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Hi everyone I just wanted to get some advice about programming. I haven't done very much so far, just a little bit in VB.NET in school and my teacher said I should learn C++ if I wanted to do anything game-related. So I downloaded microsoft's thingy, but I don't really know how to start. In VB.NET you can put controls on your window and make them do things but i can't figure out how to do that in C++... can you guys help me?

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Hi and welcome.

First, a word of warning: game programming, especially in C++, rarely involves placing controls on a form.

Do you need help getting started in C++, learning to do in that language the things you already know how to do in VB.NET or are you trying to get started with game programming in any language? Do you have any specific questions.

My personal recommendation generally goes to learning Python + PyGame to get started but, if you're confident, C++ may work out for you. Your teacher is right - you will have to learn C++ eventually. This can't really be done without appropriate books (GOOD online C++ language tutorials are few and far between). I have my favourites, but they are not *game* programming books.

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Unfortunately C++ is a bit more difficult and does not have a standard GUI. Before you are able to learn GUI programming with C++, however, you'll have to learn the language from the beginning. I recommend you get a good book like Accelerated C++ (Amazon Link). Until then, there are a number of online resources you can use, for example, C++ Annotations.

*Edit, beaten, but now I can update!

This is Python and this is pygame.

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Can anyone help me? I have tons of ideas and want to start making games right away!


Well, you can go after "game making software" like DarkBasic, BlitzBasic... or you can stick with traditional programming languages, which won't have as immediate a return (though again, Python's pretty good [smile]) but will prove more useful in the long run.

You might consider going throubh NeHe's OpenGL tutorials...

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Wait, I thought all games are made in C++... and whats a gui?


Graphical User Interface.

And the vast majority of boxed PC games are made in C++ these days, but not all.

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The last post I saw says this:

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Nehe is a nightmare. You're better off sticking to VB and learning D3D for it, Jack Hoxley has some good tutorials online.

supposedly written by Banana Fandango... is that a forum bug or something?

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