Unity – First Impressions

Unity – First Impressions

While studying game development over the past few years, I regularly come across articles on Unity.  For those of you who don’t know, Unity is an extremely popular game development software development kit that enables you to create cross-platform games. I took a break from my own game development on the Mac platform using SpriteKit (which I will return to very shortly) so that I could get a feel for Unity.

The book I bought to help me, Patrick Felicia’s “Unity 2D Game Development”, is in my favorite format – it presents the concepts quickly using trivial examples while building a working (crappy) game. I’m about 70 pages in and I’m enjoying it immensely.

The Good

It is a very drag-n-drop approach to creating content.  This enables you to quickly assemble a working game, especially if you purchase the game assets (sprites, backgrounds, etc).

You can use Visual Studio to write the C# scripts that attach to the game events and objects.

It’s free!

The Not So Good

There doesn’t seem to be any compile time checking of the code (I hate calling it “scripts”) you write, so if you misspell or miscapitalize string literals, you won’t be able to easily figure out what’s going wrong.

This was a quick first impression.   I’ll post one more update when I finish the very short book.

Reblog – Remove distraction of JunkMail arrival

This post 2 Steps to Auto Mark Junk Emails as Read is a godsend.   At my job I get a ton of unsolicited commercial email (UCE).   After I black list the domains of the companies that SPAM me, I still get distracted when new emails arrive because it makes the Junk Mail folder bold and a count gets incremented.

This article shows you how to silence both the count of unread emails and also automatically mark new junk emails as read.   You’ll never be distracted by unwanted SPAM again!

List of company domains that send UCE

The following is a list of company domains that send out opt-out SPAM / UCE.  These companies have no problem sending you daily SPAM, sometimes more than once a day, and then require you to fill out a form to opt-out.   I’ve also had instances where a year will go by and new salesman from the same company I’ve opted out start emailing me again, so I’ve stopped opting out and gone to domain blocking.  It’s GREAT!

Feel free to import this list into Outlook and make them invisible.   I’ve spent months curating this list.