Whether you are developing a website, a windows application, a windows phone application, or a game, there are certain universal truths to application development. Friday evening, I attended the Algonquin college game expo where graduates of the Game Development program showcased their final projects. Teams of students each developed games for the Xbox 360. The team members brought their graphical design and programming skills together to bring their game visions to life. I had some great conversations with them about the challenges they faced during development. It was interesting to discover how the lessons they learned are the same lessons I have seen others learn the hard way in the “real world.”
I couldn’t resist throwing together a My 5 featuring some very sound advice from the graduates of the Game Development program.
My 5 (or I guess I should call it Their 5) in no particular order
What I would do differently if I had to rebuild my application from scratch
I wonder if next year's students will be using the Kinect SDK! If you are interested in creating games, check out the App hub to access resources to develop for Xbox 360 or Windows Phone. The Go DevMental blog has some great tips too!