20181219

SimCity 2000 running on Windows 7

SimCity 2000 runs on Windows 7 x64, but crashes when attempting to access the dialog box to save or load a city. After searching for and trying all of the suggested fixes and patches to avoid this crash, we still had no success. Crash, crash, crash!

Alas, there is a solution! Use the command line to invoke the app with a path to a city file to open. For example: "c:> simcity Saved\city.sc2" This will not only open a city, but allow saving it on exit. If a new terrain is desired, use the urban renewal kit.

20180824

p5.js vs processing.js

Explanation of the difference between p5.js and processing.js here and here and here

The history of Processing here

20180710

BlackScript

Valuable technique in JavaScript class coding: link

A benchmark.js test running on node.js indicates a performance improvement for bulk object creation:

Research>node bench.js
OldStyleClass x 165,772 ops/sec ±0.38% (106 runs sampled)
Ex Nihilo x 180,305 ops/sec ±0.50% (104 runs sampled)
Fastest is Ex Nihilo

Research>node bench.js
NewStyleClass x 163,242 ops/sec ±0.28% (111 runs sampled)
Ex Nihilo x 180,219 ops/sec ±0.46% (100 runs sampled)
Fastest is Ex Nihilo

Research>node bench.js
OldStyleClass x 160,930 ops/sec ±0.58% (103 runs sampled)
NewStyleClass x 161,634 ops/sec ±0.79% (105 runs sampled)
Ex Nihilo x 176,387 ops/sec ±0.44% (107 runs sampled)
Fastest is Ex Nihilo

Try this in your own browser here







Update 20200627: None of the newer versions of the browsers run Ex Nihilo faster. Optimization wins!

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