Alright!!! Despite a 2-week hiatus, I can still script! Yahoo!!!! I got the kick-in-the-pants I needed yesterday from Honour. Okay, that was NOT her intention. But that was the result. She IM’d me asking a scripting question. Quite honestly, Honour has a greatly exaggerated confidence in my scripting abilities. I’m simply NOT that good. Yet. 🙂 So I went over to check out her sundial and see if I could even understand the questions. I did, mostly, but had no idea of the answer. My usual scripting advisors were not available. I went to my reserves and got the link to the relevant LL functions. As I started reading the different time functions, I felt my brain wake up. I even figured out which function would be the most apt. I started reasoning out how and where it should be used.
At that point I realized I was back in business – it was time to get back to work! So I dragged out my class notes and the last assignment from Hell (gee, I so LOVE that phrase 🙂 ) and began scripting. I’m supposed to be scripting doors: a sliding door and a swinging door. Of course Hell, being the excellent teacher he is, threw in all sorts of bells and whistles. Messages, passing in parameters, timers. The works, in otherwords.
[6:12] : Door not ready for use
[6:12] : Opening door
[6:13] : Closing door
I ended up talking scripting techniques and best practices with a friend. Hey B – if you’re reading this – your ears should have been burning. I mentioned that you keep me on my toes and want me to script well right from the start – begin coding now the way I’ll want to be coding when I hit my stride. So while I’m torn between simply getting the door to move as requested, I know that I need to clean up my code and try to optimize it. I have teachers in all my lives.
Speaking of teachers (so I actually spoke to or referenced FOUR script wizards – 3 in SL, and B in RL), I also met up with an SL friend who likes to script. He mentioned that he was bored and needed a project that he could “sink his teeth into”. Well, if I’d been at the Crown and Pearl, that line would probably have led somewhere else entirely. 🙂 But since I was scripting on my beach, I offered him one of MY projects. LOL. Oh gee, Honour – I should have given him YOUR project. Sorry. Next time. I was at a friend’s house and saw her TP system. She has a big house and property and she built an internal tp system to make it easier to move about. I WANT that system. I hate having to drag out landmarks to move about my land and I don’t like flying. So that’s the project I off-loaded. I said that the tp device needed to be functional, beautiful and subtle. We even talked about giving it smarts so that certain locations would only be valid for specific people. Cool, huh? So we’ll see how he does. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, I am going back to scripting. I’m not done with the assignments. I confess – I took time out last night to go fishing. More on that in another post. What a great way to close out this calendar year – scripting success, hanging with friends, feeling alive.
Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy New Year for you and yours.