Hello from Austin/SXSW! We had a really great week here, met lots of awesome developers, and got to hang out with several Corona Ambassadors (shout out to Raul and Gerald!). Charles took a bunch of pics, and we’ll be sure to share those soon. There were some crazy parties too – for example, there were big stuffed Angry Birds (like the one on the right) being thrown from the tops of buildings!
While some of us were out here at SXSW, the rest of the team continued to plug away on stuff to make your daily app development routine better, so I wanted to give you an update.
First, forums. The new forums are now live!
One of the biggest improvements is the ability to look at recent posts. The new forums have a Recent activity link at the top that allows you to search by time, filter by forum, and even just look at posts you’re participating in! And if you’re just glancing, there’s also a “Recent topics” sidebar on the forum home page.
There are a couple of other cool things like being able to view the forums from your iPhone or Android browser, richer editing of posts. There are others that we’re still testing out like voting, social features, and search, so don’t go crazy on those just yet!
One big change you might notice is the organization of the threads. We’ve tried to simplify this based on feedback from our Ambassadors, and I’m sure you’ll have your own. We want to make it easy for you to find the right place to post your question and to find the right information, so if you have suggestions, let us know. This is, after all, your forum!
We’ve been wanting to overhaul the forums for a long time. But we also knew there was a treasure trove of information in the old forum, so we spent a lot of time to make the transition as smooth as possible, including migrating old posts and single-sign-on. We’ve done our best to make sure all the kinks are worked out, but we will be monitoring closely throughout the next several days, so please let us know if you see any issues.
Second, Project Gluon (aka plugins).
We are very close to getting plugins supported in the Corona Simulator. This means you’ll be able to specify which plugins you are using in build.settings and our build servers will automatically build and link everything for you. No clumsy downloading and pre-installing plugins on your system!
To support plugins, we have created a new build system. Because this is a major change, we are going to only make this available to beta testers before we include this in Daily Builds.
Our Corona Ambassadors will get a first crack at this, but we want a big sample, so we have decided to let others apply. If you’d like to help beta test, apply here!
The testing will happen in stages. What we’re currently looking for is some insanity checking, to ensure that the device builds from the simulator work exactly the same. After that, our next step (the exciting step) is to test out building with actual plugins.
Finally, we’ll be exhibiting at GDC! We have some fun stuff planned – drop me a line at email@example.com if you’re attending!