For everyone still getting used to the idea of it being 2022, it seems that March is already upon us and with it a bunch more news!
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While the API is now stable, we are still working away on the implementation and we have two important changes incoming that everyone should take note of.
In API-8 and beyond, we elected to move the Timings API that some plugins used into its own library. This library was purposely sat outside of the API so that we determine what our strategy would be regarding it.
We have decided that the best course of action is to remove the Timings library completely.
Server Owners: this means that
/sponge timings will no longer function. With the increasing migration of users to using external plugins to sample method times, or by using profilers such as VisualVM or YourKit, Timings is no longer a preferred choice for users and so we feel that its removal is the best option for our project.
In Minecraft 1.18 and later, Mojang added the
jfr command (see part way down https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/article/minecraft-snapshot-21w37a) which uses in-built Java tools to do profiling - so this is also an option in some cases.
Plugin Developers: if you are using the Timings library you should no longer do so, as we will remove it from the server.
Note that some plugins that use timings may cease to function if they are not updated. However, we are aware of only a handul of cases where this is may be the case, we don’t expect this to be a widespread issue.
You can track these changes at remove timings by ImMorpheus · Pull Request #3613 · SpongePowered/Sponge · GitHub
In order to support the Forge ecosystem better, we will shortly be changing the folder structure that Sponge creates on your server. The biggest change that you’ll notice is that Sponge plugins will no longer go in the
/mods folder, but a
/plugins folder. We are doing this as we have observed that keeping Sponge plugins in the
mods directory with modern Forge may cause issues.
In a nutshell, the following changes will be made:
|Function||API-7 location||API-8 location|
|Plugin directory (including hybrid/mixin plugins)||
|Plugin config directory||
We’ll also put Sponge specific stuff in the
/sponge directory as much as possible.
You can track the changes at Split out our directory structure vs. Forge by Zidane · Pull Request #3526 · SpongePowered/Sponge · GitHub
As mentioned in our last announcement, API-8 has been released and with that we are currently working on our implementations. SpongeForge remains our primary focus for this version, however we will be releasing SpongeVanilla reference builds as part of our development process.
If you are a plugin developer, now is the time to build and port your plugins to API-8. Setting up your workspace is now substantially easier/ Your efforts also provide valuable feedback to us as using your plugins in server environments will help us to test the stability and functionality of our implementations as we work towards releasing stable builds.
If you are a server admin wishing to try out the experimental builds, we continue to advise that you ensure you have regular backups. If you uncover any bugs during testing, we appreciate your reports.
With API-8 frozen, progress on API-9 is well on the way. Our current plan for API-9 is to keep it broadly consistent with 8 where possible, with World Gen being the most substantial change. There will be some minor improvements over API-8 in other areas but code should be substantially more portable between 8 and 9 than between 7 and 8.
Our aim is to freeze API-9 this month, so if you have any concerns or changes you’d like considered, please get in touch with us as soon as you can.
SpongeVanilla 1.18.1 Experimental Builds are available for testing, though are not advised for production servers. If you’d like to test the builds out and help report bugs we would greatly appreciate it.
The recent Minecraft 1.18.2 update has introduced breaking world generation changes which require us to assess the direction we will take with regards for this part of the API. We hope to let you know about the changes soon!
Translators of the SpongeDocs should now have access to the fancy new Crowdin Enterprise setup we were generously offered. The new instance is up and running, and live! Many thanks are due to @felixoi for coordinating with Crowdin to sort out problems with migration (we sort of broke it). There may still be a few hiccups in the system, so if you experience difficulty or encounter unexpected weirdness, please let the docs staff know (via Crowdin, Discord, or the Forum). If the difficulties are related to your account please directly contact Crowdin.
We recommend that all users migrating to the new translations to try to use the (last) link that was sent to you by Crowdin, as it will allow your translation progress to migrate with you. No translations will be lost, but the migration method carries over your translation profile data. And our apologies for all the broken migration messages sent out by Crowdin, it was an automated part of the process that could not be disabled.
Please note that the old SpongeDocs translation site is no longer in use, and has been removed to prevent confusion. You should be automatically redirected to the new site.
On another note, the SpongeDocs are now being updated for API-8. If you see a page you know needs attention, please make an issue - or go one better, and make a PR to update it. There’s a lot to go through, particularly on the plugin development pages, as significant changes were made in developing SpongeAPI 8. If you’re unsure, join the docs channel on Discord and ask away - we’re always here to help.