Truth be told, at this point, progress is slow going. I've been doing a lot of work for my friend Brian, and as it pays more immediately than Macrocrafter work I have to focus on that. It's been calming down of late (unfortunately) so that should afford me more time to work on this stuff.
I've been slowly organizing the work I need to do on this system. So far I've divided it up into several main components that I'll need to build before I can start stitching them together.
Also I've decided to skip the intermediate step and just make a damned hunter bot out of this, so I'll also need to integrate targeting and walking into the system.
Anyway - one of those systems includes a VB.NET compiler, as I mentioned before. All I need to do with this is to take my proof of concept code and make a proper system out of it - something reusable. I'm going to add it to Autocrat. I'll also need a timer that can produce timing events in 150ms intervals - that's the interval at which I'm going to have the system pull down updated EQ2 data. Any of the .NET timers should be capable of doing this so I'm not too worried here. I'm also going to need a state machine engine that can be configured via XML - this will be responsible for persisting the user-editable 'scripts' that will make up the brains of the bot itself. I've got a schema all figured up; all that remains is actually putting the work into it - and then I get to build a UI on top of it, because the last thing I want to require is for people (or myself) to have to hand-edit XML to get it to work.
Coupled with the timer is going to be a system for describing stateful property changes. Here's the problem: my bot engine is going to be evaluating event trigger expressions every 150ms. The expressions are boolean, so they'll be testing data based on the content of the current tick's EQ2 properties. If an expression looks similar to: "Return EQ2.GroupMember(2).Health < 50" - then when group member 2's health drops below 50%, it will trigger the event. This is desired - BUT it will ALSO trigger once every 150ms tick until group member 2's health rises to or above 50. This is NOT desired, so I need a way to expose the concept of state changes: for example, I'd like to rewrite the same expression as: "Return EQ2.GroupMember(2).Health.DroppedBelow(50)". That would return True if, and only if, the previous tick's Health was at or above 50 AND the current tick's Health is below 50.
So I'll need to figure out an efficient system of encapsulating old state and exposing it via these state descriptors. I'm sure I'll figure it out.
But you can see why I've been making slow progress here. =) In between kids, contract work, looking for full-time work, EQ2 updates, and other life, I don't have much time for experimentation, which is a shame.