1. I have the book and was perusing to get a feel for it. I noticed page 959 Appendix C - Best Practices, The WoW Environment.

    in the 1st paragraph, it uses example of recreating functions to convert the returns from UnitName into "name" .... the last sentence of this para states that 'WoW already provides such a function at the end of FrameXML\UnitFrame.lua The only FrameXML i can find is FrameXML.log, in the Logs folder.

    in the same section it refers to QuestFrame.lua, QuestFrame.xml and ContainerFrame.lua -

    Where are these files located?? I have done a computer search for ALL the referenced file names with nothing found.

    also, is there not a Search button for these forums? there's a lot of posts to sort through.

    I have the book and was perusing to get a feel for it. I noticed page 959 Appendix C - Best Practices, The WoW Environment.

    in the 1st paragraph, it uses example of recreating functions to convert the returns from UnitName into "name" .... the last sentence of this para states that 'WoW already provides such a function at the end of FrameXML\UnitFrame.lua The only FrameXML i can find is FrameXML.log, in the Logs folder.

    in the same section it refers to QuestFrame.lua, QuestFrame.xml and ContainerFrame.lua -

    Where are these files located?? I have done a computer search for ALL the referenced file names with nothing found.

    The chapter on XML discusses how to extract the files from your game installation. Alternatively, you can view the files at http://wowcompares.com or http://wowprogramming.com/utils/xmlbrowser.

    also, is there not a Search button for these forums? there's a lot of posts to sort through.

    You can search using google, for example

    Well, i guess trying to get the 'big picture' 1st wasn't so helpful. Thanks SO much for the guidance. And I didn't know you could google search with those kind of parameters - cool !

    I've also added a search box to the top that makes it a bit easier.

    I have another question. I bought both books as i had no idea which /or both i needed. ExtremeTech Hacking World of Warcraft ISBN 978-0-470-11002-7 and World of Warcraft Programming - A Guide and Reference for Creating WoW Addons ISBN 978-0-470-22981-1

    Other than the obvious, the latter book is a year newer, which one would you recommend I start with. I self taught from the 70s /80s with cobol, fortran and turbo pascal. Remember all the gosub ;-)

    The first book is only meant to introduce you to USING addons, not really about writing them. I'd skip it entirely, if you're already familiar with downloading addons. However, the last few chapters you do write two addons and those chapters are still very good, I think.

    Ok, thank you for your time and your promptness. I an so looking forward to delving into this.