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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

Working with the Server

Now it is time to put our hands on the actual server! We will be dissecting the GameServer class to understand properly what is going on.

Server thread

To begin with, we decided to put the server in a separate thread. This is very useful in many ways. For once, server processing can be intensive and could hurt the frame rate on the client. On the other hand, if the server is running on a parallel thread, aside from improving its performance, it also allows it to perform blocking calls whenever necessary, and the game keeps running smoothly. Another plus in this approach is that our server does not communicate programmatically with the client, it communicates only via network; therefore, we don't even need to care about synchronization between the two. It is just like as if server is running on a different application!

As we have already introduced sf::Thread before in Chapter 5, Diverting the Game Flow – State Stack, we will skip that topic here. It is important to notice...