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What coding do you do outside of video games?


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#21 shadowomf   Members   -  Reputation: 315

Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:47 PM

most of them don't even have a GUI

Don't let yourself be fooled, that does not mean it's not interesting or useful.

Most of the stuff I work with are windows services, the only interaction with the are the management console or the log files, but still quite interesting stuff.

 

oftware for medical training with a database of questions and answers of common diseases

I believe actually creating the questions with possible answers is the hardest part and it can be really time consuming. But I wish you good luck.



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#22 L. Spiro   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 13912

Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:25 PM

Everything I write has some relationship with games, but the least-related would be MHS.

If you are aiming to expand your horizons and pick up a project that helps you grow as a programmer, there couldn’t be a better type of project than this.

In writing this software, I had to write a hex editor, disassembler, assembler, C compiler, DLL injector, memory-searcher, code-searcher, hidden-process finder, a debugger, a kernel driver, and more.

 

Writing these kinds of things will give you a great understanding of what is happening under the hood, plus as a game-hacking utility it allows you to look under the hoods of other games and see how they do what they do as well.

 

My tool is an all-in-one, but you could pick just one of these features and enjoy an enriching learning experience.

 

In any case, you should pick something that lets you grow as a programmer while still being related to what interests you most (necessary to keep your enthusiasm).

Want to learn a new language?  Make an electronic dictionary.

Interested in space?  Make a star-charting system or something to predict where planets will be at any time in the future.

Still a fan of old-school games?  Make an emulator.

 

 

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#23 Psilobe   Members   -  Reputation: 193

Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:12 PM

I started coding to solve the problems found at project euler and I've written a simple chat program to learn networking. Simple encryption/decryption programs. I love data compression and written programs for doing this.






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