This is a guide to the more common reserved words, phrases and abbreviations used in the Sponge Project. Links are provided in some cases to provide more information. It is not intended to be a guide to SpongeAPI or Java.
Terms are defined with reference to Minecraft and/or the Sponge Project as required.
Application Programming Interface - a way of making modding easier.
Someone who contributes code to the SpongePowered projects.
A CoreMod is a Forge mod that loads before Mojang classes are loaded, allowing it to modify native Minecraft code via Access Transformers, ASM class modification, or other Java bytecode manipulation.
A web-based translation system for documentation. SpongeDocs uses it to provide translated Docs in many languages. https://crowdin.com/project/sponge-docs
Someone who programs code (Sponge, Plugins, Mods, …).
Discord is a free voice, video and text chat app, and is used as a chat platform. Like IRC, Provides chat rooms for all things Sponge. Sponge’s Discord server is synced with Sponge’s IRC server.
It is green, edible, and explosive. Leave it alone and it will leave you alone.
A long-standing Minecraft modding API, with its own installer. Forge enables mods in single player, LAN, and on dedicated servers. https://mcforge.readthedocs.io/en/latest/
A free public web-based system for sharing code and creating projects. https://github.com/
A mod or program that enables the use of SpongeAPI in Minecraft.
Internet Relay Chat, used as a chat platform. Provides chat rooms for all things Sponge. Sponge’s IRC server is synced with Sponge’s Discord server.
A way of flagging problems, bugs, improvements, and things-to-do on GitHub and elsewhere. The Sponge project uses GitHub as an Issue Tracker.
The programming language that Minecraft and Sponge are written in, and require to run. https://java.com/en/
The Mod Coder Pack helps developers create mods for both the Minecraft server and client. http://www.modcoderpack.com/website
Specialised program components that inject Sponge into Minecraft. https://github.com/SpongePowered/Mixin/wiki
A Minecraft modification that changes gameplay somehow. Mods written using the Forge API need Forge to work, but some mods can be installed on their own.
Non-Player Character. Any character not controlled by a player, e.g. a Villager.
The Official Sponge plugin hosting site. https://ore.spongepowered.org/
A Service that allows for donations to projects and organisations. If you want to support Sponge, this is the place to look at! Sponge Patreon Donation Page
A Minecraft mod that extends and changes Minecraft via SpongeAPI, usable only on Sponge servers.
- Project Leaders
The folks in charge of the entire Sponge Project, responsible for coordinating the activities of the various Teams and sub-projects.
- Pull Request (PR)
A method of submitting contributions to an open development project, such as the Sponge repositories on GitHub.
The name of the entire project.
The Minecraft Plugin API developed by the Sponge project.
The authentication panel and SSO solution for all of the Sponge websites. https://auth.spongepowered.org/
A repository of code common to the official SpongeAPI implementations, used in building them. SpongeVanilla and SpongeForge use this repository.
The implementation of SpongeAPI as a Forge Coremod.
Dedicated and frequently updated documentation, the best source of information on Sponge.
- Sponge Forums
Home to the Sponge Project and the second-best source of information on Sponge. Update announcements are posted regularly. https://forums.spongepowered.org/
- Sponge Foundation
The financial side of the project, a separate entity that accepts, manages and distributes donations.
An implementation of SpongeAPI that runs on Vanilla Minecraft (and not Forge).
The Sponge Mascot, a valiant little Sponge with a red cape.
The sponge GitHub Bot that makes PR previews for the Docs.
- Team Leaders
The people who direct the Teams (WebDev, Docs, SysOps, subreddit, IRC).