26 August 2016
From the Forum — Issue #138
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!
File directories and their contents
A general rule for keeping code organized, is to know exactly what is inside of your project at all times. You are in control of your codebase, so you should be able to recall exactly what resources are available at any given time.
However, the main codebase isn’t always the only set of files and assets that will be leveraged for your app. Often you are bringing in additional files, whether created within the app itself or downloaded from a server. While keeping a well-maintained list of resources is never a bad idea, it never hurts to have a safety net that will assist you in identifying what you have in which directories.
This forum thread includes a way to obtain this info, giving you one more tool for developing a seamless app.
Preliminary spritesheet knowledge
Developers should have access to as much base knowledge about their chosen development suite as humanly possible. Documentation and sample code are integral to learning best practices and the best methods to implement popular features and functions.
While there are a myriad of options when looking for additional educational resources, it never hurts to go right to the source. In this forum thread, resident support magician Rob Miracle covers the ins and outs of the Jungle Spritesheet example in minute detail. Whether you’re looking for a refresher or are just starting out with spritesheet manipulation, its definitely worth a look!
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.