My name is Jazon Yamamoto, and I started my game programming career here at Gamdev. I started programming games when I was 13 and did so as a hobby ever since (I can't believe it's almost been 10 years!). I even submitted an image for Image of The Day once. You can find it here. Its the left most image on the second row. I submitted this when I had been coding for a year.
I haven't been active in these forums for a long time now, but I still get nostalgic when I come here. This is where i learned everything I know from many different posters that came and went throughout the years. This is also where I drew my motivation whenever I lost interest in programming. Among my favorite community members is Stompy9999. I love his games! He would upload them to the GD showcase, but I eventually lost track of him. Anyway, I completed my first professional project, and I would like to share it here with you guys.
I wrote a book titled The Black Art of Multiplatform Game Programming. This book covers beginner/intermediate level C/C++ game programming on Windows/Linux using SDL, and it will release on April 16, 2014. I had lots of fun doing this, and learned ALOT. This is pretty much the biggest thing I've done in my life so far! I would like to thanks you guys for being awesome and guiding me through my journey, and I hope I can guide you guys as well. Right now, I'm working on a space exploration indie title. Don't want to reveal too much, but I'll let you guys know when that's done as well ;)