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Today marks one year since I started programming


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#1 ISDCaptain01   Members   -  Reputation: 1395

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:37 AM

So on this day, last year I picked up my c++ book and got started programming, I can definately say its been challeging. I barely knew anything about the stuff. I worked myself through the basics and some of the more advance stuff like operator overloading and pointer manipulation went over my head the first 4 months or so. By the end of August, I got a basic grasp of the language. Then in september I decided to get familar with visual c++ 2010. I learned how to make header, implementation and source files, and got a basic control on the IDE. I also made a pong clone following a tutorial. By mid-October I was like "okay I want to learn about data structures, cause I feel im missing out since the CS majors were taking it". I get a copy of Data Structures for Game Programmers and work my way through it. I learned about basic algorithm analysis, templates and all the various data structures. Since the book was using SDL, I decided to pause and get a basic idea of SDL. That took me 2 weeks. Then I continued through the book, learning the data structures (and cool stuff like the branch prediction unit). Now Im 60% done with the book. I plan to start Allegro within the next copule of months and max out all my skills in it. I want to make tons of shareware quality games for atleast a year. Then I might hit 3D programming

 

All I can say its amazing how much Ive learned. Its been amazingly fun and interesting endeavor. The most imporatant thing that helped was self-discipline. I was able to sit down everyday for atleast an hour and learn. And thats what im going to continue doing.



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#2 MrDaaark   Members   -  Reputation: 3555

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:40 AM

Congrats. Keep it up!

Although I wouldn't bother with Allegro if you learned SDL. Allegro is just another library that does the same things as SDL (graphics, sounds, inputs, etc..). You won't learn anything new.

#3 ISDCaptain01   Members   -  Reputation: 1395

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:17 AM

I only learned very basic SDL. Enough for the book. That's why im gonna go fresh with Allegro. Got a huge 900 page book for it as well

#4 Nercury   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 766

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:39 AM

Good job, I envy your determination :)



#5 Alex_kir   Members   -  Reputation: 278

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:58 AM

I really like SDL as a library so I am really interested in the name of the book you used for data structures, thanks in advance and gz on your 1 year of programming ^^



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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:13 AM

Happy birthday! happy.png

 

Might I also recommend looking into SFML


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:40 AM

Congrats, have you considered doing some programming challenges? It was incredibly important to me as I learned about algorithm complexity.

Here is the site i used: http://uva.onlinejudge.org/

 

Hope it helps.


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:04 PM

Thanks everyone. I love this community since you guys have helped me out on the questions/problems ive had (even the stupid ones lol).

My main goal is to become an indie game/graphics programmer in the next several years.


Edited by ISDCaptain01, 26 February 2013 - 02:09 PM.





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