Setting up Visual Studio Code for Haxe Development - Hello World on Mac

Was thinking of doing some game development after 6 years. Got a lot of hope seeing how Haxe and OpenFL seemed to provide solutions for old AS3 projects. But just to get the Haxe 'hello world' running on VS Code on my Mac wasn't documented anywhere. So I'm writing it here hoping it helps some others. First install Haxe on your Mac (normal installer). I didn't know how to use the binaries alone. Get VSCode Install the Haxe and Lime extensions on VSCode. Open a new project folder, create a file called Main.hx. Paste the code given from this page . Next create a file with .hxml extension in the same folder and paste two lines of code shown in the screenshot below. (more info ). Click 'Run without debugging' See the output in the debug console below (not terminal or output tab) Next I'm off to getting an entire old AS3 project with SWF assets working. If I succeed I'll post more.

Unfamiliar place to search for solutions when your code doesn't work

When our code doesn't work as expected, we usually do one thing. Google. On Google the first few answers are usually from, blogs or forums. But there are times when even Googling doesn't help. If the code or project you are dealing with is open-source. A great place to look for and get answers is the 'Issues' section on Github. In my case, I was wondering why mirage in ember.js tutorial wasn't working well for me. All I had to do was go to Ember.js on Github and navigate to Issues tab. Then search for the keyword 'tutorial' Booyah! I found my answer instantly. P.S. If you don't find existing questions, just open a new issue and you will get much better answers as it comes from the creators.

DoTween - The Big Demo

I love DoTween , and have been using it extensively at work and personal projects, ever since I heard of it. Tweens are a great and cheap way to get a polished look for all transitions and animations in your game or mobile app. Stop coding movement by hand for menu items, HUDs, simple translations etc. if you are still doing it. So I made a small 2d demo in Unity5 with DoTween, where you can play with different types of tweens, including an option to choose a different tween for different axes (X and Y) Its open-source btw, and you can play with the code yourself on github . Click to open the unity web player in new tab (Firefox, Safari recommended) If Chrome blocks, follow instructions . Easing is an important component of making your games and interactive experiences Juicy. If you don't know what Juicyness is watch this amazingly cool super awesome video of two game developers showcasing their demo.

10 productivity tips to not give up on your game project

These tips are not just for game development, this applies to almost anyone who wants to create stuff and can apply to any project in your life. ExtraCredits is a really good youtube channel for anyone who is interested in making games. Today I saw this video on their GameDesign playlist . It gave some amazing tips as listed below. This is just a summary for those crazy people who prefer reading instead of watching videos, like me :) 1) Don't plan a project that will take you more than a month This is a great point. After years of having dropped projects, prototypes and trying to do too many things, or everything that excites me at the moment. I guess this is a must follow. 2) Its gonna take you more than a month, if you plan for a month. Haha, yes, so true. But don't panic, but if you hit 3 months, its time to revisit. 3) Don't spend too much time designing Don't spend too much time designing stuff you don't know if you can build yet. Experience is w

Game development live blogging - Part 2

Alright yesterday I left a body-less snake alone in Part 1. Today I am going to make it attach with its body, and have you test-drive the snake in the editor, even in "Edit mode"... Fancy! I know, that's one of the strength's of Unity3d's editors. Recap : So far, in the editor, edit mode, I am able to drag the snake's head GameObject, and snap it to the grid. Now its time to link them together. Usually in the past, I always hold them all in a single array like data structure and keep updating their position using code, by shifting their position data from head to body 1, and body 1 to body 2 and so on. This time I am going to try a new approach. Let's do it the Unity3d's way. First I am going to declare a new variable called "nextPart" of type SnakePart. I realised, each part's responsibility is only to pass its old position to the next body part. This will be a chain effect and the entire snake will move. Also we never use th

Application could not be verified, when installing app to iPad Air

Solution : Delete the existing app on the device and try again. Note : You don't have to do this all the time. It happens only when a version of the app is installed from the AppStore or from an Ad-hoc source like Testflight. I hadn't seen this error before, but it happened to me on XCode - version 6.3.1 (6D1002) with an iPad Air. But around the internet it seems to happen to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus too.

Game development live blogging - Part 1

I'm starting a project called "Snake On Acid" using Unity3d engine. Its the classic old Nokia snake game, but with all the game development magic I have learnt so far in my career. It is going to have what I believe are some interesting time based twists, amazing sound and flashy graphics with lot of juicyness! Much in line with super hexagon's style. Lets start.. I have setup a basic project with some graphics inspired from Neave snake. I hope to change the graphics later. I have a "gameboard" background graphic object (with sorting layer : background), a snake game object with three snake body objects (sorting layer : foreground) and a main camera object. Oh I also have Demigiant's DoTween plugin added to the Unity project. There's going to be some amazing tweening :) Now to make the snake move, but with some tween magic. I am going to focus only on the head snake object and attach a script to the body. Body part will be a prefab, and w