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Which books appeal to you most? - Carlos Camacho - Dec 11, 2008 06:50 PM

Apress has given me a list of books we can get for uDG. This is directed to the developers who are competing this year.. WHich 5 books do you prefer to be in our prize pool?

Physics for Game Programmers
Beginning Game Development with Python and Pygame: From Novice to Professional
Learn Objective–C on the Mac
Learn C on the Mac
Foundations of Mac OS X Leopard Security
Ivor Horton's Beginning ANSI C++: The Complete Language, Third Edition
Exploring C++: The Programmer’s Introduction to C++
Pro OGRE 3D Programming

Can someone PLEASE compile the answers in this thread and email it to me once enough participating devs have spoken?

Thanks,


Which books appeal to you most? - stevejohnson - Dec 11, 2008 08:40 PM

Foundations of Mac OS X Leopard Security
Learn Objective–C on the Mac
Learn C on the Mac
Ivor Horton's Beginning ANSI C++: The Complete Language, Third Edition
Exploring C++: The Programmer’s Introduction to C++

And I will volunteer to do the compiling myself, before anyone starts complaining about you not doing it.

Edit: Choices amended due to recommendations from others.


Which books appeal to you most? - GryphonClaw - Dec 11, 2008 11:22 PM

Here's a list of the books from amazon:

  1. Physics For Game Developers
  2. Learn Objective-C on the Mac
  3. Learn C On the Mac
  4. Foundations of Mac OS X Leopard Security
  5. Ivor Horton's Beginning ANSI C++: The Complete Language, Third Edition
  6. Exploring C++: The Programmer’s Introduction to C++
  7. Pro OGRE 3D Programming



Which books appeal to you most? - GryphonClaw - Dec 11, 2008 11:25 PM

An for the books i'd choose... I'd say...
1. Physics For Game Developers
2. Learn Objecctive-C on the Mac
3. Learn C on the Mac
4. Ivor Horton's Beginning ANSI C++: The Complete Language, Third Edition
5. Exploring C++: The Programmer’s Introduction to C++


Which books appeal to you most? - Skorche - Dec 12, 2008 02:44 AM

I have the "Physics for Game Developers" book. I'll warn you it's not very good. After reading it, you won't be able to write a physics engine, nor have much of an idea how to use one. All it tells you is basic collision handling (assuming that you already know how to get detailed collision information), and some other basic examples like the tank game.

They also manage to make all the example code very Windows specific.


Which books appeal to you most? - DoG - Dec 12, 2008 04:03 AM

Please please don't encourage more crappy C++, there's enough of it already Rasp

That leaves as viable choices:

Beginning Game Development with Python and Pygame: From Novice to Professional
Learn Objective–C on the Mac
Learn C on the Mac

Though I am not sure why you can't have all of them in the price pool, what difference does it make to the sponsor?


Which books appeal to you most? - aarku - Dec 12, 2008 08:54 AM

Skorche Wrote:I have the "Physics for Game Developers" book. I'll warn you it's not very good. After reading it, you won't be able to write a physics engine, nor have much of an idea how to use one. All it tells you is basic collision handling (assuming that you already know how to get detailed collision information), and some other basic examples like the tank game.

They also manage to make all the example code very Windows specific.

I unfortunately have the book also and concur on all counts.

Cheers,
-Jon


Which books appeal to you most? - kgreene - Dec 12, 2008 09:59 AM

my top five choices:

Physics for Game Programmers
Pro OGRE 3D Programming
Learn Objective–C on the Mac
Foundations of Mac OS X Leopard Security
Beginning Game Development with Python and Pygame: From Novice to Professional


Which books appeal to you most? - kiwiMark - Dec 12, 2008 11:56 AM

-Beginning Game Development with Python and Pygame: From Novice to Professional
-Learn Objective–C on the Mac
-Learn C on the Mac
-Foundations of Mac OS X Leopard Security
-Pro OGRE 3D Programming


Which books appeal to you most? - FlamingHairball - Dec 12, 2008 11:59 AM

How is Ivor Hortons book?

I have his "Java 2" book and never read it(went with Objective-C instead).


Which books appeal to you most? - wyrmmage - Dec 12, 2008 01:23 PM

Ivor Horton's C++ books are quite good (of course, they're the books I learned C++ from, so I'm probably a bit biased Rasp)


Which books appeal to you most? - aqua_scummm - Dec 12, 2008 01:30 PM

Physics for Game Programmers
Beginning Game Development with Python and Pygame: From Novice to Professional
Learn Objective–C on the Mac
Foundations of Mac OS X Leopard Security
Pro OGRE 3D Programming

I feel that C and C++ resources are a dime a dozen, and good books can be found cheap used on amazon... newer books and niche books are better, IMO


Which books appeal to you most? - wyrmmage - Dec 12, 2008 01:35 PM

I'm not competing in the competition, so I wasn't voting, just responding to Hairball's question Smile