Rogue is a dungeon crawling video game first developed by Michael Toy and Glenn Wichman around 1980. It is generally credited with being the first "graphical" adventure game, and was a favorite on college Unix systems in the early to mid-1980s, in part due to the procedural generation of game content.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

In Scottland they speak English

There is English and there is English.  I am from the US and have what is as close to what is the "Neutral US Accent."  This is the accent of the majority of news casters and for the most part the non-metropolitan east coast accent.  Being a geek I grew up with Monty Python and other British TV as well as spent some time in Australia.  And for the most part I never had an issue understanding most other non-US English speakers.  The vocabulary may change, but I could still understand what the words were said if I did not fully understand the context of the words.  Then there is Scotland.  In theory they speak English, but it is fairly difficult to tell at times. 

What does this have to do with programing?  Quite a bit.  There is C and C++ and for the most part it is all the same.  However everyone puts their own accent on it.  Since I am now learning DirectX, I am learning to understand the vocabulary used by Microsoft API base programs and able to translate in to my own understanding of the languages.

However, I am doing it in the most curious of ways.  I started with the DirectX 9 Tutorials from MSDN as I mentioned before.  But there was quite a bit of details missing.  Now I am going though Programming Role Playing Games with DirectX by Jim Adams.  The particular edition I have uses DirectX 8. Of course in reality I should be working with DirectX 10 or 11. So here I am flipping between that book, the MSDN site as well as the occasional Googling to see what other people have done.

I feel like I am having to translate English to English and back in to English again.  If Russian were in the middle, I could have gotten: "The Vodka is strong, but the meat is rotten."


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