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Beginning Lua with World of Warcraft Add-ons 2009th Edition
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This book is a really good introduction, not only to Lua but to programming in general. So far, the information has been spot-on and the author makes a very thoughtful effort at presenting a broad, balanced, and easy to follow take on building Lua/XML addons for WoW. I found it an enjoyable read and am now actively using it
Now with all that said, there are a few deficiencies:
- There are a lot of copy-and-paste mistakes in the API documentation (identical descriptions for very different methods/types)
- There are editing mistakes and typos littered throughout the book
- If you don't like poker or are new to WoW a lot of the examples and project sections are hard to follow. (The book used Texas Hold-em as a recurring and pervasive example of how to use most of the WoW constructs. Many of the other examples depend on the reader being a relatively experienced WoW player and rely on Jargon and advanced situations to explain the usages of some tools).
- I found the treatment of the display capabilities of the API somewhat lacking. I would have loved an example of rendering 3D models in a frame.
- One extremely useful addition would have been a description of each part of the native interface including class descriptions beyond the advice to read the native UI source code. (Several specific objects are referenced, but not in one place or in any complete way)
- Almost all of the tools suggested in the early chapters are Windows-specific (and as I have a Mac, they weren't as useful).Read more ›
There are three primary reasons why I would recommend this book to someone. First, the author of this book created Deadly Boss Mods, one of the most popular (and indispensable) add-ons available, which means that the knowledge he shares comes from experience. That experience comes in handy for navigating around those "gotchas" that have crept into the API over time. Second, the technical information he provides is both thorough and presented in an way that helps you understand the "why" and "how" of add-on development. For instance, the author waits until the end of the book to explain macros. This might seem a bit backwards until you read the rest of the book and realize just how much you need to know to make the most of the macro system. Third, this book is an excellent introduction to Lua, the scripting language used in WoW add-ons. The book provides a thorough understanding of Lua, meaning that the information you learn for writing WoW add-ons will be just as useful when you decide to write Lua-based add-ons for other applications (or when you just want to use Lua on its own).
Now, there were a few things about the book that I initially didn't like. First, the book is written in an informal, somewhat conversational style. As a result, I thought this was going to be a "For Dummies" type of book. After a few chapters, it becomes clear that this book is definitely not for dummies and the relaxed style ends up making the information very accessible.Read more ›
On the same note, I was stuck on a problem with my own mod, trying to model it around some code that is exampled in the book, and after struggling with it for a while I finally broke down and e-mailed the author a question, and not only did he respond lightning fast to my question, but he even included several code snipits he wrote on the fly to show me ways to solve my problem.
I continually refer back to this book whenever I have questions about how to accomplish something in WoW LUA Mods.
-WoW addon libraries have very little documentation and code samples.
-WoW addon coding doesn't have a dedicated development environment.
-Lua is a very detailed and powerful programming language not just for addons.
-The book has some syntax errors in the sample code.
-The book is too wordy when explaining things, pictures would be appreciated.
Blizzard only publishes the addon library. They do not support or document it. You won't find a reference with code examples, usages, or anything else useful.
When coding your addons, the book says you should use the Lua compiler. That's great if your coding a dedicated Lua program but when your using WoW addon libraries the compiler will say it doesn't understand some of your code. The other option is to use some Lua addons that work in game and allow you to run and test your code. These are your best bet.
Lua is not just a WoW addon programming language. You can actually make a pretty good career using this stuff. But if your new to Lua or programming for that matter, your twice as deep in the hole. Lua is the language used for addons but it also has its conventions, syntax, and schema. My advice is to learn the intricacies of Lua before trying to program addons. You don't need this book to do that. Lua is free and open source language.
In the early chapters, I found the code examples would not return the intended results. When I went to the website for the book, I found the code examples had errors.
The book says Beginning Lua with WoW addons. At first it sounds like the book will teach you Lua using WoW as a guide.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My concern is the age of the book, and the errors that previous reviewers have already pointed out. Further, some of the In-Game Tool Add-ons that are referenced in Chapter One... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Old Sub Sailor
I started reading the Kindle version under a 7-day trial period. I found the writing and examples incomplete and imprecise, both bad for learning a new programming environment. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Philip J. Mayo
I have just started this book and so far I find the text content to be very good. I have the kindle edition and the examples embedded in the text are microscopic on the kindle... Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by George L. Miller
Absolutely worthless for any "World of Warcraft" playability help or boost. Should not have been allowed to use uber-successful WoW MMORPG game (played 5 years, own all... Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by microphage
If you enjoy writing code for this program and creating your own mods, this is a very helpful book for beginners.Published on September 22, 2013 by Diana R
good layout and intro but not enough practical How-To to suit my need. Bought with other of topic, and it is supplement reference for that.Published on December 11, 2012 by George Forsythe
I bought this because the general introduction to Lua was the clearest I've found anywhere. Most introductions are based upon the great and freely available formal description of... Read morePublished on December 7, 2011 by Tek2000
This book had the basics of Lua from the perspective of both a non-programmer and programmer from another language. Read morePublished on November 8, 2010 by Zenpistolero
I started writing some Add-ons for WoW a while back (during the first release of the game). Having this book would have helped bring me much further along, much faster and... Read morePublished on February 12, 2010 by C. Naujoks