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  1. In Topic: Books on C++

    Posted 5 Jan 2014

    I highly recommend C++ Primer 5th Edition. It's a well written book by some very established authors. (all of which managed or worked with the C++ Development team - read more at the link) plus it can be used as a reference book to my belief as at 976 pages it covers a lot! This being said it can be quite a lengthy read and it's pace is relatively fast, I wouldn't recommend it as a first book on C++. Maybe pick something easier and then read this book afterwards (this all depends on your work ethic and if you have programmed before however).
  2. In Topic: Programming is hard, but probably shouldn't be as hard as Im makin

    Posted 5 Jan 2014

    When you read the books and watch tutorial videos etc... Are you rewriting the code and perhaps editing it a bit? This is essential to actually learning what you are reading, programming is every bit as practical as it can be theoretical so if you learn about say copy control with C++ Classes, you must then implement it. Nobody is a sponge, you won't remember everything but I think just try implement and do as many small projects as possible to reinforce what you have learnt and ensure you actually know it, eventually you will grasp the basics to such an extent that you can string them together into larger more complicated projects. If you aren't sure on some project ideas, this may help.

    Also don't be embarassed to ask on this forum, if you are struggling with a concept i.e. you are writing a inherited class and something has gone wrong. Ask here! Post the code and people more experienced than yourself will help you out for free! Good luck, keep at it. Just practice, practice, practice.
  3. In Topic: I'm upset with my performance

    Posted 5 Jan 2014

    As others have said, get a goal. You want to become a software developer one day doing perhaps Database apps with MySQL? Great! Find out what you need to know and learn it thoroughly. Or perhaps your goal is something smaller? Maybe you want to make a 2D RPG? Cool, go learn a language maybe C++ and then learn a framework like DirectX or OpenGL or something... My point is, programming can seem very daunting due to the vast amount of languages/tools/API's/things you can learn hence the importance of having a goal. As others have said, programming is awesome but you should put your studies ahead of your hobby. Don't leave a project to the last day or skip a test because you were busy programming the night before, its great to be passionate about programming but not at the expense of other equally important facets of your life.

    Above all I think remember that you need to be patient, it's not that easy to program and there is a lot to learn and that's where the goals come in. Knowing that it may take your two years to master creating Graphical User Interfaces (GUI's) with C++ sounds terrible but thinking that you want to develop a text editor over the next two months and then move onto another app idea you may have whilst you are learning about GUI's sounds a bit better to me.
  4. In Topic: Do Sockets are worth attention here?

    Posted 5 Jan 2014

    If you are going to stick to Java for the server then this might help you out. It also actually covers writing a Client/Server using Sockets in Java which is the most common networking method used for Games.

    As for renting a server to use as your Client, I guess it all depends on how many users you intend to serve at once. For a 2D RPG game where you might have say 10-50 users connected at once, a beefy home computer may be able to do the job but yes as you get more users online at once, your servers would have to scale to meet the demand. I don't know exactly what you plan on building but if its a 2-player blackjack game then I don't think you will need to rent a server and could probably make do with a dedicated home computer but once again, I don't know how many clients you intend to have connected concurrently so...

    Anyways, Good luck with your game!
  5. In Topic: Fall/Winter 2013 Fitness

    Posted 5 Jan 2014

    @modi123_1 I can't remember where I found this but I have found this to be a fun and somewhat tough workout: It should take you about 20-25 minutes to complete 2 sets. It is the following:

    Pushups: 12, 12, 10, 8 (by this I mean do 12 then do 12, then do 10, then do 8 and that is the set)
    Mountain Climbers: 40
    Diamond pushup: 15 (or as many until failure)
    Situps: 20, 15, 15
    Get up Situp: 15 (each side) - you will need a dumbbell for this, if you don't have - you can do Wide-arm pushups to replace
    Squat: 20
    Crunches: 20, 10
    Lunges: 20 (both sides)
    Plank: Try hold as long as possible

    Repeat for set 2.

    But if you don't like this, then yeah creating your own workout with the imgur link you provided should be great!

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Caffeine: db "Never Enough!"
21 years old
March 21, 1994
Programming, Gaming, Sports, Studies.
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Liam Norman
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Adequate in: C++, Java, x86 assembly (NASM)
Currently focusing on: C++, Game Programming with DirectX

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    aresh Icon

    26 Nov 2012 - 10:44
    I see. I just finished exams, so I'm feeling quite happy :P
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    aresh Icon

    25 Nov 2012 - 12:26
    Haven't heard from you lately. Everything going well? :)
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    David W Icon

    07 Jun 2012 - 01:28
    Whow ... you may really like to see/use HLA
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    v0rtex Icon

    05 Jun 2012 - 04:20
    I think macosxnerd wrote a really good tutorial on that lately, take a look otherwise Google is your best friend :) See: http://www.dreamincode.net/forums/topic/280794-how-to-approach-swing-for-beginners/
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    05 Jun 2012 - 04:17
    Thanks for your Java tutorial on memorization, it helped me a lot on my Java course and the swing tutorials were a good refresher but could you write a tutorial on How to approach swing with Java? plz i need help with my java course
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    smohd Icon

    14 Feb 2012 - 20:53
    Thanks, hope they look fine ;)
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    02 Aug 2011 - 11:18
    Hey, ye... my pc broke but I managed to get a new one so its all good now :) Focusing on Java 3D Games Programming atm but waiting for a book I ordered to arrive from the US before I can 100% get started, messing with JOGL atm ;)
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    RandomlyKnighted Icon

    24 Jul 2011 - 08:15
    Hey, I haven't heard from you in a good while I hope things are going well for you!!
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    smohd Icon

    04 Jul 2011 - 00:37
    Hi, it has changed now to purple
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    H3R3T1C Icon

    14 Jun 2011 - 09:08
    Hi! Thanks for the add :D.
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    v0rtex Icon

    27 May 2011 - 02:37
    Haha, good way to spend your time whilst waiting!
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    ishkabible Icon

    26 May 2011 - 19:10
    thanks! i got a taste of it on the last few days of school though. i spent 2-3 hours a day re-imaging laptops O_o. that's why i got so much rep this month. while the computers where busy i was on DIC :)
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