In most of my programs, I need a variable that saves the starting position. For example, in Handy Compass I needed a reference point from which to print the four directions. I call such a reference point “origin.” Origin is the player world position except that it is always on the ground even if the player is flying or standing on a structure. Origin is on the ground where the player’s feet would be if the player standing on the ground. The X and Z coordinates of origin are the same as the player world position. The function setOrigin is designed for a flat world.
Sometimes I run multiple programs at the same time, for example, The Art of Random Walks. In such a case, I usually want origin to be the same for all programs and set only once. This is accomplished in the following two steps:
- Make origin a global variable by declaring it outside all function and on chat blocks. Since origin is a position variable, it should be set to null, which means it has no value. The variable origin cannot be set to zero because it is a position variable. A position variable consists of 3 values, one for each of the e 3 coordinates X, Y and Z. In MakeCode blocks, global variables should be initialized in an on start block.
- In the setOrigin function, or any other program that might set the origin variable, first test to see if origin already has a value. Only if it is null (does not contain a position) should origin be (see code below).
The on start block below sets the variable origin to null when the start button is pressed. I program my on start block as is shown on the left below; however, MakeCode usually, eventually changes it to be as shown on the right. The two are equivalent, so I don’t get too excited.
The on chat command below is used to test the function. It calls setOrigin, then places a gold block under origin, which is be level with the grass in a flat world.
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We have tested several other methods of downloading the code using the URL, for example, pasting the URL in a browser. No joy. For more detailed instruction see our post How to Use Shared MakeCode on Microsoft Code Connection for Minecraft.