Mobius Engine Project General Discussion

Discussion in 'Mobius Engine Project' started by Gen, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. Aerosol

    Aerosol

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    I wonder...

    Do anyone of you coding-savvy fellows think that participation in this project would be a good way for someone who doesn't know how to program to perhaps...learn?
     
  2. Sofox

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    My personal thoughts are as follows:

    Nothing can sharpen your programming skill and motivate you to learn quite like having a project to engage in. Also having more experienced coders giving you feedback can be invaluable. As such (and keep in mind, I have absolutely no say over who is involved in this project), involving yourself in a project like this could be helpful.

    Having said all that, you'll need to up your game beforehand. There's a set of things you'll have to learn about C++ and programming in general that's best learned by reading, writing out your own programs and maybe asking others if you're stuck. When I was learning, I tried out Sams Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days and made and ran some programs in Dev-Cpp. That's kinda a bit outdated, but the essential thing is to find some tutorials and/or C++ learning resources (I've heard some good things about Bruce Eckel's free ebook Thinking in C++) and get an IDE to program in (I'm not the keenest on the open source Code::Blocks, but it should get you off the ground). Start with basic programs, learn more about C++ as you make more advanced programs and try new things, maybe even forcus a lot of energy on an area that interests you. I don't know whether you'd be able to join the Mobius Project when you've got to that stage (not my decision), but it would put you in a heck of a lot better position.

    PS. I apologise if you've actually got more programming knowledge and some of what I said sounds obvious to you, but your post implies you're a newbie to this, so I took that as the case.
     
  3. Aerosol

    Aerosol

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    Oh no worries. I basically am a newbie at this. I've tried to learn C++ before and I understood the syntax simply enough, but I never practiced making any programs. Use it or lose it, they say :v:
     
  4. Sofox

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    Yeah, reading books and theory is fine and great, but programming is a skill, and skills are developed through a bit of theory, and a lot of doing the actual thing.

    If you want any help, feel free to chat with me on AIM, in the meantime, I'd suggest making a very basic game in SDL to get comfortable (what sort of game depends on you, but keep it simple to start with). These are some good SDL tutorials.
     
  5. Aerosol

    Aerosol

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    I've been learning Java in an effort to get a grip on Android programming actually. Though I suppose I could do both concurrently.
     
  6. Sofox

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    Cool, best of luck!
     
  7. DimensionWarped

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    Solving known problems in any project you have the source for is a great way to learn how to program, but not nearly as much so if you don't get people to review your code.