Sunday, May 9, 2010

Part 2 on dealing with Ninjas: This addon will blow your mind

If you've checked out the code on my github, you can see that it's already setup to take commands and start saving names in between game sessions. Incidentally, this doesn't exactly solve the problem with providing users with an early warning system of any ninjas in tehir raid group (for themselves yes, but for others no). To solve this problem, I thought of a web service that I'd have to build that gave users the ability to upload their .lua file of SavedVariables. Essentially, the following flow would happen:

  1. A user will upload their WTF\Account\ACCOUNTNAME\SavedVariables\Ninjalist.lua file to the web service
  2. A user will then have to specify what realm they are on in order to scope the query
  3. The web service will take their Ninjalist (Table variable type in Lua) and merge it with any other Ninjas in the database but is specifically scoped to only those within the same Realm.
  4. The web service will return a new Lua file with the merge completed and the user can place the newly generated Ninjalist.lua file into their SavedVariables folder

Does this seem complicated? The reason why I'm building this web service is because if you've read the first post, addons don't have any API of invoking anything external to the game.

Part 3: Merging and the construction of the web service--Coming soon!

PS: Here's some sweet programming music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3jHvvn-vFQ&playnext_from=TL&videos=t-btgKVpdwk

This song is actually from the Oceans 12 movie (the laser dancing scene)

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