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Sparrow: Tips for building an app

A First look at Sparrow

In the folder “samples/demo”, you will find an Xcode project that shows the most basic Sparrow features and how to use them. Just open the project in Xcode, compile and run - everything should work out of the box.

Creating a new Xcode project that uses Sparrow

In the folder “samples/scaffold”, you will find an Xcode project that contains a bare-bone Sparrow application. Follow these simple steps to use it as a basis for your game:

Preconditions:

Sparrow is linked to your application via Xcode project references. This has the advantage that it's easy to update Sparrow (just download a new release and overwrite the old one in the same directory) and that you can easily step into Sparrow source code, in case you want to do so.

This has to be done only once:

Xcode 3 and 4

Add a “Source Tree” variable that Xcode can use to dynamically find Sparrow:

  • In the Xcode preferences, tab: “Source Trees”, create a new Source Tree variable.
  • Create SPARROW_SRC and let it point to /path_to_sparrow/sparrow/src/
  • Be careful: Xcode does not allow any spaces in that path.

Xcode 3 only

Set up a shared build output directory that will be shared by all Xcode projects:

  • In the Xcode preferences, tab: “Building”, set “Place Build Products in” to “Customized location” and specify a common build directory (anywhere you want).
  • Set “Place Intermediate Build Files in” to “With build products”.

Creating your new project:

In the folder “samples/scaffold”, you will find an Xcode project that contains a bare-bone Sparrow application. Follow these simple steps to use it as a basis for your game:

  • Copy the “scaffold”-folder to the place where you want to have your game project.
  • Open “AppScaffold.xcodeproj”
  • Build and run — just to see if everything works fine. If it does not work, check if you have created the SPARROW_SRC variable in Xcode, and if it points to the right place.
  • Rename the project:
    • Xcode 3: click on “Project” → “Rename …” and enter the name of your choice.
    • Xcode 4: select the project in the Project Navigator, then open the file inspector and change the text in the “Project Name” field. Accept the requests of the appearing popups.
  • That’s it! Now you can start to develop your game with Sparrow.

After creating your project, you can choose the target hardware (iPhone / iPad / Universal) in the project’s build settings (search for “Targeted Device Family”).

Optional: Integrating the API documentation (optional)

Open up the Xcode preferences and enter the “Documentation”-tab. Add the following publisher:

http://doc.sparrow-framework.org/core/feed/docset.atom

Now you can get information about Sparrow classes and methods with the following shortcuts:

  • Xcode 3: Option double-click on symbol
  • Xcode 4: Option single-click on symbol
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