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README.md

RFC Directory (deck.gl)

Guidelines

The core developers will review RFCs (and of course, comments from the community are always welcome). Recommended review criteria are being documented in RFC Review Guidelines.

Roadmaps

Documents indicating intent and direction for bigger areas of functionality. Roadmap documents are intended to provide higher level descriptions than the more detailed, topic-focused RFCs.

Also see luma.gl roadmaps, such as the GPGPU roadmap

Roadmap Status Description
New Layers Roadmap Draft Ideas for new layers
Animation Roadmap Just started infovis (non-geospatial) features roadmap
Performance Roadmap Just started infovis (non-geospatial) features roadmap
Infovis Roadmap Just started infovis (non-geospatial) features roadmap
Pure JS and Scripting Roadmap Implemented Support for Scripting and Pure-JS APIs
Reduce Distribution Size Ongoing Reduce size of distribution and the bundle size of applications using deck.gl
Pure JS and Scripting Roadmap Implemented Support for Scripting and Pure-JS APIs

Longer-Terms RFCs

These RFCs are not yet associated with any specific release.

RFC Author Status Description
Ongoing Efforts
Reduce Repository Size @ibgreen Draft Reduce size of deck.gl github repository
WIP/Draft
Projection Mode Improvements @ibgreen @pessimistress Draft Improvements to projection system
Composite Layer Customization @ibgreen Draft Improvements to customizing composite layers
Render Layer to Texture TBD Proposed Allow layers to render to texture and then use texture in subsequent layers.
Reviewed/Deferred
Off-thread attribute generation @pessimistress Deferred Generate attributes off-thread (to avoid locking the main thread). Deferred due to issues with supporting the more general use cases. dataUrl RFC has been broken out.
Expose Layer AttributeManager @ibgreen Deferred simplifies pregenerating attributes in apps for fast animation.
Unified ViewState @ibgreen Deferred Controversial proposal for an even more Unified View/Controller Architecture. Review again after all Controller/Multiview RFCs have been approved/implemented
New Layers @shaojingli Deferred Ideas for new layers

v6.x RFCs

RFCs loosely targeted for 6.X releases. Also see luma.gl RFCs

RFC Author Status Description

| Partial Updates | @ibgreen @georgios-uber | draft | Allow partial updates of vertex attributes to support high-performance editing. | | Project / Unproject Improvements | @ibgreen | Draft | Consolidating, generalizing and simplifying JS project/unproject API, covering uses from new features such as MultiView. | | Binary Data | @ibgreen | Draft | Supporting binary data as input to deck.gl layers. | | Layer Operations | @ibgreen| Preliminary Approval | Allow partial updates of vertex attributes to support high-performance editing. | | PropTypes | @ibgreen | Review | Validate e.g ranges for numeric attributes, support animation/auto-interpolation. | | Property Animation | @ibgreen | Draft | Allow Layer props and GL parameters to accept functions in addition to values and call these on every render to update values | | Effects Manager | @1chandu @ibgreen | Draft | Official support for effects (shadows, reflections, better lighting, postprocessing, framebuffer composition etc). | | Advanced Event Handling | @pessimistress | Draft | Allow Layer props to accept on style callbacks for events other than hover and click |

Possible other animation related RFCs:

  • integration with event handling (enter leave triggers for animations)

v6.2 RFCs

These RFCS are currently targeted for v6.2. Also see luma.gl RFCs.

RFC Author Status Description
Mapbox Custom Layer @pessimistress @ibgreen Draft Integration of deck.gl API with new mapbox custom layers.

v6.1 RFCs

These RFCS were implmented in v6.1. Also see luma.gl RFCs

RFC Author Status Description
JSON Layers @ibgreen Preliminary Approval Enable deck.gl layers to be specified as JSON payloads.
View Class Extensions @ibgreen Review Additional View Class properties that enable e.g. "nested" maps (minimap on top of main map).
Property Animation (Phase 1) @ibgreen Draft Allow Layer props and GL parameters to accept functions in addition to values and call these on every render to update values
Contour Layer @1chandy Preliminary Approval Contour detecting aggregating layer.
Improved 32 bit Projection Mode @ibgreen @georgios-uber Implemented New projection mode for mixed 32/64 bit precision.

v6.0 RFCs

These RFCS were implemented in v6.0. Also see luma.gl RFCs

RFC Author Status Description
Per-View Controllers @ibgreen Draft Support one controller per view in multi-view apps
GPU Aggregations @1chandu Draft Official support for effects (shadows, reflections, better lighting, postprocessing, framebuffer composition etc).
Data Filter @pessimistress Draft Add generic support to filter data objects on the GPU.
React API @pessimistress Draft React API refresh.

v5.3 RFCs

These RFCs were implemented in v5.3.

RFC Author Status Description
Auto Controls @ibgreen Review Allow deck.gl to be used without an onViewStateChange callback.
Async Layer Props @pessimistress & @ibgreen Review Layer.data can be a URL string, and layer asynchronously downloads and displays the data.
Picking Occluded Ojects @ibgreen @georgios-uber draft Allow partial updates of vertex attributes to support high-performance editing.
Constant Accessor @pessimistress draft Allow users to supply constant attributes directly instead of using an accessor.
Attribute Buffer @pessimistress draft Move buffer management from Model class to AttributeManager.

v5.2 RFCs

These RFCs were implemented in v5.2.

RFC Author Status Description
New View Classes @ibgreen @pessimistress Implemented Official API for multi-view support, replacing the v5.0 experimental API
Unified 32/64-bit Projection @ibgreen Implemented

v5.1 RFCs

These RFCs were implemented in v5.1.

RFC Author Status Description
Animation
Attribute Transitions @pessimistress Implemented Automatically interpolate between two copies of a vertex attributes
TransitionInterpolator @pessimistress Implemented New class to make it easier to customize interpolation

v5.0 RFCs

These RFCs were implemented in v5.0. Also see luma.gl RFCs.

RFC Author Status Description
Animation
Auto Highlighting @ibgreen @1chandu Implemented Auto highlight hovered object via picking module
Viewports and Controllers
First Person Geospatial Viewport @ibgreen Experimental Geospatially enable all viewports, add FirstPersonViewport for hybrid apps.
Multiple Viewports @ibgreen Experimental Support for multiple viewports
Viewport Transitions @1chandu Experimental Animate Viewport changes ("fly to" effect) through interpolation of Viewport props. (Also used in react-map-gl v3.2).
Break out EventManager @ibgreen Implemented Break out event manager module (mjolnir.js)
luma.gl RFCs
Break out Math Module @ibgreen Implemented Break out luma.gl math module (math.gl)

v4.1 RFCs

These RFCs were implemented in v4.1.

RFC Author Status Description
Picking Improvements @shaojingli "Direction" RFC Outlines a number of improvements to picking
Event Handling Many authors Implemented Attempt to define enduring event handling architecture

v4.0 RFCs

These RFCs were implemented in v4.0.

RFC Author Status Description
Non-Geospatial Viewports @ibgreen @gnavvy Implemented Support for non-geospatial viewports
Composite Layer Prop Forwarding @shaojingli Implemented Conventions for prop forwarding