10 Year Anniversary!

Wow, 10 years. We have seen a lot in the last decade. Rise of mobile, fall of flash and the rise of html5. And Hxcpp and Nme still manage to survive and adapt.

Nme just had a new release, 6.0.58. And it has seen some big changes. This release completes the move away from shipping static libraries, and instead ships Acadnme hosts for the desktop platforms. This allow you to test quickly with the cppia target without needing a c++ compile. This target now includes just-in-time compiling and runs at a decent speed. The windows target now uses the “angle” library by default for improved performance though a DirectX emulated OpenglES layer.

The latest release contains the reemergence of the javascript browser target. The approach here is quite different from the original ‘jeash’ – it uses almost exactly the same code base as the c++ target by compiling the core Nme library to a asm.js library, and then calling these compiled Nme functions from normal javascript. This javascript is then bundled with the assets into a single “.nme” file for uploading – you can also add cppia byte code to allow the same .nme file to be run anywhere – desktop, mobile, browser.
The .nme file is kept very small by splitting most of the nme classes and asm.js into separate files, which can be shared and cached between apps.

I have revived the original 1000 Ogre demo. The original was in flash, but is now in html5. The preloader is a bit dodgy, but I will work on that.

You can also check out the ubiquitous BunnyMark demo running under the new system.

You can try your own apps with the latest nme and the:
nme jsprime

The cppia and jsprime targets are still quite new, but they both are looking super promising. Let me know over at gitter.im how you go!