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Andrew Church


About me

I am an experienced software developer, currently residing in Japan. Those interested may view my résumé (current as of 2014/3/17).


Software projects

Aquaria for iPad and Android
Ports to the iPad and Android devices of the award-winning PC game Aquaria. This work evolved from an unofficial port I made to the PSP (source repository and Linux build tool available); I also wrote a paper describing rendering optimization techniques developed for Aquaria and a column on some of the technical issues involved in porting Aquaria to the PSP.
FTL: Faster than Light for iPad
A port to the iPad of the award-winning PC game FTL: Faster than Light.
Gentoo Linux resources
Various resources and documents related to the Gentoo Linux operating system.
PlayStation 2 Linux files (Japanese only)
Various files useful for PS2 Linux development, including instructions on installing Linux alongside game data (English translation also provided) and a filesystem module for accessing the PS2's native filesystem format.
PSP game clock
A simple game clock for use in games like chess or Go to track each player's remaining time.
Services for IRC Networks
Services was one of my first major software development projects, developed and maintained over a period of 15 years. It was also one of the first open-source IRC service software packages, and it has spawned numerous derivatives adding different sets of features.
SIL: System Interface Library for games
A library designed to ease development of cross-platform game software by providing a platform-independent interface to system-level operations. Used in the tablet ports of Aquaria and FTL.
transcode
A video/audio transcoding suite for Unix-based systems. I contributed a library of optimized assembly-language routines, and I also assisted with general development.
The Patch Pile
A list of patches to various programs that I've made or collected.
Other miscellaneous programs / library routines
  • bd-gen, a proof-of-concept program for authoring Blu-ray Disc or AVCHD file structures (last updated on 2010/3/23).
  • libwebmdec, a decoder library for WebM audio/video streams (current version: 0.6, released on 2014/2/17).
  • loadtest, a simple program for load-testing an HTTP server.
  • quickpng, a fast, memory-efficient library for generating uncompressed PNG images (current version: 1.3b, released on 2013/1/21).
  • tclock2, a simple transparent analog clock for Xwindows environments.
  • Tetrinet for Linux, a text-based version of a multiplayer Tetris game for Windows. I subsequently passed maintenance of the program on to Petr Baudis (see Petr's Tetrinet page).
  • tinflate, a memory-efficient decompression library for the "deflate" (gzip) compression algorithm (current version: 1.5b, released on 2013/1/21).
  • xscreenshot, a simple program to write a PPM screenshot of an X11 display (current version: 1.0, released on 2013/4/15).
  • XWaveN, a simple audio file editor (current version: 79, released on 2013/12/3; fixes a bug that inserted 24 zero bytes at the beginning of mono or stereo files when saving).
  • (Old) The AMOS Intuition Extension (an Amiga programming language extension), unmaintained since March 1996. Binary and source available.
  • (Old) Japanese character-code conversion routines in C for converting between JIS, EUC-JP, and Shift-JIS coding systems, including a printf() replacement. Unicode is not supported.
  • My computer problems notepad—not a program, but a list of problems I've run into over the years and the solutions/workarounds I found for them. Linked here in case anyone else might find the information useful.

Other things

Dragonfire Internet Services: A Retrospective
A retrospective on Dragonfire Internet Services, the web service provider I ran as a university student from late 1995 through early 1999.
Photo album
Pictures from various trips I've taken. (Only Japanese captions at present.)
Console RPG information
Many years ago, I created a set of Final Fantasy 1 maps as an aid in playing that game.
Things Seen in Japan
I recently came into possession of a copy of this illustrated depiction of life in Japan by English writer Clive Holland, published in 1907. As the book's copyright has expired, I have published it on the web (click the link above) for your reading pleasure. The descriptions and photographs make for a fascinating contrast with modern-day Japan.

Andrew Church - achurch@achurch.org
Last modified: 2014/3/28
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