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  • Data types of packet fields


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    The numeric data longer than 1 byte are represented in the big-endian form. The cores provide the conversion (if needed) by the ">>" and "<<" operators.

    Data formats
    Type Getting it in the core Description
    uint8, uint16, uint32, int8, int16, int32 Direct conversion of numbers and enum members to the corresponding type, like uint8(SPELL_FAILED_DONT_REPORT) Signed and unsigned versions are interchangeable if the representation is correct. Boolean true/false are represented usually as uint8(1), uint8(0) respectively.
    uint64 (GUID) Object::GetObjectGuid() A 8-bytes value, see class ObjectGuid. It is used for nothing but GUIDs, so uint64(0) in the code should be changed to ObjectGuid().
    PackedGUID Object::GetPackGUID(), ObjectGuid::ReadAsPacked() A GUID in the packed form can be 2 to 9 bytes long. A brief description is presented below.
    C string string::c_str() A zero-terminated sequence of characters. Read/write operators for string type ("<< string" so on) provide this conversion, making call to c_str() optional.
    Raw data ByteBuffer::contents(), BigNumber::AsByteArray() An arbitrary sequence of bytes, following the uint8, uint16, or uint32 field which stores the length of the sequence.

    A packed GUID consists of a flag byte followed by the GUID data. This is based on the 1:1 mapping of a bit of the flag byte to the byte in 8-bytes GUID. The flag byte contains only those bits set which correspond to the non-zero bytes of the full GUID. The packed GUID length varies from 2 bytes (the best case for a player with low GUID under 256) and 9 bytes (with the flag byte 0xFF followed by the full GUID). The most saving in size provide player GUIDs since any other GUID contains non-zero data in the highest bytes, at least in the 12 highest bits (see ObjectGuid class for details).



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