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Dave Lee | 12:36 UK time, Thursday, 2 April 2009

Reaction to our Formula 1 coverage has been great so far. James Howard takes a moment to reflect on the first weekend of action:

The first Grand Prix is over and the wires have been burning with emails flying back and forth late at night between developers, product managers and editorial on the weekends action. A few late nights for everyone but we feel it has been worth it to get the live experience as smooth as possible for users of the site.


The BBC Backstage Blog is now up and being tweaked, and they've recenly announced the release of Homura, an Open Source Java game engine and IDE:

Homura produces natively 3d games that can be exported to Java WebStart for deployment over the internet. The IDE is a plugin for Eclipse, which provides the Homura libraries and tools for game development. The game engine code is derived from JME.


We featured this tool a while ago, but it's had a few tweaks and is working pretty well now (although it's still very much in beta, so be nice). Steve Hermann writes in the News Editors blog:

The point is that it shows all the latest stories published anywhere on the BBC News site, both new stories and updates to existing ones. How useful is this in its current form? Would you use it? We'd be keen to hear what you think.

Check out the News Radar here.


Steve Bowbrick spent some time yesterday taking snaps as the Radio 4 web team relaunched their site. His slideshow of the day is below. Plenty of coffee consumed, and we think Steve Bowbrick bears an uncanny resemblance to that monkey...

Dave Lee is co-editor, BBC Internet blog, BBC Online, BBC Future Media & Technology.



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