Extra Module Setups

Unreal Engine Modules is how the engine handles its C++ code physical design. You'll need to be pretty familiar with the system to scale up your C++ project.

We split extra samples in two modules. The first is DataConfigExtra which does not depend on Engine/UnrealEd module. It can be built along program target. DataConfigExtra is basically a set of C++ source files bundled and there's no special setup for it. The key setup is to set ModuleRules.bRequiresImplementModule to be false:

// DataConfigExtra/DataConfigExtra.Build.cs
public class DataConfigExtra : ModuleRules
	public DataConfigExtra(ReadOnlyTargetRules Target) : base(Target)
	    bRequiresImplementModule = false;
	    Type = ModuleType.CPlusPlus;
		PCHUsage = PCHUsageMode.UseExplicitOrSharedPCHs;
			new string[] {
             // ...

The other module is DcEditorExtraModule, a more conventional editor only module. It's also the recommended setup for integrating DataConfig as an editor only dependency into your project. We also put samples that depends on Engine and other gameplay system in here.

Most of integration code is in IModuleInterface::StartUpModule/ShutdownModule().

// DataConfigEditorExtra/Private/DcEditorExtraModule.cpp
void FDcEditorExtraModule::StartupModule()
    // ...

	DcEnv().DiagConsumer = MakeShareable(new FDcMessageLogDiagnosticConsumer());
	// ...

void FDcEditorExtraModule::ShutdownModule()
    // ...

Here's a checklist for integration:

  • Register additional diagnostics early.
  • Call DcStartUp()/DcShutDonw() pair.
  • Register custom diagnostic consumer.

FDcMessageLogDiagnosticConsumer is an example of redirecting diagnostics to the UE Message Log window with its own category.