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proton:html5_setup [2015/09/09 02:21]
seth created
proton:html5_setup [2018/07/28 14:20]
seth [About and situation]
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 ====Compiling the examples for HTML5 with Enscripten from Windows ==== ====Compiling the examples for HTML5 with Enscripten from Windows ====
  
-== About and situation == 
  
-Well, we all know by now that Flash is dead. HTML5 (which is really Javascript and WebGL) is the new way to get your games and apps onto the web in way that is safe for players. Nobody wants to download .exe files and get viruses anymore, so this is a good way to go.+====Installing Emscripten====
  
-You will take a speed hit and you don'get full access to the user's hardware and networkingbut that'the price you pay. You can't do direct socket/UDP access, but it is still possible to do networked games with some work aroundsIf you need to read files/data from a web page, you need to setup the server itself to allow access. Annoying, without this, people could basically DDOS any site by getting a lot of people to simply open a webpage.+  * First [[https://kripken.github.io/emscripten-site/docs/getting_started/downloads.html|install Emscripten]].  I think I did the 64 bit web installer.  Don'put any spaces in the pathmakes life easier. 
 +  * Then [[https://kripken.github.io/emscripten-site/docs/getting_started/downloads.html#verifying-the-installation|verify the install]]. 
 +  * You should probably [[https://kripken.github.io/emscripten-site/docs/getting_started/Tutorial.html|go through the tutorial]] to compile something and make sure your Emscripten stuff is working ok.
  
-The good news is getting your Proton SDK based games to export to HTML5 is very easy and only requires setting up the makefile and maybe a couple lines in your App.cpp file.+====Letting Proton know where your Emscripten dir is====
  
-== See it in action ==+Edit the file proton/base_setup.bat.  Change the environmental var **EMSCRIPTEN_ROOT** to where you installed it. Mine is: 
 +<code> 
 +SET EMSCRIPTEN_ROOT=C:\pro\emscripten 
 +</code>
  
-  * [[http://www.rtsoft.com/RTConsole.html|See RTConsole as HTML5]] +This bat gets run as part of the html5 build process.
-  * [[http://www.rtsoft.com/RTBareBones.html|See RTBareBones as HTML5]] +
-  * [[http://www.rtsoft.com/RTSimpleApp.html|See RTSimpleApp as HTML5]]+
  
 +====Updating the SDK====
  
-== Installing Emscripten ===+From time to time, you should probably [[https://kripken.github.io/emscripten-site/docs/getting_started/downloads.html#updating-the-sdk|update the SDK]] to make sure you have the latest version. (at this time I'm using e1.38.1_64bit)
  
