Game Programming Gems 7 (Game Programming Gems (W/CD)) Hardcover – 22 Jan 2008
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The seventh volume of the "Game Programming Gems" series is the latest volume is this must-have reference series for game developers. This series helped define the standards for game programming and continues to be the main resource for game programmers searching for new, innovative techniques. This volume has something for everyone on the programming team. It will help with a variety of specialized issues, as well as the more general issues that arise in every game today. These cutting-edge, ready-to-use techniques are shared by your peers in the industry and are written to make you more efficient and save hours of development time and money.With the new platforms, high-quality models, animations, physics and effects are more important than ever. Players expect nothing but the best quality, so to help ensure that your games are still delivered on time and on budget, you can use this all new collection as a key resource for achieving these goals. So, whether you're a new game programmer starting out in game programming or a seasoned pro, you will find inspiration, insight, and a plethora of new techniques for developer's tool box!
About the Author
Scott Jacobs has been working in the games industry since 1995. Currently he is a Senior Software Engineer at Destineer. Prior to this he has worked as a software engineer at the serious games company Virtual Heroes, two Ubisoft studios including Redstorm Entertainment, and began in the game development industry at Interactive Magic. He also served as the Network & Multiplayer section edition in Game Programming Gems 6. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and a house full of creatures.
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The CD is absolutely ridiculous. Of the half-dozen examples I've looked at so far, one was completely missing and all but one of the others just didn't work. The binaries died with strange errors; trying to build the source gets you a laundry list of nontrivial errors. One example appears to have been built on top of a very old version of the DirectX sample framework, and doesn't include a copy of any of the headers that it needs from that framework; another throws errors about missing arguments in function calls.
Even if the code did compile, though, it's generally absolutely horribly organized. One example chose to pile everything into a single source file--including a TGA loader class cribbed from GPWiki, some basic utility classes, a bunch of DirectX setup code, and (somewhere in there) the several dozen lines of the actual example. Comments are generally sparse.
Despite the fact that the book has been out for almost a year and that there are a significant number of problems, there is also absolutely no errata available via the publisher's website. In fact, the only way I found the missing example was to find a forum post discussing the fact that it was missing which included, in a reply, a link to the author's blog. The blog was, of course, being "updated" and so the post in question was gone; it took a trip to Google's cache to get the download link on that page to get the source.
Read the articles! They're decent stuff--but the CD is a bad, bad joke. Since most, if not all, of the articles in this book are simply about implementing techniques that are well-covered in the literature, that detracts significantly from the book's usefulness and appeal.