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In Topic: Is it really as simple as read a book and then try to figure things out?

18 June 2015 - 02:53 AM

Programming is a practical skill.

Yes, some of it is knowledge of encyclopedic nature and can (must) be acquired.

You are leaving out the 80 % Nyaanyaa.

I hope you are not a scientist because right now you seem to be reworking reality to suit your theory. happy.png

In Topic: Is it really as simple as read a book and then try to figure things out?

17 June 2015 - 04:06 PM

@Nyaanyaa :

You have practiced critical and analytical thinking for years - mathematics and theories on the university level - so it should not surprise anyone that you find it easy enough to learn how to program.

You forget that important element when you jump to a conclusion. Your anecdote actually proves the opposite point, the point brought forward by Oberon_command: programming is so much more than theory, syntax and typing. It amounts to 20 % roughly speaking. The last 80 % is practical experience where critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and an analytical mindset is applied to each and every programming problem being undertaken.

Programming is much like modern mathematics where the real learning is achieved by doing (20 % formal knowledge, 80 % practice).

In Topic: Is it really as simple as read a book and then try to figure things out?

15 June 2015 - 10:14 PM

It all starts with a strong desire to make a game. Then everything else has got to follow: learning a programming language, some content creation tools (Blender, Krita/Gimp/Photoshop), storyboarding, whatever.

A strong desire means that you don't mind putting a lot of hard work into it.

If not, then the desire is not strong enough and you will not succeed.

In Topic: Starting out - making sure I am doing it right

14 June 2015 - 04:56 AM

Do all the tutorials! Everything you can get your eyes/hands on. Some of them are good and some of them are bad. And there are probably a lot of them which costs money. Like any other technology that people might be interested in learning.

Just use your critical sense.

However, be careful to choose the latest revision/edition of the language C# and stay clear of the most outdated resources.

Otherwise, knock yourself out. smile.png



And get a couple of books as well.


In Topic: C# becoming obsolete ?

12 June 2015 - 06:12 AM

I programmed in Delphi for a couple of years and loved it.

Programming graphics, and later games, led me into the murky mires of C/C++.

I was thrilled to hear that Hejlsberg was brought in to create a new language called C#, he did an awesome job with Delphi. And he did not disappoint.

However, the surrounding .NET framework has never appealed to me, especially since I don't like to be married to Microsoft/Windows.

It is a pity that Mono was so badly handled but let's see how it goes now that MS has opened the source code.


Bottom line:

Some of the technology around C# will definitely become obsolete and replaced by something else, but C# is a very good language so it will stick around.