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A quick update: I’ve just finished a dynamic property system for the editor, which allows you to expose properties from your Lua objects that can be changed in the editor.

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Sorry for the long time since the last post! I’ve been really busy!

A quick update: I’ve just finished a dynamic property system for the editor, which allows you to expose properties from your Lua objects that can be changed in the editor.


Previously I had a separate property form for each object and tool, but creating the forms at runtime is much cleaner and makes it easier to add new objects. It is also a big step towards implementing the custom UI that I am working on.

On a related subject I have done the a similar thing with the serializationof objects. By exposing the important properties of Lua objects though a simple function, they can be saved along with the rest of the level.

lua code:
--
-- Returns a table contining the properties that should
-- be serialized
--
function Light:Serialize()
  local t = {}
  t.ConnectedObject = self.ConnectedObject
  t.Scale = self.Scale
  t.Color = self.Color
  return t
end

Above is an example from a light object which is created in Lua. When the level is saved, the “Light:Serialize” function is called, and the table which is returned is saved along with the other objects.

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