How to manage downloaded data globally? Array or ContentNodes?
On startup I download some data from a server as JSON.
Then I store this data in a global variable so I can access it from anywhere in the Scene Graph.
Now a scene graph might need to download more info from the server for complete rendering. I also need to create custom lists of the data.
I do not want to have to redownload the data, so I need to write back the fetched data from the thread that fetched the data from server.
When I tried to write back data that was stored in an roAssociativeArray the data was not saved. First I thought this is due to the data being copied by value not reference, but turns out, it also happened when writing the data directly via the global reference. Can't a Thread Node modify objects of the global node? It simply did not work and also did not throw an error.
Now I passed on to use to store the downloaded data in content nodes because this seems to work.
1) Can a child not be appended to different parents so I can create custom lists (ContentNodes)? 2) Is it a good approach to put everything in ContentNodes after downloading from server or does this impact memory?
Is there any Doc which shows how to handle data globally in general?