I am just getting started in programming, learning on Visual Studio.NET,
mostly in Visual Basic, picking up some C# when I can, and avoiding C++
(so far). I have been looking for some basic tutorials on how to draw
graphics with DirectX using Visual Basic.NET (actually anything .NET)
and haven’t been finding much. I realize .NET is new … just hoping to
find something to get me going on this. Anyone point me in the right
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This is what this forum for. It is to help others with their problems.
Because .NET is new, I don’t think you can find much material on the
web. Your best bet would be books. However, since I also use .NET, I
find the MSDN very useful and it answers most of my questions.
Why are you trying to avoid C++?
yes the msdn articles are great.
Why am I avoiding C++ … well I do want to learn it someday. But for
now, I have been taking some courses that are an intro to VS.NET using
Visual Basic, and I would like to continue to learn the VB first. Then
when I get a better understanding of the dynamics of programming, the
flow of logic, the design, the use of objects and dlls, etc… then I
think would be a better time to dive into C++. I just get the impression
that it is a more complex (and more powerful) language. Is there a flaw
in my approach?
C/C++ also lets you get closer to the hardware and low level functions.
I think that it would have been best for you to start off with Java and
then dive into C++ because Java is easy to learn, and has syntax very
very similar to C++, but avoid the syntax quibbles and memory management
other languages are ok to learn from (i also started with qbasic years
and years ago) but if you’re goal is game programming, everything else
is just a halfway house until you can get your stuff together and learn
c/c++ really isn’t that bad. buy a book, take a class. there are tons of
people on irc, forums, etc that’d be willing to help you with syntax, or
Ah QBasic, been there done that.
I started out on Atari Basic and Apple Basic, and quickly moved on to
assembly, long long ago.
Another note about learning any language, is that once you have learned
one, the logic one follows to write a program, learning any other
language becomes pretty easy as you are more learning the particular
syntax of the language while the logic remains the same.
As for OOP, this can cause some to have to re-learn how to think, but it
is a fun learning process.