With the permission of Joe Krone and with his guidance, I have begun work on a new official Flames of War Tournament app. Yes to go along with the other umpteen FoW projects I have on the go. Do I love this game or what?
The reason being is I could never get the old one to work on a windows 7 machine. And even when I did get it to work on an old XP machine, there were...issues. Plus it uses access...who develops with access anyway? Actually whom ever did it, this was probably they only "database" (i use the term loosely when talking about Access) they had available. No offense to whom ever took the time to build it, but I've never liked access. And since I'm a professional developer, I might as well put my skills to use for the game I love.
What I'd really like to see in the long run is a web based one, where clubs can log into, and battlefront could keep a central database for all tournaments run around the world. But I'll start with a stand alone app for now.
I've even been talking to Greg who built the AWESOME Easyarmy app. There could be some potential to integrate the 2 apps in the future.
I've got a pretty good start on it. I'm going by the old app as much as I can as a model. Then I will change and add features. Hopefully when I'm done we'll have something that Battlefront will be proud of, and we can all use.
The tricky part is a portable database that isn't Access. I have a lot of experience with SQL, and you can't exactly have a portable version of SQL Server...or can you? Why yes you can. I spent the past weekend setting this all up. So, we are off and running.
What I would like to do is hear what people liked and hated about the old one. Maybe even some suggestions of what people would like to see. If some people would like to even be testers, you could send me your e-mail address. Just remember Battlefront and Joe Krone have final say on everything. And I realized a long time ago you'll never make everyone happy. Your lucky if you ever make one person totally happy. So, please don't take offense if your ideas aren't used. I'll always do whats best for the app.
One of the biggest issues for developers is things never work in deployment the same as they do in development. So half the battle is just getting the app to install on different machines.
Post ideas and suggestions here and/or send me your e-mail address.
ckopciuch (at) sasktel (dot) net
I'd especially like to hear from Steve and the WWPD guys. I know they have some development experiance in their group and have lots of tournament experience.
Once Joe gives me the go ahead I will also start looking for testers.
You can follow the progress on the FOW App Page.