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#ActualStroppy Katamari

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:11 AM

Javascript is not the worst language to learn programming with, but I don't think it's good either. Like SuperVGA, I would recommend going with Python. There are plenty of good beginners' guides for it. Once you get the hang of it, you can start working with the Pygame toolkit to handle game graphics and sound.

Javascript, together with some browser technology to handle graphical output and some to handle sound, is sufficient to make presentable games though. Here's a game (actually, a tech prototype for school assignment) written entirely in Javascript. There are 7 lines of HTML for bootstrapping; the game code is about 1700 lines of Javascript, plus a couple hundred more lines of hardcoded level description in Javascript. Canvas is used to draw the graphics. There is no sound but it would be easy enough to add.
http://www.niksula.hut.fi/~holttan1/dmpharkka/

I don't see a point in anyone wanting to learn programming to get started by learning HTML. Writing HTML is not programming.

#1Stroppy Katamari

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:10 AM

Javascript is not the worst language to learn programming with, but I don't think it's good either. Like SuperVGA, I would recommend going with Python. There are plenty of good beginners' guides for it. Once you get the hang of it, you can start working with the Pygame toolkit to handle game graphics and sound.<br /><br />Javascript, together with some browser technology to handle graphical output and some to handle sound, is sufficient to make presentable games though. Here's a game (actually, a tech prototype for school assignment) written entirely in Javascript. There are 7 lines of HTML for bootstrapping; the game code is about 1700 lines of Javascript, plus a couple hundred more lines of hardcoded level description in Javascript. Canvas is used to draw the graphics. There is no sound but it would be easy enough to add.<br />http://www.niksula.hut.fi/~holttan1/dmpharkka/<br /><br />I don't see a point in anyone wanting to learn programming to get started by learning HTML. Writing HTML is not programming.

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