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2 comments by Halm_Barte on Apr 30th, 2012

I got my drivers licence and a laptop all very well ...but I've been particularly poor this year which is a stress all of it's own and recently everythings going wrong. I'd love to be be designing levels / puzzles but so much has been going wrong I'm tearing my hair out.

Hope to return productive in the future.

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numbersix Oct 20 2011, 5:10pm says:

You should definitely keep at it with quake-c. It is an easy language to get into - with a bit of research you can do an easy mod in an afternoon. Just starting out, its probably best to try and keep things simple.

This "ease of entry" is also one of the drawbacks - quake-c is just as complex (if not more so having the engine back end running it) as other high level languages and debugging any code can be a very complex and time consuming task. Dont be discouraged by this - it is the case with any complex programming.

To learn the code you have to work with it. Many of the early mods duplicated parts of the existing code and did something new with it.

>fear equasional programming being that I suck at mental arithmatic

Nothing to fear...programming is always in the details. Many times you have to look at the logic of a piece of code step by step to make sure it is doing the right thing. Maybe work out the math on paper, or in a spread sheet.

When I'm developing I use a lot of bprint() calls to show me what the code is doing by showing function entry/exit and critical variables.

Probably the best way to succeed with a programming task is to have a clear goal. Know exactly what you want the code to do and figure out how to do that.

>age of 25

Huh? I've been programming for longer than that. Like yoda said, age doenst matter - keep your mind sharp, exercise it. I dont ever use a calculator for basic math. I have some other advice but it takes on a more personal narrative - I have never used rec. drugs (ever) and I avoid heavy alchol use. Programming wise, I feel as sharp as ever.

The best general advice I probably have though is to make if fun. Modding for me is at least as much fun as playing the games.

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numbersix Oct 16 2011, 11:11pm says:

Welcome to the .qc forum - thanks for joining!

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