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This is the archive for October 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Release 0.8.12 is issued. I am working with PPL of various distros (and side by side with Blastwave guys) to bring the official release in the latest distros. Windows and Mac versions are downloadable directly from the site.


Sunday, October 19, 2008

I am just out from an impressive effort in stabilizing the last release of Falcon, and I need a break and few things are more refreshing to me than Shimamiya Eiko's music. I have a nearly endless backlog of song of her I'd wish to translate, to share the experience of being caressed by her music with everyone, but this one has caught me so much I find often myself seeking and replying it again and again. Maybe because it's autumn.

The music is gentle and light, but it's extremely rhythmic, with massive usage of phaser effects on synthesized instruments, all in a joyful major tone. And so is the song, happy and light... as it talks of a woman whose spirit raise high in the sky, as her lover runs after her, calling her name and begging her to be back with him.

Friday, October 03, 2008

I adapted one of the standard LUA samples "life" (a famous early days computer simulation) to see how much space we have to cover in the 0.9 series (the optimizing round).

The first rough result were quite sad, as Falcon run the simulation in about 300% of the time required by LUA. But we have still unbuffered char-by-char output in standard print function, and LUA has already an optimized bytecode compiler, while we have none.

So, I changed the output function and used our stream block write, and performed some very simple hand optimization as i.e. caching the "self" accessors used in wide loops, and used Falcon specific (faster) loop instructions. The result were far more pleasing...