So I didn’t really get any code done last night. Which leads me into my cool discovery last night. I was browsing the forums on gamedev.net lat night and read a post where someone linked Stanford Engineering Everywhere. So I talked to my cousin about it and he told me that MIT was doing something simliar so I had to check that out as well. So after checking out both sites I began to watch some of the online lectures and was really surprised. Even if it is just the introductory classes in the CS departments it really is useful to someone like me who has been programming a long time but did it all self-taught. It starts to give you that perspective of a engineer that is hard to teach yourself by just reading books and coding your own random projects.
So along with working on my game and doing the math videos/exercices at Khan acadmey I will now be following these lectures and probably joining the study groups they offer. Hopefully it all works out and helps me with my ultimate goal of getting into the game programming field. I do want to clarify this does not replace a degree and I know this. However with someone in my situation who works 7 12s for my real job and is trying to find a way to work on this dream myself, this puts me one step closer to the goal of getting some kind of 40-60 hour a week programming job where im not traveling all over the US. And at that point I can go to a actual college around my house and get my CS degree and have the piece of paper.
I do recommend to anyone who is trying to teach themselves all they can to be a software engineer and make a real career out of this to check out the two links at the top of this blog as well if you need any help with math, Kan Academy is a GREAT resource for math. Especially with the way the site has been redisgiend and has excercies to test you and a whole achievement system to give you that “game” feeling that we all love.
Well my time is up, the kids are waking up time to go start the day.