I am happy to announce that ConcX version 2.3 is available for download now. This latest release includes a bunch of reliability, maintainability, and usability improvements. It is now easier to move around on the main screen; the tab now advances to the more important fields so its easier to set up new birds. The orphan bird tab on screen when a flock is loaded has now been eliminated too.
This latest release also includes a new scenario, the Barbershop, where customers come in and wait for a haircut and one or more barbers call the customer waiting the longest and give them a haircut. And the shop manager makes sure that customers pay and keep track of everything else.
Once again, just download the ConcX zipfile and copy it into any directory that appeals to you. Unzip/gunzip it in that directory and then move into the ConcX subdirectory and then run it. That’s right. No need to go hunting for the appropriate jar files and moving them into a lib folder – that’s all handled when you unzip the file. And when it starts, it automatically makes a config file based on where you install it. So it all should just start working. In Windows, you can just double-click on the jar file and it all should start running. Unfortunately, Ubuntu Linux won’t let you do this because of its protection scheme.
However, open a terminal window (Linux) or a cmd window (Windows) in the folder that you unzipped ConcX into and issue this command:
java -jar concx.jar
and it all should just start running. True confession: I like running ConcX best from the terminal window of Ubuntu because of its snappy performance. Loading flocks from a file seem almost instantaneous. It’s easily 10 times faster than loading the same flocks in Windows.
The Javadocs have all been updated and are available for download.
The Getting Started with Avian Computing guide has also been updated and is also available for download.
There are lots more little improvements in ConcX v2.3 that make life better in the parallel world. Go ahead and download this latest version and give it a try.