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 Post subject: Re: Programmers forum
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:58 am 
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I'm a software developer by trade. I'm a bit of an anomoly really, as I'm logical and methodical enough to write code, but artistic enough to 3d model, sketch and paint.

I did A Level Maths and Art at school, I think I was the only one who picked those two subjects together! I see coding as a creative process like any other - you are sculpting logic and form from the 'clay' of code you write.

I always tell people who are starting to code that it helps to have a project. Writing 'hello world' is all very well and good, but you need to get your teeth into something quickly, and the best way to do that is to give yourself a challenge.

A friend of mine started learning Android development by writing a shopping list application for his wife. From that, he also learned the valuable lesson that end-users are a pain in the arse, don't know what they want and can't follow simple instructions, and they get cross when their software crashes half way around a big shop in Tesco!


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 Post subject: Re: Programmers forum
PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 10:23 pm 
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you're exactly right - when you are doing an actual project, you can't avoid the difficult bits, you simply have to learn and solve them - you get a lot better, faster by solving real problems than following tutorials.

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 Post subject: Re: Programmers forum
PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 11:18 pm 
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Hi Andy,

Well I have used numerous languages over the years. Started by learning z80 machine code on the zx spectrum. Wrote a brillient routine to get 64 characters on the screen.

Programmed in various forms of basic language. Went from the Spectrum to the Amiga 500 and used the native basic on that machine. Then went on to Amos pro and wrote Mastermind 2000 which ended up on CU Amiga III cover disk. Then I learnt C and Amiga api.

Moved onto the pc and started with vb6. Rewrote the Doctor who database which I originally wrote for the Amiga. Then I learnt C#, then I forgot C# and then I relearnt it to write Dalek Draughts with the XNA game engine. I never finished the game, but it was getting there. The K-9 and the Dalek you can see in the screen shot I built in 3ds Max.

Then I went back a bit to 2D programming and wrote Thomthello, a 2D board game written in C++ and the SDL game engine.

I have decided to go right back to basics and now I am learning to program directx api directly using vs2010 and C++, with the chilli framework and I am having lots of fun here. It is like designing udgs back in the old spectrum days.

Oh and almost forgot to say I did a little Unity scripting also and I have an online demo of a game I have hidden on my webpage.

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 Post subject: Re: Programmers forum
PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:37 am 
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sweet

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 Post subject: Re: Programmers forum
PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:43 am 
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Hi Andy,

My Missile Command game is coming on now. Finally got collision detection to work. Need to work out a lot of coding errors before I move onto the next stage though.

Built the city which needs to be bombed, although you can't see the detail in the sprites heh heh. It will probably be used for some menu at a higher resolution anyway.

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 Post subject: Re: Programmers forum
PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:26 am 
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nice one - the youtube video shows its progressing well.

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