Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Task 1 - Formative Computing for Games.

The Programmers Role;

A programmer is a person who writes computer software, there are many names for people in this nature of work; programmer, computer programmer, developer, coder or software engineer. These  people will often work in primary programming languages such as C, C++, C#, Java, Lisp, Python ect… a programmer can be a person who specialises in one area of programming or can be a generalist who writes code for many kinds of software.

Programmers in the Games industry are very passionate when it comes to games, whether it’s free to play on a mobile/ tablet device or it’s on a console or computer, they’re always up for a challenge. Programmers help shape the game using rapid development processes and maximise the games potential using established analytics.

.           The key duties of a programmer in the games industry are to actively participate in code and feature design as without understanding the ideas that other employees in the business are coming up with, the programmer might not understand how to visualise problems and outcomes as clearly as they company would like. Visualisation is a big part of how programmers think, not in the same way an artist visualises things however they often sit down and create small flow charts to help them get a basic idea of the code they will start writing. Working with designers and artists can often help a programmer with implementing desired features in which he has not come up with, in the games industry this is often a trial and error period in which the artists and programmers go back and forth ensuring that they are creating exactly what they want.
Programmers are often asked to program game systems, tools and user interfaces to certain specifications, so being able to stick imagination and logic together, however there are loads of different programming areas such as; Game Engine, Physics Engine, Graphics Engine, Artificial Intelligence, Sound, Gameplay, Scripter, User Interface, Network ,Games Tools, Porting, Technology and Generalist Programmer, each of these would still be expected to report to a Team Lead when creating features as you as a programmer would not have the authority to approve such items.
Programmers who work in the industry will often have a good understanding of programming principles such as D.R.Y (Don’t repeat yourself.), K.I.S.S (Keep it simple stupid.), or Do the simplest thing that could possibly work, these will often make a programmer more efficient in the workplace which will make them better in the long run. Programmers will often be willing to learn new technologies and open minded to the changes that haven’t happened yet but will inevitably happen.  Being a programmer is an iterative process and being open minded often helps when you know that the code you’ve written is probably wrong; this is a skill that all programmers have acquired over time.

Daily Duties of Computer Programmers:
  • Writing software programs in a variety of computer code languages, including C++, JavaScript, and HTML
  • Updating and expanding present programs to be more current with the latest technological advancements
  • Utilizing code libraries as collections of independent code lines to simplify the writing of computer programs
  • Debugging codes, evaluating the effectiveness of programs, and fixing any errors
  • Building computer-assisted software engineering (CASE) resources to automate the writing of computer codes
  • Designing mobile applications, systems interfaces, and computer operating systems
  • Training users or computer operators on how a new program functions
Computer Programmer Job Description
In most cases, computer programmers can be found working in office settings within the computer systems design and related services industry. Some computer programmers who are experts in a specific concentrated area may also find employment as consultants for outside firms and travel frequently between various work locations. Since writing code can be completed from basically anywhere, many computer programmers also telecommute.

Overall programmers are very driven and motivated individuals that will have strong communication abilities, good attention to detail and are often if in the games industry are passionate about games, great team players.

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