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LegendaryOtter

Member Since 08 Jul 2010
Offline Last Active Apr 01 2015 05:00 AM

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In Topic: I'm good at programming, is it enough?

26 March 2015 - 03:51 AM

With your attitude, your technical skills are probably the least of your worries, frankly.

Working well with others is a far harder skill to develop than something like programming. And the lack of this is a far greater no no for employers.

 

Yes, if I disagree with a dude on the internet, that tells a lot about my attitude.


In Topic: I'm good at programming, is it enough?

25 March 2015 - 11:53 AM

 

Any advice/comment is appreciated.

 

My advice is that you read the forum FAQs, as was pointed out in the thread that was closed.

Many of the links in sections #3 (education and preparation), #4 (getting good answers and dumb questions not to ask), and #5 (applying for a job) apply directly to the questions you asked.

Section 3 talks about what you can do without a degree, why getting a degree is important (tl;dr: you are not the only job applicant), and what you can do if your life circumstances prevent you from getting a degree.

Section 4 about getting good answers and dumb questions not to ask covers most of your old post and part of your current post. In this post "I don't think I have what counts", in the last topic "I have anxiety and depression from exams", "I am tired of being in this state of mine", and the wonderful line "A decade ago when I was ten I had a bad experience." If those are true then you need psychiatric help as you would be unlikely to hold ANY steady job. The FAQ covers frequent things like "Am I good enough?" "Am I too old/young/stupid?" "Is it possible?" and so on.

And section 5 covers actually moving along to getting a job, applying for jobs, talking to people, and so on.

 

 

These are frequently asked. You are asking them yet again. The answers have not changed since the last time they were asked.

 

 

I never said 'A decade ago when I was ten I had a bad experience.' whatever that implies. I never asked whether I should go for a degree or not and I'm not asking whether I need psychiatric help or not.

 

And an answer 'It's never enough' to a question 'Is it enough?' is just plain stupid.

 

From all this, I was expecting something along the lines: 'No this is not enough, you should do this and this and that and with what you got you may have some chance in getting a job.', which is what Ashaman73 said.


In Topic: I'm good at programming, is it enough?

25 March 2015 - 11:33 AM

Nobody could say for sure. Having two working demos shows that you are able to code, but if it is enough depends on the company you want to join. I saw a lot of artist trying to get a job at eg. blizzard and often they made it by pushing out art which hit the art style blizzard preferred and surpase it. To increase your chances you should try to build up a portfolio which displays your skills, your two games are definitly a good start. It could be useful to specialise in a certain area (AI,rendering, tools, networking etc.) and to push out some cool demos in this specialised area.

 

Replying just to thank you for the post, exactly what I was looking for. Really helpful insight.


In Topic: Can't figure out an unique and exciting idea for a computing project

23 March 2013 - 06:09 PM

Thanks for a response Bacterius

 

So in other words, someone told you Java was easier to use for everything. I smell fanboyism!

 

biggrin.png No one told me that, I just blindly assumed that and that's not the main reason why I chose java, it's because I was told that using something brand new is better than taking what you already know.

 

Now if you need sophistication, how about a fully 3D fluid simulation? You can also create some gameplay to go with it, too.

 

That's way too hard to code, isn't it? It involves a lot of physics and it won't end up being very exciting, if I would do that.

 

a four dimensional maze game

 

Mmm... What? biggrin.png How can a maze be four dimensional? Did you mean a moving maze? You're right, it's more for a psychology student, I'm not very interested in that though.

 

I thought this through and decided to make a game, since it's what I'm the most passionate about. All I need is a good idea that I could easily present and write about. I've came up with a fast-paced ninja game, however it doesn't sound very unique or unseen, so I'm still thinking about this sad.png, please help.

 

If anyone have any ideas, please drop them down here, you would help me a lot, thank you.


In Topic: Should I keep doing it? A levels and programming

03 October 2012 - 02:08 PM

My personal experience and impression is that academic record will trump spare time hobby programming knowledge. Part of the idea is that someone with a good record can be taught to program, plus the grades are a better guarantee and objective test.

That's before we consider that good A Levels give you a better chance if you want to ever work in other areas.

Spare time programming knowledge is always helpful to put you above the others, all other things being equal, but I wouldn't let it sacrifice academic results.

What do you plan to study at university? If you're dead set on programming, I assume something computer related, in which case, you'd be learning that there anyway. Unless you're talking about what looks good to a university, in which case, you need A Levels.


I'm planning to do a computer science degree at university. Yes, I definitely need A levels in any case and I'm not going to sacrifice my results, however many people say I should have plenty of spare time for programming, but I don't get the point where learning or practising for my A levels finish and my spare time for programming starts, since the more I work on A levels, the better my grade will be and I can't be sure that working 2 hours a day at A levels will guarantee me the best grade

The obvious question is what A-levels are you studying and if programming is your passion, why does it sound like none of your A-levels are geared towards it? Surely in this day and age there must be some decent computer/programming A-levels? Clearly some courses such as Maths and Physics will be beneficial, so I would expect you'd be doing at least Maths A level too?

However even if none of your A levels are geared towards programming I still don't see why you have to drop it. Plenty of spare time to keep development of your programming skills up.

As to what is more relevant it depends as to what field of programming employment you want to get into. For the more creative side (games etc) I still believe that you can get much further pushing yourself, creating demo's , showing off your abilities, than any current education can do. However for more commercial side (say banking) then I would guess grades and qualifications are more important.

One thing though, whilst this is an important time in your life and getting good grades can open opportunists further down the line, don't feel that your life is dependant upon what you do now. You can always go back to education, or gain certifications later in life. Indeed myself and many people I know didn't really have a clue at 18 yrs what they wanted to do or indeed where they'd end up. So self-education, further education and putting yourself through certifications is common place later in life. As long as you have drive you'll be fine.

I will state though I have personally be massively disappointed in terms of the education I was provided. Granted at the time programming and computing wasn't see as valid or important as it is nowadays, but even so, O-levels and A-levels seemed geared to learning to pass the exams, whilst University was better, I still feel much if not all of the benefits I got from it was due to putting in the extra work to learn stuff on my own. I'd say in terms of my skills, knowledge and experience in programming, that has all be self- taught and hugely benefited from the internet. It has done me well, though that is partly also due to the 'work ethic' and drive I have, which I think also goes to show that its not simply about grades.


I'm doing Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computing. Computing is the only subject that should be targeted towards programming, however I already know all the programming taught on the course and it's just the theory that I need to memorise... And again, when does the work towards a better grade at A levels finish and my spare time starts? (I've mentioned it in the above reply) Yes, programming on my own is the only way to learn programming or show my skills/work/passion that is why I'm thinking whether I should keep programming. And I agree that I can get certifications later in the life, but I want to create the best situation for me to get into programming at this stage, since I already certain what I want to do.

It's not only about grades, that is for sure, but there are two ways to go: either with the system, or against it. Where with the system, means going to the best university and getting the best grades that would put me at the top of the list at a job interview, wouldn't it?

And against the system would be putting my programming work to a personal statement that I will have to send to the universities I will apply to, however that will mean nothing if I will get a bad grade in my A levels...

So the safe and the best way would be getting the best grades from my A levels as possible as many people have said before, but it's really disappointing being stuck for 2 years perfecting some letters on a sheet of paper, when I could be improving at programming, but if the grades are really important, then I can definitely put that effort and wait that time, but I have no idea which way is right :(

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