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marcmassacre    106
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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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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Nik02    4348
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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Grellin GDU    162
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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Game_Dude_man    122
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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Benjamin Heath    925
Hmmm. How did I start out? ...

I think the first language I ever looked into was DarkBasic. Although I have no reason to believe that you couldn''t learn from this language, I certainly didn''t.

Then I looked into the RPG Toolkit, which had its own language built in. (The author, Christopher B. Matthews, insists on not calling it a scripting language.) I learned something from this, but still not much. (Now I can''t even remember the name of that language... phooey.)

Then I went and learned C++. I went from still knowing essentially nothing about programming to C++. This is the first language that I actually learned. Quite a monster.

Now, it was after I had gotten very familiar with C++ that I went out and bought my first copy of a Linux distro. This is probably one of the most important steps that I''ve taken. I was using Windows ME at the time, so you can just imagine the frustration that was causing me.

Linux (Unix, really) offered a new way of thinking to me. It just offered more power to me. There is nothing forcing you into any particular policy. Instead, it''s all about mechanism. You''re at the helm. I liked that.

Well, I used C++ for a long time, and eventually just got sick of it. I then discovered a book (which I''ve mentioned innumerable times before) called The Art of Unix Programming. This book is not about any given language, nor any particular environment. It''s about philosophy. Plain. Simple. And art.

The lessons in that book led me to the language I use most often today: C.


So I started with C++, and wound up with C. Because it was purely a matter of philosophy, this was certainly not a downgrade. For me, it was an upgrade.



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azn_elliot    122
I don''t know how old you are, but if you''re in high school then take computer science one and two classes. You''ll learn vb and then advance to c++. or just go directly to c++.

I''ve looked at all the languages, they''re all nice to use depending on your style, but c++ is the always-going-to-be-there language.. at least in our lifetimes.

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