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I am an aspiring-ish author (once you get past the laziness and frequent writer's block/too many ideas) that also loves his ranting space.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Heads up

My secret follower, and those that lurk, I updated my Project Tracker page to a project list page. In case you missed it.

Also, I need to dress this place up a bit.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

To-do list

Write a to-do list.

It will help me keep track of ALL my projects and you people can see what I am doing, sorta.

Only this requires time and me KNOWING what I need to do. Might have a vote thing if my blog gets active enough to warrant it.

Ha... I have a blog...

I keep forgetting this exists... My bad. I Promise to use it more!

Anyway, I've noticed more activity with my PHP and You posts, so I might have to go back and fix up any issues since I didn't proof read those. Maybe get that other post up.

Also, I'm working on 4 Legend of the Green Dragon games, though really all I don't do much for two of them. Those being not related to the Fear Mythos.

Anyway, I have two main story projects, Fear Blogs and other writing stuff going on too....

Oh, and I am NOT joining the Navy now but am applying for the September intake for Qantm College, the Melbourne campus.

That pretty much sums up my long absence. I might have to get my Fear Blog accounts linked to this blog so I can update it more often...

Anyway, when I MAGICALLY HAVE TIME, I will make a links page to all my projects and stuff I want those that actually check this thing to look at. Like Rapture.

One of the Legend of the Green Dragon game is gonna have a Rapture theme. Not sure what name it will have yet, but it's on hold until the Rapture Logs come out in a PDF format with exclusive art! :D

So yeah... I'm busy... Bear with me.

I have nothing to leave you with either.... aside from that new song I write like last month....

Nah, not gonna link it... I'm tired these days... -___-


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

PHP and You! - More on IDEs

Okay, WereMagi here again with another post for PHP and You!, this time looking at IDEs.

I mentioned IDEs in my last post breifly, and telling you to get NetBeans.

What IS an IDE? Again, I quote Wikipedia here, but "An integrated development environment (IDE) is a software application that provides comprehensive facilities to computer programmers for software development. An IDE normally consists of a source code editor, build automation tools and a debugger." - Wikipedia on IDEs

So pretty much, a programmers best friend. They will help you with your coding and some, like NetBeans and PHPStorm offer FTP support and upload files to servers for you. Pretty awesome, right?

That's why you should get on it. Don't use lousy Notepad or Wordpad but get what the experts use and use an IDE, they make life easier. I mean, when you write an opening tag like for you!

If someone tells you not to use them, ignore them. Why? Because they don't understand what they are on about in thinking of not using an IDE.

Next post I write on this topic will be on webhosts. If you need help to understand this post, or any post in this PHP and You! series, don't ask me. I gave you links in the first post and there is Google who gave me this info, and can easily give it to you too. I write this as it is so that you have to do your own research, because I refuse to spoon feed you.

I will now let you continue with your life.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

PHP Coding and you! - The basics

Doing a post on PHP coding so that I only have link this post to where ever needed, and to use my blog after how long I have since posted something on here.

So PHP, what is it? Taken from Wikipedia (Links to relevant page), "PHP is an open source server-side scripting language designed for Web development to produce dynamic Web pages. It is one of the first developed server-side scripting languages to be embedded into an HTML source document rather than calling an external file to process data. The code is interpreted by a Web server with a PHP processor module which generates the resulting Web page. It also has evolved to include a command-line interface capability and can be used instandalone graphical applications. PHP can be deployed on most Web servers and also as a standalone shell on almost every operating system and platform, free of charge. A competitor to Microsoft's Active Server Pages (ASP) server-side script engine and similar languages, PHP is installed on more than 20 million Web sites and 1 million Web servers. Notable software that uses PHP includes Drupal, Joomla, MediaWiki, and WordPress."


So, with me still? You can use PHP in a HTML file, assuming your server supports PHP and can parse the info in PHP into HTML, and have that PHP code, for example, display a navigation bar.

But why would you do that? Because with PHP, you can refer to other .PHP files and have them run within a code, and what say if that file you are calling upon is a navigation bar, which you have on 5 other pages? Well, it means that when you edit that one PHP file, it updates on all of pages that call on the file.

You with me? It means that your work load can be cut dramatically by learning and using PHP.

But that's not why I am here, I won't teach you PHP, as there are many great guides and sites out there that provide a better service than I could.

Here are the links, in a {[Name of link, linked to a wiki page or homepage] - [Link to the download page]} format.

Firstly, to even run PHP, you need a server. Why not take up an AMP?


WAMP for Windows - Download Link
MAMP for Mac - Download Link
LAMP for Linux - Download Link (Link is to a Ubuntu Linux download)

"Whoa! Dean, Slow down! Don't I need to install PHP only?"

Yeah, no. AMP packages include Apache, MySQL and PHP. The bundles are given so that those that aren't already codemonkeys can install the software, error free. It gives you everything you need to run a server on your computer and host a website from your own computer (but for us that aren't codemonkeys, again, we won't do that because we have no idea about the risks it poses and the strain it might impose on our machines.)

Now, you have your AMP installed. Hopefully. Now, to provide you with some links to get some Tuts under your belt.

Here are three sites I recommend, which in turn might recommend more to you.

First off, we have the PHP Documentation Page. Not only is this the pace you should fall back to when you are in doubt about a feature, but the community also offers fixes and advice in the comments, which might help with some uncommon and rare errors you might find.

Now two sites I want to look into and maybe buy a subscription to, Lynda and NetTuts. I use these. Other people use these. Other sites refer to these!

From there, you will learnt to build and run a website, or even an application. Want to bring it to the next level? Here are some games for you to play with, ordered from easy to advance (but not exact, I haven't used most of them).



If you wish to host/make a LotGD game, here are some threads that you need to be aware of.


I have these handy for myself,  since I wish to make a LotGD game for the Fear Mythos. I might make Fear Mythos games from the others, depends on the community there. LotGD is something I myself and doing, and another reason for this post is for those that want to learn, have a stepping stone to learn to code so that they can help out.

Hopefully, I covered everything needed. Hopefully, this might actually help someone learn PHP. Hopefully, I can write a better guide in the future.


EDIT: DAMMIT DEAN! YOU HAD ONE JOB!

I forgot to mention what IDE you guys should look into! I screwed that up but yes, look into NetBeans. It's a free IDE that offes everything you will need.Trust me, I spent a lot of time trying trails of paid ones. Reading the usage guides for NetBeans will teach you more on how to use the software. Or you can be like me and wing it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

In the Works

Five Legacy Pen chapters.

Possible Shards update, though I have no idea if anyone is waiting for updates.

A Marchen story. If you know what I mean, good. If not, your not a fearblogger.

Some poems and creepypasta for the Fear Mythos.

Hopefully a sketch will be up soon.

This will be worked on heavily after next week when I finish school. Enjoy!

Now leave me alone while I work on not failing....

Saturday, September 1, 2012

LEGACY PEN FAN ART! :3

This is Jason from Legacy Pen. RedPaperFox (THANK YOU FREYA! :3) decided she wanted to draw Jason and so she did. And she hints she might draw more.

I am like... ecstatic. If I wasn't busy tomorr- today (Nearly 1:30am, poo.) I'd finish the latest chapter and upload it. Sadly, I can't. Yet. But soon. Real soon.

Also, I have a few cameos in the works, so if you think you see yourself being described... Yeah, I either think your cool, I'm giving you a silent thank you or I thought screw it, I want to get you some traffic.

Now, too sleep so I can be in prime chapter writing condition later today!