Keeping Up-to-Date on Java Game Programming
Perhaps the most important aspect of continued success in Java
game programming is keeping up with the latest trends and technologies.
Fortunately, there are plenty of resources-both online and other-for
keeping your game programming skills up-to-date. This appendix
points you to some of the more useful resources, which you should
attempt to make use of as often as possible.
Sun's official Java site on the Web is maintained by JavaSoft
and contains all of the latest Java information and tools produced
by JavaSoft, the Sun subsidiary responsible for Java. You'll definitely
want to keep an eye on this site because it is the central location
for obtaining official Java updates. It also has a pretty extensive
set of online documentation, including a really nice Java tutorial.
The Sun JavaSoft Web site is located at http://www.javasoft.com
(see Fig-ure B.1).
Figure B.1 : Sun's JavaSoft Web site.
Gamelan is currently the end-all Java resource directory! Besides
the official Java Web site at Sun, Gamelan is by far the most
useful and comprehensive source of Java information anywhere.
It conveniently divides Java up into different categories, with
each leading to a wealth of information, source code, and sample
applets. Check out Gamelan yourself and you'll see what I mean.
It's located at http://www.gamelan.com
(see Figure B.2).
Figure B.2 : The Gamelan Web site.
The JavaWorld online journal is an excellent publication by IDG
Communications that always has some interesting Java programming
articles. You can even subscribe to JavaWorld and receive Java
information via e-mail. The JavaWorld Web site is located at http://www.javaworld.com
(see Figure B.3).
Figure B.3 : The JavaWorld online journal Web site.
Digital Espresso is an online weekly summary of the traffic appearing
in the various Java mailing lists and news groups. Digital Espresso
is an excellent Java resource because it pulls information from
a variety of sources into a single Web site. It is located at
(see Figure B.4).
Figure B.4 : The Digital Espresso Web site.
The Java Developer Web site is a very good Web site for sharing
information and finding answers to Java programming questions.
It has a section called "How Do I
" that lists
common (and not so common) Java programming questions and their
corresponding answers, including example source code. The Java
Developer Web site is located at http://www.digitalfocus.com/faq
(see Figure B.5).
Figure B.5 : The Java Developer Web site.
When you want to get some game ideas or just check out what other
Java game programmers are up to, head over to the Applet Arcade.
The Applet Arcade is a Web site containing links to a wide variety
of Java games. The Applet Arcade is located at http://members.aol.com/shadows125/arcade.asp
(see Figure B.6).
Figure B.6 : The Applet Arcade Web site.
An excellent source for general game programming tips and tricks
is Game Developer magazine. Game Developer isn't
likely to include a great deal of Java information, but it is
indispensable in keeping up with the latest game programming techniques.
You can pick up a copy of the magazine at your local guidestore,
or check out their Web site at http://www.gdmag.com
(see Figure B.7).
Figure B.7 : The Game Developer magazine Web site.
Another cool source of general game information is the Games Domain
Web site. The Games Domain contains a variety of game information,
including reviews and a complete section devoted to game programming.
It is located at http://www.gamesdomain.co.uk
(see Figure B.8).
Figure B.8 : The Games Domain Web site.
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