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It's been some time since I have posted something about my little game. It was not on top of my list lately, but there has been some progress. This time there will be no screenshots. How about a video[^] instead?
How do you like my new ship models? I'm still no artist, but slowly getting better. And next I will have to create storyboards for such animated scenes. Then I can add the storyboards to the XAML of the scenes and not a single line of code will be needed to create new scenes.
Edit: Here another video[^] showing a little of my UI in action. I had to run the game in 640 x 480 to let the text stay readable. Normally the minimum resolution is 1024 x 768, so the UI eclipses the 3D engine working in the background. And yes, I know that the view for the dialogue looks tacky. I still have no real idea how to make it look better without constantly resizing the controls.
Well, it looks like you've taken a lot of ideas and design concepts from TV shows and movies, but that's OK.
The problem is that the radius on the corner of the upper-right bit of the third thingummy in the distant background is exactly the same radius as that used on the corner of an iphone, so you can expect to get tour arse sued into oblivion.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
You don't know how much time I spent on youtube to look at all kinds of scenes that worked as well as those that did not. The only deliberate exact copy is that roll the ships perform before diving down to the planet. Who says that only the Cylons can fly like that? This simple little scene already impressed me when I was a kid and watched the series. Turned out that they did this with a then new computer controlled camera. It also was quite probably got me interested in 3D graphics, which was as good as impossible on my first computer back then.
I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image. Stephen Hawking
If you favor Windows, C#, ASP.NET (MVC and Web Forms), WPF (though there is some stuff I haven't tried yet... maybe it'd be called WinRT), Windows Forms. Pretty much anything .Net Framework. All of this is done in Visual Studio.
If you favor Mac OS, Ruby on Rails, Objective-C, Cocoa.
For web stuff, jQuery, Ajax, Web Services, Cloud Computing (e.g., Azure, Amazon Cloud).
Is PHP a viable language though, meaning is it actually used for real stuff
It seems like a server-side scripting language from what I've seen of it (not much). And that's not a compliment. Basically, it has a low learning curve, but it doesn't seem designed for more complex software. I hear it's the most common language used for web work, but then most websites are complete garbage, so that makes sense.
Some notable exception to the rule that PHP is used for simple stuff are MediaWiki, which is the software that runs Wikipedia, and WordPress, which is used to run pretty much every blog out there. If you want to write a plugin for either of those, you'll want to learn PHP. Still, I've seen how some of those plugins work, and they're not exactly shining examples of software excellence (they seem like hacks on top of hacks).
Php is a dynamic language for sure. And you can pick it up quickly and get some work done, even if you don't have any idea about "software development." Php gets beat up a lot because you can get some work done using just the core of the language. You can also put run it right in your html. Of course, I could use C# inline in an ASP.Net page in the same way if I wanted (you can use ASP.net just like classic ASP, if you really want to). I think it's just less common to see "hacks on top of hacks" code in languages that aren't free because hobbyist will use the free stuff instead. To write a serious php aplication, you would use a framework--maybe Zend or Symphony. Or you could also use one of the many microframeworks--laravel and limonade are among my favorites. Or you could start with an extensible platform like Wordpress, Drupal, OsCommerce, Moodle, etc. Most of the php projects I have worked on are integration projects...like merging functionality from moodle into a drupal site, or merging a wordpress blog into an OsCommerce store, or something like that. Evaluating Php by reading wordpress plugins writtne by hobbyist is a lot like evaluating .Net by reading consile apps written by students, in my opinion. Look into the frameworks that are available and the code that is in the platforms like wordpress to see how professional programmers use php.