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Old 08-16-2009, 03:16 PM   #1
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Due most modern commercial games are only running on Windows OS, i was wondering whether the .NET - Framework and the Visual Studio IDE are used to programm the core features of the game (like game mechanics, physics, AI etc.) or you use an other development environment. Or to put it in a question, with which programming tools (editor, compiler etc.) should you be familiar with ?

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Old 08-16-2009, 05:50 PM   #2
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Visual Studio is the most common IDE used at studios. There are others that are much less common. You should also be familiar on the use of code versioning software such as SubVersion, Perforce and Alienbrain.
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OK, thanks for the answer.
So do you think a .NET Certificate like the MCTS on Visual C++ would benefit if you apply for a job as a game programmer?
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It won't hurt but since .NET with C++ is managed C++, it doesn't really help either unless the job specifically asks for it.
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So what kind of certification programm or training would be usefull to go through to "gear up" your resumé?
Oh, and what about Database-Software, which ones are commonly used?
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So what kind of certification programm or training would be usefull to go through to "gear up" your resumé?
A Computer Science degree or are you looking for something in addition?

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Oh, and what about Database-Software, which ones are commonly used?
For the end game or during development?
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A Computer Science degree or are you looking for something in addition?
Well, i was looking for something more specific on C++. Or is it enough to be familiar with the object oriented programming methods?

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For the end game or during development?
During the development.
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Well, i was looking for something more specific on C++. Or is it enough to be familiar with the object oriented programming methods?
Virtually all employers will be looking for a CS degree on a programmer's resume/CV that doesn't have an industry experience AND a portfolio of work that proves their skills. Currently (and I do stress currently), C++ is the most used language in the industry so if you were to apply now, you have to know C++ well. Other languages are used and varies on the role and company.

A CS degree is more then to be 'familiar with the object oriented programming methods'. this includes algorithms, software design, programming paradigms, problem solving, working in the groups/teams and the such.

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During the development.
As a programmer, the only database I have ever used that I can mention is the one we use for our bug reports and that is whatever the tool uses. The end user (ie me) doesn't care what it is.
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OK, thanks a lot for your answers!
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