[messages] [Developers] Re: Roadmap for VASSAL 4

Michael Kiefte mkiefte at dal.ca
Mon Mar 28 05:28:07 MST 2011

Hi Joel,

Why did you comment out mapZoom(e)?

- M.

On 28 March 2011 09:13, Joel Uckelman <uckelman at nomic.net> wrote:

> Thus spake Michael Kiefte:
> >
> > As for JavaScript itself, I see dynamic typing as a debugging nightmare.
> > We're actually trying to go in the opposite direction with better
> defensive
> > programming practises. In addition, we're currently looking at ways to
> > expand our capabilities not restrict them further (e.g., better
> graphics/3D
> > engine).
> I was curious to see what could be done with JavaScript as it is now,
> so I worked up two demos over the weekend, one using the HTML5 canvas,
> and one using regular DHTML techniques. I've put the demos here for you
> to try:
> http://www.vassalengine.org/~uckelman/js-test.tar.bz2
> http://www.vassalengine.org/~uckelman/js-test.zip
> (Both archives have the same content, download the one you prefer.)
> Once you've unpacked the archive, browse to launch.html, where you'll
> find a link to each of the demos. In each demo, you should be able to
> drag around the pieces. In the elements demo, dragging on the map pans
> it.
> I learned a few things by doing this:
> 1. The canvas demo is unusable for me. It turns out that this has
> nothing to do with the huge map image---it's just as bad when there's
> no map image. What does matter is the size of the canvas. It works well
> for me at 1000x1000, but 8000x3000 is 24 times larger. I don't know how
> the canvas is implemented in Firefox 3.6.16, but it seems that they're
> not using algorithms which scale up well.
> Also of note here is the fact that every canvas example I was able to
> find on the web assumes that you'll have about 10 objects on your
> canvas, so does collision detection by searching the whole object list
> and testing each one for hits, and also repaints the whole canvas every
> time something changes. If you do either of these, instead of using a
> quadtree for collision detection and repainting only changed regions,
> you can't even get a 1000x1000 canvas to work well with 100 objects on
> it.
> 2. The elements demo works well for me. It's also 245 lines of code, 41
> of which are just HTML. The reason it's so small is that all I had to do
> was write event handlers for some mouse events. The browser is already
> providing all of the collision detection, repainting, drag and drop,
> and image loading. We have thousands of lines of code in VASSAL for doing
> essentially the same thing.
> --
> J.
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