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 Tagging/Naming 
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Is it possible to add a actor based tagging system, that is also global?
As in, not to one specific actor but to all actors once one of something - such as a brain case - is placed.

For example:

local name = Actor1
--(Entered in console)(Not sure if the 'local' part would be accurate to this use)
--Then:
Actor1: Gibthis;
--(Also entered in console)
--Or something like that.


This would make it possible to tag enemies from your perspective, with advanced Lua, like a curser based tagging system.
Make sense?


Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:30 pm
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Make a global table and dump all the actors into there using their presetname and a random number (or a non-random number if you like). You'll need an "organisation" actor on the map (probably at 0,0 for simplicity, or your brain case if you so wish) that would keep a track of anything dying or coming into play. You could build a GUI with MOSPs, or just use the CLI by making a bunch of functions members of that fancy global table you just made (oh look its a namespace). Then you can do something like
Code:
world_CLI:getFirst("Dimitri"):GibThis(1000);
and the worlds your oyster.


Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:11 pm
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I was sort of hoping for something a little more simple than that.

I mean to say, naming is the main thing, the stuff about a curser based tagging system was - to me - probably not going to happen.
And just so you know: I know hardly anything about Lua. Only the logic, and some commands to do with CC.


Thanks.


Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:20 pm
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Making a global table is as simple as
Code:
if (CC_CLI == nil) then CC_CLI = {}; end

You could also define functions inside and outside of that block like
Code:
--expects a table
function populateWithActors(a,c)
   c = c or 0;
   for actor in MovableMan.Actors do --iterate all the actors
      c = c + 1; --increment "count"
      table.insert(a,actor,actor.PresetName .. count);
   end
end

--pads a string to a set length with spaces
function padStringToLength(s,l)
   local length = s:len()
   if length  > l then
      s = s:sub(1,l);
   elseif length < l then
      s = s .. " ":rep(l-length);
   end
   return s
end

--initialising CC_CLI if needed
if (CC_CLI == nil) then
   CC_CLI = {};      --set up a global table to hold everything
   CC_CLI.count = 0;   --start a count
   CC_CLI.Actors = {}; --create a table for the actors
   --populate the CLI's actor table with actors NOTE THIS IS ONLY VALID FOR THIS FRAME THINGS MIGHT DIE OR COME INTO EXISTANCE!
   populateWithActors(CC_CLI.Actors, CC_CLI.count);
   
   --this returns the first found actor with a string in its tag or nil if none is found
   function CC_CLI.firstWithTag(a)
      for k,v in pairs(CC_CLI.Actors) do
         if type(k) ~= "string" then continue;
         elseif k:find(a) ~= nil then
            return v;
         end
      end
      return nil;
   end
   
   --dumps tags, names, and positions in a visual table.
   function CC_CLI.dumpAll()
      print(padStringToLength("TAG",30) .. "|" .. padStringToLength("PRESETNAME",30) .. "|" .. padStringToLength("POS",15));
      for k,v in pairs(CC_CLI.Actors) do
         print(padStringToLength(k,30) .. "|" .. padStringToLength(v.PresetName,30) .. "|" .. padStringToLength(v.Pos:toString(),15));
      end
   end
   
end
for a semi-functional CLI. Feel free to expand it, I'd prefer credit to not but everything is only partially likely to work as I haven't done much CC-lua (or lua in general) for a long time. a way of updating the list wouldn't go astray, remember to clear it first.


Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:41 am
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...

Well, I was hoping not to make a releasable mod, but just make it as a proof of concept sort of thing. I wasn't going to release it or anything.

I think this is best left to you Lua pros. :]
I'll just wait until someone gets so bored that they make this into an actual mod.


Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:20 am
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... It would've been nice to know you didn't have any drive whatsoever to learn before I bothered typing educational code.


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