Let’s start this week’s roundup off with three more videos from this year’s WWX2015 provided by the Silex Labs team.
- HXCPP state of the
unionenum by Hugh Sanderson
- Haxe in the Enterprise: A Case Study by Alfred Barberena
- Quaxe, infinity and beyond by Daniel Glazmen
I’ve followed Daniel’s announcements about Quaxe from the start, as having HTML and CSS Haxe implementations, especially by a W3C member, are hugely useful to the Haxe community, and it doesn’t rely on regular expressions, which is a bonus.
As for Daniel’s comments, considering he was ill, which usually means your tact has diminished, it wasn’t as bad as I was lead to think. Also Daniel’s comments where the catalyst for a highly opinionated off topic thread a few weeks back.
With Daniel’s 20 plus years of experience, with a lot coming from open source projects, it would be unwise to ignore his advice.
Someone Unknown has started posting YouTube tutorials on OpenFL and Waxe, so here are the latest four I’ve come across.
- Embedded Text in OpenFL
- Using CSV data and starting work on Camera’s in OpenFL
- Using Menus and Event Handlers in Waxe
- Finishing up on Camera’s in OpenFL
Over on the mailing list, Robert Konrad has brought up the idea to create a suite of benchmarks to help out not only the various frameworks improve their performance, but also the standard library. I agree with others in the thread, like Robert and Hugh, who suggest that non framework related tests should be included, so the core compiler targets can be improved, benefiting everyone.
The benchmark suite has been setup by Dmitry Hryppa resulting from the significant performance increase Robert has achieved with Kha, now with
408k bunnies, the fastest framework currently tested, beating LibGDX by
Also, OpenFL’s previous surprisingly bad score of
32k bunnies for native has increased to
103k. Now that the source code is available, it can be scrutinised and tested with your results pushed to the benchmark suite.
The Haxor engine was the first accepted pull request adding a test running in the browser via WebGL. Before the pull request got accepted, I was able to achieve
430k bunnies with the reported top score being
525k by Tiago Ling Alexandre.
Luca Messalira has added further features to haxe-watchify with version
1.3.0, adding a web monitor which is useful on a second monitor or for remote team members by reproducing the command line output in the web page.
Kevin Leung has used UFront, a Haxe framework for writing isomorphic apps, to build What If Z, a website that poses the question “What if you are a zombie survivor?”. It turns out I would be a Kim-Jong-Un styled, kitchen knife wielding, american football gear cladded zombie survivor.
An article from Sven Bergström posted over on the snõwkit community site, titled Ludumdate 33, which is actually poorly titled because its packed full new features, samples, releases, performance fixes and community developments, so its not completely Ludum Dare focused.
But that’s not all from Sven, he has also released mínt, a game and tool focused, minimal renderer agnostic UI library for Haxe. Read that again, for Haxe - this is a recurring theme through Sven’s projects, how to improve Haxe, not a single framework.
A quick particle editor has been made for luxe engine using mínt, which you can try out now for yourselves.
A game that can take advantage of all the snõwkit collective additions is Shooter by Jonathan Hirz, created with luxe engine, in which you shoot enemies, destroy the environment and rebuild your terrain.
Ian Harrigan who’s been working on HaxeUI version 2 (which will be renderer agnostic just like mínt, but with far more controls) has launched the HaxeUI FaceBook page and the HaxeUI Patreon page. Recently with Ian’s ongoing improvement of HaxeUI, he has added the Kha backend for HaxeUI.
Adi Reddy Mora has published his first Haxe powered PixiJS game to Virgin Games which uses his PixiJS type definitions. Unfortunately the game is tablet only, so you might get a
404 error if you try it.
The OpenFL team announced on Twitter that Electronic Arts “uses OpenFL and an in house 3D engine to deliver the latest season of Madden NFL Mobile on iOS and Android”. How awesome is that.
The voting for the latest GBJAM is almost over, here are three GBJAM games that I’ve been made aware of, more most likely exist.
- Through by Adrian K. using HaxeFlixel
- AXUO by Pizza Makes Games using HaxeFlixel
- Wheres my dog? by Eduardo Lopes