Wow Ace Review

September 11, 2006

Getting back on track

Filed under: Site News — Thirsterhall @ 9:56 pm

Sorry for the lack of updates the past couple of weeks.  It’s been a very busy couple of weeks for me.

I have PartyWatch nearly ready for release.  I just need to squash a few minor bugs and it’s good to go.  I have the flags working (resting, pvp, etc) and bascily everything I need out of a simple set of unit frames.  I have decided to skip showing target buff/debuffs.  When I take a look at my whole UI I really find I don’t need them on the unit frames.  I’m running AceTimers which shows me the durations of the spells I’ve cast on targets and those are pretty much the only buffs/debuffs I’m really interested in anyway.

As for the targetstarget frame I’m also skipping that as anything that might show me is better covered by other specialized addons.  I currently have perfecttargets and squishy installed that do a much better job of covering anything my own targetstarget would show me.

My plan for partywatch is to go though the code this week and clean it all up adding lots of comments and such.  It should give anyone interesting in dabbling with tweaking an addon or even writting their own something to start with.  Once I’ve got things cleaned up and fully tested I’ll get it released into the Ace SVN.

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August 14, 2006

Memory Usage in WoW

Filed under: Site News, WoW — Thirsterhall @ 12:10 am

This past week I was reviewing one of those show us your UI posts and ran across a nice liking SS.  One of the most impressive parts was the performance monitor that shows under 13mb and 0 kb growth.  I thought dam I try to me my UI mem usage as low as possible and growth down to avoid garbage collection but I no way near that.

The post also including the list of addons he was using so I though I’d try it out and then tweak the final list of addons to my tast.  After downloading and installing most but not all of the addons listed in the post I logged into WoW and and my jaw just about hit my keyboard.  My memory usage was around 20mb and 3-4 kb growth.  It just didn’t make any sense.

I knew the guy who posted the SS and list of addons he wasn’t the type to lie and try to trick ppl so what the heck as going on.  Why was he getting under 13mb while I was sitting at 20mb and growing and I was using fewer addons than he was?  While I pondered this over I logged on my lower level mage that to work on a few quests and my jaw just missed my keyboard again.  My mem usage was under 13mb, 12.4mb to be exact, and showed 0kb increase.  I ran around a bit and even went out a killed a few things.  My memory stood rock solid at 12.4/0kb.  So he wasn’t lying after all.

So now the quest was why was my druid getting 20mb usage while my mage was sitting pretty at 12.4.  Then it dawned on me my druid was sitting in IF and my mage was out in Redridge mountains.  Could it be something as simple as location?  So I took druid out to someplace quieter and log out and back in.  POOF my mem was now at 12.4/0.  However as soon as I approached anything too busy like a major town it quickly worked it’s way back up to 20.

So the moral of the story is just like real estate keep you eye on 3 things at all times location, location, location.

Another interesting thing I found is you can’t go back to someplace quite and do a garbage collection to get back down to the lower memory numbers.  You have to reload your interface or log out and back in again.

August 11, 2006

Screenshots finaly

Filed under: Site News — Thirsterhall @ 1:44 am

I finaly got around to taking a few screenshots in game.

OneBag and FuBarQuestsFu have been updated with a few pics.

August 9, 2006

Ratings

Filed under: Site News — Thirsterhall @ 12:33 am

I’m going to start adding a rating to addons based on the following

star0.gif– Broken addon, addon doesn’t work or otherwise not worth downloading.

star1.gif– Addon works but has bugs, not ready for regular use.

star2.gif– Addon works as advertised, some bugs, use at your own risk.

star3.gif– Addon works as advertised no bugs noticed.

star4.gif– Addon is recommended as a top choice in its category.

star5.gif– Addon is a must have I really wouldn’t consider playing WoW without it.

Most addons should fall into the 3-4 star range.  A 0 star addon is basically totally broken as of the time of the review.  1-2 star addons are buggy and no ready for prime time yet.  A 5 star addon is an addon I simply won’t play WoW without.  There arn’t many 5 star addons out there IMHO.  Even though I play with 40+ addons on a regular basis not many are must have’s in and of themselvs.  Often I could substitute another addon for the one I’m currently using and be just as happy.  In that case both addons would be 4 star addons.

August 8, 2006

IE don’t work :(

Filed under: Site News — Thirsterhall @ 10:21 pm

I’ve been using Firfox pretty much exclusivly as I’ve been working on this site.  I just happened to access it from another computer that doesn’t have Firfox on it (work computer) and noticed the navagation bars arn’t working in IE :(.  Sorry about that guys.  I guess I need to find anther way to navagate to the reviews.

SVN How to

Filed under: Site News — Thirsterhall @ 12:32 am

I wrote up a little SVN howto. It talks a bit about when SVN is and gives a simple step by step example of downloading an addon and how to updated it.

August 7, 2006

Welcome

Filed under: Site News — Thirsterhall @ 5:02 am

Welcome to my little corner of the net.

I’ve been playing World of Warcraft since it first came out. I’ve taken a break here or there but keep coming back. All during my time playing WoW I’ve found trying out new addons and experimenting almost as much fun and actually playing the game. I even dabbled a bit in writing my own addons including things like AceSwiftShift, AceHeal and AceUnitFrames. It’s when I started looking into writing my own addons I really came to realize how different 2 very similar addons could be. While the both provided similar functions and features in game one could literally cut my FPS in half while the other had little to no impact on FPS. It’s then that I found the Ace framework and have been a great fan of most all the ace addon’s out there.

What really makes ace addons different is the community of ace addon developers that has sprung up. Weither you are taking your first step in writing your own addon or are an experienced addon writer the people over at ace are always there to help you along the way.

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