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C++ for Game Developers

C++ for Game Developers

This two-course pack is an excellent choice if you are looking to learn the C++ programming language and how to apply it in the Windows environment. Great for beginners or even experienced programmers who wish to brush up. After completing these courses, you will be able to write very advanced C++ applications and you will be prepared to take on our 3D programming courses.


C++ Programming for Game Developers Module I
In this first C++ course, an introduction to C++ programming basics, you will become proficient with core C++ topics such as variables, console input and output, functions, loops, programming logic, pointers, strings, classes, and object oriented design and methodologies. In addition, you will study more complex C++ subject matter, such as operator overloading, file input and output, inheritance, and polymorphism. When practical to do so, game related examples are used to motivate the discussions. Quizzes, a midterm, and a final will make up your grade.

Topics covered in Module I, Beginning C++ Game Programming:
C++ Programming for Game Developers Module II
In this second C++ video game programming course, you will begin to move away from the text-based console applications we built together in Module I, and begin to examine Windows programming with the Win32 API. With the Win32 API, you will be able to write programs that look a lot more like those that you are probably very familiar with; ones with resizable windows, mouse input, graphics, menus, toolbars, scroll bars, dialog boxes, and controls.

Of particular interest to us as game programmers is the ability to do graphics with the Win32 API, something which is not possible with the pure C++ programming language. You will learn about fundamental graphic concepts such as double buffering, sprites, animation and timing, and masking. By the end of this C++ video game programming course, you will have developed a fully functional 2D game, complete with graphics, physics, artificial intelligence, and input via the mouse. After completing this game programming with C++ course, you will be adequately prepared for your first course in 3D graphics programming.

Quizzes, a midterm, and a final will make up your grade.

Topics covered in Module II:

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