[Etoys] [ANNOUNCE] FreeCell activity

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Wed Mar 11 13:08:49 EDT 2009

On 10.03.2009, at 23:49, karl ramberg wrote:

> On 3/10/09, Bert Freudenberg <bert at freudenbergs.de> wrote:
>> http://activities.sugarlabs.org/en-US/sugar/addon/4054
> There are some rough edges, so here is a few suggestions:
> 1 disable halos, menus and lock background so it cant be picked up.
> 2 Help window and statistics window without menu, collapse and
> fullscreen button.
> 3 The pick-game-fill-in-the-blank got accepted as a drop into the
> playfield when I tried to  move it.
> There is also a issue I have seen before in Free cell and that is when
> moving a bunch of cards, sometimes you can pick up many, sometimes
> not. Maybe there is a rule to how many cards can be moved ????

Well, one could argue that if you play this with real cards, you can  
do this, too. You're only cheating yourself ;)

But you are welcome to contribute:


Fixes to the game logic should go in a new etoys release. Improvements  
to the Sugar activity should be made in gitorious:


One obvious next step would be to save something to the Journal. Using  
the DBus Datastore API directly is a bit more cumbersome than  
necessary (e.g., the datastore does not fill in timestamps, but the  
Python toolkit breaks if there is no time stamp).

I was going to write a message about how cumbersome it is to use the  
datastore, like how a simple 3 liner (open file, append log entry,  
close file) becomes a 20-line program, but at least for now we have to  
live with that anyway. If you are interested, I attached a snippet  
demonstrating that file logging, using the Journal if running in Sugar.

- Bert -

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