Edit: the full article + source-code is now available here.
Most of the day I’ve been toying around with the implementation details of A*. A* is both easy and hard at the same time, small errors in the function that calculates the cost of each node can really break the algorithm (and especially an ‘<’ instead of an ‘>’ and a faulty initialisation can break it, of which I’m, after a good old debugger session, am now painfully aware.
I’m not ready to post my code yet (it still has a nasty quirk, diagonal tiles are somehow very rarely considered even if you try to go from 0,0 to 5,5 without obstacles where a diagonal path (1,1 2,2 3,3 4,4) would be the fastest. I think I’ve found the piece of code where it goes wrong though) But I’ll soon do once I eliminated all the bugs and optimized/refactored the code.
Meanwhile have a look at http://www.policyalmanac.org/games/aStarTutorial.htm it’s a very good beginners tutorial (not tailored to any language) be sure to read it front-to-end before implementing it .