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  • hgy29hgy29 Maintainer
    Back to Corona, I made substantial progress on my adaptation layer. I almost have a full corona sample game working: corona cannon. Of course I only implement things needed for this particular example, but in a way that original source don’t have to be changed at all. I hope I’ll be able to show a PoC tomorrow.

    Beside this, I have to admit that Corona API is really easy to use and contains many useful shortcuts for game makers. Gideros could be improved somewhat along those lines.
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  • That's great news! :)
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  • hgy29hgy29 Maintainer
    edited February 20
    So here is Corona Cannon sample built with Gideros:
    http://hieroglyphe.net/gideros/CoronaCannon/

    Original game: https://coronalabs.com/blog/2016/02/02/corona-cannon-a-new-corona-sdk-sample-game/

    No changes in original code, just a bunch of files added to translate corona calls to Gideros calls. This is just a proof of concept, I only implemented things that were used by this sample game, but it covers many aspects already, from core graphics to physics.

    Cherry on the cake: this is an HTML export, which Corona doesn't support officially it seems (it is in beta...).
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  • @hgy29 , amazing.

    as a sidenote, after a while i managed to win a round and then i got this error (upon next level load i think):

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  • hgy29hgy29 Maintainer
    Yes, it is not perfect, I know :)
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  • Then we can use Corona widget to make GUI easier!
    Coming soon
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  • keszeghkeszegh Member
    how is the adaptation layer going? now that they are rebranding, probably it's safe to mention gideros as an alternative on their forum, but somebody who knows both sdks should do that:

    https://forums.solar2d.com/
  • SinisterSoftSinisterSoft Maintainer
    They should have approached Gideros to merge into it somehow - they must know about it.
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  • keszeghkeszegh Member
    according to their farewell email one developer aims to keep working on it if full canadian developer salary is gathered. risky business i'd say.
    also, they seem to be behind gideros in many aspects, html export, metal support, proven history of going open-source, among others.
    their user base may be still much bigger on the other hand.

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  • SinisterSoftSinisterSoft Maintainer
    I've posted to their forum (at their new domain): https://forums.solar2d.com/t/may-1st-deadline-where-are-we/350919/3

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  • keszeghkeszegh Member
    edited May 2
    maybe 'you could' would be a more positive message instead of 'why didn't you', also with some possible advantages of merging (for both communities).
  • SinisterSoftSinisterSoft Maintainer
    Agreed, edited. :)
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  • SinisterSoftSinisterSoft Maintainer
    Maybe you could add to it with the advantages?
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  • keszeghkeszegh Member
    i could register and make a separate topic for gideros on their forum, so that people know about gideros. but it would be best if i could already point to a translate layer, @hgy29 are you planning to put yours on github or something like that? it does not need to be 100% complete, yet it would be great if it would not crash and it would be clear which api calls are supported, so that people can evaluate it's state.

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  • Apollo14Apollo14 Member
    edited May 4

    I've posted to their forum (at their new domain): https://forums.solar2d.com/t/may-1st-deadline-where-are-we/350919/3

    Hi! Maybe you should talk directly to their devteam?
    They may agree that it would be better to team up Corona+Gideros.
    > Newcomers roadmap: from where to start learning Gideros
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  • SinisterSoftSinisterSoft Maintainer
    I think there is only one member of their team left. I left a message on the thread that he posted to so he should have seen it by now.
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  • SinisterSoftSinisterSoft Maintainer
    A reply...

    https://forums.solar2d.com/t/may-1st-deadline-where-are-we/350919/9

    I suggested that a good first step may to to establish some kind of common plugin system. That would benefit both SDKs.

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  • keszeghkeszegh Member
    i think it would be hard to earn they trust, but in theory it would be beneficial for everybody if they would finish the translation layer and then only develop gideros (as this seems to be infinitely easier than the other way around) further. the plugins are indeed a critical point here which cannot be made work by an easy layer i guess.
  • SinisterSoftSinisterSoft Maintainer
    Yes, I agree. A translation layer would actually be beneficial for them too - it would give their users confidence that if their SDK in the future dies then they have a way out with Gideros. Plugins being compatible between systems would increase this confidence.
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  • pixecpixec Member
    Hey! I'm a Solar2D developer.

    I just wanted to come here since it was linked in the Solar2D forums to say a few things. My tone can be a bit harsh but it is with love for games and open source.

    The things I am not understanding are who, what, why and when?

    Who does it benefit that Solar2D developers switch to Gideros? It benefits Gideros.

    What does Gideros offer that Solar2D doesnt? It sure isnt clear and visually pleasant docs, unique platforms (like Switch) or new opportunities? Metal, AndroidX and better HTML5 builds?

