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Blizzard's UI Add-On Development Policy

Wowpedia is the wiki dedicated to everything World of Warcraft, including its API.

The companion site to World of Warcraft Programming, wowprogramming.com is a great resource on the game's API. It includes function lists, widget handlers, listings of CVars and events, etc. It also is home to a FrameXML browser to view the game's Lua and XML code, an artwork browser, a web-based Lua interpreter and a BLP converter.

The official manual for Lua, Programming in Lua is available online at this site.

Lua-users is a reference site created by and for Lua programmers. In addition to the wiki, there is a great tutorial reference.

You can extract the interface files and art yourself by following these instructions.

To view 3D models outside of the game, WoW Model Viewer is a tool used by many Michinima artists.

To view 3D models inside of the game, the addon rIngameModelViewer will allow you to browse through them.

To find the path to a specific sound, Bluspacecow has compiled a list titled Sound commands for every sound from searching through the MPQ files.

BLP2PNG will allow you to convert images from BLP/BMP/TGA -> PNG and from PNG -> BLP format.

BLPView (Windows) and BLPLook (Mac) will allow you to preview BLP files right in the file browser of your OS - Windows Explorer folders or Quick Look on Macs.

Vladinator created a web-tool to turn Lua scripts you may find on the internet into a downloadable addon, complete with TOC file.

Lua Editors:

Basically, any text editor can be used - even Notepad or MS Word. But here are some editors/IDEs that other authors have used.

Notepad++ is a free editor which supports syntax highlighting in many programming languages, including Lua and XML.

Edit+ is free for 30 days on a shareware license. Lua syntax highlighting may be downloaded in the User Files section.

LuaEclipse is a plugin for the free Eclipse IDE platform.

UltraEdit has a free trial. You can get Lua syntax highlighting by downloading a Wordfile from their "Extras" section.

SciTE is a free editor that supports Lua and XML highlighting.

Smultron is available on the Mac App Store and offers support for both Lua and XML.

BBEdit and TextWrangler are both from Bare Bones Software. BBEdit is full-featured and has a free-trial, while TextWrangler is its "little brother" and is free to use.

For an in-game editor and interpreter, there are a few choices. WowLua has the benefit of a command line, while _DevPad can auto-run scripts to serve as mini-addons.


The article Getting started with writing addons on Wowpedia is a good place to get an idea of how to begin.

For specific tutorials on wowpedia, see the HOWTOs section.

I found the tutorials on lua-users to be quite helpful.

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