Monday, 23 September 2019

Programming Adventures 2 - Unity3D Translation

Programming Adventures 2 - Unity3D Translate

When moving objects using gameObject.transform.translate(x,y,z), its direction is based on the object's local transformation.

That means that a square object rotated 90 degrees right will translate +Y when translated by (10, 0, 0).

This bug happens when trying to translate objects using world space vectors.


The solution is to use gameObject.transform.SetPositionAndRotation( gameObject's position + translation direction, __); this avoids the local transformation stack!

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Programming Tricks 1 - PHP and JS/CSS

Programming Tricks 1


When creating PHP scripts, there is a funny error that if there are spaces before the first <?php tag, the session information is sent before the php script is executed.

So if you get:
 [22-Sep-2019 12:09:17 America/New_York] PHP Warning:  session_start(): Cannot start session when headers already sent in /home/esceqrkk/groundstationdatabase/main.php on line 3
 And there is no code before that main.php file, it's due to the spaces.

Javascript + CSS

A super easy way to animate and control your CSS animations is to use css transitions, css variables and jquery all in one go for example:

JQuery side:
        var currentXTranslation = 0;
        $(document).ready(function () {
            $("#NavigateLeftButton").click(function(evt) {
                currentXTranslation += 100;

                $(':root').css('--current-x-translation', currentXTranslation + "vw"); 
CSS Side:
:root {
        --main-bg-color: #141414;
        --current-x-translation: 0vw;

    .Slide {
        transform: translateX(var(--current-x-translation));
        transition-property: transform;
        transition-duration: 3s;
This results in the "Slide" element's transform to be controlled by the JQuery, and the CSS to do the updating.

OOP - Recovering lost class types

 Normally casting is used to convert classes to other classes, however this operation can break the type system. For example, a "List&q...