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About _MichaelSuess

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  1. If I could interject... From what I read, you are really not too interested in learning how to develop games as much you are to perform the artwork and designing of the games. Now if you are just thinking about learning how to write game code, just to see your games become reality, and not really a passion of yours, I suggest that you pair up with a developer and keep doing what you are good at. Really, you are looking at two totally different poles here: code development requires logical and analytical thinking, (black and white;) artists and designing requires creativity (colors "excite" you, if I were to try to explain.) I don't know of many that like to do both, and can do both well - though they might be out there - rare though. Though I have been in the development field for over 32 years, my exposure to game development is limited, but actually I was talking to some people (around where I live) recently to see how I could get a hold of some creative people to bring ideas to me, provide the front ends, and I work the "guts"... I work for a living as well, so the time I could dedicate to these projects would be limited too, but If you are willing to investigate what possibilities we both could bring to the table, I am game. Michael.
  2. Looking for design ideas for mobile app development - do you have any needs that you'd like to see?
  3. Before I start, please do not think I am trying to be offensive, nor a dream-killing naysayer - I am just wanting to both get you thinking an get more information about you, so that we can understand your position a bit better. Can I ask you why you are interested in game development? What interests you, what is you motivation? Please expand on that - is it because you don't have a good grasp of the language? Don't know how to utilize the language to solve the problem? Write inefficient code? Umm... what else? Just what makes you think that you are not a good programmer? And then you need to ask yourself, what do you need to do to change that. Again, are you saying that you want to enter into the gaming industry right now, or are you looking to get into general development to obtain development experience, and then break into the gaming industry? From what I have read so far, hopefully it is the latter - get generalized experience, to strengthen you development skills - work on your skills at home, strengthening your expertise in the languages, so that you can "prepare" yourself for when the opportunity arises. (Just a sidebar - you do realize that people rarely [if ever] become celebrities overnight - the general public doesn't realize that the celebrity [now] had been "practicing/performing" for years before they made it big... Same thing here.) Again, I am not trying to be difficult, or deflate your dreams to make it in the gaming industry - far from it - I encourage that everyone strives for their dreams, I just want to get you to start thinking on ways that you can get yourself prepared for making it big. Game development is "everyday" development on steroids - you need to have a good strong base (language skills, development techniques) to work off of - so how are you going to get there? Again, this post is simply MY OPINIONS - please don't take offense, I am just trying to help.
  4. _MichaelSuess

    Where do i start :(

    MirageUY - Start where I did - I was about your age - though home computers were just entering the marketplace. Be observant, and look for little tasks to do. Go to your local bookstore for a few hours, and read up on the languages out there, the techniques, etc. Start by writing simple console-type applications that perform simple utility functions - maybe parse through a file and plot the number of times words appear in the file, or something where you build a catalog-type system that integrates a simple MySQL DB. Maybe look at your favorite utility that you use, and try to mimic it (or make it better.) The task isn't that important as just getting experience under your belt with a language or two and learn the steps towards problem solving using that language. I would not jump all in and try complicated things in the start; your main goal should be to get comfortable with the language, and getting your mind trained to look at a problem and have some ideas on how to get to the solution. When you have confidence in the simple tasks, you can venture into the more complex. Hope that helps a little. Michael.
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    How to use classes in .jar?

    Hello - You need to specify the .jar/.zip files on the command line or in your CLASSPATH environment variable... Best thing to do is add the 3rd party paths to the environment variable and just worry about defining your project's class paths on the command line (otherwise the string after the -cp can get quite long.) Another option is to export the project into a runnable executable file, which basically pulls all the jars that the project depends on into a single file, so that the JVM knows where they are. The reason it works in NetBeans, is that you told the project where to find all the jars that it depends on - you now just need to do the same when running on the command line. Without knowing where you put the files (your project's classes and 3rd party jars) on your system, I can't give you the exact line that would work - sort of like the JVM (if you don't tell it where to look, it can't start to look [it will not search the entire system and all external paths that the system references.]) Hope that helps, if not points you in the right direction. Good luck.
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    Android & Java language question

