(Part 1) Automated Testing on Mobile Devices for iOS and Android

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Preamble: This post is going to be a little different than usual. What we present here is behind the scenes stuff used in making the Corona SDK. But we hope the information presented here goes beyond satisfying simple academic curiosity. We hope this information will actually be useful for others to directly use in their own projects. And the target audience for this post goes beyond our normal demographic. In addition to Corona developers, we are also reaching out to all Xcode/iOS/Mac developers, all Android developers, all Lua developers, and anybody interested in automated testing/software reliability. Also, as a consequence of our solution, people interested in Applescript, Scripting Bridge, and/or LuaCocoa may also find things of interest. Because the topic is vast, not every single

Solutions to Common Physics Challenges

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As you already know, Corona includes the powerful Box2D physics engine to give your games the ultimate sense of depth by providing a high-quality, realistic physics simulation — all without you having to know much more than just the “common sense” aspects of physics. Generally, if you know that gravity makes things fall, and understand that heavier objects travel slower than lighter objects when an equal amount of force is applied, then your knowledge of physics is sufficient enough to make a great physics-based game using Corona. Piece of cake right? However, because there are several properties that affect how things behave—things we never really have to think about in the real world—sometimes your in-game physics don’t always behave exactly how you expect them to,

Tutorial: Basic JSON Usage

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This week, I’m going to cover a web technology that has been dubbed “the fat-free alternative to XML” — JSON. While XML is great, there are a few problems with it… Because XML tags on the same level can have the same name, accessing XML data from Corona can get to be really confusing if you don’t pre-localize all the children in each level of the node hierarchy with your own naming convention (very confusing). It’s really only useful if you need to read-in data from an XML file. If you need to package up data into an XML file from your Corona app, you’re in for a rough ride. Thankfully, using JSON in a Corona app is a lot more practical and the functions are integrated

How to use XML files in Corona

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There are countless reasons why you might want to use XML files in your project, including (but not limited to): Storing level data (to be handled by other functions in your project). Saved user information (or game state) for later loading. Storing app settings for later loading. Using XML files as a simple information database for your app. Pulling RSS feeds (XML files) from the web to display in your app. Storing eBook page data so pages don’t have to be hard-coded. If you’ve never used or worked with XML, then this article may open your eyes to how you might take advantage of the technology. Or, you may already know and use XML regularly and are looking for a good way to extract the

The secret/undocumented audio APIs in Corona SDK

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A few months ago, the developers from Yobonja (who made hits like Blast Monkeys) posted they discovered a ‘Hidden Audio Module’ in the Corona SDK. Since Daily Builds have been temporarily suspended until Aug 2, this seemed like a good time to talk about the secret/undocumented audio APIs in Corona to give you something to play with in the meantime. But before I go on, let me set up the disclaimer and ground rules. Disclaimer The features I talk about in this article are untested, unsupported, and we reserve the right to remove these APIs at any time. Use at your own risk. We do not want these features to be support issues for us, so do not send us bug reports with code using

Tip: Say Goodbye to Blurry Text for Good!

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Want a quick fix that will prevent text from being blurry on “retina” displays of any kind? Simply paste the following code at the top of your main.lua file (or put it in an external file and require-it in): What the above code does is override the built-in display.newText() function to ensure that text is displayed cleanly with no blurring on retina-enabled devices. It has no effect on older, non-retina display devices. The best part is, once you put the above code in your project, you can just keep using display.newText() as you always did! Talk about a quick fix

Understanding Lua tables in Corona SDK

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In Corona, you use the Lua programming language to do everything. Thus, it’s equally as important to understand Lua as it is to understand the individual Corona-specific concepts and API’s, such as the Event Model we went over last week. One common source of confusion comes with one of Lua’s most powerful features: Tables.