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Tristan Patrick Richter

C# WC3 Trigger Style System

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To get better answers, you should explain what "WC3 trigger style" means. I can only guess that WC3 is Warcraft 3, and that your question has something to do with the way it did triggers in its world editor, but that still doesn't mean anything to someone who didn't use the WC3 world editor.

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WC3 Triggers assuming you mean the good old days of tinkering arround with custom maps in Warcraft, are just a shiny user friendly style of underlaying JASS code. Those triggers are functions that are called under certain circumstances, for example they hook to the AI event dispatch list and rund whatever is places inside it.

You could see this behavior when converting a normal generated trigger into a custom code trigger. The other way round isn't possible because JASS can't be made into a UI-Friendly Trigger anymore so this is a one way process. More about JASS can be found here.

What you could do in C# to mimic this behavior is to flagg a set of functions you want to use in your UI with certain attributes and build reflection code to get other informations you need.

[Category(Utility)]
static class UtilityFunctions
{
   [Action("Random", Description = "Random Integer from range %min% to %max%")]
   [Parameter("min", Description = "Lower bounds of the range")]
   [Parameter("max", Description = "Upper bounds of the range")]
   Int32 Random(Int32 min, Int32 max)
   { }
  
   [Converter("ToInteger", Description = "Converts %value% into an Integer")]
   Int32 ToInteger(float value)
   { }
}

This will build a category and add depending on your current section (Condition, Action, Event) those methods to the categroy. You can then select Utility as category and Random as action from the dropdown lists. Descriptions are placed inside the attributes and obtained using reflection as same as doing some type checks like the return type or parameter for example. I added %parameterName% in here so you could parse the description and add those blue labels in there that could be set for the values you wish to set. A trigger could so look like this:

[Actions]
Set X to ( Random Integer from range '10' to ( Converts '25.0' into an Integer ) )

At the end you translate all those into IL code and create a DynmaicMethod from them to obtain your trigger function

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Simply register the DynamicMethod object you obtain at the event delegate instance or have a list with callback functions you add it to. You can convert DynamicMethod into a Action<> or Func<> object.

Conditions could simply be cast to their own IL generated DynamicMethod and just linked as an if clause

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