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    The bastard child of artemis-glitter and node-artemis, now in reusable library form.

    Heavy work in progress!! Some packets are not parsed yet, interface is not stable, lotsa stuff to do.

    The goal is to abstract the low-level details of the Artemis Space Bridge Simulator protocol, exposing a subclass of net.Socket, called artemisSocket (and net.Server, called artemisServer).

    Ideally, splitting the network library will allow programs and scripts to switch the version of node-asbs-lib for newer versions of ArtemisSBS and still work seamlessly even when the protocol changes.

    This does not implement a world model, socket reconnection, packet forwarding, or game logic. That is left for the code using this library.



    In addition to the net functionality, the node-artemis-lib.Sockets implement:


    In addition to the options available to Net.Server, an asbs Socket accepts enum and bool:

    var mySock = new asbs.Socket({
        host: 'localhost' // from Net.Socket
        port: 2010, // from Net.Socket
        bool: true, // Cast all known boolean fields into boolean values
        enum: true // Cast all known enumerated field into enums

    Some developers prefer integer values to booleans (0 or 1 instead of true and false), and some prefer integer values to enums (e.g. 0 to 3 instead of homing, nuke, emp and mine). Both options default to true for maximum prettifycation.

    event: packet

    Each time a known game packet is received (and parsed), this event is emmited. The callback should expect two parameters: packetName and packetData.

    packetName is self-explaining. packetData is a plain javascript object, and its structure mimics the definition in the packet-defs.js file. packetDatas may include arrays and plain objects inside, as per their definitions.

    New developers are encouraged to run some of the examples to see how the event payloads look like.


    send(str packetName, object packetData, bool fromServer)

    Kinda the inverse operation of the packet event. Given a packet name and payload, will pack it in a binary structure and send it down the wire.

    Set fromServer to false if you are using artemisSocket to connect to a game server; this should be true only if you're implementing game server-like or proxy-like functionality.

    event: error

    An node-artemis-lib.Socket is a subclass of EventEmitter and, as such, instead of throwing errors it emits error events.

    Besides the errors from net.Socket, problems when parsing Artemis SBS packets will emit an error event with a ParseError as a parameter. As with net.Socket, this event will cause the socket to close.

    event: unparsed

    Similar to the error event, but used for recoverable errors that shouldn't cause the socket to close, like a packet length mismatch, body parse error, etc. A ParseError will be provided as a parameter.


    Works exactly as a net.Server, but the spawned sockets will behave as asbs-lib.Socket instead of plain net.Sockets.


    There are a few example scripts in the examples/ directory. They are some of the simplest things that can be performed with the library, pretty small and commented.

    Note that these examples do NOT handle socket reconnections and will fail if you don't have a game running in localhost.


    Beerware license, see LICENSE file.

    Kudos to Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, ArtClientLib packet protocol and node-artemis.


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