09 January 2015
From the Forum — Issue #54
Welcome to the latest installment of From the Forum. In this series, guest blogger Alex Jackson highlights outstanding threads from the Corona Forum. The goal is to bring attention to the most captivating, interesting, and thought-provoking discussions taking place in our very own backyard.
Please visit the forum to join these conversations or start your own!
1. Late gift of Open Source
After the holidays, you might think that all the presents have been opened, the wrapping paper has been shredded and the leftover cheesecake devoured. However, as it turns out, there was one present we missed! Developer chris.dugne has open-sourced two of his first Corona apps to allow the dev community to experiment and learn some new techniques. Run through to the original thread to see what is being provided, and don’t forget to say thanks!
2. The time has come, to CUSTOMIZE!
I know a lot of developers that use Facebook to engage their users and to make themselves available for questions and feedback. Sharing info through your app to your Facebook presence makes that link more direct, and adds an air of professionalism to the proceedings.
Recently, Corona developer Vince_ has posted his tutorial on how to make the most of the Share dialog from the Facebook API. Specifically, this tutorial describes how to use meta tags in conjunction with your Facebook page, mixing in some magic and a server running php, to allow you to dynamically update your shared content, rather than waiting for an app update.
Tread over to the original thread to find out how to accomplish this incredible feat. Have a question or a comment? Feel free to throw it in!
3. Easing by shake
I will never stop highlighting when our own Corona developers tell us about their interesting code, and go a step beyond and share their snippets with us. Developer Thomas6 has created a really interesting custom easing transition that provides a symmetrical shake within your transition call. It’s a pretty nifty piece of code that has been provided to us, so take advantage of this magnanimous gesture and head to the original thread right now!
Alex Jackson is an indie developer and the founder of Panc Software, specializing in retro-style gaming. He has created several mobile applications, enjoys long walks on the beach, pixel art, and reading the Corona forums. Contact him by email or follow him on Twitter: @pancsoftware. Check out his new game Crosstown Smash on iOS, Android, and Amazon devices!