Category: Tutorials, Tips and Demos

Tutorial: Advanced Random Numbers

Most of us have dealt with generating random numbers at some point in our app development. In this tutorial, we’ll look at the core syntax for generating random numbers, along with a “dice rolling” mechanism for more advanced use cases. Read further to learn more.

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Tutorial: Advanced TableView tactics

In the mobile app world, table views, or “list views,” are based on a paradigm where information is presented to the user in a series of single-column rows. In this tutorial, we’re going to look more deeply at this powerful tool in the widget repository and discuss how to implement some advanced features with just a little extra coding.

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Tutorial: Uploading files demystified

Uploading files to a web server can be a tricky process because a lot depends on the web server’s features, abilities, and limits. This week’s tutorial aims to demystify some of the complexity behind this process and includes a sample project for download and testing.

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Tutorial: Anonymous Functions and Closures

This week’s tutorial discusses the basics behind anonymous functions and closures in Lua. These methods provide a powerful way to keep track of variable instances on a per-function basis and, in the context of Corona SDK, pass parameters to functions in which you don’t control the passed-in content. Read further to discover how.

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Tutorial: Methods for positioning text

At the basic level, creating and positioning text in Corona is simple. However, when you need to position/align text in creative ways, things get a bit more complicated. In this tutorial, we’ll inspect the actual display object that Corona generates so that you can understand and achieve advanced positioning and alignment.

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Tutorial: Continuous actions in Corona

In some apps, you’ll need to perform some continuous action while the user’s touch remains on the screen. This could include a character running while the player holds down a “run” button, a space ship firing its lasers while the player’s finger is down, or some action being performed while the player holds the “X” button on a game controller. Today’s tutorial provides a foundation for this task.

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Tutorial: Moving objects along a path

There are many ways to move objects in Corona SDK. If you want to move an object from point A to point B, the simplest approach is to use a transition. But what if you need to move it along a path with multiple segments, like moving a knight on a chess board in its unique “L” pattern? This tutorial outlines how to achieve sequential movement via a series of queued transitions.

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Tutorial: Creating a navigation bar

Today’s tutorial illustrates how to create a standard iOS-style “UI Navigation Bar” widget in which we provide the definitions for two buttons, the functions to handle button interaction, and some basic information to draw the bar. Read further to learn more.

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