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Christopher B.
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Learning c and windows programming.

#21421 Handmade hero, does it get easier?
2 months ago Edited by Christopher B. on Aug. 10, 2019, 11:20 p.m. Reason: Initial post

Hello, I've been trying to learn from the handmade hero archives. It seems to have gotten pretty deep pretty fast by say the 10th to the 26th episode. Honestly, it's going over my head a bit. Do things get clearer as it goes?
I have some c++ and c experience and a tad of windows programming but honestly, a lot of knowledge is dropping throughout the videos very quickly(like a ton of bricks).
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#21422 Handmade hero, does it get easier?
2 months ago

Yes and no. It gets easier the more you do it, the more experience you get. Just like a test for school or playing piano, you need to practice. If you just watch Casey do it once, you will forget how to do it quite quickly. For example, I never really learned how he did fonts. I did watch the episodes, but I couldn't implement it myself from memory. I did watch the OpenGL stuff quite a bit, I could probably make a quick screen with a rotating textured cube from memory in an hour / a couple of hours or so.
Oliver Marsh
143 posts / 3 projects

A budding game developer and programmer

#21427 Handmade hero, does it get easier?
2 months ago Edited by Oliver Marsh on Aug. 12, 2019, 10:35 p.m.

i think you get better as you go and that makes it easier, but there is a ton of knowledge to absorb, and it can be mentally draining, kind of like learning a new voice language. i watched till about 230 pretty rigoursly, taking notes, & coding along. i think the more seperate experiments you do the better you get, and sometimes having a go at doing things different to casey and seeing how you could approach things differently. pretty much develop your own style as you go. also think in terms of return on investment, you can sink a lot of time into watching episodes, so watch as long as you’re getting enough out of them. as you get better, this might be skipping to different sections or combing the episode annotations.
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#21428 Handmade hero, does it get easier?
2 months ago Edited by Jason on Aug. 13, 2019, 2:08 p.m.

I agree with Oliver's sentiment concerning doing your own project(s). I myself am coding my own fighting game and even though there are plenty of differences between mine and Casey's game I will still search around the videos for certain topics that overlap (rendering, animation, platform independent architecture, etc.). So I don't watch every video from start to finish but find the sections I find most relevant to me and really try and understand that section well before attempting to implement anything.