Schwartz Engine

Schwartz Engine

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I develop Android Apps and games. I play board games and I am an experienced GM in warhammer Fantasy Role Play (1st and 2nd Ed). I am also painting and sculpting miniatures.
Yes that's right I am a freak - No mistake there. I am using this media to track my work and organise it a little.

I'm Not Looking Back!

AppsPosted by Carsten Schwartz Sep 11, 2016 11:21
I bought a refurbished PC to try and run some kind of Linux, to see if I could get out of the seemingly stagnating Windows OS which has started to annoy me. Things seem slow and cumbersome on the Windows platform, a new machine is fast enough to begin with, but quickly seem to slow down from updates and bloat ware. So away I went and made an installation USB stick with the Ubuntu distribution.

I had a system up and running in less than 20 minutes. The Windows 7 on the old refurbished thing was gone and I have a speedy system, that boots in 30- seconds and shuts in 5- seconds. It's easy and intuitive and it has become my preferred rig to develop Apps on.

At one time I accidentally thrashed the system, because I'm such a Linux newbie. I was up and running in less than 45 minutes with my development setup. That could never be done using Windows - The alternative OS has its quirks, but on a flat distribution you have the Word, Excel and Power Point equivalent from LibreOffice for free - Go Linux I say!

But hey!

Kudos to Microsoft, in Denmark they have managed to make Windows the mandatory OS when buying a PC, that is also called monopoly but nobody cares about that. It's almost impossible to get a PC without Windows pre-installed. You have to insist to avoid the dreaded Windows installation, and you might even have to pay extra to avoid it, crazy isn't it?!

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Final Polishing

AppsPosted by Carsten Schwartz Sep 11, 2016 00:47
The last item in my backlog this late hour is to replay the game again, to review and check for typos in the plot.
I've also enhanced the game experience with some extra graphics and want to see how it looks. So on me bike playing it again...

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A Long Nigths work

AppsPosted by Carsten Schwartz Sep 10, 2016 17:58
Last night I made material and changed the packet name to comply with Google's requirements for Apps in their market. A tough fight changing an already set package name in an Android project.
But I finally came through, the problem is that you have to make sure that the old package name is changed to the new one in your code!
So as help for other lost souls to change package name of an Android App, do this:

- Change the main Java code package in your project and resolve any references
- Change the package field in the Android Manifest file
- Ensure and code reference to the R class is using the new package name
- Change the old package name to the new one in your code!

The last point had me hunting for a couple of hours, but there's software development for you...

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Back On Track

AppsPosted by Carsten Schwartz Sep 10, 2016 11:03

I've been forgetting all about this blog and since I'm old School I'll get back to writing about things I'm working on. Recently I've been finishing an android game and I am readying it for the market It uses old retro style things like the floppy. The App is a tribute to the guys that invented the Amiga computer and seemed to have gotten low balled by incompetent/greedy management at commodore. It is a retro tile adventure/rpg inspired by old retro games like Bards' Tale, Ultima and Dungeon Master, more to come...

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