Silly Things - Party Version released

This weekend my new demo "Silly Things" was shown at Silly Venture 2010. At least I hope so, because unfortunately I was not able to join the party and know nothing about the results yet. This is the first time I entered a demo competition - after 21 years of demo coding. But thanks to be wife - who supported my during the 3 months of development - and thanks to 505 and OOZ who provided the music and the graphics, this became what it is now: my best demo so far. I just can't tell you how excited I am to see how the competition will end.

So if you like it, I'd be very happy to get your feedback on Pouet where you can also find the download. Here is the recording.

WUDSN IDE update 1.5.0 released

This version has Eclipse 3.6.0 as minimum requirement. See the tab "Installation" for the description and the link to the Eclipse download.

Features: See the tab "Features" on WUDSN IDE for screen shots

  • New supported hardware "Atari2600" added with DASM as default compiler and Stella as default emulator. A complete package with compiler and sample sources is also available
  • Recursive and circular source includes are now detected. Source includes are now only parsed once and visualized once in the content outline
  • Completion proposal auto activation without pressing CTRL-Space after typing compiler dependent characters, for example "." in ATASM, "." or "#" in MADS and "!" in ACME
  • Multi-line content completion and explicit cursor positioning, for example ".MA" becomes ".MACRO <cursor is here> <newline> .ENDM"
    Muli-line content completion and cursor positioning
  • Syntax highlighting and support for illegal opcodes completed for ACME
  • New variables are now available for compiler and the application/emulator preferences
    • {$sourceFolderPath} The absolute path to the source folder
    • {$outputFolderPath} The absolute path to the output folder
    • {$outputFileName} The name of the output file including its extension, for example "TestFile123.asm"
    • {$outputFileNameWithoutExtension} The name of the output file without extension, for example "TestFile123"
    • {$outputFileNameShortWithoutExtension} The name of the output file without extension shortened to 8 alphanumeric characters, for example "TESTFILE"
  • Hover help in the preferences to explain the available variables
    Over help for variables


  • Syntax highlighting remains active now also after "Save as..."
  • Cursor is now placed correctly by content assist
  • The key binding for the "Compile" menu is now "Ctrl-0" instead of "Ctrl-Alt-0", so entering "}" is now possible again
  • XASM editor now correctly detects the "ORG" directive
  • The assembler editor toolbar contribution now also displays the label "Assembler" in the customizing dialog for the perspective


  • Section "Installing WUDSN IDE" updated with the new Eclipse 3.6 installation steps and screen shots
  • New section "Installing Apple 2, Atari 2600 and C64 compilers like DASM and ACME" added to installation guide
  • New FAQ "Why does CTRL-Space not open content assist?" added

WUDSN IDE update 1.4.4 released

Here it comes, the last version of WUDSN IDE which is downwards compatible Eclipse 3.4.2. All subsequent versions will require Eclipse 3.6.0 at least. Of course you can already update Eclipse to version 3.6.0 now to benefit from the new features like block selection mode.

Features: See the tab "Features" on WUDSN IDE for screen shots

  • Forward navigation via "control-click" hyperlink navigation to labels, equates, local definitions, macro definitions and procedure definitions. In case there is only one target, direct navigation takes place. In case there is more than one possible target, the type and line number of the target are displayed in a hyperlink popup. All included source files are also taken into account like in the content outline. In case there are targets from different files, the file name is also displayed as differentiator in the hyperlink popup.
    IDE navigation to labels,
			equates, local definitions, macro definitions and procedure definitions
  • The archive containing all supported Atari compilers has been updated with the latest versions of ATASM 1.7.0 and MADS 1.9.0 for all platforms, XASM for Mac OS X and ATASM for Linux 64-bit. See the section "Installation" for details
  • The new ATASM 1.7.0 directive ".BANKNUM" is now included in content assist and highlighting
  • Preferences for compilers and applications are now internally stored separately for every supported hardware (Apple, Atari, C64). The existing preferences are migrated automatically upon the first start of the new version. I have tested the migration to a certain extend but there might be cases where you have to set some preferences again after the upgrade


  • The directive ".LOCAL" in ATASM is a normal directive now and does not start a folding section while in MADS it is really is a folding section from ".LOCAL" to ".ENDL"
  • "SIN()" and "RND()" in MADS are now recognized correctly even if there are no spaces before or after the directive
  • ".EN" and ."END" in MADS are now recognized correctly
  • Labels in "ORG" lines are now recognized correctly and rendered as separate tree entries
  • Preferences for lower/upper case instructions in content assist are now also evaluated if the for directives which do not start with letters like ".end"
  • When opening a file which is located outside of the workspace, the action to open folders and to compile the file are now not doing anything and will not cause exceptions. They will also be disabled once the new Eclipse version is mandatory
  • The 16 bytes per row in the hex editor are now separated by a space


  • New FAQ "How to run a makefile script instead of an emulator?" added

Fujiama 2010 pictures

For those who were not able to attend "Fujiama 2010", here are some pictures to give an impression what was going on there at 12:00, 20:00 and 02:00am. I really recommend to everybody to plan to visit Fujiama next year and to have fun with all those nerdy people there.

JAC! ... early in the day JAC! ... later in the day

JAC! ... already the next day

Site Update

The Atari convention "Fujiama 2010" is over and it was a really great experience to be with so many crazy people for 3 days. And it was really great to present WUDSN IDE and to make atarixlxe, Bernd, Dietrich and mega-hz new happy users. I got a lot a new input and ideas and there will be a new version of WUDSN IDE soon. Be prepared: It will be the last version which runs on an Eclipse version less than 3.6.0. The new Eclipse version will allow me to fix some UI shortcomings and also includes block selection mode. But don't worry. Updating Eclipse is as simple as unzipping a file to a folder and all you files and settings in the workspace will remain.

The tab Productions has been updated with a youtube playlist overview and download entries plus the detailed story behind the "size-coding for fun" production "Dieter und Gisela ... wie die wilden Tiere in Nachbars Whirlpool". You can also comment on Pouet if you like.

Dieter und Gisela bumsen wie die wilden Tiere in Nachbars Whirlpool

The tab WUDSN IDE has been updated:

  • The section regarding installation on the tab "WUDSN IDE" has been updated with the feedback from the new users
  • All IDE related FAQs have been moved to the new section "FAQ" on the tab "WUDSN IDE"
  • New FAQ "How do I use Eclipse at all?" added
  • New FAQ "Is there support for block selection mode?" added
  • New FAQ "How does ATASM generate segments in executable files?" added
  • New FAQ "Why do I see wrong messages in the "Problems" view?" added
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