So You Want to Build a PHP Game Huh?

This type of question plagues the DIC board and dominates the PHP forum most of the time. How does one go about building a PHP game like ___________ (fill in the blank)? I have had my fair share of web based PHP gaming startups and will tell you more about the leg work needed into creating a solid game foundation in PHP.... on this entry of the Programming Underground! During my ...

Hacking the Gibson, One Small Camera at a Time

What if you could look down on people across the world without them knowing? Almost a god like view that often governments enjoy like in the movie "Enemy of the State" except without the hocus pocus of going through satellites and stuff. We explore this interesting world on this entry of the Programming Underground! Every day hundreds if not thousands of video cameras are installed around the world to track people ...

What’s in the box? Black box that is.

You may have heard of the idea of "Blackbox" development. Where is it? Can I open it? What does it contain? Is it that red rider BB gun I wanted from xmas all these years? NO! It is the idea of encapsulating or "hiding" implementation details about a software component. In today's entry, we will cover what it means to be blackbox and how designing with this idea in mind ...

Fines Double in Constructor / Destructor Zones

If your language is somewhat of a fully object oriented programming language then it probably has some form of constructors and destructors. But what good are they? How do you use them to your full advantage to keep your objects "valid"? What is this whole idea of a default constructor and why in the heck do I want to create my own constructor if the default constructor is there for ...

VC++.NET Syntax is Going to Hell In a Hat

Ok, maybe the topic is a little tough but the general idea is pretty sound. Recently I had the pleasure of helping someone on DIC with a VC++ project and decided to whip up something in the latest VS 2005. Now granted much my experience in VC++ was pre 2005 CLI so I was completely blown away with the syntax changes they made using the Common language Infrastructure (CLI) to ...

Go Go Google Gadget!

Some of you may be old Google gadget pros. With a dozen or so of them on your fancy schmancy iGoogle page. You might have even wondered how one is made and if you are dedicated enough, you might have even made the "Hello World" example. But what if you wanted to make something simple enough to get the basics, but more than a simple hello? Like so many other ...