C++ for Game Programmers

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C++ is the primary language used in game development; however, game programming has a unique set of challenges, which general application development techniques and recommendations don't apply to. Written to address this issue, C++ for Game Programmers provides practical suggestions for what C++ features to use in game development and why. Many of the misconceptions of C++ are clarified, and programmers learn the most effective methods for using the language to create games. This is primarily a book about ideas ...
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Overview

C++ is the primary language used in game development; however, game programming has a unique set of challenges, which general application development techniques and recommendations don't apply to. Written to address this issue, C++ for Game Programmers provides practical suggestions for what C++ features to use in game development and why. Many of the misconceptions of C++ are clarified, and programmers learn the most effective methods for using the language to create games. This is primarily a book about ideas and concepts: it is not just a source of C++ code to use in your game project. Instead, C++ for Game Programmers covers how things work from a game-development perspective, and provides practical rules to follow. It points out the most effective C++ practices and steers developers away from the potentially dangerous ones. It describes common C++ techniques to solve specific problems faced by most developers, and focuses on techniques that have been proven in real games. Additionally, specific new technologies such as STL are covered in detail, along with the challenges specific to different platforms such as PCs or game consoles. The techniques presented apply to all aspects of game programming, including graphics, physics, and AI. C++ for Game Programmers is the perfect resource for game programmers looking to perfect their C++ skills, and experienced programmers interested in entering the game industry. Graphics, embedded systems, and real-time systems programmers facing the same challenges as game programmers will also benefit from the ideas and techniques covered.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584502272
  • Publisher: Cengage Delmar Learning
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Series: Charles River Media Game Development Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Noel Llopis (Timonium, MD) is a software engineer at Day 1 Studios. He developed the technology for the game MechAssault and is now busy researching and implementing the technology for upcoming games. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also is a member of the Gamasutra editorial advisory board, and has written several articles on programming techniques in the Game Programming Gems series. He is a regular speaker at the Game Developers Conference.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Tapping the Power of C++
1: Inheritance
2: Multiple Inheritance
3: References and Constness
4: Templates
5: Exception Handling
Part II: Performance/Memory
6: Performance Tips
7: Memory Allocation
8: Use of STL
9: Optimizations
Part III: Special Techniques
10: Serialization
11: RTTI (Run Time Type Identification)
12: Dangling References
13: Scripting languages
14: Plug-ins
15: Physical Structure
16: Debugging Tricks
17: Crash-proofing Your Game
18: Multiple Platforms
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