerse their readers into an environment where one could literally smell the zeppoles from the carnival stand or feel the forceful rush…

Quest: Writing and Playing Text Adventure and Interactive Fiction

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I recently stumbled upon Quest, software created and distributed under an open-source license by Alex Warren for individuals to write and play text adventure games and interactive fiction.  The platform is extremely flexible, allowing reading/playing in either a web browser, downloading to a PC for offline play, and even…

Coding text-based MMORPG games in PHP and MySQL

I’m out of the professional coding world for ten years, but it hasn’t stopped me from creating a BBS-style online text adventure game in the spirit of TradeWars 2002 and Legend of the Red Dragon using PHP and MySQL. I remember well the specs of my first brand-new PC in the fall of 1993 that cost me $3,000:… Read More ›

SML Books by See-ming Lee is licensed under Creative Commons | Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

Frequent Agile SaaS deployments are disrupting end-user value

Like most, I spent the recent year-end holidays reconnecting with family and friends over a tin of homemade Toll House chocolate chip cookies and non-fat cappuccinos. We laughed. We cried. We debated the merits of Agile SaaS deployments and Minimum Viable Product (MVP) delivery. It began as an innocuous statement: “Drive-thru windows at coffee shops…. Read More ›

A bubble by Jeff Kubina is licensed under Creative Commons | Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Calling Web Services within Microsoft Office via the SOAP protocol in the year 2013

In the early to mid-2000s Microsoft Corp. painted the world a beautiful picture of the ease at which one could exchange information across disparate systems, whether across the LAN or across the Internet.  The company simultaneously eased both Office users and professional developers into unfamiliar terminology like Web Services, Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), and… Read More ›

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