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Re: Site Updates

Post by Ast A. Moore » Tue May 08, 2018 10:26 am

hikoki wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 7:40 am
Would it be handy to have a field for programming languages and open source programs?
For example to search only amongst Sinclair Basic games.
Unfortunately, we can only distinguish between Sinclair BASIC and . . . not Sinclair BASIC, as there’s no easy way of knowing what was used to produce the machine code in any given program. It could be programming directly in assembly, or compiling from any number of higher-level programming languages. Even Sinclair BASIC programs often use portions of machine code in them.
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Re: Site Updates

Post by PeterJ » Tue May 08, 2018 10:52 am

@hikoki, the ones which contain source code are flagged in ZXDB, and can be pulled out. The programming language as far as I know ( and, I'm very happy to be corrected on this), is not (apart from things like AGD). As @Ast A. Moore says, it is not easy to find out for some titles. If you like to make a start, I'm sure Einar would add a field in ZXDB.
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Re: Site Updates

Post by Kweepa » Tue May 08, 2018 1:37 pm

Rorthron wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 9:55 pm
Thanks for trying to help, but I was trying to put together a crossword, so it was important able to search for specific character combinations.
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Re: Site Updates

Post by Einar Saukas » Tue May 08, 2018 7:40 pm

hikoki wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 10:02 am
I thought there would be a database somewhere, at least with a register of Basic games?
There's this page specifically about Boriel ZX BASIC, that I started myself years ago:

http://www.boriel.com/wiki/en/index.php ... d_Programs

If you find out anything else, please let me know.

hikoki wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 10:02 am
I have this information for games after 2013
Awesome! Can you please send me this information?

hikoki wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 10:02 am
as well as which ones provide source code. I believe ZXDB contains this info.
Information about source code is already available in ZXDB.

There's no organized information about programming languages yet, but I agree it's a good idea to index this information. Thanks for the suggestion!

Next ZXDB update will contain whatever information I can obtain myself. Afterwards we can discuss how others could contribute to expand this information...
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Re: Site Updates

Post by hikoki » Wed May 09, 2018 12:53 pm

Hi Einar
There you have a few lists. You can get more from by playing with dropdowns "Main Programming Language" and "Tags" (tags starting by Src to get the opensourced ones). To get prefiltered URLs for every view, click on the white semicircle in the top right.

Sinclair Basic games: https://awesome-table.com/-KTJLy2xX7_E1 ... d%20BASIC)

Sinclair Basic games with additional docs (diagrams,explanations..) : https://awesome-table.com/-KTJLy2xX7_E1 ... d%20BASIC)

ZX Basic Boriel games : https://awesome-table.com/-KTJLy2xX7_E1 ... ZX%20BASIC

ZX Basic Boriel games with source code : https://awesome-table.com/-KTJLy2xX7_E1 ... ZX%20BASIC
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Re: Site Updates

Post by PeterJ » Wed May 09, 2018 1:51 pm

Thank you @hikoki. Can you remind me how far your site goes back?
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Re: Site Updates

Post by hikoki » Wed May 09, 2018 2:58 pm

PeterJ wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 1:51 pm
Thank you @hikoki. Can you remind me how far your site goes back?
mid-2013 with some mods from earlier

By the way, Einar, you may have overlooked some ZX-81 games by Dancresp which are nicely documented on this sub-forum : http://www.retrowiki.es/viewforum.php?f=83
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Re: Site Updates

Post by PeterJ » Wed May 09, 2018 8:01 pm

I'm really pleased to announce more improvements to the advanced search:

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The additional features are as follows:
  • Mod - You can choose if you want to include them or not in your search. Default is 'Yes'
  • Crappiness - Do you want to include titles from the annual Crap Games competitions? Default is 'No'
  • Source Code - One for the budding developers out there. Choose if you only want titles which include source code
  • Results Layout - You can now choose one of four styles of output:
Full - This is the same as normal with both loading screen and in-game screen
Compact - Shows a nice compact one line per title list.
Run Screens - Just shows the game detail and the in-game screen
Load Screens - Just shows the game detail and the loading screen

Thanks to our developers for their work on this, and to Ricardo for working his CSS design magic on the layout!
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Re: Site Updates

Post by hikoki » Wed May 09, 2018 9:17 pm

Thanks! though there seem to be quite a few titles with source code NOT listed by ZXDB, at least from 2013 onwards : https://awesome-table.com/-KTJLy2xX7_E1 ... ilterO=src
apart from Sinclair Basic titles
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