    Overloading methods in Java when you instantiate an object isn't something new, nor is it something that only occurs in Android apps... As you will notice, the instantiation IS ended with a semi-colon... where you see the }; Anonymous classes, are good for those cases where you need to overload a method or two for a specific situation - if you overload the methods more than once, for the same purpose more than once, then anonymous classes are not recommended. In any case, it looks like you figured it out.
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    I need a link for Java Virtual Machine (JVM)

    Well, that is an interesting question - all the Java JDKs and JREs have a JVM included... As the above mentions, go to java.com or directly to http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html (Java now owned by Oracle.) Hope that helps.
  8. Wow!! I couldn't wrap it up better than all the replies - and they are all dead on! A person needs to do what they like to do - life it tooooo short do do otherwise - No one should enter a career "just for the $$$$" - Do what you LOVE and you will find a way to make money doing it. Do what you don't LOVE, and you will be asking yourself "why live?" Sadly, many people live like that. Again, the above replies are spot on!
  9. _MichaelSuess

    android java code problem

    Yeah, Java takes a little bit to get used to - Good to hear that you resolved your issues!
  10. _MichaelSuess

    android java code problem

    You need to (after the cLines = new objLines[c_verticies.length/3];) : // Actually creates the objLines objects for the array for (int i=0;i<c_vertices.length; i+=3) { cLines = new objLines(); } Though you SHOULD make all your Classes start with an Uppercase letter - like ObjLines - and a bit more descriptive
  11. _MichaelSuess

    Need help with hello world :)

    You could export your java application, go under File > Export to make a runnable jar... Otherwise, you need to either put the .class file in the system's CLASSPATH path, or you can specify where to find the java .class/.jar/.zip files, by adding the -classpath (or -cp) command line switch in your java command line... Many ways to do it... type java -h to view the command line switches.
  12. _MichaelSuess

    Help for a total begginer in programming

    Well, when I started, I was developing in BASIC - not OO, not procedural - simply BASIC. Then went on to learn Fortran, Pascal, COBOL, C, C++, Java, Assembly, . . . (I think you are getting the point.) I will agree that once you learn one language, the others come more easily, as you know how to do something in one language, and all you need to discover is how it is done in another. BUT!!! Here is the kicker - C/ C++ is really a low level language - in my OPINION - IT IS AWESOME! And here is why: being a low-level language, you are able to do about anything to the computer - if you want to write in protected memory - it will let you, if you want to talk with the hardware directly, through DMA channels, interrupts, tweaking memory - YOU CAN! (Of course you might have to work around the OS, but a small price to pay, if you really want to do it.) Outside of Assembly, I can't think of a more powerful language. Try doing anything remotely as powerful in Java - not saying that Java is worthless (I develop with it every day,) just more secure to what is made available to the developer. C/C++ is not a very hard language to master; just that as all other developers in here - you need to "put in your time." Don't think that by reading a book or two, you will have complete mastery - heck I have been doing development for over 30 years, and I still learn new ways of doing thing all the time. I suggest that you write some simple projects - nothing too complex like a game quite yet - maybe some "utility-type" programs where you are not trying to learn both the language and game development techniques. Concentrate on learning the basics, and then gradually expand your talents - soon you will look back and say "Wow! I did it!" One last note - if you are anything like me, I HATE book learning, and most of my learning had been done with seeing task that I did manually (ripping apart a file to get to the report,) and then finding a way to get the computer to do it for me - maybe you could start by writing a simple "Eliza" game - simple text-based game that uses input, output and EXTREMELY basic AI. Once you finish that, expand a little further by adding simple graphics, then audio, then ... You will learn all about the language this way. Well, enough of my ramblings... Good luck, and let us know!
  13. _MichaelSuess

    Understanding assembler

    If you want to get a good understanding of assembly, and computer architecture, (how hardware plays nice with each other) I suggest that you download some of the microcontroller documents - I develop on the Microchip (http://www.microchip.com/) PIC lines, and they have a very simple to understand language as they are not CPUs, but MCUs and therefore don't have all the shift registers, and alike that can cause the novice to dropout from learning the language due to confusion. Read about how to connect peripheral devices (as that is everything not embedded in the CPU/MCU - including memory are really peripheral devices.) - I know that the Microchip's documentation on each chip is very well written and comprehensive - and best of all free. There are other MCU manufactures out there - I just like the PICs.
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