Deploying friGame

Development vs Production

It is always better to separate the development environment from the production environment.

In the development environment it is better to use the DOM backend as it is easier to debug some parts of the game by simply looking at the document structure. All the source files can be included with a <script> tag for every single file.

In production however, there are different approaches:

  • If you are satisfied with the performance of the DOM backend you can minify base64.js, frigame.common.js and frigame.dom.js in a single file, and use only that file in the html page
  • If you are sure that every user of the game will have a browser that supports canvas you can minify frigame.common.js and frigame.canvas.js in a single file, and use only that file in the html page
  • If you want to have your users benefit from the performance of canvas, and fallback to the DOM otherwise, you can use a modular approach by using Modernizr.load

Minifying the files into a single one

There are various JavaScript minifiers available, for example you can use UglifyJS from the command line like this:

uglifyjs -cmo frigame.min.js frigame.common.js frigame.canvas.js

and then simply include the frigame.min.js file in your html document.

Modular approach using Modernizr.load

If you include support for Modernizr.load in your Modernizr build, you can include in your html file only the following files:

  • Modernizr
  • jQuery
  • frigame.common.js
  • a loader script

The loader script will then check browser support for canvas and Base64 and will load the various scripts accordingly like this:

function backendLoaded() {
        // This function is called when the rendering backend has been loaded
        // Here the remaining plugins and the core game files can be loaded
}

Modernizr.load({
        // If the browser has canvas support, use the canvas backend
        test: Modernizr.canvas,
        yep: 'frigame.canvas.js',
        complete: function() {
                if (Modernizr.canvas) {
                        // The browser has canvas support and the backend is loaded
                        backendLoaded();
                } else {
                        // The browser has no canvas support, but before loading the DOM backend the
                        // window.btoa function must be available
                        Modernizr.load({
                                test: window.btoa,
                                nope: 'base64.js',
                                complete: function() {
                                        Modernizr.load({
                                                load: 'frigame.dom.js',
                                                complete: backendLoaded
                                        });
                                }
                        });
                }
        }
});