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[Solved][Outdated] Conflicting “best” practices


devguydan
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Trying to make sure I understand the lifecycle and best practices properly. The problem is, many tutorials, code examples, and even the docs, use practices that are either definitely outdated or contradict the logic that many people here have put forward. So I'm just going to start putting them here when I see something I think is like that. If anyone can clarify on any given code example, that would be great. I'll try to make the code examples isolated and clear what particular practice or aspect I am asking about.

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First, I often have been seeing this. Where it is recommended to register/create blocks, items and entities in pre-init. Instead of in EventHandlers. I even saw one case where it was said EventHandlers run B4 pre-init, but after debugging, I found that was not the case. What is the current best practice in this regard?  

 

Here is an example of this practice

/**
 * Run before anything else. Read your config, create blocks, items, etc, and register them with the GameRegistry
 */
public void preInit()
{
  // register my Items, Blocks, Entities, etc
}

 

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Registering stuff in the registry events specifically designed for registering blocks, items, etc. is usually best practice unless you have a good reason to do otherwise (you'll know if you run into that kind of situation).  Using the registry events generally puts things in the right execution order "automagically", as well as letting other modders predict when certain things will happen in a general sense even if they've never seen your source or don't even know your mod will be running alongside theirs (eg. if they're altering something fairly global).

 

As for when you create the stuff...you'll get varied answers.  I usually try to create whatever I'm going to register directly in the registration call if doing so is feasible.

 

Edit: Righto, I should've posted what Ugdhar did, but I'm half asleep and didn't think of it :P

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1. As for good tutorials, TGG made a text-based one (personally, I would say this is one of the best tutorials out there as it explains every single concept in great detail (apart from the usage of the common proxy)) :

https://github.com/TheGreyGhost/MinecraftByExample/tree/master/src/main/java/minecraftbyexample

 

2. Forge has an event handling system which makes processes like registering items and blocks easier. Always instantiate and register blocks/items in the corresponding event.

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