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September 16, 2011 / sguergachi

Development Diary #10

Hello World!

It’s been quite a while since I have blogged, and that’s mostly due to less time available for development and more school work piling up.

I still plan on finishing this project as enough time has been spent working on this thing. Yet I will reduce the number of features which were originally going to be implemented and will focus on completing one core part of the app for the Alpha release, this feature is the game library.

The game library requires the following features to be able to reach the Alpha stage:

• Add games to library
This means creating an interface to allow users to type in the name of a game they have on there computer and have the app look through the local database of game names and the link to there corresponding box art, then the app would add the .exe path to the game to another local database to allow the user to easily launch the game from the app when ever they want. The box art would be added to the grid view and will be able to launch the game by clicking on the box

•Remove game
This is a simpler task which would involve dealing with the grid view of the game library and removing the box art from the grid the rearrange all other box arts to fill the empty space

•Searching for games
This is something I have been working on with the search bar found in release 84. Currently I am working on a full implementation of lenient search of your entire game library. This involves the user simply having to start typing and the search algorithm would check for games with exact or approximate string to the text the user types.

The next update (r86) will have only exact search with approximate search following that.

I will see you guys next week hopefully.

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