Obstacles

September 18th, 2013 No comments

I keep forgetting to blog after working on the program so I’m goign to sum up the main obstacles I have faced so far. Initially i couldn’t get the combo box i was using i my program to work and since i am doing a text adventure the input of your choice is quite an important bit so it was vital i got it working but for some reason it just would not work so i switched to a text box which did work but as you can imagine that meant that you could enter anything and if you did not enter the correct option the program would crash so i decided to try and make the combo box work again and it soddenly came to me how to get it working and then it started working. the next big problem was that i could not get the moving on from each stage based on the option you choose working since for some reason it wouldn’t use the variables correctly so i created3 universal variables that each option would be set two in each stage and that worked since that would mean after each section the variables would be correct and move on in the game and not just keep doing the same stage over and over again, i then used a case statement that would take you to the next stage depending on what choice you made. so i then had a working selection system and a working method of moving through the game. i will talk about the other obstacles I’ve come across so far and what other developments i have made so far tomorrow as this post would be very long other wise, so i’m splitting it into two

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Project Propsal

September 10th, 2013 No comments

Advanced Higher Computing Project Proposal

For my Advanced Higher Project I intend to create a Text adventure game in which descriptive text will appear on the screen offering you choices and you can enter your choice and the output box on the screen will tell you what happened because of your choices and what you can do now. There is to be a basic interface with an output screen and a combo box so as to input your choice. There will also be a box detail your character details and further necessary buttons for interaction like save game and load game.

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Advanced Higher Computing

September 4th, 2013 No comments

Advanced Higher Computing Project

Here I will be recording the process I make on my AH computing project. the different obstacles I have to over come and just to keep track of how I’m doing on the project.

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The Ulster Covenant: part of my heritage?

September 29th, 2012 4 comments

I’m an Irishman from Belfast currently living in Scotland. I have to admit that I’ve never really understood what exactly being British means, but there are probably half a million people in Ireland, for whom that is the national identity they feel most comfortable with.

On this day 100 years ago, half a million people lined up across the north of Ireland and beyond to sign the Ulster Covenant. A little dig around my family history reveals a mixture of catholic and presbyterian ancestry, so some of those covenanters were family of mine. I had a look at the PRONI archive to see how many I could spot.
Ulster Covenant (men) Read more…

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A Blast From The Past

September 11th, 2012 No comments

Car bomb rocks Drumsurn villageOn Thursday 26 July 1973, loyalists exploded a car bomb outside my uncle’s pub in the small village of Drumsurn, Co. Derry. Although I was only six, I remember it quite well as we were visiting at the time. I was staying the night upstairs above the pub with 3 of my siblings and half a dozen or more cousins. Luckily there were no serious casualties.

Recently I was curious to find out the exact timing and circumstances of the bomb attack and had a look through the newspapers of the time at Belfast Central Library. I could find no coverage of the blast in any of the Belfast or Derry City newspapers – a car bomb in a rural village inflicting relatively minor injury and damage obviously struggled to compete for column inches with all the other stuff going on in the summer of 1973. Read more…

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2016 Olympics conundrum for Northern Ireland’s top golfers

August 13th, 2012 No comments

Photo by Lauren Teague

Golf returns to the Olympics in 2016, last appearing in 1904 where only two countries were represented (Canada and the USA). The International Golf Federation have proposed the following eligibility scheme to determine which of the world’s top golfers will challenge for Olympic medals in Rio:

The IGF is recommending an Olympic field of 60 players for each of the men’s and women’s competition, utilizing the official world golf rankings as a method of determining eligibility. The top 15 world-ranked players would be eligible for the Olympics, regardless of the number of players from a given country. Beyond the top 15, players would be eligible based on world ranking, with a maximum of two available players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top 15.

Currently golf’s top 15 male players are drawn from the USA (9), England (3), Northern Ireland (2) and Australia (1). It may look different in four years’ time, but wherever they are ranked, Northern Ireland’s top golfers will face a unique and delicate choice between TeamGB and Ireland. We might see pragmatism or friendship put before personal feelings of national identity. Read more…

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