Runtime Storage (hardcoded) vs Static Storage (file storage)
I extended my engines GUI from procedural style to object orientated style, but I still have to create menues, buttons etc. So I got the choice to create each menue via a class or have a static main class which loads menues from a XML file. My problem is that I actually like to have static and external storage in XML because it keeps the code and the project clean. But if a GUI Object is created e.g. a button I want to have delegates/callbacks/events on it, but I think that isn't possible with loading and creating GUI Objects by XML files that only contain ints and strings.
The question is when do you hardcode parts of your game and when do you store them locally.
+ You safe time while you do not have to write a parser or something similar.
- You lose a lot of flexibility in late development
+ You gain a lot of flexibility in the late development
- You spent a lot of time into a system to read and write, and also handle the storage