SmartFoxServer is a comprehensive SDK for rapidly developing multiplayer games and applications with Unity, HTML5, iOS, Android, Java, Universal Windows Platform, Adobe Flash/Flex/Air, C++ and more.
SmartFoxServer comes with a rich set of features, an impressive documentation set, tens of examples with their source, powerful administration tools and a very active support forum.

Born in 2004, and evolving continuously since then, today SmartFoxServer is the leading middleware to create large scale multiplayer games, MMOs and virtual communities.
Thanks to its simplicity of use, versatility and performance, it currently powers hundreds of projects all over the world, from small chats and turn-based games to massive virtual worlds and realtime games.

July 29th, 2021Using a database in Overcast (part 3)

In the third (and last) part of this series we are taking a look at using the JDBC API to access a database via SFS2X Extensions. While this approach takes a bit more coding compared to the DBManager API (which we have explored in part 2) it also provides more sophisticated features such as working with metadata and advanced data types.

If you are totally unfamiliar with the JDBC API, we highly recommend to take an introductory tour before proceeding.

Finally, in the last part of the article, we’ll briefly touch on local and remote development using Overcast and how to import/export databases from your dev machine to your remote server(s).

July 21st, 2021Using a database in Overcast (part 2)

In the previous installment of the this tutorial we have learned all the steps to create a database server in Overcast and connect to it from an existing SFS2X instance.

In this new chapter we are going to explore the database API that can be used to query the database from server side, using SFS2X Extensions.

If you are new to server side coding we highly recommend to get started with this article from our documentation, before proceeding with the rest of the tutorial.

July 13th, 2021SFS2X memory settings and garbage collection (part 1)

When running SmartFoxServer on machines with large amounts of RAM (e.g. 32/64GB or more) developers often have questions about strategies to make use of all resources, and how to optimize garbage collection.

At first these questions can seem intimidating, considering the vast amount of custom settings available for the Java Runtime and the multiple garbage collection options, each with its own set of configuration choices.

The good news is that navigating the complexity of the JVM is easier and less intimidating than expected (at least for SFS2X devs) and with this article we hope to simplify most SmartFoxServer users’ life.

June 23rd, 2021Running multiple SFS2X instances (Tomcat edition)

For those interested in running multiple SFS2X instances on the same machine we have a short guide on how to setup each server correctly avoiding port conflicts.

In particular since SFS2X 2.14 we have switched from Jetty to Tomcat for the HTTP-related services and our previous article on the same topic no longer applies.

June 14th, 2021Updated documentation

We have gone through a full review to the SmartFoxServer documentation: now all code snippets are written in C# and JavaScript, other than the previous ActionScript 3.

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