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Unread postAuthor: potatoflinger » Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:11 pm

This is a great idea, I would definitely use it. It would also be useful to have with you when you go spudding out in a field with no computer.

The TI 84 calculator has an application built into it that allows you to draw stuff and animate it. (I forget what it is called) I use that program to draw out new design ideas while I'm in math classes. :lol:
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Unread postAuthor: Lentamentalisk » Wed Apr 09, 2008 5:46 pm

So here is what we need:
1) Someone to hook us up with the calculations used by GGDT
2) Someone who can program BASIC to actually program it

Any volunteers?
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Unread postAuthor: brogdenlaxmiddie » Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:23 pm

I'm able to do some basic programing on calculators, but im not good enough to get that done... BTW who made GGDT? Maybe we could get their equations....
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Unread postAuthor: DYI » Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:25 pm

Dave Hall made GGDT. You'll probably find that the calculations are a bit more complex than what you're willing to get into.
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Unread postAuthor: brogdenlaxmiddie » Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:29 pm

Thats why I said that I wouldn't do it personally but i'd help with it
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Unread postAuthor: Blitz » Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:32 pm

Meh, I have an old TI-86; so if anyone makes a program, make it compatible with it. :)
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Unread postAuthor: VH_man » Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:35 pm

i know some basic but nothing about calculators though.

ill look into it.
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Unread postAuthor: rp181 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:00 pm

Nothing for the TI-89 titanium? :lol:

Put those 3d grpahics to use!
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Unread postAuthor: brplatz » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:10 pm

i wish i could get my hands on one of those! the nice browish tint to em. :D
nice stuff
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Unread postAuthor: Counterstriker » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:12 pm

potatoflinger wrote: I use that program to draw out new design ideas while I'm in math classes. :lol:


Dude thats Hilarious! I do the same thing..

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Unread postAuthor: brplatz » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:18 pm

program i use is called cabrijunion or something
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Unread postAuthor: JDP12 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 10:26 pm

I could ah,,,,,, try it. Dont know how successful i would be but i know some amazing programmers. If we could get GGDT stuff I'll give it a shot
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Unread postAuthor: mark.f » Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:25 am

Has anyone thought of making some programs for the Texas Instruments Calculators? Specifically the 83-84 ( graphing) calculators.... It would be really good for some of us who sit in boring classes and think of spudgun stuff. The GGDT thing would be fun on the calculator if anyone knew how to do that kinda thing, please....


Maybe if you focused in those "boring classes" instead of thinking about spudgun stuff you'd be a few steps towards where you need to be to make this project work anyways. :wink:

I don't know what language D_Halls compiled GGDT in, but if it was straight VBasic without any sort of addons, most of the formulas will be pretty straightforward. The actual MATHEMATICAL formulas written out on paper would probably involve some calculus and other high mathematics, but he probably had to "trick" the program into using some sort of limit evaluation process to do the math, because straight BASIC doesn't have that many functions available, unless I completely missed something.

BASIC is the easiest programming language to use, bar none. It's a shame they stopped distributing QBASIC with MS_DOS on Windows computers.

A TI-84 calculator program similar to GGDT would certainly be neat, but I'd rather develop for PDA's/cell phones nowadays. It'd be a bit jumbled on a calculator screen using BASIC programming, but on a cell phone you'd just enter the values into text-boxes (like with GGDT on Windows) and hit the button. Most older cell-phones all have the ability to run Java applets, hence games and other tools. Anybody know how to build Java applets? I know Javascript for HTML and whatnot but not enough to build something like this.

Anyways, that's my $0.04. Everybody else is making programs for cell-phones to track checking balances, send instant messages, etc., why not compile GGDT or other spudding programs into Java applets?
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Unread postAuthor: JDP12 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:40 am

Mark- good point about it being jumbled. Plus on a TI-84 Silver Plus (what i have), it can't really do diagrams all too well, and it would look really crappy. now i don't know about the cell phone thing, but i have some friends who are pretty good at that. I could talk to them about it. Having it on a PSP would be nice too.. run it as a homebrew game or something like that.

I think a PSP would look the nicest just because it would have the biggest screen, but i'll talk to some people i know about writing it in Java
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Unread postAuthor: Lentamentalisk » Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:21 am

developing it for a psp would be a huge waste as not everyone has one. First we should focus on making it for cell phones or calculators because they are much more common.
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