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Discussion in 'Software Development' started by kirkkaf, Oct 13, 2008.

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  1. kirkkaf

    kirkkaf Thread Starter

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    Hi everyone,

    I am wanting to learn application/game programming for a hobby and I was wondering whats everyone's opinions are which language to learn a there are so many out there.

    I am wanting to do this for free as its only a hobby and looking for a language with a lot of support for beginners.

    Please give me your opinions,

    Thank you,

    Kirk.
     
  2. -Fabez-

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    Everybody prefers different languages, so you will just have to pick the one that seems best to you. Python is a good high level language to start with and C++ is a good low level language to start with. You could also use Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2008 and the game creators sdk. A link to the sdk is here http://www.microsoft.com/express/samples/gamecreators/default.aspx
     
  3. TheRobatron

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    Have a look at Blitz basic. It's an easy yet powerful language that supports a GUI. I just bought Blitz 3D and I'm pretty impressed so far, and it's great if you want to get pretty much straight into making graphical games (this is much harder in a low-level language like C++ or C).

    Personally I wouldn't learn C++ to start with, but learn it later when you already understand the basics. Although you will learn good programming principles from C++, a language like Basic is much easier to understand. The first language I learnt was Just Basic and I still use it for small, quick projects to this day.

    But, like Fabez said, everyone prefers different languages, so that's just MHO :D
     
  4. bryantms

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    I agree. If you are just starting out I would probably get into something like PHP or C#. PHP is used mainly for the Web and C# would work well with Visual Studio Express Editions. Each is fairly easy to learn as they don't require you to deal with things like memory management. I would get the basics down first and then move onto another language. By that time you should have a pretty good feel for programming.
     
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