What's New On Isle Ex
More housekeeping midst the relics: My web-to-mail script had outlived any
reasonable utility, but still found itself spending cycles and bandwidth in
dutifully fending off the half-wit rogue bots that plague web backwaters these
days. So I've rewarded it with a nice retirement.
Hey, this must be some sort of record for elapsed time between entries on a
"what's new" page. And, even now, the "news" is of less rather than more.
Specifically, I've removed references to my "chat" script, which had long since
ceased to be useful. There's not much point in chatting about a Web 0.5 site
in a persistant vegetative state. I'm sometimes tempted to pull the
plug on it, but have so far
resisted for lack of a suitable replacement. My development activities have
moved on to other interests, so I've produced nothing yet that would bring the
topics addressed here into the present millenium.
So, for now, this site shall remain up, but it is best
regarded as an archive. The Isle is
Ex in a sense not originally intended, and the title of this
page has become an oxymoron.
Cellsprings/DT (the "desktop"
edition) is finally available for download, joining its
Web edition sibling at the new
version, 1.21 beta. As always, see the Cellsprings
Cellsprings/Web 1.20 beta
is now online. This update includes significant performance improvements
and three new rules from Ben Schaeffer.
Check out the details.
Well, the desktop edition of Cellsprings must be getting close, because
Cellsprings/Web 1.15 beta, uploaded
today, has "springlet" support enabled. What am I talking about?
Read all about it.
Uploaded Cellsprings/Web 1.10 beta,
a more significant update that includes some added functionality. (The previous
updates have largely consisted of fixes and content additions). As always, read
the version history for details.
I've also made a significant addition to the Cellsprings
viz., information on the CAR file format.
Other programmers can use it to share rules with Cellsprings, or for
any other purpose to which it might be suited. In particular authors of rule
search/editing software might like to support it, as it standardizes the encoding
of exhaustive rule tables.
Cellsprings/Web 1.06 beta, yet
another minor update, is up. See
A minor update to
Cellsprings/Web, designated version
1.05 beta, has been installed
Gif89Encoder, my Java class library for encoding GIFs, is now
available for download in the Isle Ex Java section.
So far as I know, it is the only free Java-based encoder worldwide that supports
GIF animation. Source is included. Enjoy!
Today I uploaded an update to
Cellsprings/Web that features
significant content additions, but in terms of program code is a very minor
maintenance revision. The
page will clue you in on the changes.
Ok, finally - Cellsprings/Web, a new Java
cellular automaton explorer, is here. Hope you like it. Also check
out Isle Ex's new Java home page for some
I've made a number of changes to the site in preparation for some upcoming
major Java additions (the "bigger things" mentioned below, oh ye of little
faith). Most of the current changes are of a site-housekeeping nature, but
a couple of them are substantial enough to mention:
- The contact options are now listed on a separate
page, and have been expanded. Also, the chat pager script
has been revised to offer you the option, in the event I'm not online,
of dropping a quick one-line message in my inbox for priority examination.
For instance, you could give me some idea when you might try back, thereby
greatly increasing the likelihood of catching me "at home".
- I've taken down the Ecce Homework! section in anticipation
of adding fresher and more adequately developed materials of related content.
(Let's face it, the EH! attempt, while noble, to rise above its
distant slavish origins was doomed to failure.)
However, feel free to contact me for a private copy of any previously posted
Miscellaneous minor changes, such as link corrections and a few small
WebsideCA resource additions.
The bigger things are still brewing.
Today I uploaded some minor changes
Bigger things are brewing - stay tuned.