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Contact Listeners in box2d.js

April 20th, 2015 @ 17:49

To implement physics in Porcupine Dogfight, I used Alon "kripken" Zakai's emscripten port of Box2D to Javascript. It was very easy to get working and almost entirely identical to the original Box2D implementation, however, it lacks documentation for some of the differences. After some experimentation and trying to read the crazy auto-generated source code, I finally figured out how to implement a Contact Listener. There are two things that are not immediately obvious: the listener must be an instance of JSContactListener, and the parameters passed in are not objects, but pseudo-pointers that need to be dereferenced with wrapPointer.

I post some sample code on Github for the benefit of anyone else who has this problem in the future.