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Offline z64555

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Trying to make a GUI tool
As some of you may be aware, I was working on several radar mods some time back. Well, I ran into a wall. I wanted to thoroughly test them, but didn't want to go the usual modder way of mod the code, compile, wait for 30 minutes, run the .exe, find a problem, fix it, rinse wash repeat.

Instead, I wanted to get a GUI tool where I could test the algorithms completely seperate of the FSO .exe. While at first glance this may seem to be a frivilous idea, I should point out that it would be a benefit to modders seeking to make adjustments or brand new configurations for the mods.

I need help. I've looked around for some lib's to help get started, and so far I've come across wxWidgets. I'm having trouble getting it to work with Code::Blocks. :(

No, this is not a joke, unfortunately.
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Offline Nuke

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Re: Trying to make a GUI tool
if what you are testing is scripts, i might suggest lua for windows. you can use the iup library for gui elements, its fairly easy to use (theres also a set of wx bindings, but i find iup is much easier to use). lua for windows also has bindings for opengl (up to 1.3) so you can do graphics as well. before i started using those i used luasdl, which lets you build a software renderer, which for 2d stuff is ok. but ive been doing some pretty cool stuff with lfw, like writing a game engine.
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Offline z64555

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Re: Trying to make a GUI tool
Well, the stuff I've been working on is in C/C++

I really should take a couple of weekends to look into lua, though.
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Offline jr2

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Re: Trying to make a GUI tool
*ahem*

Yes?  Or no help?

 

Offline Nuke

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Re: Trying to make a GUI tool
i prototype a lot of scritping stuff in the standalone lua shell, outside of the engine. it allows me to make sure something fully works before i merge it into whatever script im developing. of course if your working in the source instead of script thats probibly a different matter entirely, and better off doing a c/++ executable.

you might want to consider trying scripted radars. ive done several.
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Offline z64555

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Re: Trying to make a GUI tool
*ahem*

Yes?  Or no help?

Nope. No help. :(

you might want to consider trying scripted radars. ive done several.

Well considering that I don't know what scripting is capable of, I'd say that modding the source code was te only way I got get stuff done in a hurry. The two radar stuff's I'm working on is an N-gon radar gauge and an improvement on the ship radar visibility field on a per-ship basis.

The N-gon radar gauge is simple in theory, all it does is transform the set of radar blips so that they fit inside an N-gon of the modder's choosing. The projection of the blips to the gauge is the same as the standard oval radar, but when the blip goes outside the N-gon's boundry it is constrained to the N-gon's perimeter in a radial fashion. Modders have the option of setting N, the number of sides, and a offset angle that will rotate the N-gon. http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php?topic=79567.0

The radar fov improvement allows ship fov's to get a more realistic interpretation than the standard cone/sphere volume. It does this by allowing the modder to define a number of fov angles along with a % of maximum range. The algo then interpolates the defined fov cones into an ellipsoid volume. http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php?topic=78952.0
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Offline Nuke

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Re: Trying to make a GUI tool
you can get all the information about every in game object, position type, etc, and you have draw functions, what more do you need?
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Offline z64555

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Re: Trying to make a GUI tool
you can get all the information about every in game object, position type, etc, and you have draw functions, what more do you need?

Time, Patience, a notebook or two, LUA references, and  An Endless Supply of Coffee
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Offline Nuke

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Re: Trying to make a GUI tool
all you need for references are

http://www.lua.org/manual/5.1/

and the scripting.html file that gets spewed out by the engine when the appropriate parameters are selected.

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