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Unreal Development Kit Game Programming with UnrealScript: Beginner's Guide Paperback – December 15, 2011
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I am so glad I did and am more than happy that I was wrong. This book goes well past the "How to write your first program" rigmarole of most UnrealScript books. It steps straight into how UnrealScript works, what the keywords are used for, and real-world examples of what you can do with UnrealScript. I thought I had a good knowledge of UnrealScript basics, but within the first 30 pages Rachel's book already showed me a MUCH simpler approach to changing a camera than what I spent three days doing.
The most amazing thing about this book is the professional approach she takes with the organization of her code. She brings up important points that novices in the development field should know about writing maintainable code. Having worked in the software development industry for 15 years, this book feels simple enough to help new people but is comprehensive enough to be a boon to a seasoned developer.
If you want to learn UnrealScript, BUY THIS BOOK.
This book is JUST programming. You will need to supplement it with other books or tutorials online for things like design and content creation (modeling, animation, art, etc...) to have a good looking game but, she gives you a good base to start out making the game fun to play.
I bought the Kindle version and some of the formatting is messed up or characters were dropped in important places, like a minus sign in a function. All of them I have run across so far have been easy for an intermediate/advanced programmer to find but would probably cause some frustration for a beginner when their code won't compile. On the plus side, I do like being able to add highlights, notes, and bookmarks as well as search in the Kindle Reader app.
With more than 420 pages of instructional content, it looks a bit daunting at first, but a fast skim through the text shows Cordone is having fun with her material. Her gamer's personality comes through and the text is conversationally informal and refreshing for the reader. Overall she maintains a comfortable environment where the beginner experiences more enjoyable progress and less anxiety over the material.
The book is best for beginner game developers. or beginners to UnrealScript, but if readers have had even a basic programming course, or ever worked with any kind of scripting at all, they'll see rapid progress in the Unreal environment.
For a point of reference, I came to video game development from a multimedia and web background, and I have a little experience with other scripting, and a lot of experience in the UDK editor and with Kismet. As a game artist and level designer, I sense that some of the stuff in here I might never use, and it would be an advantage if a few more of the complex functions had descriptions of why they're used, or in what situation, from a game play standpoint instead of a coder's motives.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Is a great reference for pre 4.0. I have stopped using unreal at 4.0 and do not know if this particular release is relevant to 4.0 + unrealPublished 4 months ago by Jckassius CLay
fantastic book. Unrealscript is deprecated, but the information and techniques discussed are very clear and easy to follow.Published on July 24, 2014 by Kyle Mulqueen
The complexity level of the material is a basic semester at a college, very easy. I can do without the outdated links, the waste of life method to download the source code, and... Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by Mike D.
Ordering of information is weird, and didn't really help me figure things out too well. It helped a little getting a baseline for certain features of the language, but was only... Read morePublished on April 13, 2014 by Daniel
As someone who has dabbled in programming on and off over the years, this is a basic introduction to programming concepts using the Unreal Scripting language. Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by JNC
Great Book !
This book was everything i wanted and expected
i wouldnt have bought any other book on the subject
the book covers alot of usefull hints tips and... Read more
The book is clear and informative. There are some chapters that you can skim through if you have basic programming knowledge but the majority of the book is worth reading.Published on October 4, 2013 by Kevin
If your main goal is learning UnrealScript; look no further from this book. It is written very well, covers a large number of topics, and teaches very good coding practice that... Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Michael Schilling
Well written and allows the user to move through it to determine what interests them the most. I'm a hobby shop programmer so some of the concepts required some research and you... Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by charles e heidal