RE: [cc2-dev-l] Encouraging XP development
1) Campaign Info - integrated (e.g. REQUIRES) MS-Access database.
Alternatively this could use XML files to act as a "simple" database. Your
idea of storing the info in the map would work, but too often a DM wants to
create multiple maps at varying scales that would then have to contain the
>>For CC2 Space, we are creating an intermediate database format from which
maps are generated on the fly, so all maps are linked to a central data
source. Maps will update themselves on reloading. This idea would also work
well for a campaign database. We will probably use CSV rather than Access
format. The alternative would be to use a separate drawing containing only
XP entities as a database - this would give all the search facilities built
into the FastCAD API. Disadvantage - we'd need to implement a CSV
importer/exporter so that others can share the data.
2) Integrated VBA - This would create an Object Model to represent a CC2 Map
and expose it. Users could then write code to manipulate their map in VBA
rather than using the limited Macro Language.
>>L. Lee Saunders has written a Visual Basic DLL which allows VB users to
access CC2 via Intercom.
BTW: I have modified my XP .h files so that they work with C++, not just C.
Working in C++ would more easily allow multiple developers and splitting of
the tasks required...just a suggestion!
>>I am not really a programmer and have no idea if it will work, but it sounds
good to me.
- I'm willing to be a guinea pig. :)
Tutorials on how to make an XP would be good too.
Anna M. Dobritt
Cartography Unlimited for RPGs
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "L. Lee Saunders" <saunderl@h...>
> The Microsoft .Net Framework has been our since 2002. When it was
> released I tried to integrate it with CC2. Building an unmanagedC++ dill
> (XP) that ran under CC2 was simple but trying to call managed C# orVB.Net
> code from an unmanaged dll was out of the range of most casualprogrammers
> (Or full time programmers, like myself, that only wanted to do thisfor a
> hobby and not for work.)of the
> But now with the release of the 2.0 version of the Framework, most
> interop issues are fixed so it is quite simple.CC2 XP
> Microsoft is giving away the scaled down version of there IDE at:
> You can download the C#, the VB and the C++ editions! To create a
> dll you will also need to download (for free) the Win32 SDK, butthat is
> explained on the C++ express edition page.between
> I've rewritten the random name generator XP that I did as a bridge
> C++ and VB6, in C#. It works flawlessly. This opens up the easeof use C#
> for things like database access and forms programming. It does notget the
> programmer out of having to learn the CC2 entites database andfunctions
> though. Maybe a bridge can be created later but not now.XP's on this
> So, is there enough interest in writing hybrid C++/C# or VB.Net
> list for some tutorials? (I'll also need one or two guinea pigs aswell)
> Or, should we, as members of the list, concentrate on writing XP's
> and helping new programmers up the C++ learning curve?
> L. Lee Saunders