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Declarative Game Programming (PPDP 14) - additional material

by Ivan Perez on September 23, 2014.
Tagged as: FRP, Yampa, Game programming.

Earlier this month, Henrik Nilsson presented a tutorial on Declarative Game Programming at PPDP 14.

The goal of the tutorial was to show how real game programming is possible in a purely functional, declarative way. The approach used in Functional Reactive Programming, defining games as networks of interconnected signals and signal transformers, results in clear, reusable, modular code.

To illustrate this idea, we created a Haskell game that features some of the complex elements found in arcade games: SDL graphics and sound, Wiimote controls, and differentiated subsystems for rendering and sound, game input, physics/collisions, game logic, etc. The game has several levels, and more can be added easily.

All the material of this talk is now available, including the slides and the complete game code:

The code has substantial haddock documentation. You are encouraged to go through the program, point out any issues/questions you may have, suggest improvements and send pull requests.

The game is written in Haskell, using the new Yampa 0.9.6, hcwiid for wiimote access, and SDL 1.2 for multimedia.

A version of this Haskell game (on steroids) is being developed using SDL2. You can read the announcement and watch a video of the Haskell code running on a Android tablet here.

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