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

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The #1 bestselling programming book is back with updated and expanded coverage of the newest release of WoW!

World of Warcraft (WoW) is currently the world's largest massively multiplayer online role-playing game. The newest release, "Wrath of the Lich King," has created a demand for updated information on writing addons. This eagerly anticipated edition answers that request and is an essential reference for creating WoW addons.

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Overview

The #1 bestselling programming book is back with updated and expanded coverage of the newest release of WoW!

World of Warcraft (WoW) is currently the world's largest massively multiplayer online role-playing game. The newest release, "Wrath of the Lich King," has created a demand for updated information on writing addons. This eagerly anticipated edition answers that request and is an essential reference for creating WoW addons.

Written by a duo of authors who have each contributed a number of successful WoW addons, the book offers an overview of Lua and XML (the programming languages used to write addons) and includes coverage of specific pitfalls and common programming mistakes-and how to avoid them. Valuable examples show you detailed aspects of writing addons for WoW and demonstrate how to implement addon concepts such as variables, slash commands, secure templates, and more.

  • World of Warcraft insiders share their techniques for writing addons for both the latest version of WoW as well as the new Wrath of the Lich King expansion set
  • Guides you through the specific nuances of the WoW API with the use of detailed examples
  • Discusses ways to distribute and host your WoW addons so others can download and use them
  • Explains how to respond to events, create frames, and use the WoW API to interact with the game

You'll be well on your way to creating exciting WoW addons with this comprehensive reference by your side.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470229811
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/5/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1056
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

I. Learning to Program.

1. Configuring a Basic Lua Environment.

2. Exploring Lua Basics.

3. Basic Functions and Control Structures.

4. Working with Tables.

5. Advanced Functions and Control Structures.

6. Lua Standard Libraries.

7. Learning XML.

II. Programming in World of Warcraft.

8. Programming Within World of Warcraft.

9. Anatomy of an Addon.

10. Creating Frames in XML.

11. Adding Behavior to XML Frames.

12. Creating Your First Addon: CombatTracker.

13. Using the World of Warcraft API.

14. Creating a Basic Addon with Addon Studio.

III. Advanced Addon Techniques.

15. Using Templates Programmatically.

16. Writing an Addon Without XML.

17. Taking Action with Secure Templates.

18. Creating Slash Commands.

19. Altering Existing Behavior with Function Hooking.

20. Creating Custom Graphics.

21. Making Frames Move.

22. Creating Scroll Frames.

23. Creating Dropdown Menus.

24. Tooltips.

25. Using State Headers.

26. Driving State Changes.

27. Creating Unit Frames with Group Templates.

IV. Reference.

28. API Reference.

29. API Categories.

30. Events Reference.

31. Widget Reference.

V. Appendixes.

Appendix A. Distributing Your Addon.

Appendix B. Tracking History Using Version Control Systems.

Appendix C. Best Practices.

Appendix D. Avoiding Common Mistakes.

Appendix E. Utilizing Addon Libraries.

Appendix F. Author and Addon Communities.

Glossary.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Not worth it

    You can learn this stuff for free on blizzard and other sites

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

    Great book but why does amazon have it for kindle but B&N does not for nook?

    I was a copy for nook? I'll pay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2008

    Luth the WoW drunken Rogue

    Ya know, I may not have this book, but I'm sure some of the addons I have are made from a few people in this book so much props and keep up the good work you hordies! Down the the alliance!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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