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ThinkingsHard

Member Since 11 Sep 2012
Offline Last Active Dec 20 2014 07:19 PM

#5197148 Want to become a Computer Scientist

Posted by ThinkingsHard on 09 December 2014 - 07:18 AM

I recommend you work on creating some console games and then move on to creating some gui games. I took a class in C# this semester, because I previously had taken an intro to Java class, which had given me info on loops and arrays, one of our projects was to create a console game. I create minesweeper, where you just selected your position by typing it in. It was actually pretty fun to make.

 

The point is, is that you'll gain a lot more from hands on experience than from reading from the book, in my opinion. I've read sections of my textbook 10 times over and still don't know what I'm doing, I go to implement it,  it doesn't work. I get it working, I kinda understand better. Again this is all just personal opinion, but if you can create something simple from scratch, like a pong game, and you understand it perfectly well, it doesn't really take all that long. You could probably make the entire game in about 2-3 hours if you understood everything, and yet it took a group of us in class 2 weeks to get it working properly when we were still learning that stuff.

 

(Also in case this is understood as such, I'm not saying don't read the books, they are great, I'm saying to practice the stuff you traditionally see in the first 8 or so chapters of a programing book (Which is like, creating strings, ints, doubles, floating points, printing out statements, sending information to the program with input, arrays, loops, drawing shapes) because for me and my class, it's poor understanding of those first semester / second semester concepts that are causing issues, not the higher up database and networking stuff)




#5144065 What path to take in programming?

Posted by ThinkingsHard on 03 April 2014 - 05:42 AM

Thank you all for you responses. I've looked into it a little bit and I've found Algorithm Design, Scientific Computing, and Game Programming to be the things that interest me the most. Now I just have to talk with my adviser about either finishing my associates in the Fall, or Spring, and then where to go for my Bachelor+. Thanks!




#5143786 What path to take in programming?

Posted by ThinkingsHard on 01 April 2014 - 04:15 PM

Hey guys,

 

     So, I'll get right into it. I just talked to my college adviser, and I can complete my degree next semester (Community College). We talked for a good while, and it would be a brutal semester but I could do it. Or I could take two more semesters, and take a few extra classes here or there, and get to know more of what I want to do. Let me bold this for anyone who skims  the biggest problem I'm having is that I do not know what niche in the programming world I want to fill. Do I want to be a game programmer? Maybe, it sounds like fun. Do I want to do mobile apps? Website? Back-end server? Data Analysis? Security? I don't know. And what I decide on, matters. If I decide of mobile apps, he suggested taking the extra semester, and taking a course with him in C# (The main language they teach in the college is Java, for 3 semesters, so that's the only language most of us know who come from there).

    So if anyone has suggestions, or brief layouts of the different niches in the programming world, that would help a lot. I know you might be hesitant to try to suggest anything, because you don't want to push someone into doing something. It's a decision they need to make on their own. I'm just looking for information here, the ups and downs of certain fields, so I can try to plan accordingly.

 

**Edit** It's early and I have to leave for work right now, but it seems I failed to mention that I DO plan on pursuing a Bachelors, and hopefully even a Masters degree in Computer Science. I'm just trying to decide if I should get my Associates a semester early, or take the extra semester, and an extra class or two, before going on to a four year school.**Edit**

 

     Thanks!




#5079971 Ball in Pong stops moving

Posted by ThinkingsHard on 23 July 2013 - 04:23 PM

Yeah, I tweaked a LOT of the current code, I've gotten the ball to move around the screen left right up and down now. I ended up deleting almost everything I've posted here.




#5079049 Teaming up to learn programming

Posted by ThinkingsHard on 19 July 2013 - 06:41 PM

I am looking to team up with a person or persons to learn more about programming, to do projects and the like with.[deleted by moderator]




#5004689 Requesting Assistance

Posted by ThinkingsHard on 27 November 2012 - 03:41 PM

Serapth, I take your warning seriously, however know that Alice isn't afraid of the dark, does not easily scare, and likes long walks in a forest talking about the philosophical problems and solutions related to Chance as a manipulable force.

Kuramayoko10, I will indeed my good sir / ma'am.


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