Posted on August 12, 2008 by Doolwind

Game Developer Interview: Greg Douglas – Game Engine Programmer

I’ve worked with a lot of awesome people in the games industry.  I’ve learned a lot from these people and I thought a great way of sharing their knowledge and wisdom would be to start a game developer spotlight.  This is my first attempt, I’m interested in people’s feedback.  I worked with Greg on Battlestar Galactica and on an unreleased title before leaving Auran. Read More

Posted on July 7, 2008 by Doolwind

Opticode – Brisbane .NET and Silverlight Development

So a few months ago I posted about resigning and how I was planning to set up a software development company. It’s now a little over 6 months later and I thought I’d give everyone an update on how things are going. Walter and I formed Opticode late last year and have been busy making ASP.NET, .NET and Silverlight applications for quite a few clients around Brisbane. I’m still doing some game development contract work where I’m currently helping with the development of a multi-threaded renderer as well as some C# tools development.

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Posted on June 13, 2008 by Doolwind

Java Isn't The Problem

Quite a few people recently have been blaming Java for part of the downfall in current computer science (CS) graduates. While I don’t particularly like java, I’d like to go to its defence to say that teaching Java is not the real reason that a lot of CS graduates are no good these days. I know this is a touchy subject for some people so I apologise in advance if I’ve offended anyone.

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Posted on May 1, 2008 by Doolwind

Doolwind's Game Coding Standard

For some time now I’ve been asked by a few people to write up my thoughts on a coding standard. To me, coding standards are like source control, until you use them you don’t realise just how awesome they are. Coding standards are a requirement for large software teams, however even if you are working alone I’d recommend adopting at least a simple coding standard.Keeping code consistent and readable is helpful when reading other people’s code as well as when reading your own code weeks or months are it was written. In effect a coding standard is trading development time for maintainability time. I’ve found that the ratio of dev time to maintenance time grows from 1:1 on a small project to something approaching 1:∞ on larger projects.

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Posted on December 13, 2007 by Doolwind

Auran Is Dead

Just spoke to some ex-colleagues of mine from Auran. Auran Developments (who hires the dev team) has just gone into liquidation and has shut up shop. The guys don’t get paid this week, they don’t get their holidays paid out, and they don’t get redundancy packages.

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