We’re really excited to officially announce the latest tool for GameOn Developers – the GameOn Developer Toolkit for Windows 10. When we launched the GameOn Extensions store and GameOn Extensions in 2019, we opened up a new platform for developers to create useful, beautiful and powerful GameOn Extensions to be taken advantage of by our GameOn Testers and hopefully, with enough time and work, anyone interested in the application.
We have actually already released GameOn Developer Toolkit (and even it’s first update). We wanted to do this silently to test the waters. You can check out GameOn Developer Toolkit, here.
Over the last 6-8 months, we have heard developer feedback on how we can improve the experience of developing for the GameOn platform. Here’s what we learned:
- It isn’t intuitive to test extensions.
- It isn’t intuitive to program extensions without a dedicated IDE or plugin/s for existing IDE/s.
- Code LX, while a familiar language that is easy to learn and use, has horrible documentation and outdated IDEs.
And while we received great feedback regarding how easy it is to read and understand the code and how beginner friendly it is, we have a lot of work to do to make the platform attractive to new developers.
We Hear You.
Here’s what we’re doing.
- Introducing GameOn Developer Toolkit
This is an IDE that supports the creation of GameOn Extensions. It has a code editor and tools for developers built in.
- Improve GameOn Developer Toolkit
Update 200501 was launched with mixed reception. We received feedback that told us what we need to do to improve it and we will be doing this in the coming weeks and months. The toolkit will become a suitable IDE with all of the features you would expect from an IDE.
- Improve GameOn Developer Documentation
We use the Code LX programming language for GameOn Extensions. This language was written by Pudince (2010) and is now maintained by Ryan Walpole Enterprises (2018-present). We have absolutely no excuse for not having documentation for developers to use to aid them in creating their extensions. Code Samples are one thing, but a broader range of documentation is a must.
The truth is, we’ve already started. You can pick up GameOn Developer Toolkit v200601 which contains new features such as links to the online documentation and a new dropdown that allows you to add code blocks for UI Elements – making it easier, more simple and faster to create a great GameOn Extension.
In addition, we’re working on our brand new GameOn Developer Documentation library. We’re still working on it – and it’s far from finished – but getting documentation for UI Elements and basic controls in the GameOn and GameOnExt libraries for Code LX can now be done via https://www.ryanwalpole.com/developer/gameon/docs.
We’re also working on publishing tutorials that run you step-by-step through the process of creating extensions using the GameOn Developer Toolkit as well as tutorials focusing on certain elements of creating an extension.