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Hello, I am working on a project in sfml and I am making a very basic tile map editor. I am working on the tile selection and this is how I got the selected tile to snap to a 64* 64 tile:


m_sfSelectedTilePos.x = (float)(((int)m_sfEvent.mouseButton.x / 64) * 64);
m_sfSelectedTilePos.y = (float)(((int)m_sfEvent.mouseButton.y / 64) * 64);


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I don't think it is bad, but I think it is better to work with integers. Assumming the position of a tile is the top left corner, then a tile at index (1, 2) should have the position (1 * 64, 2 * 64) = (64, 128). So the float position can be calculated only when absolutely needed.

So then the index of a tile would be calculated by
m_sfSelectedTileIndex.x = m_sfEvent.mouseButton.x / 64;
m_sfSelectedTileIndex.y = m_sfEvent.mouseButton.y / 64;

Edited by ultramailman

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When you mean work with ints do you mean make all my floats into ints. Most SFML's classes I am using uses sf::Vector2f's.

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Two maxims: Programmers should never repeat themselves, and magic numbers are bad.

Create a function to snap to a tile.  Perhaps use the signature Vector2F SnapToTile(Vector2F source) { }.

Second, rather than using the constant 64, instead use a static const int defined in a header file somewhere.

Your version will always snap to the nearest border, and perhaps someday you would rather the function snap to the nearest tile boundary.

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When you mean work with ints do you mean make all my floats into ints. Most SFML's classes I am using uses sf::Vector2f's.

Not at all, the position can still be float. Simply multiply the index by 64, and cast to a float.

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Two maxims: Programmers should never repeat themselves, and magic numbers are bad.

Create a function to snap to a tile.  Perhaps use the signature Vector2F SnapToTile(Vector2F source) { }.

Second, rather than using the constant 64, instead use a static const int defined in a header file somewhere.

Your version will always snap to the nearest border, and perhaps someday you would rather the function snap to the nearest tile boundary.

Your way of doing things is not bad, but Frob's way will probably work better in the long run.  Quickly adding to Frob's answer, I would poll the values from somewhere.  Most editors have a drop down menu that lets you select snapping values.

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I'd recommend using floor() rather than casting to int back and forth. The casting can be several times slower (if performance is an issue)

Note that floor( -3.3 ) = -4; while (int)-3.3 = -3; but floor's behavior is usually how you want snapping to work if negative numbers are possible.

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Two maxims: Programmers should never repeat themselves...

What did you mean by this?

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By the way, you can use floor() instead of converting to ints:

m_sfSelectedTilePos.x = floor(m_sfEvent.mouseButton.x / 64) * 64;

Edit: oops, just saw that Matias already said it. Sorry!

Edited by DaleyPaley

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Two maxims: Programmers should never repeat themselves...

What did you mean by this?

The code in the first post contains two lines of code that are almost identical. Chances are you can give the operation a good name and put it in a function.

I also recommend writing operations on vectors or points instead of having high-level code do everything component by component.
float snap_to_multiple(float x, float size) {
return std::floor(x / size) * size;
}

Point snap_to_grid(Point p, float tile_size) {
Point result;
result.x = snap_to_multiple(p.x, tile_size);
result.y = snap_to_multiple(p.y, tile_size);

return result;
}

// ...

m_sfSelectedTilePos = snap_to_grid(m_sfEvent.mouseButton, 64.0f);


Edited by Álvaro

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