Collider.JAM DR5

Collider.JAM Development Release 5 is out.

The biggest change is in the packaging. There is more flexibility in how modules get discovered and included now.

The most sensible change is the removal of width() and height() functions form the global scope. We already can access screen dimensions with env.widht and env.height. Also, we can use rx(1) and ry(1) “relative to screen” functions. There is no need to pollute the global namespace.

The APIs clean up makes sense while we are on Development Releases. Once Collider.JAM will move to Preview and Production releases, these changes will be much harder to make.

As a rule, if something ends up in the APIs, it’s hard to remove. So we have to be careful with the core functionality. A smaller core results in a better system.

Collider.JAM DR4

Collider.JAM Development Release 4 is out.

It is another important milestone for the game framework development. There is no single big feature, but many small, nevertheless significant, improvements.

You can spawn entities by providing state descriptors now. So, instead of multiple lab.spawn() calls somewhere in setup() just put state descriptors in /lab. Collider will spawn them automatically.

There are custom post-processors for *.js and *.json files. That will simplify work with customized file formats and structures. And although we had custom format processing for ages, it worked only with plain text files. Now there is a simple way to post-process .json and .js objects as well.

The full list is too long for a single post. You can run mixes in sketch mode now, there are changes in how traps work, there are new ways to control mods, there is a new dynamic Z-ordering…

All little things to boost your creativity!

At the moment I’m shooting a series of video tutorials covering the fundamentals of Collider.JAM and JavaScript development. I hope it can be a booster for people trying to get into creative coding.

Collider.JAM DR3

There are many things delivered with Collider.JAM Development Release 3.

The CHANGELOG lists many changes, but they all can be summed up as F1, F2 and the boot.

The F1 key invokes the help system. It significantly extended in DR3, although still needs attention and waits for improvement.

The node inspector navigation (F2) has been refactored, so now you have a better mix exploration experience.

And last, but not least, a new cyber-worm boot loader. Isn’t it look nice?

And one more thing… The develop branch on github is full of changes waiting to be included in DR4. So see you soon!