Okay, a quick update on the site’s pending rearrangement. Firstly, tutorials are in fact going to stay as posts, not pages. I decided I didn’t want a static front page, but I don’t want general “blog” content on the front page either, so thing’s will have to stay as they are. Secondly, I’m finding more and more as I write tutorials that I have to bother going into detail about which software to install and so on and so forth. This is not only time consuming for me, but also probably annoying for the majority of you who have the software already. But I have a solution: I’m going to write a few new posts about setting up “development environments” on Windows and Unix. Then, when I do a tutorial, I’ll just assume you’ve done all the setup in the other post. In fact, I’m thinking I might more generally put a little “prerequisites” and “recommended reading” section at the top of each tutorial. That way, we can focus on the new stuff, but all the background material is easily available to those who need it.
Summary of Content
Naturally there’ll be one for Windows and one for Linux/Unix, each with various subsections. Now, I don’t want to spend too long writing these setup tutorials, but I do want to keep everyone happy So here’s a quick list of what I’ll cover in each one – lot me know if there’s anything you really want added!
- Visual C++
- Text editor (e.g. vim)
These last few will be covered in both tutorials, although the specifics will be a little different of course.
Right. Unfortunately I just haven’t had the time to write any posts about building Boost today… The computer’s been out of action all day so far as I’ve been replacing my broken motherboard and installing my after market heatsink and fan, which I I mentioned a few days back. So instead, I’ll just share a few words about that and Boost can wait until tomorrow.
I can certainly say that the fan is really, really quiet, and temperatures appear to be lower than with the stock cooler (I say stock – it certainly looks like Intel’s socket 775 stock cooler, but the fan has an Akasa sticker…). I haven’t had a chance to do any temperature readings under stress yet, so we’ll see how things go. When I have a chance I’ll be trying a little light overclocking too so I’ll let you know how that goes… I’m hoping to get my 2.83Ghz CPU up to a stable 3.4, but I haven’t overclocked before so I don’t know if that’s realistic with my relatively cheap cooler.
At present, I am just reinstalling all my Windows software. I’m hoping to have a minute to play around with ASUS Express Gate, since it appears not to be working out of the box… And then? Well it’s coming up to midnight local time and yet I’m still hoping to not only reinstall Linux Mint, but also successfully install Gentoo (which involves compiling my own kernel ). Still, I’ll see how things go, and I’ll try to sleep a little bit before my early start tomorrow…
Later on today, I’ll be sending out some updated SFML binaries for Windows. Not only that, there’s going to be a brand new script for installing SFML on Unix (in particular, Ubuntu/Linux Mint, but I’m sure a little modification will have it running elsewhere). If you want to be the first to get hold of all this, remember to subscribe by email if you haven’t yet. Otherwise, they’ll be added to the downloads page in a few days.
The blog’s been quiet for quite a while now, for which I apologise. Basically, my work has dragged on longer than expected, but hopefully I’ll be able to continue soon.
But to the title of the post. My computer is becoming old and too hot, so I am upgrading one or two components and switching case. I also want to reinstall Windows, but there’s no point doing that until the hardware’s been changed. Why should you care? Well basically, I am meaning to upload some prebuilt SFML binaries, but to do so I want to install Visual C++ Express 2008 and 2010 in order to provide the widest range of development options I can. However, my computer is not in a fit state for extra junk right now and frankly I don’t want two of the same IDE on the primary desktop. Therefore, what I’ll do is run it off Virtual PC. Once again, however, I don’t want to get knee deep in that kind of thing until my desktop is new and improved.
Anyway, I hope you won’t lose interest in the mean time, and I’ll try not to keep you waiting too long!
So welcome to your second SFML tutorial. This time we’ll be covering basic graphics: displaying images. First, I provide the videos corresponding to this tutorial. Read on for the textual version.