5 July 2017

A new article has just been released on the TECH NOTES site, which describes how to highlight a selected hexagon within the development of a strategy game using hexagonal tiles.  The article also demonstrates how to make hexagonal tiles using Corel’s PaintShop. Simply select the TECH NOTES option on the menu and look for the article entitled, Hexagonal Maps – Part IV: Highlighting a Selected A Tile\Hexagon.

For those interested in experimenting with this project the entire project along with the source-code is available as a download from the link at the end of the article.

Enjoy…  🙂

Black Falcon Software is proud to release its data access layer for the Firebird database, FB Helper 4.5.

This new data access layer is the latest edition to the data access layers that Black Falcon has produced over the years.  However, this particular software is targeted to game developers who often find it difficult to find standardized RDBMS database engines for their desktop game applications.  Currently there are now only two freely available desktop databases that are still in active development, SQLite and Firebird, with the latter having the advantage of using the same client for both its desktop embedded database engine as well its high performance server.

This new package has everything a game developer would require to get up and running with this database engine; completed documentation for the Firebird database, the ADO.NET provider, the binaries and source for the embedded and server engines, as well as this new data access layer, which comes with complete documentation.

Go to the Software page to download this package at the corresponding link…

The SQLite database has been a standard in the industry for many years and is a mainstay for many desktop applications across many different operating systems.  Though not as robust as the Firebird database platform since it does not have a server implementation, SQLite nonetheless is a perfect choice for developers who only intend to concentrate on desktop or mobile application development.

Unlike Firebird which has an extensive implementation inclusive of stored procedures, SQLite is an excellent choice for those developers who want an easy to learn RDBMS database implementation as well as easy to use.

Black Falcon Software provides a complete data access layer for the SQLite database in its SQLite Helper 4.5 package that contains both the database binaries and the data access layer itself.  Full documentation is also included.

Go to the Software page to download this package at the corresponding link…