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World of Warcraft Programming: A Guide and Reference for Creating WoW Addons Paperback – February 8, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470481288 ISBN-10: 0470481285 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1440 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (February 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470481285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470481288
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Your secret weapon against the Lich King's wrath

World of Warcraft has entered a new dimension. Take command of it by modifying the interface with your own unique addons. Whether your goal is to enhance addons you already use, to enlarge your arsenal by creating some all-new features, or to immerse yourself in the programming as well as the game, this book will be your oracle. Learn the arcane languages of Lua and XML and master the craft of addon creation!

  • Understand the anatomy of an addon

  • Work with frames, widgets, and other graphical elements

  • Explore basic and advanced functions and control structures

  • Track damage with CombatTracker, and respond to the combat log and threat informationTrack, filter, and sort your inventory by writing BagBuddy, a fully functional addon

  • Create slash commands, custom graphics, scroll frames, and dropdown menus

Who are you?

Apprentice programmers with no prior experience — learn Lua and XML in Part I

Journeymen who have done some programming — skim Part I and start with the details about addon creation in Part II

Master programmers with addons already in their arsenal — dive right into Advanced Addon Techniques in Part III

About the Author

James Whitehead II, aka Cladhaire, is the creator of PerfectRaid, Clique, TomTom, and LightHeaded, and coauthor of Hacking World of Warcraft.

Rick Roe, aka the crazy goblin tinker Gazmik Fizzwidget, created Feed-O-Matic, FactionFriend, and some other addons so awesome that Blizzard rolled their functionality into its new UI.


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bernie Fritts on February 12, 2010
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James has been in the WoW addon field for years and his addons are second to none. Back a few years ago he took the time to help me with my first addon and I appreciated the help. I owned the first book and happy to add this one to my library.

The books are well written and contain the information you need to begin writing your own addons and more. They are excellent reference books that will keep you writing addons for a long time. They also have a website to cover any changes made to the API by Blizzard.

Plus the cover is by Scott Johnson, what more could you want.

Bouvi (Earthen Ring - AIE)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kendall on April 10, 2010
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This is a huge book covering all the details of writing a mod in lua. The elements are presented in a logical method and show an actual mod being designed and programmed from the ground up (BagBuddy). This is an excellent book that takes you from a beginner mod programmer to being able to design and create whatever mod you want. If you don't want to create your own mods, the book will show you how to tweak your existing mods to make them work the way you want them to. Even after you have read the book, you will use it as a reference for quite some time as you work on your own mods. I honestly had no idea that the WoW API provided so much of the foundation for building mods. My hat is off to both Blizzard for creating such an environment that welcomes mods and definitely this book for presenting mod building to me in such a great way. The cover art is great too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Isaac T. Knowles on July 10, 2010
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I needed to design a few different addons for some research I'm doing, and this book had everything I needed. You may have difficulty if you've never programmed before, but if you already have a little knowledge of programming fundamentals, this is a great tool. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allen W. Scantland on August 24, 2013
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I have to say this book is more expansive than I thought. I thumbed through it and hope my daughter picks it up to satisfy her curiosity in coding. I have to find the existing snippets of code to play with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Collier on November 24, 2012
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If you havent done much programming then this is OK I guess. But if you are an experienced developer the online resources and your own skillset (including self teaching as all good developers need to do) will probably be more beneficial than this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aeio on September 26, 2010
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This may be a bit though if you lack experience in xml. And some readers may get lost as the progression jumps ahead of what you have be able to learn from the last chapter.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Xeii on November 27, 2010
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The book contains very nice instructions how to code a proper addon, I couldn't find anywhere this good guide on the internet.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ed K on April 28, 2010
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This is absolutely the perfect guide to learning how to program for Warcraft if you're already familiar with programming in other languages. The author covers all the right topics in precisely the right order necessary to understand the interface. He covers everything from the basics of LUA all the way to the most advanced topics (secure code) and provides examples everywhere.

Highly recommended for anybody who is serious about learning this stuff.
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