Luke Briggs

A Definitive Changelog of Progress

Making a Mobile App – Chapter 3: The Setup

“He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive >incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.” Douglas Adams Setting up your React/Expo app is fairly straightforward but does require using the command line and some basic knowledge. You can find further detail here but I’ll summarise it now. Firstly you will need to download and install Node.js This is quite self explanatory as it has an actual wizard thus not requiring any command line interaction.

Making a Mobile App – Chapter 2: A Bad Worker Blames His Tools

“Don’t Panic.” Douglas Adams Finding the right tool for the job might be the most important thing I’ve learned >in my short time in the world of development. The classic conversation >everyone who wants to get into development goes something like this: New Guy: “What programming language is best.” Pro: “There isn’t one.” New Guy: “Ok. Well what programming language should I use for X.” Pro: “It depends.” New Guy: “Fine.

Where I Began

“It can be very dangerous to see things from somebody else’s point of view without the proper training.” Douglas Adams As I have said before, my first outreach into programming began with a GCSE Computer Science course which was cancelled after 7 months for various reasons. Those 7 months were possibly the best way to get a strong foundation of how programming languages work and the general structure in which they follow.

Inspection & Dissection: Ping! – My First Game in Unity

“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the > experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” Douglas Adams Available at my project page Why Such a Simple Game? Because I wouldn’t have made a game otherwise. You need to affirm any skills in the most basic of games. Even if it kills you making a game so boring, at least you’ve made a game and proved that you can do it.

A Game of Two Halves

“It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.” -Douglas Adams The first videogame I ever played was Crash Bandicoot for the PlayStation One. I spent many an hour running my little orange friend across precarious ledges and away from Raiders of the Lost Ark levels of boulderage. As is usually the case with videogames during your early childhood, I imagine I didn’t get anywhere near as far as I think.

The First Line of Code

“The Guide says there is an art to flying”, said Ford, “or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” -Douglas Adams I always had a desire to look under the hood of the video games and software I spent so much time on growing up but I was greeted with a rainbow of semi-colons and syntax before immediately closing the lid of my laptop and retiring back to being merely an end-user.