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Posted 3 Dec 2012While I recommend you go for it, I also think you should keep in mind that this is probably going to be one of the most applied to internships out there, who doesn't dream of working for Blizzard? Make sure not to ignore other opportunities too. Game company internships will always be the most sought after and great if you get them, but there are many many great internships out there, so apply for it but I wouldn't expect it unless you're an MIT student with a 4.0 or something.
Posted 3 Dec 2012When I learn a language I typically like to start with the syntax and core fundamentals of what the language does, take a notebook and start with that. After you get down the basics, start writing little programs to use the concepts. Then just work your way up, slowly making more complicated programs. Once you feel comfortable with the language I'd work on a project, actually something you think would be fun to make or that you'd find useful. For one language, I wrote a to-do list program that was pretty basic, but then added a GUI and more features as I went. Just remember to read, study, write things down and most importantly practice and try things out. If you're curious or confused about HOW something works, then try it out until you find out.
Posted 31 May 2012Any hint on where your area is?
QuoteTo be honest I'm not really picky on an area
Well.. then pick one! Being a jack of all trades is good but rarely do jobs list things as that..
QuoteI tried to get an internship and it didn't pan out this summer.
Any clues on why? Have you called people back and just asked "what should I do to better prepare for another interview"?
To be honest with you I have no idea why they didn't hire me. Most of the time I'd just get an automated rejection response from the larger companies, and the startups wouldn't contact me at all. I wish I had even had an interview because I've had a job offer anywhere that I've got that far (though to be fair those were all retail/food service jobs), but it's a matter of getting there.
As far as picking a field that's kind of where I am right now, I have a bit of experience in a lot of fields from university but not really enough to say I'm this type of programmer or that type.
Posted 31 May 2012
QuoteMostly it just made me feel like a complete and total noob when it comes to programming and like it wouldn't be somewhere I'd regularly post.
Everyone starts somewhere.. study up, write small chucks of code.. be proficient.. and you'll get there.
Yeah, this I know, but I think this site seems to have more of a community than that site where it's just "post here if you're lost and someone will help you" which doesn't really do much for me unless I either know a lot about the subject or need help with something.
Posted 31 May 2012If you think that's bad my databases final which was 30% of my grade consisted mainly of questions relating to the last two lectures of the class. Thank god I showed up those days...
Aside from that python is a fairly easy to learn language, so just be patient and understand how the language works, and stuff like that won't be too bad. Also most instructors when they do pen and paper code don't expect you to have perfect syntax, they are just looking to see if conceptually you understand everything correct....most of the time.
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