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Need a book on ID's John Carmack for a report for class.


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#1 Enerjak   Members   -  Reputation: 235

Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:55 PM

I'm in a bit of a pickle here, I got to write a report on John Carmack and I need two books as reference.......but i could only find the masters of doom book which doesn't really help me......Anyone know of any good cheap ones? I was going to do it on Tim Sweeney but there's no books about him at all.........

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#2 mhagain   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 8282

Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:11 PM

Hmmm - well Masters of Doom is the only one that really springs to mind here. Are you allowed use other reference sources or does it have to be books? His .plan archive is a mini-goldmine: http://floodyberry.com/carmack/

It appears that the gentleman thought C++ was extremely difficult and he was overjoyed that the machine was absorbing it; he understood that good C++ is difficult but the best C++ is well-nigh unintelligible.


#3 Enerjak   Members   -  Reputation: 235

Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:34 PM

Hmmm - well Masters of Doom is the only one that really springs to mind here. Are you allowed use other reference sources or does it have to be books? His .plan archive is a mini-goldmine: http://floodyberry.com/carmack/


sadly it HAS to be two books....

#4 mhagain   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 8282

Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:43 PM

Here's another I just remembered - Michael Abrash's Black Book (PDFs available for free, just Google) has some appendices detailing some of the technical issues encountered and resolved during Quake's development.

It appears that the gentleman thought C++ was extremely difficult and he was overjoyed that the machine was absorbing it; he understood that good C++ is difficult but the best C++ is well-nigh unintelligible.


#5 slayemin   Members   -  Reputation: 2912

Posted 05 November 2012 - 09:53 AM

A book is merely a series of pages with text printed on them, all bound together. Just print off the pages, bind them together, slap a cover on it, and call it good. It's now a book. If your professor says that it must be a published book, just say that the printer published it and your publishers distribution network is to an audience of one. I'd do it just for fun to see how they refute my reasoning.

You know what? ... I should become a lawyer.

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#6 Green_Gill   Members   -  Reputation: 139

Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:07 PM

Can you pass off the instruction manuals for quake as a book? It's both bound and published.
- I should become a lawyer too.

Edited by Green_Gill, 12 November 2012 - 09:08 PM.


#7 MrDaaark   Members   -  Reputation: 3555

Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:26 PM

You should probably find a better subject to do a report on then.

There is not enough material on Carmack to write an interesting report. The point of these things is to reference as many sources as possible and then put together your own unique report on Carmack. You can't do that with the lack of information out there.

What is and isn't allowed as a valid published source of information is not what your assignment is. Just like when a professor dis-allows using or referencing Wikipedia. Your assignment isn't to go out and put together a case to prove him wrong. Your assignment is to put together a good body of work under the original guidelines he gave you. Anything else you do just shows that you can't follow simple instructions, and you can't excel at a simple task that many classes and generations before you have done.

I think if someone used a game instruction manual as a source for a report, they deserved to be openly mocked in front of their entire class, and then thrown out.




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