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BKrenz

Member Since 08 Apr 2013
Offline Last Active May 22 2015 08:02 PM

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In Topic: Learning Graphics Development

20 April 2015 - 10:29 PM

 


I would definitely recommend jumping into the current API's and more specifically OpenGL due to it's cross-platform nature.

 

I generally don't like it when people give this advice. Yes, OpenGL is cross-platform, but anyone who has any experience with cross-platform (or even cross-vendor!) OpenGL development knows how much of a pain it is to get consistent results across platforms and hardware. I'd choose DirectX over OpenGL any time just to avoid the extension and driver compatibility hell.

 

 

I actually ended up going with DIrectX, via SharpDX. I'm not concerned with actual development at this point in time, and this is more of a side project type of thing than an actual career decision. 


In Topic: Learning Graphics Development

19 April 2015 - 06:11 PM

Alright, thank you!


In Topic: College Considerations

25 September 2013 - 09:05 PM

I was confused by the part where you said "I don't know specifically what I want to do as a career." 

Yes, a portfolio website is important for a game programmer -- but not until you have something to put on it.

Making a website is a lot like programming.  When you are ready to make one, you can easily learn how to do it.  That bridge is still far away.

 

Likely my fault for not clarifying that in the OP, my apologies.

 

Alright, thanks for the advice regarding that.


In Topic: College Considerations

25 September 2013 - 08:18 PM

 

Maybe not.  It depends on what you want to do as a career.

 

How do you mean? I had thought that for a programmer a website may be a good idea. Having a place to display projects and possibly a place to post blog posts if I feel it's something important I want to say.

 

I would like to clarify that programming is what I am interested in mainly. I don't yet know which direction I'll take it, but I definitely want to do something involving coding.


In Topic: College Considerations

25 September 2013 - 08:10 PM

 


What would you recommend for me moving forward with college?

If your goal is to write software professionally, then YES, ABSOLUTELY, if your circumstances allow it.

 

The standard filter that HR uses is a computer science degree. 

 

There are of course some exceptions, people who are professional programmers without a four year degree, but they are relatively rare these days and aging out of industry.

 

You don't compete in a vacuum. When people look at your job application they will see other people who do have a degree, and you who do not.  Which one will they pick?  Also, if they do pick you, it is well documented that workers without degrees are paid less than their peers. 

 

 

 

I think you misunderstood the question. I wasn't referring to whether or not I should stay in college - I most definitely am doing that. I was asking opinions on how to move forward with degree and class choices. Thank you for the feedback, though. 


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