WUDSN IDE update 1.7.1 released

This page contains information about a planned, not yet released version. 

Java and Eclipse

  • After 7 years of successfully maintaining compatibility with Java 1.6/1.7, all Eclipse version and 32-bit architectures an era ends. Support by fixes in Java and Eclipse is only available for Java 1.8 and Eclipse 4.10 and later and both do not support 32-bit development environments anymore. Understandable in a time where every mobile phone has an 8-core 64-bit architecture. Therefore WUDSN IDE 1.7.1 requires Java 1.8, Eclipse 2019-06 (4.12) and a 64-bit operating system as a minimum.
  • The 1.7.1 is intentionally a minor version update, so there are no major feature changes and people who cannot migrate to the new environment can, of course, download the older version from the Releases page.

Pascal:

  • Source code editor with the first version of syntax highlighting for Pascal Source Files (".pas") that can be used with Mad Pascal.

Fixes:

  • Online help now works again thanks to the update to Java 1.8 and newer Eclipse version.
  • Atari TrueType fonts by Mark Schmelzenbach updated to version 1.2, which fixes the look of the capital "J".
  • If the "Skip All Breakpoints" option is active, breakpoints are now correctly skipped.

WUDSN IDE now on GitHub

WUDSN IDE has always been open source, but the source has only been included in the plugins itself. Keeping backups manually, keeping track of the changes and building releases are cumbersome for me and part of the reason why updates have been rare. Now I have invested a lot of time to provide a daily build to iterate faster. And finally, I have climbed the hills of Git in Eclipse, GitHub and TLS 1.2 to make the source available to the public in a reasonable way. From today on, the source code is available on GitHub via https://github.com/peterdell/wudsn-ide.

Consequently, the source code will be removed from the future feature builds. This will make the plugin installation even smaller.

Silly Venture 2k17 Invitro revisited

It always very rewarding to see people who like the result of the hard and completely useless demo coding for obsolete machines. So here's nice video from a Polish guy I don't even know.

Click to watch video

"In June 2017 this demo appeared. It is an advertisment for the Silly Venture 2017 party. This demo (or call it invitro) was written by JAC!, Glafouk did music for this demo. It's a 16kb production and it's already loaded here on EPROM. I will keep myself silent 'coz I don't want to make noise. The most important thing is what will happen on the screen in a moment. I hope you will enjoy it. ... .. do, what, how did you like the demo? I am thrilled, call it intro, invitro, Whatever, I am just thrilled. Amazing cooperation of coders, those pals are truly amazing.

Thanks man for these encouraging words! I' consider them a kick in my a... to get my Silly Venture 2018 done and check my hotel bookings asap :-)

Helena's BASIC Games released

Today I can finally release the two Atari BASIC games which I created together with my daughter Helena in 2016. She had to give away her smart phone for two 2 weeks because she did nothing else anymore than playing with the smart phone. Normal family life wasn't possible anymore. Instead she received an Atari 800 XL with two joysticks, a datasette and later a floppy drive. And we sat down together to dive into the essentials of Atari BASIC and game coding.

Pure computing power

Or as an old friend of mine put it "The Atari is exactly what your parents had to take away from you" :-)
In this video she presents the results of our efforts.

Silly Venture 2k17 surprise

Today I found a very nice suprise in my mail box with neat goodies and my very first physical trophy. I already found the best place to put it :-). Thanks Grey, and count me in for Silly Venture 2k18!

Goooooodies

The right place for my first trophy