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Ara Broker XP  Popular! (More than 5000 hits)

Version: r4
by: Aranarth [More]

This data broker plugin provides an ASCII bar representing XP: ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

Click the ASCII bar to display config menu. You can change:
- the pattern used in the ASCII bar (default is |).
- the length / number of pattern repetitions (default is 30).
- colors for earned, rested and remaining xp.
- the thousand separator / the character used between groups of 3 digits for better reading or large numbers.

r4
- Fixed the "1 bubblebubbles left" message issue.


r3
- Click the block to access options. You no longer need to edit the lua file.
- Max level is not hardcoded anymore: it will scale with expansions.
- In the tooltip: added number of bubbles left next to level.
- The thousand separator defaults to a comma if your client is enUS, or a space otherwise.


r2
- Added variable "thousandSeparator": in the tooltip, it's the character between groups of 3 digits. Defaults to " ".
- Added the LDB attribute "type" (set to "data source") for better recognition & display integration.
- Small code tweak in FormatXP function.


r1
- Initial release.
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Taroven
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That's pretty awesome. I lowered the length and adjusted the colors a little and it looks great. Combine with Experitia for fun. =D

Edit: Spaces for 3-decimal separation aren't the easiest to read for a lot of people. You may want to make it an option (at least in the lua, a simple "local formatting = 1" and "if(formatting = 1 or nil) then" option would work) rather than making people mess with string patterns if they want it displayed differently.
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Originally posted by Taroven
That's pretty awesome. I lowered the length and adjusted the colors a little and it looks great. Combine with Experitia for fun. =D

Edit: Spaces for 3-decimal separation aren't the easiest to read for a lot of people. You may want to make it an option (at least in the lua, a simple "local formatting = 1" and "if(formatting = 1 or nil) then" option would work) rather than making people mess with string patterns if they want it displayed differently.
I found your edit rather confusing It seems you mix the format of tooltip values with the string pattern of the bar.

For the 3-decimal thing, I tried many rendering and felt that it was the best visual cue. Im open to other ideas, but I will go hard on them, as most aren't viable for quick glance

EDIT: now that I think of it, I should have added an extra space to separate raw values from percent values
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This is a really nice looking XP display. It's both simple and elegant, very nicely done.
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Unread 11-20-08, 08:31 AM  
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I was just saying to myself that I needed some kind of visual display on my progress. I have an XP remaining Broker display, but sometimes it's nice to see my progress and I didn't really want to set up XPBarNone again.

I have one question, however. Are the length ticks a representation of the Blizzard XP bar bubbles?

Thanks for this.
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That is awesome. I hate not having any visual indicator, and this is exactly what I was looking for. Excited about trying it later. Thank you, Ara!
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ButtonBin seems not to show this unless you define an Icon for it. Kinda odd, but putting it out there if someone else is having an issue with that.
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Edited for post length.

The bar pattern is fine, and very easy to adjust. However, the tooltip formatting is a little odd by default.

It is much easier for some people to read '10000' or '10,000' than '10 000' at a glance. Giving the option to change that without having to muck with the tooltip display patterns would be great.

A simple local with instructions on how to change what is displayed is quite easy to do. It took me about 30 seconds.

Here's a Pastey with a new FormatXP function that does just that. Tested ingame, works perfectly.

You really do have a wonderful addon here. It's not big or fancy, it just displays information we like to see in a very clean and unobtrusive fashion without eating resources in the process. Thanks.
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So I load the addOn into my Addons folder and I cannot see it anywhere, what am I missing, I do not even see how to turn it on.
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Unread 11-24-08, 09:20 AM  
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Originally posted by Taroven
Edited for post length.

The bar pattern is fine, and very easy to adjust. However, the tooltip formatting is a little odd by default.

It is much easier for some people to read '10000' or '10,000' than '10 000' at a glance. Giving the option to change that without having to muck with the tooltip display patterns would be great.

A simple local with instructions on how to change what is displayed is quite easy to do. It took me about 30 seconds.

Here's a Pastey with a new FormatXP function that does just that. Tested ingame, works perfectly.

You really do have a wonderful addon here. It's not big or fancy, it just displays information we like to see in a very clean and unobtrusive fashion without eating resources in the process. Thanks.
I hope this gets added in so I don't have to make this change after every update.
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Originally posted by septor
I hope this gets added in so I don't have to make this change after every update.
Since every release will force users with custom settings to "copy/overwrite with new version/paste" their settings, I try to wait for more interesting changes/ideas before applying them all in just one release.

Before releasing this tiny plugin I was wondering if it could be a good idea to have the addon like this: a starter addon that contains the config file, and booster addons that doesn't, so you could upgrade without losing custom config (and without me having to handle saved variables that would double or triple the size of the addon ). But I finally discarded it: it was not natural, many ppl would get confused.

Another idea could be the opposite: an optional addon that only contains the config file. But that would requires the TOC file to mention it and a silent error would raise at loading if not present: the client would write an entry in a log file, taking some extra time (although it would be a matter of just a few milliseconds).
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Originally posted by Stavmar
So I load the addOn into my Addons folder and I cannot see it anywhere, what am I missing, I do not even see how to turn it on.
If you have ButtonBin read the comment from OttoDeFe .
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Stavmar
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I was trying to use the Broker2Fubar in Button Bins place with no success.


Maybe I will try BB again.

Originally posted by Aranarth
If you have ButtonBin read the comment from OttoDeFe .
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you could also use Titan.
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Wow, what simple but effective addon. Please make a rep version of this.
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Unread 12-15-08, 05:34 PM  
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Simple and effective. I love it.

Even if you don't implement a config UI (which would be wonderful), could you move the settings to a Saved Variable file, rather than as part of the addon LUA itself (this would help preserve settings after updates to the mod).

Also, could you use commas (,) to break-up large numbers rather than spaces (ie: "1,234,567" instead of "1 234 567"). The spaces make it difficult to read.

Thanks, and keep up the great work.
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