A key distinction in object-oriented programming is in how languages treat method parameters: whether they are passed by value or by reference. A parameter which is passed by ‘value’ is a fresh copy of the variable, meaning the method can change the value without affecting other parts of the program which use the variable passed… Continue reading Passing by value vs passing by reference: parameters in Java
Since I’m increasingly coming round to the idea of streaming as a way to make listening to music much more straightforward, this post is part public information, part ‘thinking out loud’. The selection of comparators is entirely arbitrary, and the decisions made even more so.
I posted earlier about the Colditz-style high school in the new European art pack for Cities: Skylines. Since I really didn’t want to restart the city shown in the screenshot for that article, I’ve put together a mini-mod (more of a micro-mod really!) so that the standard high school can be built in European biome… Continue reading Mod release: Vanilla High School for Cities: Skylines
One of the features in the 1.1.0 patch for Cities Skylines was the new European map theme. Users were excited about the possibility of Parisian-style adjacent buildings and various other artistic goodies. Unfortunately one rogue element seems to have got through the QA process, in the form of this prison/1960s estate block masquerading as a… Continue reading Cities: Skylines European biome – a concrete problem
Cities: Skylines has many advantages over the most recent iteration of SimCity, but the most obvious of them is in its extensive modding support. Like other modern EA games, SimCity was locked down tight for fear that free mods would be better than EA’s cherished paid DLC. Colossal Order, on the other hand, take the… Continue reading Top 5 recommended Cities: Skylines Mods
I’ve been with NSDesign for as long as I’ve had this site – since 2000 in fact. Lately though I’d been noticing a steady decline in performance – the admin interface could sometimes take 4 or 5 seconds to open, and tests with site performance diagnostics didn’t produce encouraging results either. This doesn’t have any… Continue reading Why I switched to WordPress.com
The BBC hasn’t done a great of publicising its new radio streams, and VLC has a serious bug with the HLS format the BBC now use, so here’s a list of links that will open in iTunes.