The news title says nothing and everything :-).
After an PHP update the syntax plugin doesn’t work anymore. I added a better plugin and updated all chapters to display code in a reader friendly way. I also removed the description how to copy source code using the old plugin in the introductory chapter. I adapted code snippet length in some chapters (Chapter 4, Chapter 15). Updated Chapter 18 about music and sound.
I added a new SDL2 powered Free Pascal project: SuperSakura. It’s a nice visual novel engine to run retro-style Japanese games by Kirinn.
I updated some chapters (Introduction, Windows Installation, Linux Installation), mainly because of the repository change to the PGD Community SDL2 units. The units got a lot of updates lately, and help is needed to improve them even further. While this news post was waiting to be published, it appears Tim is back. Now, we have the unfortunate situation that there are two active repositories for the SDL2 headers and the situation has not been resolved, yet.
Also, I changed some stylings.
IMPORTANT: The repository to get the newest, up to date, SDL2 units has changed. It is found here: https://github.com/PascalGameDevelopment/SDL2-for-Pascal. It is now hosted by our Partner site Pascal Game Development, where you can find many resources if you are interested in game development with Delphi or Free Pascal.
Background: The old repository by Tim Blume has been an up to date source for these units for many years since its establishment (Thanks Tim!), but lately no more pull requests were integrated and so a new repository maintainer had to be found. Long time contributor to the units, Super Vegeta (suve), came up with the great idea to integrate it to the PGD repository, which is now reality (Thanks AthenaOfDelphi!).
What now: Please, if you are a Pascal SDL2 developer, pull from, commit to, fork and star the new repository over at https://github.com/PascalGameDevelopment/SDL2-for-Pascal and update your links accordingly. 🙂
Updated the Linux installation chapter. Now you can get the environment running rather quickly.
Added a new widget “Quality Pascal Articles” (right sidebar) where I add carefully chosen Pascal articles, I appreciate.
Added a new chapter about the keyboard state and the key states for simple key input handling. Updated the Text and Font chapter.
It seems the author of p_daniel’s (or danpla’s) SDL 2.0 units has deleted his github account (EDIT, 06/10/2019: The user name got changed.), hence I updated the discussion page about which unit to choose. Also the official website of the Bare game project seems to be offline. Thanks for the hints Stéphane.
A new impressive, commercial SDL2 based Pascal project called Savage Vessels has been added to the project list. The project list itself got restructured for better readability and loading times.
I did a major update to the whole SDL2 tutorial, added some new, restructed and split up many old chapters to have a better learning experience. Instead of ten big learning chunks, there are now 18 smaller chunks which are dedicated to clearly outlined topics. I’m looking forward to do a lot of fine tuning and extending the SDL2 tutorial. If you find errors, just drop me a line.
Every article now shows a date of the last update. This makes it easier to estimate how up to date the article’s information are.
I decided to change the basic font size from 18 to 24 points since the text appears too small on common high resolution displays. I adapted point sizes for other elements accordingly. Also, I made license information available for many images (CC-BY 4.0).
The drop-down menu is gone since it got too long and it has been hard to reach all entries on some devices.
Thanks to MattCash Chapter 6 got some necessary updates.