(not python related)
I have seen this guy participating in a game jam in Vienna’s Metalab. He is good. His Forum posting is very interesting: He will auction off his next -not yet written- game jam entry (on GiGJam). If this idea works, game jams can suddenly turn from amusing to profitable for the participants.
See the original forum post:
( original url: http://forums.coronalabs.com/topic/34486-im-auctioning-my-yet-to-be-created-gigjam-entry/ )
Don’t laugh, I’m serious with this. I got a decent track record regarding game jams, I’m even doing this #onegameamonth thing, and my games get better, a lot. In April I’ve created a puzzle game, first with Corona and I still fail at marketing so I wonder why not sell off the games to someone who’s actually good at marketing. Sad to see a good game to waste, isn’t it? I previously won a gamejam in 2010 with a game called The Flying Camera and I barely ever fail at jams.
So for the upcoming GIGJam I want to auction my game, and in the spirit of kickstarter, start the auction before the jam even starts. I’ll post regular updates on the game while working on it.
What the lucky winner gets is:
* The game that I create during the GigJam this weekend
* All the copyright on the idea, artwork, sound and the code I’m going to write.
* All the code, artwork, and sound comes in a git repo for extra security
* 1 additional day of my work to adjust the game to your needs and get it ready for submission
* Bugfixes within the first month
* For every $150 of the winning bid another day of work. Maximum 4 days within a month (i.e. $600 gets you a whole week)
* If you started bidding before the jam begins on you get those extra days for only $100
Bids are accepted under firstname.lastname@example.org until the very end of the jam or if that time passes without bids the first to mail me gets the game for $1. If against all odds I should fail to complete the game during the jam the bidders are given a choice wether to redraw their bid or give me another day to work on the game.
See my previous games at http://ananasblau.com/games
Don’t bid if you don’t have experience with marketing. I’d rather settle for $100 and see the game being the next Angry bird than making $1000 in this auction.
free python books
A very nice website about free python books: pythonbooks.revolunet.com
Some books are only free to look at / to download, but some books are properly creative commons licensed. ThePythonGameBook.com itself is not (yet) listed there, but i like the concept of the website very much: the website is made out of a github project, where everyone can join / fork. Or simply write an email to the project maintainers to get another free python book listed at the site.
Quora.com, the question and answer platform with the same technology that powers stackoverflow.com, has a nice thread about python: What-are-the-Python-features-you-wish-youd-known-earlier
I use python since many years and i still learn new tricks every day. I highly recommend this thread to every python user.
see python code executed step by step in your web browser… this is awesome:
Since yesterday i play around with a new python editor (IDE):
Ninja IDE: http://ninja-ide.org/
So far this gpl3-licensed, Qt-powered, free IDE specifically written for python has made a very good impresson on me:
- There is code completion and tooltips
- There is an overview window to find classes and methods
- There are no useless “compile” or “built” commands like in multi-language IDE’s (Eclipse)
- There seem to be lots of plugins at the project hompeage (git, bazaar, code paste etc.)
- There is a greeting screen with working, in-build irc client. Very cute!
- There is support for ctrl+mousewheel to zoom in and out
- I found the option to switch from python2 to python3 (or any custom python version): Edit -> Preferences -> General -> Execution
- Ninja-IDE does not confuses Spaces with Tabs
The only irritating things that i have found so far are the black, depressing background (there is a color preference menu but i was too lazy to play around with it) and that i have to click on a rectangular “run file” icon instead of the green triangle icon (“run project”).
The guys developing Ninja-IDE accept paypal donations and even microdonations via Flattr. The wohle project is hosted on github; testers, bug-reporters, translators and contributors are welcome.
Good news, everyone: there is a nice, creative-commons licensed ( cc-by-nc ) book about python, even with a python3 version:
Think Python: http://www.greenteapress.com/thinkpython/. From the author of “How to think like a computer scientist”, Allen B. Downey. He initially wrote an (also free licensed) java book to improve the learning experience of his students, and a teacher made a python version out of it. The author has all source code examples linked on the book homepage and has a section in the book listing every single contributor who corrected an error or found a typo.
The Think Python book can be ordered directly via Amazon
or downloaded as pdf for free.
Other Free Books by Allen Downey are available from Green Tea Press. The book has it’s own Facebook page.
As soon as i have worked throug the complete book i will update this review. What i have seen so far was very impressive.
Sadly, the author has no flattr button on his page. But i have one
Another free python3 tutorial book is online: