I've been programming 6 years, AMA

Announcements Posted on
Four things that unis think matter more than league tables 08-12-2016
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by JN17)
    I suppose let's stick with the idea of applications, say for your phone you wanted to make a simple game, where would you even begin?
    By simple, lets say you want to make pong.

    With C, I would expect you to know all the basics, dynamic memory, functions, structures, pointers and File I/O.

    With Java (much more likely), you would probably need to know classes with constructors and file I/O. Maybe some of the more complicated things like Inheritance too if you wanted to make something that was more than just functional.

    You would also need to learn parts of the API associated with the system, probably as a minimum graphics displays, input handling, and other things that may be necessary associated with the platform.


    As for where I would begin, finish a book on it, and then write a bunch of command line programs that you design yourself first. Then, go and learn the platform's API, and do the same thing (which can include simple games like the one you mention).

    Maths is invaluable, especially discrete maths like is taught in decision at A level and computing if you're not at uni.
 
 
 
Write a reply… Reply
Submit reply

Register

Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?
  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?
  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. Oops, you need to agree to our Ts&Cs to register
  2. Slide to join now Processing…

Updated: May 23, 2016
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Poll
Do you think you'll achieve your predicted A Level grades?
Useful resources

Articles:

The Student Room tech wikiTech forum guidelines

Quick link:

Unanswered technology and computers threads

Sponsored features:

Making money from your own website

Need some cash?

How to make money running your own website.

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups
Study resources

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Quick reply
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.