Warning to those wanting to help out

Discussion in 'Development News' started by Afr0, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. Afr0

    Afr0 Well-Known Member

    There's been a recent influx (if I can even call it that) of users wanting to learn programming to help out.
    This has me somewhat worried. First of all, I do not (and I'm sure Rhys would agree) believe that wanting to help out the project is a good motivation for learning to program. You should be learning it because you want to. Period. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't be trying to learn, but if you end up stuck in some way or other (which you will, trust me) and you find yourself unable/unwilling to carry on, that is most likely a good sign that you don't have what it takes.
    Here's the thing: Programming is an obsession. Rhys burned out halfway through the Monogame port, which made him take a break from PD. But did he quit programming? No!
    Personally, there's been so many times when I've wanted to quit and do something more productive, like learning to play the guitar (thankfully (?) I don't have the physical agility required), hike around Europe or spend more time learning to draw. But programming is very much like learning to play a musical instrument: the learning curve is so steep that to get good at it, you have to be obsessive. Otherwise you're just not going to find the time. And it's not just about finding (prioritizing) the time, either. It's about having the stamina to persevere. As any half decent musician can tell you, there's been many times where he's wanted to throw his guitar out the window, but couldn't (because he's obsessed, but he might leave out that part).
    Secondly, not everyone can learn to program. If you're among the lucky few who can, you should pursue it - but only if you'd rather not do anything else.
  2. Unleashed2k

    Unleashed2k New Member

    It doesn't hurt to have a new hobby to kill time. Try rocksmith w/ customsforge and you'll learn in no time.
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  3. francot514

    francot514 Well-Known Member

    Youre talking about what im trying to do with tso debug modifications??? Is just for personal testing, i will share all what i do, but not needed to consider that im trying to do something real...
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  4. RHY3756547

    RHY3756547 FreeSO Developer Staff Member Moderator

    This was not directed at you, francot. You've proven that you can actually program pretty well.
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  5. francot514

    francot514 Well-Known Member

    You want to add me Blueprinter project as an official PD TSO tool???
  6. RHY3756547

    RHY3756547 FreeSO Developer Staff Member Moderator

    We're welcoming any contribution which implements more game features, refactors the messy stuff or tools which make debugging and development easier.
  7. aidancheddar

    aidancheddar Active Member

    I've had a lot of ups and downs with programming (as we've seen :oops:). It is a steep learning curve. Though, if you have patience, skill, and will, you can get anything done. I've moved away from the books finally, only using it as a reference now. They provided a great foundation and understanding of what I needed to know to move further. I realized it's about time I put my knowledge to some real world cases through pure trial and error with the help documentation. As of right now, I have moved from console/terminal applications to GUI with GTK#, slowly but surely moving myself up to more complex applications I made a big deal about so early on. Eventually, I'll be tackling MonoGame. With all that said, once you've made your up, it is very rewarding seeing all your hard work turn into something interactive and maybe even fun.

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