Hey! Roomie is still here.

Woooh!  I have not blogged about Roomie in a looong time!  Just like I came to a dead-end with Roomie’s desktop client component and re-wrote it, I came to a dead-end with Roomie’s web component.  I started out using ASP.NET, C#, and Web Forms.  Web Forms made it really easy for me to do web development using my experience programming desktop applications with WinForms.  Last year I reached the limits of what WinForms would offer, and I needed something more powerful.  I discovered ASP.NET MVC, which was totally new and strange and awesome.  But woes, the darn thing updates all the time!  That’s great, except that I was learning MVC2 while MVC3 was in development.

Needless to say, I was daunted by the huge task of migrating the whole Roomie website over from an old technology.  I also wanted to take the opportunity to learn more about CSS, and JavaScript, jQuery, AJAX, LINQ, the .NET Entity Framework, and anything else that I didn’t know I needed to know.  All of that is still in progress, but I am not to the point where I have started a new website, though it is not live yet.

Pretty!
Roomie MVC3

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Hey! Roomie isn’t dead either!

After completely rewriting FRI from scratch (and renaming it Arcadia), I have decided to rewrite my other big project, Roomie.  This absolutely needed to be done.  Roomie had some good functionality, but I had hit the limit for its extensibility.  Roomie’s engine was a monolithic blob of ugly code, with very little room to make it into a full scripting language with features like custom functions and if statements.  My redesign of Roomie, which I call RoomieRemake for now, is completely expandable, is properly multithreaded, and has all of the potential to be a robust, featurefull scripting language.  Just like Arcadia, I am proud to declare that RoomieRemake shares absolutely no code with its predecessor.  Not even a single copy/pasted line of code!  More on that in a bit, but first an end scenario:
Roomie Text Message

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FRI Version 1.5.0.0 Source Code

Visual C# Express

I have a friend who is an open-source fiend, and so he nag nag nagged me to make the source code  for FRI available for download.  After a lot of re-organizing and commenting, here it is!  The "Frie" project in the Visual Studio solution is the FRI back-end, stands for "Fantastic ROM Indexer Engine".  Yes, it is pronounced "free" just like the front-end. :-)

I’m putting this code out on the Internet, but please keep in mind that FRI is still my baby.  If you want to make a derivative work, email me first for permission.

Download FRI Version 1.5.0.0 Source Code here
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