Tuesday, September 25, 2001

New Look: As of today, 'ye olde delphi game developer' has a new look which should make the site easier to use and understand. You'll also find a new tutorial on scrolling backgrounds in Delphi with DelphiX, creating flicker less animation without any other components, and a tutorial on using Kylix. You'll find that in the coming weeks more tutorials will appear in many areas, including a few new components we haven't covered before. As well as these tutorials you'll find the new books page written by Tohid Azizi, a new interview with Josh Farley of Triumph Studios, a newly put together links page and a new message board which I hope you'll all make good use of if you have particular queries or suggestions.

As you may already know there has never been a better time to be a Delphi developer, with Delphi 6 Personal Edition and its Linux equivalent, Kylix Open Edition, now available for free download. Granted you aren't allowed to make any profit from programs you make using them (and in the case of Kylix you must supply the source code as well), but they provide useful learning tools with which to teach yourself the language, before you buy the full product. For many of you, fun is the primary issue and so these restrictions will not make any difference anyway. The links to the left will take you to the necessary pages if you wish to download either or both editions.

It is my intention to support Kylix developers just as much as Delphi developers on this site wherever possible, which in practise means that you can now download source code which is compatible with both Delphi and Kylix in all the non-DelphiX tutorials. All the actual tutorial's content is still relevant, as the same steps will work in Kylix. It's just that slightly different code will be generated when starting a new project and that means that any existing Delphi code of yours will need alterations to make it fully compatible. That's where the new tutorial I've written on making your existing code Kylix compatible will come in useful, which you can find on the tutorials page.

I've mentioned him already in relation to the new books page, but special thanks should go out to Tohid Azizi who has helped me out a great deal over the past few weeks to help refine the new look for the site amongst other things. Thanks Tohid!

I hope you enjoy the new changes to delphigamedev.com and please feel free to e-mail me if you have any comments. As ever, if you think you could write a tutorial for the site, I'd love to hear from you.

Ben (10:22 AM)

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