Does it blend?

Playing around in Blender, trying to learn how to make some fast mock-up art.


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I Code, Therefore it CTD

In game development learning never stops so over the years I have used many programming languages. Some of them fun, some of them a pain and some makes me wake up at night screaming. If you are aiming to be a programmer it really do not matter what language you start with. You will try the others soon enough anyway. Lets start with the four I use at the moment.

If there is some sort of primary language for me I guess it would be C++. I sometime think that I’m good with it. Then I look into any book by Scott Meyers and realize that I’m not. First compiler I used was Borland C++ and it took me two days to get a basic hello world program to compile. For now I use Visual C++ as a IDE and I code on ZeroFps with it.

Lua is a nice simple language that makes it easy to Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of war. Nothing is private, global is king and when you use it on a larger project you can hear the sound of C++ programmers crying in the hallways of the office. I used it when I worked on Bionic Command and as a scripting language in ZeroFps.

Language for those that like there code to look neat. Most languages do not care where you put newlines or withespace but python does. I used it for tools and as a scripting language in ZeroFps. Python has a large standard library and that helps when writing tools.

Microsoft can never leave anything alone so they made C# just to mess with the heads of C++ programmers. Like C++ and sometimes its not. Only used by me for coding things in Unity.

Not much use for assembly languages these days beside to look cool. I can’t even remember the last time I used it. Must have been DOS to access some registers and switch graphic mode. The glory of Mode 0×13, 256 colours is really all you need. Should upgrade ZeroFps to use SIMD instructions someday, see if I have to use it again then. I would like to be cool again.

Active Server Pages (ASP)
Language for web development that sometimes seems to be designed to confuse everyone. You take a normal web page and then write code all over it. Then when you open the web page the server runs the code and if all goes well you get a new dynamic web page back. I did my first website in asp before blogs where cool. Then I meet Dvoid and was afraid to tell him I used anything done by Microsoft so I switched web host and started to use PHP.

Used it for a week in a training course and i did not like it. Not surprising really as I do not drink coffee.

Machine Code
Only did this one in a school project on some small mini computer. Just enough to learn that it is not fun.

Strange language that exist behind the scenes in the 3D software Maya. Made some exporters and tools in it.

When I moved on with my website to a new host I did my website in PHP for a while before moving on to a existing blog platform. Still have some custom parts on my website but web design is really not for me.

First programming language used I think. I made a small text based adventure in it.

Objective – C
Apple also like to mess with people so they made Objective-C. I have only used it a little when working on OS X projects.

Visual Basic / Visual Basic .NET
Nice for making windows programs. Made some tools in it and then not much more.

Language used in the game Quake. I used it to tweak quake for fun and for profit. Well really to cheat at a LAN party. Secret buttons to give super weapons, ammo and each time we killed someone we lowered the score they had. I still lost the game :). They never found out until I told them after the LAN. Then they refused to let us host the game the next time :(.

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Added a Hg repository called ctrlcv at Bitbucket for any small tools I make it. The first thing added was a python script I use to hunt down Visual Studio link error LNK4098. It use dumpbin to list the run-time lib of all .lib files in a directory.

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Backlog: Metroid Prime Hunters

Done with Metroid prime: Hunters this week. A bit painful to play the boss battles with the stylus. Try to get Gears of war 3 done next.

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Still playing Metroid on Wii and Dsi and I’m also trying to get Gears of war 3 done.

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Playing Metroid: Other M and Metroid Prime: Hunters. Thanks to the story in Other M I’m thinking about taking up heavy drinking.

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500 :)

Sick right now so playing games. Total of 500 games now in my review section. Final one was Dark Void. Game playing will slow down a bit now as this year will focus on role playing games on my A to Z list. And writing more code. More Code and Less Play for 2014 :).

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Backlog: Sniper Ghost Warrior 2

So another crap military shooter completed. One game to 500, see if it will be the Capcom game I’m playing now. If the stupid boss battles could stop.

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Middle C

I’m so lost.

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Backlog: Arx Fatalis

I’m done with Arx Fatalis now and I’m not impressed. Next up on the A to Z Rpg list is Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition.

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