Scripting/SNetwork

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The SNetwork class allows you to send messages to other users in the region, and persist/retrieve variables which have been stored within the region.

Members

SendNetworkMessage

void SendNetworkMessage (string key, IDictionary<object,object>);

Sends a networked message to every client with a subscriber listening on 'key'. The message itself can be a dictionary/table containing two columns and any network serializable type (string, float, int, byte, bool and arrays of those types)

This is a modified version of the example for *.Renderer.Material.SetTexture that demonstrates networking.

note that this example applies also to SubscribeToNetwork.

image = "mrlee.jpg"

server = "https://middleware.systems/"
obj = Space.Host.GetReference("Gino")

Space.Network.SubscribeToNetwork("smack", onSmack)

function hithere()

  resrc = Space.WebServices.GetImage(server .. image)
  obj.Renderer.Material.SetTexture("_MainTex", resrc)
  Space.Network.SendNetworkMessage("smack",{'smack'})

end

function update()

  resrc = Space.WebServices.GetImage(server .. image)
  obj.Renderer.Material.SetTexture("_MainTex", resrc)

end

function onSmack()

  update()
end

SetShardProperty

void SetShardProperty (string key, string value);

Sets a property named 'key' of the region to 'value'. Will persist until the region is shut down or restarted. (Use SPersistence for longer term storage)

local scriptedObject = Space.Host.ExecutingObject;

scriptedObject.SubscribeToEvents();

local testMsg = "Hello";
local updateTextUI = function()
  Space.Network.SetShardProperty("testKey", testMsg);
end

scriptedObject.OnMouseDown(updateTextUI);

-- Once this object is clicked, it will create a shard property with the key "testKey" and give it the value of "Hello".

GetShardProperty

string GetShardProperty (string key);

Gets a previously set key.

local scriptedObject = Space.Host.ExecutingObject;

scriptedObject.SubscribeToEvents();

local textValue = Space.Host.GetReference("Text");
local retrieved;

local updateTextUI = function()
  retrieved = Space.Network.GetShardProperty("testKey");
end

-- this method is called every frame, once "retrieved" gets a value, it displays in text
local onUpdateMethod = function()
  updateTextUI();
  if retrieved ~= nil then
    textValue.UIText.Text = "Retrieved msg: " .. retrieved ;
  end
end

scriptedObject.OnUpdate(onUpdateMethod);

-- "Text" used with GetReference is a UItext canvas object used to display the test text inworld. After you add UI > Text to your scene, drag the text object to the Object References section in your script.

SubscribeToNetwork

void SubscribeToNetwork (string key, Action<SNetworkMessage> callback);

Subscribes to network messages on 'key', will fire a Scripting/SNetworkMessage whenever a matching message is received

local scriptedObject = Space.Host.ExecutingObject;

local textValue = Space.Host.GetReference("Text");
scriptedObject.SubscribeToEvents();

-- This function gets used by other objects that are subscribed to the network
gotAMessage = function(arguments)
  textValue.UIText.Text = "Got a message with the argument " .. arguments.Message["someArgument"];
end

-- This function gets used by "this" object. Plus, it sends out a message to objects on the network.
local updateTextUI = function()
  textValue.UIText.Text = "Got a message with the argument Hi there!";
  Space.Network.SendNetworkMessage("helloworld", {someArgument = "Hi there!"});
end

-- Subscribe to network. Note that "this" object doesn't execute gotAMessage.
-- Only the other objects on the network do.

Space.Network.SubscribeToNetwork("helloworld", gotAMessage);

scriptedObject.OnMouseDown(updateTextUI);

-- "Text" used with GetReference is a UItext canvas object used to display the test text inworld. After you add UI > Text to your scene, drag the text object to the Object References section in your script.