Missing In Action

Underground Adventure

In January 1992 Amstrad Action magazine featured the Graphic Adventure Creator on their Action Pack covertape. Around the same time The Balrog, AA’s resident adventure game reviewer, ran a competition. Underground was an overly simple text adventure written in GAC for the AA competition. The basic idea was centred on using a London Underground map for the games room locations.

Golf Score Card

In 1993 I was resitting GCSE English and taking a couple of additional GCSE’s at Barking College. One was GCSE Computing. Golf Score card was originally a BBC BASIC program written for this course and later re-written in AMOS BASIC for the Amiga. A very simple single screen that let you enter your score for 18 holes.

Amiga Pilot

December 1992 saw an Interpreter for a somewhat ancient, and by then obscure, programming language called Pilot included on the Amstrad Action covertape. Pilot was designed as a teaching programming language akin to Logo. It has only 5 instructions for very basic text handling. Amiga Pilot was an interpreter based off this AA covertape release and written in AMOS Basic (itself an Amiga Format coverdisk giveaway the following month – January 1993). Of all my MIA code this is on that may yet still survive somewhere. I’m sure I uploaded it to a BBS.

Internet Computer Storefront

During my time with a major UK nationwide PC retailer I become fascinated by the rise of a certain Cupertino based fruit supplier. I had an idea of emulating their web store format and building bespoke PCs. A working configuration storefront was produced using HTML, CCS, and Javascript. The idea never progressed beyond this initial design stage. This work would be the cornerstone of future website setups for a High School I worked for.

Basic Web Server

Somewhere around 2011, give or take a year or two, I became interested in network programming, passing messages between machines using TCP/IP ports. Around this time a wrote a very simple web server in Java as a command line app. It listened on port 80 and sent back the requested HTML text file. Eat your heart out Sir Tim Berners-Lee!

Inventory Database

Working for a High School I had need for keeping fairly complex and accurate records of equipment and their locations. Previously this had been done using predominantly Excel spreadsheets and a flat-file Access database. I wrote a new system from the ground up using a LAMP server running MySQL and PHP in the back end.