Soya’s spirit

Here are the spirit that Soya follows (or should follow ;-) ):

  • Soya’s goal #1 is to allow to develop as rapidly as possible 3D games and other 3D apps (Rationale: Soya targets « amateur » developpers, who code during their limited free time! Moreover, rapid development allows to gain a precious time that can be re-invested in improving your code or testing your app. For game, it leads to a better gameplay)
  • Soya’s goal #2 is to be as easy as possible to learn, in particular for people with no 3D background at all (Rationale: Soya is not a toy; to be easy to learn is only goal #2 since any newbie will, a day, not longer be a newbie)
  • Despite its simplicity, Soya never sacrifices performance and speed (Rationale: speed is important for 3D game!)
  • Soya’s API does not necessarily fit to the mathematical, computational or technical reality of the 3D, e.g. Soya API does not require the use of matrices (Rationale: math are not the natural way to represent 3D object. Soya should be useable without an important mathematical background. However, Soya provides matrices, mainly for debug purpose)
  • Soya relies a lot on Python facilities and modules, e.g. saving 3D model is done with the pickle module. As a consequence, Soya won’t evolve toward a multi-language 3D engine and will stay Python-centred (Rationale: Python modules ease the Soya development, but also the use of Soya, since they are already well-known to Python developers)
  • Soya has plenty of dependencies (Rationale: any good OS has a package system tools today)
  • Soya always assumes by default the most common usecase (Rationale: doing so lead to a substencial time gain)
  • Soya is an « atypic » 3D engine and relies on a certain number of controversal choices that are somehow debatable ; however, most of these choices are deliberate (Rationale: Soya should be seen as a « research project » aiming at « a new way for 3D » ; the objective is not to satisfy anyone, but to be the ideal 3D engine for a few persons. Python does similarly)