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World of Warcraft Programming : A Guide and Reference for Creating WoW Addons

ISBN: 9780470481288 | 0470481285
Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Wiley
Pub. Date: 2/8/2010

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World of Warcraft Programming: A Guide and Reference for Creating WoW Addons, 2nd Edition is an updated and improved all-in-one guide to writing addons for version 3 of the World of Warcraft (including the new Wrath of the Lich King expansion). This book will lead the reader through a tutorial on Lua programming, guide them through the process of creating several example addons, and provide them with a comprehensive reference for the World of Warcraft API.The book starts out with an overview of Lua and XML, the programming languages used to write addons. This tutorial is geared specifically towards using Lua in World of Warcraft, allowing a tight focus on the material most relevant to WoW addon developers. This also allows specific coverage of a number of pitfalls and common mistakes that the reader may experience as they work with the WoW API; even experienced users will find this useful.Once the reader is comfortable using Lua, they are introduced to the specific nuances of the World of Warcraft API through a series of guided examples. Each example highlights a specific aspect of writing addons for World of Warcraft and builds on the skills the reader has already acquired. Readers will learn how to respond to events, create frames, and use the World of Warcraft API to interact with the game.The book continues by teaching the reader how to implement a number of specific addon concepts such as saved variables, slash commands, secure templates, dynamic frames, parsing tooltips, creating dropdown menus and more. Once you've created your own addons, the book then discusses ways to distribute and host your addons so others can download and use them.The final section is a printed comprehensive reference guide to the World of Warcraft API, combining the original documentation from WoWWiki and the original research for this book. Having a fully indexed, consistent set of reference documentation can make finding the specific function you need that much easier.

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