18 Dec 2006

Very hospitable snake and chess lovers.

I have to admit I didn't expected it will happen so fast - I joined a pychess project. It has published a 0.6.0beta2 release as I am writing this post. I have just checked out the source and had a short look at it. The application itselft looks quite good, but the code is not that good documented as Jin's. Yet there is an issue raised for documenting and hopefully I will be able to help. For me developing Tonic was so easy thanks to well documented Jin's code. Sure, when you are the writer of method or if they are self-explanatory it is tempting to not to document, but when beginner approches such a undocumented code he feels discouraged - believe me!

11 Dec 2006

New release is online

This one contains some new features:

  1. Ability to observe, examine and, almost, play :) Bughouse/Crazyhouse games. Jin just couldn't even start a B or zh game. Moves are displayed in moves' table. If you need you can drop piece on the board using Main Console. Just Q@a5.

  2. Dropped pieces are highlighted on the board.

  3. You don't have to worry about special signs in you language. You can type them - you won't get disconnected because Tonic will convert them to normal signs.

  4. Plain tab is present in Channels Tab.

Not too much as I don't have too much spare time these days.

I have to admit I didn't have enough energy to finish a panel displaying available pieces for dropping when playing Bughouse game, but it is high on my to do lisst. Anyway I hope you find some of the features in Tonic useful. Enjoy!