    Why would anyone want to switch to develop their existing Solar2D game on a "translation layer"? And more bugs and less performance ? And time to learn a new engine that sort of does the same but not quite? Count me in!

    When how soon would everything work? How many months would Solar2D devs need to wait for everything that they need to be added to Gideros? If it takes several months then by that time Solar2D may already support Metal and AndroidX plus have other improvements.

    If all that Solar2D needs is Metal, AndroidX and better emscripten HTML5 builds, then it would be less work to add them to Solar2D than to add everything that it offers to Gideros.

    Everybody likes the SDK that they use otherwise they would change. If you want people to change and abandon their SDK then you must have a pretty good sales pitch. So far the pitch is "I have used Solar2D/Gideros for a long time and I want other people to use it too!" also Gideros doesnt look as good as Solar2D. Even if that is only on the surface, it matters. Also you dont have guarantees for Gideros either. If Solar2D fails, people prolly go for Unity or Godot.

    So here is my final question: why wont you all change to Solar2D once all its code is open source? I'm not making a sales pitch for Solar2D, I'm just asking why stick with Gideros and ask others to abandon Solar2D and not the other way around if Solar2D developer count is much bigger?
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  • keszeghkeszegh Member
    edited May 5
    hi @pixec, thanks for taking the time to join the forum and ask these good questions.

    i will give some partial answers (which are all reflecting only my opinion).
    so the idea to 'join forces' here on the forum came when the future of solar2d/corona became shaky. then @hgy29 quickly made a prototype translation layer as a proof of concept that shows that it's relatively easy to make such a thing that fully works. this would mean that a solar2d code can be complied without change using gideros. this could save the ass of solar2d developers who are mid-project when solar2d ceases to be developed.

    currently, the future of solar2d looks a bit better, having supported its sole developer, but what happens in long term is still not clear i guess. gideros community has been in this same position many years ago, so i/we can relate to this state of worry. my opinion is that gideros came out well and is on a steady open-source track where even without huge financial support it keeps to be maintained and improved by enthusiastic and good developers.

    in short, now using gideros as a back-end may not seem to be such an optimal solution for a solar2d developer, it's just simpler if solar2d keeps being worked on. clearly e.g. plugins would not work out-of-the box etc (although plugin code is usually a small fragment of all code, so it's relatively easy to switch to gideros plugins while leaving the rest of the code as it is)

    from a financial point of view however i think that only adding all the features that are planned for solar2d and are already in gideros is 10 times more time (and money) than writing the translation layer (like i think adding html is at least 5000 usd while i think for 500 usd a perfect translation layer could be added, but that's only my guess). considering that solar2d's sole developer seems to communicate that he only works on solar2d if there is enough income, that may be something which can become an interesting aspect.

    about your critiques to gideros, it's mostly the looks, which is clearly lacking, given our small user base, especially compared to corona2d who must have spent considerable money on marketing before closing down. but believe me under the hood it's a very fast and stable framework, has lua's simplicity and advantages that you know already from solar2d. also i think even with a translation layer it won't be slower than solar2d. and has very simple export to android, and many other cool features which others may detail more, my post is already long.


    Who does it benefit that Solar2D developers switch to Gideros?:

    Our benefit form merging/working together is clearly a bigger user-base which makes the whole thing more fun and more future-proof. i think solar2d users have much more benefit in fact, a safe-guard for harsher times and a lot of extra features 'for free'.

    What does Gideros offer that Solar2D doesnt?:

    Metal and better HTML5 builds, sure. i don't really know solar2d that well, so others can tell everything else that is better. these are good, i don't know how it relates to solar2d though: i'd say gideros export is very simple to android, has a track record of being open-source and self-contained, good debug features (using zerobrane studio especially), shaders, rudimentary 3d (but with all the possibilities it gives).

    Why would anyone want to switch to develop their existing Solar2D game on a "translation layer"? And more bugs and less performance ? And time to learn a new engine that sort of does the same but not quite? Count me in!:

    I don't think it would give more bugs, nor less performance. you don't need to learn much as you'd use the solar2d api, that's what the translation layer is for.

    When how soon would everything work? How many months would Solar2D devs need to wait for everything that they need to be added to Gideros? If it takes several months then by that time Solar2D may already support Metal and AndroidX plus have other improvements.

    I think if there would be incentive (money, enthusiasm) then @hgy29 and other gideros developers could make such a layer in a fragment of time/money of what it will take to add metal etc to solar2d. but of course it's just my guess by evaluating how complicated this seems to be.


