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Various job postings for Tools Developer require different skills. Some require C#/NET and WPF while other have as nice to have Max, Maya dev skills. I would like to ask based on your experience, what are the most really needed skills that in the end any gaming studio will require when hiring. 

 

 

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That very much depends on the company. 'Tools' is a pretty broad description. Sometimes it means writing custom Maya/Max plug-ins to set up custom shaders, level editing, data export/import etc. Other times it involves writing custom MySQL asset servers with some form of C#/HTML5 front end. It can also mean writing large scale stand alone level/character authoring tools.

 

Generally (imho as a former tools team lead) the best people know about Maya and/or Max, both in terms of their API's, and as a user (because understanding how the artists work helps you write better tools). They are also very good at writing solid, stable, well tested C++/C#/Python code. Extremely good knowledge of Matrices/Quats/Vectors is an absolute must (because attempting to flip coordinate systems, whilst baking out scale & pivots, is one of those annoying and common tasks). Experience packaging assets for use in runtime is really useful (fix/unfix pointers, 16byte aligned data structures, data compression, etc). Knowing how to use VTune always comes in handy (because everyone hates long asset processing times).

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Thank you for the reply. I have Winforms and C# experience and been using WPF for the last 2 years. I am more of a developer but have used Max and Maya not as an artist but general user. Thank you for giving me the inside information since it is always the best :-)

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