Development


If you follow me on Twitter, you'll already know this, but I'm now developing a regular expression app for iOS!

It's called "Pretty Regular Expressions", and I'm going for a minimal approach, but with some optional settings, and a clean interface. Of course a dark theme was the first thing I built!

It's still in development, but it's moving pretty fast, so an open beta is very imminent. I already have a landing page, where you can subscribe to keep updated with the application. Of course I will only send out an email for when the beta opens, and then when the app is released.

If you want to watch the progress of the development, then just follow me on Twitter at @chrishannah, because I post a lot of screenshots.

ON: BY: Christopher Hannah

I'm getting back into programming, and I'm messing around with PHP and MySQL to create a sort of upload manager for myself.

I just want a place where I can quickly upload an image/video, and then be able to share it with people on Twitter.

So far I've got a working database with a file viewer, and a few extra bits. I guess I just need a dashboard for myself, and it's a working project.

Anyway, check it out on GitHub!

Back in March this year, Rich Stanton wrote a piece on the development of the classic game, Lemmings. How it came to be, and also what came after.

Somehow this ended up in my Pocket to-read collection, and I've only just got round to reading it. Lemmings was one of my favourite games when I was growing up, and I was so young when I was playing it, that I don't even remember what platform I played it on!

Here's a snippet:

Mike Dailly had seen tiny 5-pixel high sprites in games like , a popular Atari ST shooter where the player’s ship rescued little android slaves, and thought that somewhere between this and a 16×16 sprite would be a sweet spot – where the small size made the Walker look big by comparison, but the animations were still good enough to impart character. One lunchtime he made an image of little men being crushed by weights, and shot by a laser gun – everyone loved it, and Gary Timmons added a few more traps. While everyone was laughing, Russell Kay was the first to say ‘There’s a game in that!’

If you're interested in video games, then I highly recommend it, and if not, then you should probably still give it a try.

Read the full post on ReadOnlyMemory.vg.

ON: BY: Christopher Hannah

I've started working on a new app. It's a Wikipedia search app for Mac, called Qwiki. At the minute it lets you search for an article, and quickly access that page in your browser.

Qwiki Screenshot

It's only been in development for a few days, so it's nowhere near the end product.

I plan on adding loads more features, such as copying the link (including Markdown style), and the standard share sheet. I think I will also add in an option to view the content of the article directly in the app, but I've got to work out how I want to do that.

But even though it's super early days for Qwiki, I've made the beta open to the public, so that I can get as much feedback as possible.

So if you've got a Mac and it runs OS X 10.10 or higher, then you can test out Qwiki!

You can give feedback through Hockey, or direct to me on Twitter at @chrishannah.