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Need help on a goal/hobby

Posted 08 November 2013 - 08:15 PM

Hello everyone. I have lurked this forum for awhile but decided to sign up and post. I got a huge question. I am deployed for 6 months possibly more and while I am not doing anything I want to expand my knowledge with something ONLINE related. I am interested in anything from:

Web Design
Programming
Game Design

To be honest I want to do something that will not saturate after 20 years and will even make me money in the mean time. I want to learn something valuable and perfect my knowledge with it. I have managed MyBB forums before and even taken some Java and C# programming classes. I know the basics with programming and HTML/CSS. However, I want to go farther into something. Far enough where I can use my knowledge to generate a little extra income.

My question to you is: What should I do?

I don't want to see the generic answers like do what you want because I want to do it all but that won't happen. I want to pick something and stick with it.

Any and ALL help will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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Re: Need help on a goal/hobby

Posted 08 November 2013 - 08:21 PM

http://www.tizag.com if our tutorials don't suit you. We also have specific forums for those sorts of areas. You could learn mobile apps, thats hot righg now. Also just simply making a website and getting ad revinue could suffice.
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Re: Need help on a goal/hobby

Posted 08 November 2013 - 08:36 PM

If you want to pick something and stick with it, pick something. And then stick with it.

I'm certainly not going to tell you what to do with your time - I don't know what you want to make, or how you like to go about making things, or anything like that.

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Programming
Game Design


These are three big areas, and while there is a fair chunk of space where they overlap, there's huge areas of "programming" that will help you not at all in the others, and widdershins likewise for the others.

As for making money at it, if you have skills and you can use them, you can make money. Figure out what you want to be doing while you're making money, not what you can make money at that you happen to like.
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Re: Need help on a goal/hobby

Posted 09 November 2013 - 05:41 AM

Well I am mainly just asking what is a good hobby to pursue out of those three? I think I am going to have a toss up between Mobile App Design and PHP. I am unsure though.
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Re: Need help on a goal/hobby

Posted 09 November 2013 - 06:54 AM

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what is a good hobby to pursue

This is a strange question. A hobby, by definition, is a personal project or interest. No one can tell you what hobby to pursue. (If they did it would be an assignment, not a hobby.)

Try things out and see what interests you!

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 07:29 AM

Have a go of all of them and stick to the ones you like the most.
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Re: Need help on a goal/hobby

Posted 12 November 2013 - 05:15 AM

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Web Design
Programming
Game Design


If these are your options then why don't you build up your skills with a view to making a game in HTML5 and Javascript? If you want it a bit heavier on the web side, you could design the game to interact with a server for multiplayer/saved games/achievements, etc.

This is a jack of all trades project where you will progress in all three areas. Once you have made your game, you can decide if you want to complete another more advanced project or move into a more specialised field.
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Re: Need help on a goal/hobby

Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:47 AM

Stick with the one that you are most comfortable with.

You can also look at it from a career perspective. Which path would you like to make a permanent career out of?

If salary and profitability is the issue, going with programming (or being a developer) seems like a good way to go. These figures should tell you why:
http://www.staff.com...es-infographic/

Around the world, programmers are paid well.
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Re: Need help on a goal/hobby

Posted 19 November 2013 - 06:27 AM

My thoughts:

You want to learn Web Development, Software Development, or Game Development.

Why not all three?

It's a bit of a mess to jump right in to - so I'd suggest staggering it with projects with an end goal in mind.

Start with Web Development. That will give you a basic understanding of how the different technologies interact. HTML5 and CSS3. Don't worry about javascript at this point, but feel free to play with jQuery (infinitely less complex than writing your own js).

When you're comfortable with the basics of building a site in HTML/CSS, move on to Programming. The language you want to start with is PHP. Usually that's not considered a beginner language I think, because its scope is limited to web servers - but in your case and with this transition it's perfect imo. It's what I made my transition on when I was 16.

While you're getting your feet wet with PHP, be sure to read some books on programming theory. One I can't recommend enough, and will probably be echoed, is Design Patterns by the Gang of Four. I would suggest also picking up a more structured language like Java (which is syntactically very similar to PHP) and messing around with it. You also want to learn about data structures and SQL.


Once you have a solid understanding of PHP and programming theory, drive that into game development. Build a game using PHP, HTML5, CSS3. If you want, branch out into something like ColdFusion.

This will scale you up in diffulty starting with the east to learn and carrying some of that knowledge across. From there it's a matter of choose one aspect you like and going with it.
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