The first week of coding came to an end. This month’s target is to implement a Server manager and a Game manager. I did spend a good amount of time preparing and learning more about the tools that can come handy. Besides that, a whole new base layout is ready for the launcher’s UI.
Designed using the good ol’ Scene Builder, the base layout was made as close to the proposed mockups as possible. Looks similar to many web apps these days.
The top bar will be used to start the game, as it was in the previous UI. The side menu will give access to all important sections. There’s a status bar in the bottom that can show handy messages while that bunch of Icon buttons is a placeholder for social media links.
An interesting point is that there’s no side menu widget directly available in JavaFX (not in version 8 at least). So I implemented it by using a TabPane with some quick hacks.
Web API and Swagger
There is a facade for Terasology that can be used to start it in headless mode on a server and expose REST endpoints for interaction, just like a web service. The API is described here using the OpenAPI 3.0 format, and this is helpful for integration with Swagger tools.
Using Swagger Codegen we can easily generate client SDKs for any web service described in OpenAPI format, for a wide range of programming languages. In the next week, I’ll be trying to generate those code and use them for creating the Server manager.
Be sure to check out this post on my weekly GSoC forum thread.