John P. Doran, Matt Casanova
Publication year: 2017

Book Description

You’ve learned how to program, and you’ve probably created some simple games at some point, but now you want to build larger projects and find out how to resolve your problems. So instead of a coder, you might now want to think like a game developer or software engineer. To organize your code well, you need certain tools to do so, and that’s what this book is all about.

You will learn techniques to code quickly and correctly, while ensuring your code is modular and easily understandable.

To begin, we will start with the core game programming patterns, but not the usual way. We will take the use case strategy with this book. We will take an AAA standard game and show you the hurdles at multiple stages of development. Similarly, various use cases are used to showcase other patterns such as the adapter pattern, prototype pattern, flyweight pattern, and observer pattern. Lastly, we’ll go over some tips and tricks on how to refactor your code to remove common code smells and make it easier for others to work with you. By the end of the book you will be proficient in using the most popular and frequently used patterns with the best practices.

What You Will Learn

  • Implement key data interaction techniques to enable seamless online gaming
  • Reduce the maintenance burden with well-tested, cleaner code
  • Employ the singleton pattern effectively to reduce your compiler workload
  • Use the factory pattern to help you create different objects with the same creation logic and reduce coding time
  • Improve game performance with Object Pools
  • Allow game play to interact with physics or graphics in an abstract way
  • Refractor your code to remove common code smells