-  * First [[https://kripken.github.io/emscripten-site/docs/getting_started/downloads.html|install Emscripten]].  I think I did the 64 bit web installer+====Your first compileRTBareBones==== 
-  * Then [[https://kripken.github.io/emscripten-site/docs/getting_started/downloads.html#verifying-the-installation|verify the install]]. + 
-  * You should probably [[https://kripken.github.io/emscripten-site/docs/getting_started/Tutorial.html|go through the tutorial]] to compile something and make sure your Emscripten stuff is working ok.+Actually we could use **RTConsole** as it's simpler but hey, the process is the same anyway, so let's do this. 
 + 
 +In file explorer, navigate to **proton/RTBareBones/html5** 
 + 
 +Double click **build_release.bat** It's starts the black magic of evoking emscripten which compiles your C++ stuff to become Javascript somehow. 
 + 
 +While this happening, go ahead and look at build_release.bat with a text editor.  You can see it's really just sort of a dos makefile.  It's here you need to add/remove .cpp files that you want to include. 
 + 
 +Note that the makefile must include **%SHARED%\html5\HTML5Main.cpp** and **%SHARED%\html5\HTML5Utils.cpp** if _CONSOLE isn't defined, these are HTML5 specific files required. They handle the main loop and other HTML5 specific stuff like input. 
 + 
 +See that SET DEBUG=0?  You should set that to 1 during development to get more information.  It produces bigger, slower files though. Basically stuff works like a GCC makefile but with custom emscripten tweaks. 
 + 
 +See the "--embed-file ../bin/interface@interface/" part near the bottom?  This is how you embed directories of files.  You'll get file not found errors if you forgot to add one that your app uses. 
 + 
 +If everything worked, you'll see the following files have been created: 
 +  * RTBareBones.html 
 +  * RTBareBones.js 
 +  * RTBareBones.data 
 +  * RTBareBones.wasm 
 +  * The directory **WebLoaderData** which contains a few images and **RTLoader.js**. 
 + 
 +All of these are required to run this app.   
 + 
 +If you just double click the .html file, it's not going to work. You need to put this on an actual website so it can load its data - or, just double click RunHTTPServerFromThisDir.bat.  It uses emrun (comes with Emscripten) to host a tiny fake website locally so you can test things. 
 + 
 +Important note on filesizes:  If you enable gzip support on your website for .js and .wasm this app will only be around a 500 kb download!  You can test if individual files are being gzipped by using [[https://varvy.com/tools/gzip|this]]. 
 + 
 +RTSimpleApp builds the identical way. 
 + 
 +====Source code changes==== 
 + 
 +For **RTSimpleApp** I really only changed one thing: 
 + 
 +I added **CLEAR_GL_ERRORS(**); after **glClearColor(0,0,0,1)**; in **App::Draw**.  This fixes eats a GL error that is caused by emscriptems legacy GL 1 support, I dunno why it's happening, the glClear will get rid of it. 
 + 
 +====Persistent files==== 
 + 
 +You want your save data to persist across sessions, right? Nothing could be easier!  Internally, anything written to **GetSavePath()** is written in a special place that is setup for being persistent.  However, *you* have to actually run a command that will cause it to be saved. 
 + 
 +You do that by calling **SyncPersistentData();** when you want to save what has been currently written/changed in **GetSavePath()**. 
 + 
 +(Proton will automatically sync all existing persistent data before giving you control to load anything, so you don't have to worry about anything except choosing when to "sync" the save data) 
 +====Tips and gotchas==== 
 + 
 +**GL Limitations:** GL emulation is handled by emscripten with the -s LEGACY_GL_EMULATION=1. It's not that great. It works fine for 2D games but expect features to be missing for any 3d stuff you're porting. My game Mindwall is playable, but the lighting and color is wrong.  The way forward here is to use GLES 2+ which it can emulate with WebGL much better, but I'm not sure if I want to do that with Proton in general or not right now. 
 + 
 +**Networking:** if you run the .html locally but try to read/write highscores to scores.php on your webserver it's going to fail.  You'll have to actually upload your files then run it from the actual domain name for it to work, or [[http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/cors/|check out what Cross-Origin Resource Sharings is]] and set up your server to accept stuff from your home IP address. Also, having the www in your url or seems to matter too when it compares domain names. 
 + 
 +Proton's **NetHTTP** class to get/post to web sites is emulated behind the scenes with NetHTTP_HTML5.cpp, a special version for emscripten that uses **emscripten_async_wget2_data**. No code changes necessary. 
 + 
 +=== Stuff Proton does for you when using its custom html setups === 
 + 
 +See that **RTLoader.js** file that was put in **WebLoaderData**?  This is coming from **shared/html5/templates/WebLoaderData**, it's shared between projects. 
 + 
 +It adds Javascript handlers so you can both import and export files directly from the user using a file dialog.  (Dink HD's HTML5 version lets users import/export save games directly to files for example) 
 + 
 +The templates are also shared between projects.  Notice that inside them, the name "**RTTemplateNam**e" is used.  This text is replaced as part of the build process.
  
-== Updating the SDK ==+Also, see that **shared/html5/SharedJSLib.js**?  That is being merged into the final Javascript - it allows Proton to do the following:
  
-From time to time, you should probably [[https://kripken.github.io/emscripten-site/docs/getting_started/downloads.html#updating-the-sdk|update the SDK]] to make sure you have the latest version. (at this time I'm using 1.34.1 64bit)+  * Get around iOS's Safari refusing to turn audio on by automatically playing a blank audio sample on the first OnClick to set it up 
 +  * Wrap button presses around OnClick so URLs to new windows will properly open 
 +  * Do very basic string input (you can see this in the **RTSimpleApp**)
proton/html5_setup.txt · Last modified: 2018/07/28 14:20 by seth