27 February 2016
From the Forum — Issue #112
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!
Security rules under Coronium
There is no doubt that Develephant is providing stellar support to those of us that are standardized on Coronium as a server solution, along with plugging along at the most recent version that is sponsored by Corona Labs. It’s great that the previous iterations of the software aren’t being actively neglecting in favor of the spiffy new build for which everyone is waiting.
In the below thread, Develephant outlines how some additional work on the server side can shore up your security feature set, while at the same time crafting your server instance to be exactly what you want to see. So what are you waiting for? Head over and check out these tips right now!
Short essay on platformers
Games are quickly turning into a basis for doctoral theses, with thousands of pages of intelligent discussion devoted to Mario and Sonic. Waxing poetic about the merits of Ratchet and Clank can get you a college degree, but the rub is being able to apply all that knowledge and make the perfect platformer!
Our own forum playground is the home to some seriously high-powered minds. Focusing on what is needed to make a platformer, the below thread traverses the necessary components to make a game playable and maintain the base details that make up all platformers, generally speaking. There is also nice conversation going over what, specifically we as a discerning gaming community look for in physics logic (hint: sometimes, what you’re really looking for is collision logic).
Check it out and add in your own $.02!
Android file system and the rules that tie them together
With the new announcement of fonts and the ability to add them to unique sub-directories, it is important to remember just how different Corona is when it comes to project structure. Requiring your app icon files to be in the root directory, and not forcing the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard are a few ways that Corona stands out from the pack.
It’s always nice to have a refresher on these details, and Corona support engineer supreme Rob Miracle comes through this week, give a thorough and well-sourced dissertation on how to align with the Corona way, and some background info on what you can and can’t do with the file structure in a sandboxed mobile app. Give the original thread a click to get some more info on the foundations of Corona SDK.
Alex Jackson is an indie developer and the founder of Panc Interactive, 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: @pancinteractive. Check out his new game Segreta on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Amazon devices.