Programming has changed a lot over time, but new people may not have noticed much as they learn the new stuff. There seems to be a indie bunch out there as well as the professional teams making code, but it’s hard to say how the industry really works and how groups interact.
This section has an example of a game engine. Games do in fact use a wide variety of skills that can cross over into pure commercial applications that are not game related. It’s hoped that this article will not only interest game developers, but also the general programming community.
“jMonkeyEngine 3 is a game engine, written entirely in Java. Why don’t you try it?”
Github, code resources: is more general can could be used by any programmer
“Powerful collaboration, review, and code management for open source and private development projects.” — quote from https://github.com/
Github has code from various languages and should be of interest to a wide audience. While it may seem strange to the new programmer as to why this resource is required at first, in reality programmers are not masters of all skills and can’t always think of a good way to implement a solution. The reality is that taking a look at what other people have done can remind you of what you have already learned, provide a solution, or give you an idea of the the problems you are facing and what you might have to do to find a solution.
Programmers often work in teams because it not always easy to have all the skills and knowledge to complete a project. Even people that know little about programming, but have specialized in a specific field can be of assistance to a project.
Open source may assist programmers, but having a solution does not always mean that you will understand how that solution applies to your project. Additional research or finding the right person (with skills and knowledge) can be a way to tailor a solution to the needs of your specific project. If that does not work, then re-design your project so it only needs solutions you or your potential team mates can understand (or understand after a bit of research).
Working in teams is not always easy, but it can pay off big if you can get the right people and get the teamwork-skills that make teamwork so easy. Often a person who looks after the team is also a great help as everyone will have their own idea of how to do code, do documentation and how to hold meetings for example–and a central figure can often sort out these potential areas of conflict in the team. Another important area of developing a project is to always to keep an eye on the overall projects progress and direction, and a central figure can be of great help with this also.
Good luck with the projects.
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