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I think all the big bots use something like this? I mean Shadow does, my (bigger) bots do, who else? Mine in particular handles paint and robot color functions, and in Genesis tracks time, data and properties loading. It overlays it own methods for onScannedRobot, handles the radar and does many many other things I mostly forgot about, and it all does this with the data from a interface called 'Constants' (meaning colors, propertie file name, property names and numbers, etc. --Chase-san

It's not too surprising that the same people that enjoy programming for fun would also tend to build their bots with more modular designs, though some are certainly more "pluggable" than others. (Dookious is pretty clean code, IMO, but it would be easier to implement a new Wave-based gun than a new PatternMatching gun.) In addition to all the usual reasons for doing so (ie, in a profession), with Robocode it has the additional benefit of keeping me more motivated to work on my bots. PrairieWolf is a classic (one of the Ancients) that uses some kind of pluggable design for its MultiMode strategies. -- Voidious

Yeah, it does not surprise me that modularity would be a popular topic. Here's a bit more about how PluggableRobot works. Basically, PluggableRobot allows you to register Listeners, Components and Painters.

  • I define a listener interface for each of the Robocode events, and any objects which implement the interfaces and register themselves with the bot will be notified of those events. The really nice thing is that PluggableRobot gives much better control over the order in which notifications are given; listeners are notified of events in the order that they are registered, and each listener gets the events in the order that the corresponding listener interfaces are declared. So a class with a declaration like
    public class MyClass implements EventListener.ScannedRobot, EventListener.Death
    will get notified of the ScannedRobotEvent *before* the DeathEvent. Pretty handy. All of this happens inside a custom event test as discussed on the EventManagement page. I don't actually make the robot do anything at this stage; this is just for data collection and processing.
  • Components are where I actually make the robot do stuff. Each component has a go() method that gets executed in the main loop of the robot. Like the event listeners, they get called in the order that they were registered.
  • Similarly, painters have a paint() method that gets called when it's time to paint debug graphics. In the onPaint() method on the robot I inject the Graphics2D object into a custom object I've created called the Hud, which takes care of icky stuff that Graphics2D expects, like downcasting (Is that a word?) from double to int, translating angles to degrees, etc.
  • Pluggable robot also defines initializeBattle() and initializeRound() methods.

-- RobertWalker

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