[Etoys] [ANNOUNCE] FreeCell activity

Karl Ramberg karlramberg at gmail.com
Sun Mar 15 17:29:21 EDT 2009

On 2009-03-11 18:08, Bert Freudenberg wrote:
> 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:
> http://git.sugarlabs.org/projects/freecell/
> Fixes to the game logic should go in a new etoys release. Improvements 
> to the Sugar activity should be made in gitorious:
> http://sugarlabs.org/go/ActivityTeam/GitFAQ

Ugh, I never used git. I'll just leave the suggestion to lock background 
so it's not picked up by mouse clicks :-)


> 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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