Re: [stella] Stella Graph

Subject: Re: [stella] Stella Graph
From: "Chris Pepin" <cpepin1@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 04 Oct 1999 17:00:59 EDT

I've been using Chris Pepin's Stella Graph off and on, and as I said before
it's certainly a big help for programming. It took a little doing to chase
down the outdated VB file needed to run it, but the short hunt on hotbot was
worth it.

What I'd like to request is a "reverse byte order" checkbox (I'm sorry it's
taken me so long to reply to your request for comments, Chris). Right now
I'm using the PF2 (red) graph for player graphics, but it makes the bytes in
reverse if your Atari app counts scanlines incrementally instead of
"decrementally". I've been thinking about making a simple (probably a
checkerboard that gets filled in with X's) Java app to do it, but I thought
I'd ask as Stella Graph has a pretty solid interface.

Anyhow, if you've got the code collecting dust somewhere, I know that would
help me tremendously. Thanks for putting Stella Graph together at any rate!

Ruffin Bailey
Program for the Atari 2600 on your Mac!

The VB file needed to run Stella-Graph is now available on my web site. Adding a checkbox to do a reverse byte order shouldn't be overly difficult (I think). It's really a matter of finding the time to dig into the code and actually hooking my supercharger back up to test the resulting code.

On a side note, let me stress something to all of you coders out there...COMMENT YOUR CODE! If I hadn't commented the code for Stell-A-Graph it would probably take 4 or 5 times as long to figure out what in the world I was thinking when I wrote it. Just because you know your code now doesn't mean it will make a lick of sense a couple of years down the road. Extra comments are always a good thing no matter what some hot-shot coders may say. You would rather have more comments than you need than not enough. And now back to our program.

I'll poke around inside Stella-Graph and see what I can come up with. This is a very good suggestion for an added feature. It's nice to know that someone is making use of the program.

Chris Pepin


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