From the Forum — Issue #108

From the Forum — Issue #108

From the ForumWelcome 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!

Parse leaves a void

For those of us who have been living under a rock may be surprised to learn that Parse, one of the most powerful third party server backends, has announced plans to shutter its service in a year’s time. There are a fair amount of Corona apps created with a Parse backbone, so this is potentially a huge blow to the community.

Where do we go from here? There are several different options in the realm of backends server products. You can’t shake a stick without hitting one. However, today we’re going to highlight a solution that combines a few different pieces into a virtual Voltron of awesomeness.

Corona dev (and our new best friend) Simon Fearby details how to get a managed server solution implemented that replaced Parse in functionality, with step by step instructions. Do yourself a favor and check out the link, and don’t forget to say thanks!

Documentation: the elephant in the room

I love backstory. I usually err on the side of over-explaining, sometimes, to my detriment. When it comes to documentation, though, I drop the ball and just start creating syntax that is nigh-impossible to decipher.

If you’re like me, there is how fire us after all. Instead of resorting to electric shock, we can leverage a handy program called Ldoc. Developer Rene from DevilSquid lays out the details on its use, and even gives some instructions and pointers for getting started.

Check out the original thread to see where Ldoc can fit into your workflow. Documentation for a program that generated documentation? What a time to be alive.

A fill, three years in the making

Way back during the pre-Graphics 2.0 days, we imagined new ways to use our compositions and captured images in interesting ways. With the advent of snapshots, many though a fill using the same was just around the corner.

At last, Vlad from Corona has delivered the coolest of fills, allowing us to finally use snapshots. It’s a new feature, and one that needs the tired kicked on it by the entire Corona community. So do Vlad and yourself a favor, check out the original thread, and see how you can start using snapshot fills in your apps and games right now!

About Alex

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.

Rob Miracle

Rob is the Developer Relations Manager for Corona Labs. Besides being passionate about helping other developers make great games using Corona, he is also enjoys making games in his spare time. Rob has been coding games since 1979 from personal computers to mainframes. He has over 16 years professional experience in the gaming industry.

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