Matthew Margolis

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Chad: As the others have said, think about how you would do it in real life. Getting handed pieces of paper one at a time and you have to figure out what the biggest one is by the end.
Post what you have and you will get tons of help but until then that is all that most of us would be willing to tell you about a homework problem.
18 years ago
Well I just won the black art book on ebay (with CD Yay!) for a little over 13 dollers and it came with another book on general windows game programming. Thats a pretty good deal and I still have some spare cash left so I might just pick up the book you reccomended anyway Gerry and go through it simultaneously to pick up on any major changes/better concepts it has to offer.
18 years ago
if you post your code I am sure we could help you better. As for counting 5 inputs thats relatively easy you probably just have a little error hidden in your code that is making that a challange.
I really wouldn't use mouse clicks to count input but if you really want to check out
mouse click tutorial
You will still have to use a counter variable though...
18 years ago
Hmmm just checked out the reviews and it looks like its really not what I am looking for. I have heard nothing but great things about Lamothe but this particular book does not seem to follow in his legendary footsteps. So I guess for now my best option is the Black Art book. Now if only I could find it somewhere with the cd...
18 years ago
Is the book worth getting if it doesn't come with a cd? As the book is out of print it is hard to find a new copy and most of the used copies are missing Cds..
18 years ago
Thanks Rob, I think I found a place where I can get the book pretty cheap so I am going to check it out. Learning outdated information isnt a bad thing at all now that I think about it, I can compare the methods the book uses to modern day concepts and see how the ideas evolved over time.
18 years ago
Ooooh, I like it. Snake was always one of my favorites. Sounds like it might be a little simpler than tetris to plan out and definitly has more roof for expansion, great idea Elouise.
18 years ago
Steve: I am currently taking a java class and want a good way to apply all that I know and maybe learn a little more along the way. I enjoy playing computer games and have always wanted to develope them and I figure I might as well do it in the language I am currently working with. I do have some C/C++ experience but I am much more fluent with java's exclusive features than C++'s.
Double buffering is a topic I have heard of, sounds like it will be an extreamly valuable asset when it comes to screen flashing.
I will be sure to check out your ladder game, gotta love the Donkey Kong Day's.
18 years ago
Had a bit of spare time so here they are. The following links all handle atleast some aspect of game design with Java.
Java Gaming.org
A tetris clone with source
I am sure that I have some more written down somewhere but those will have to wait, I have to go.
[ April 25, 2002: Message edited by: Dirk Schreckmann ]
18 years ago
Great idea! I have a short list of good resources that I will post later(have to get ready for school now).
Thanks for the link.
18 years ago
I have reached a point in my Java education that I feel I am comfortable with all the basics and many of the more advanced topics. I have been experiementing with graphics lately and want to get into game programming. Simple stuff at first like tetris would be good I think. Now all I need is a resource to learn from. I don't really know all that much about the code behind games like tetris or asteroids, anywhere where I can get a formal education in the production of game code?
I really like to learn out of books but I can't seem to find any that are both about Game Design and use Java. The only book I was able to find that seemed of any merit was The Black Art of Java Game Programming. It is very old and seems like it would be really obsolete. Are there any better books out there? If not are there atleast some websites that could get me started?
18 years ago
wow great score Thanks for the advice.
18 years ago
great job Wow only 1 month of practice, thats a great score for that amount of preparation.
18 years ago
hmm well there are an infinite number of projects that would suite your needs.
You could create a banking program.
A user should be able to create an account, edit the account (deposit, withdraw) and save a report to a text file. You could use threads to allow multiple users and you could also have a "superuser" that can search and modify any account on the system. The superuser could also print out a list of all the accounts in a table that is sorted alphabetically.
You could also calculate interest on the accounts if you feel that is necessary.
I know that that is pretty vague and may not fufill all your needs but it might be a good way to start.
wow, amazing job. Thanks for the great discription of your process.
18 years ago