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- Quickly looked through the lectures
- Or as quickly as possible since the videos kept hanging
- I was using Firefox and the programming environment did not work so I just skipped the quizzes
- Installed Chromium before moving to unit 1 and with that everything seems to work
Unit 1 - Introduction to Canvas rendering
- So now with Chromium I actually get to do the quizzes
- The tasks are simple (except the last one) but finding the correct functions etc. from the videos is not
- It seems that some of the stuff can be found from wiki→course transcripts. But still the lecture slides would have been nice.
- Better instructions for the quizzes would have been nice (especially for the last one, the others were basically copy-paste stuff)
- But at least I got a solution for all of them, even if the last one was quite different from example
After unit 1
- Time spent maybe 2 hours
- Learned that the stuff done on the course will only work with Chrome/Chromium
- Found some problems with udacity or at least with this course:
- I don't like the classroom/wiki/forum structure, why are the quizzes inside the lectures as I basically need to view the video while doing the quiz.
- No information on how long the lectures are
- No supporting material. The wiki is mainly notes for the lecturers, not so much help for the students. For example the link to http://www.webplatform.org/ was only mentioned in the video.
Unit 2 - Atlases
- Howto put small picture into bigger picture
- Quiz 1 - Parsing Texturepacker Output
- Learning how to find information from parsed json
- Quiz 2 - Rendering Texturepacker Output
- Learning how to find information from dictionary
- Quiz 3 - Parsing Trimmed Textures
- How to do funny coordinate transformations
- Problems with unit 2:
- The editor loses position after you change tab (and sometimes it doesn't. hmm…)
- The error messages from test runs are cryptic (“General error - fix something”)
- A lot of help can be found from forums
- Time spent with this unit about 2 hours.
- Ok, so the atlases unit continues.
- 2 more hours trying to understand how to read images from correct positions. Still don't completely understand, but at least managed to pass the quizzes.
- So total 4 hours with this unit.
Unit 3 - Input
- So now we are getting into the interesting stuff
- But the unit is filled with problems:
- Typos in instructions (the function names mainly)
- Differences with videos and quizzes
- Some of the quizzes didn't seem to check much, so after a pass I am not really sure if I did correct things.
- Completing this unit took about 2 hours of frustration with the mistakes in instructions and quiz-checking
Unit 4 - Entities
- This unit was interesting, easy and there were none of the problems seen with unit 3.
- Shows a nice way of managing all different types of entities.
- Took only about 1 hour to complete
Unit 5 - Physics
- So lets make our entities move
- A lot of quizzes but most of them really easy (add one line of code)
- Problems with understanding the overall structure. What class does what? We have entity related information in many classes but their relationships are not clear.
- Overally nice unit, but the architecture of our game world with entities would have been nice.
- Took about 2 hours to complete