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SFML Game Development

By : Artur Moreira, Henrik Vogelius Hansson, Jan Haller, Henrik Valter Vogelius, SFML
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SFML Game Development

By: Artur Moreira, Henrik Vogelius Hansson, Jan Haller, Henrik Valter Vogelius, SFML

Overview of this book

Game development comprises the combination of many different aspects such as game logics, graphics, audio, user input, physics and much more. SFML is an Open Source C++ library designed to make game development more accessible, exposing multimedia components to the user through a simple, yet powerful interface. If you are a C++ programmer with a stack of ideas in your head and seeking a platform for implementation, your search ends here.Starting with nothing more than a blank screen, SFML Game Development will provide you with all the guidance you need to create your first fully featured 2D game using SFML 2.0. By the end, you'll have learned the basic principles of game development, including advanced topics such as how to network your game, how to utilize particle systems and much more.SFML Game Development starts with an overview of windows, graphics, and user inputs. After this brief introduction, you will start to get to grips with SFML by building up a world of different game objects, and implementing more and more gameplay features. Eventually, you'll be handling advanced visual effects, audio effects and network programming like an old pro. New concepts are discussed, while the code steadily develops.SFML Game Development will get you started with animations, particle effects and shaders. As well as these fundamental game aspects, we're also covering network programming to the extent where you'll be able to support the game running from two different machines. The most important part, the gameplay implementation with enemies and missiles, will make up the core of our top-scrolling airplane shoot' em-up game!You will learn everything you need in SFML Game Development in order to start with game development and come closer to creating your own game.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
SFML Game Development
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Data transport

We already know some things about how sockets behave and their inner workings, but we only talked about sending and receiving data in an abstract way. We referred to the data as arrays of bytes, which we simply send and receive, but how is it done?

Indeed, what is passed on through the network is merely a block of data, a collection of raw bytes. Therefore, it must be sent in a way that can be read again by the remote machine. Your data could be anything, text, numbers, images, sound, or pretty much anything that is digital.

For this, we pack and unpack our data into a byte array when sending/receiving it! When we use the term packet, we refer to a collection of bytes, which contain one or more primitives (integers, floats, and others). This is very efficient from the perspective that we don't have additional overhead for sending multiple primitives; they all go at once in the same byte array. However, we have a per-packet overhead, namely the packet headers that are required...