    All in all, i hope solar2d will be kept being developed for a long time and this merging will be only an opportunity to you guys and not a necessity. it would be great btw if this discussion would reach more solar2d developers, as it aims them more than it aims gideros developers, i think.

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  • hgy29hgy29 Maintainer
    Hi @pixec,
    Thanks for sharing your thought! I can't see any reason for Solar2D users to switch to Gideros without a bit of reluctancy. Like you said everybody prefer the SDK they are used to work with.

    However Solar2D became open source (and changed its name), and while I am glad to notice that it managed to get funded so far, the team behind it is now on its own and the hardest part just begun. Gideros, on the other hand, has been open source for 8 years now, and we know how difficult it can be.

    Some ex-Corona SDK users may be afraid of the future of Solar2D, and they may want to have a look at what Gideros has to offer. Actually both SDK functionnality are very similar, as I discovered when writing a translation layer prrof of concept. If enough people want to work on that layer, that would give Solar2D users an emergency solution in case the worst happen with Solar2D.

    Your point about the 'When' is very interesting: in open source projects, you can't expect something to be done for you. If no-one else cares, then the online way to have something done is to do it yourself.

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  • keszeghkeszegh Member
    btw @hgy29 , what is this AndroidX thing, is Gideros indeed supporting it? is it something obligatory?
  • hgy29hgy29 Maintainer
    @keszegh, I never heard about it before
  • pixecpixec Member
    You can google AndroidX.

    I can't post links, so here's the first paragraph from Android Developer portal:

    "Artifacts within the androidx namespace comprise the Android Jetpack libraries. Like the Support Library, libraries in theandroidx namespace ship separately from the Android platform and provide backward compatibility across Android releases."

    I think the rounded corners on Android are also there.
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  • MoKaLuxMoKaLux Member
    plain old java 1.8 still works fine for android plugins.
    New plugins can be written using kotlin and/or androidX.
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  • olegoleg Member
    pixec said:

    also Gideros doesnt look as good as Solar2D. Even if that is only on the surface, it matters. Also you dont have guarantees for Gideros either. If Solar2D fails, people prolly go for Unity or Godot.

    It is not true!
    I learned about the crown before I learned about Gideros
    And I started with the corona
    Before that I used unity3d
    I switched to Gideros because it looks better than the Corona.
    I conducted an experiment by making the same mini-games in the Corona and in Gideros.
    Game made in Gideros made in 15 minutes, brought me $ 8000 game made in CORONA brought nothing. The same game, the same store, just a game of Gideros, was a couple of megabytes smaller ...
    Unity is a good engine, but it is not suitable for niche games running on non-top smartphones ..

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  • SinisterSoftSinisterSoft Maintainer
    @pixec Welcome to our forum, I'm sorry if I offended any Corona/Solar2D users out there, it was not my intent.

    I think that having an alternative that is at least semi-compatible 'out there' is good for both SDKs. It means you have confidence to carry on with the system you are using knowing that there is a solution available should the worst happen.

    Btw, when I first started with Lua I tried out both Corona and Gideros - when both were paid platforms. Back then it struck me how it seems the Corona team didn't seem to know how games worked (back in the old day), but the Gideros team did. A simple example is tilemaps - they are a cornerstone of the 'old school' games industry - you simply have to have them. Gideros had them from the beginning, I'm unsure if Corona still doesn't have them or not, but when I used it people were asking for them but it fell on deaf ears. Another example is bit manipulation - people in the Corona forums have been asking for binary operations for ages - still the Corona version of Lua still doesn't have them (you have to use a Lua library). With Gideros they were added years ago, along with loads of other operators and enhancements that are useful for coding games.

    I agree that Solar2D documentation is much better than the Gideros docs, the Corona website is also prettier. Don't forget though that Gideros has been open source for years (with no investment), so the users have to put the effort in to help keep things current. Nobody likes writing docs, but recently we have been trying to switch things up and our documentation is starting to look much better than it did.

    If you look at the thread on the Solar2D forum you will see that I also agreed that the two maybe shouldn't merge, but possibly some kind of agreement on how plugins could be compatible with each other could be arranged. That would benefit both SDKs as usually two heads are better than one.

    :)

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  • keszeghkeszegh Member
    edited May 6
    i remember back in the commercial days the future plans of both corona and gideros were not that transparent. when becoming open-source surprisingly the future of gideros became much easier to depend on, with two successful kickstarters adding some major features (html and desktop), since when gideros keeps improving in small but steady steps. perhaps the same will happen with solar2d, but for that you will need developers who are also willing to work with enthusiasm and not just for money. my guess is that for gideros it really helps that core developers also use gideros as an engine to make games, so they are motivated to maintain and improve it.

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