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I want to get into game development but i''m ttriyng to figure out where to start...I was wondering, which path is the best one to take: Learn VB, then learn directx for VB "how long will it take me?" "how tough is it?" or Learn Java "how long will it take me?" "how tough is it?"

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Don''t start with any of those languages. Although they are easy to learn, VB is a dead end and java has a dread performance. If wou wanna learn a language, and don''t wanna start with C/C++ that are more difficult, then try out C#. It''s similar to Java, but it has already support for DirectX and you can, if you wanna, pass to C++ more easily from C# then from VB. Hope to have helped.

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I agree, c# is a good language for learning.
If/when you decide to switch to c/c++, you''ll have next to no problems with the syntax.

-Nik

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Forget that C# crap and learn C++. C++ is the most commonly used language for game development, and I don''t see that changing any time soon. Do yourself a favor and learn it.

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Don''t get me wrong: I''m an advocate of c++, having written device drivers and such; but when it comes to ease of learning to program, c# or VB are the best choices available.
I''m not interested in flame war here, and neither should rest of you, IMHO.

Kind rgds,
-Nik

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C++ is a safe place to start. It isn't like you will need to know everything all at once. That applies to all the suggested languages. Learn some, use it, learn some more, use it. Oh and welcome to programming! (get a comfortable chair, you'll need it)

"If you are not willing to try, you will never succeed!"

Grellin
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[edited by - Grellin GDU on January 7, 2004 5:45:28 PM]

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Start with whatever language you want.

VB is easy, so you might want to start with it.

I know before I knew NOTHING about programming I took one look at C++ and freaked. So I started with VB.

All programming languages follow similar fundamentals. It''s the syntax and a few other features that change with the language.

If you want to learn concepts first and want "english" like language, VB.

If you want to dive right in and learn a "proper" gaming language from the start, head for C++ or C#.

In my opinion it doesn''t hurt to know a little of all languages anyway.

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