Thread: game programming or cs course + c++ and cs book recommendations!!!!!!!

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    game programming or cs course + c++ and cs book recommendations!!!!!!!

    i'm new to programming and have only nearly finished beginning c++ through game programming. im currently learning about classes and have been searching the web about university courses in the uk.
    ive read that you should learn programming before game programming and wasnt interested in cs at all.i dont really know anything about cs and what it teaches. could someone please tell me if it is about programming or is prgramming just a small topic in it.
    im not really sure whether i should do game programming or cs and would like some help deciding. i only wanted to go to university after i saw a game programming course but now im wondering whether cs would be better. im not into computer hardware and all the other stuff inside them. i only really want to do game programming and cs does have some programming modules .
    so could someone tell me whether cs is better for learning how to develop games or a specialised game programming course and if anyone is taking a cs or games programming could you please tell me a bit about it and how challenging it is.
    i have just gotten MIT pdf file from this site which i will look through a bit to see if i would prefer cs or not. i have seen some book recommendations for game programming here but not cs.

    im currently thinking of going to one of these uk universities.
    abertay (because of game programming course only)
    teeside(because of game programming course only)
    de montfort (leicester)

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    CS (aka Computer Science) is a big field in IT. It covers much more than just programming, though programming is a big part of it.
    As for whether you should educate yourself with CS or not depends on what you want to do. Will it be useful? No doubt. But do you want to work in CS or strictly with games?
    If you strictly want to work with games, then CS is not for you. But if you want a broader knowledge of IT, and a wider field of knowledge to fall back on when hitting the job market, then you should educate yourself in CS.
    CS covers a lot. Among it may be mathematics, programming (probably many different paradigms), how to design software (eg agile methods, waterfall methods, scrum methods, etc), databases, finding and organizing data, networking, numerical analysis, and much much more.
    Quote Originally Posted by Adak View Post
    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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    Don't choose a school because it has a game programming course!
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    thanks elysia.
    i would like to work with games but also a more wider field of knowledge would be better as it would make it easier to understand what i am doing and why.

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