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Discussion in 'Editor & General Support' started by Mindless_Soul, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. Mindless_Soul

    Mindless_Soul

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    Does any one here know where I could get a good book that would help me better understand how javascripting with unity works?
    I have tried Barnes and Noble but they just have a bunch of windows crap dealing with direct x or torque script (I did find one on openGL, but that's a whole different story).
    I would use the Unity script reference, or the scripting tutorial, but those are still confusing for me because I have no idea what the hell I am doing.
    It would be really nice if OverTheEdge sold a 1,300 page book that teaches newbs like me how to better understand Unity.

    Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. antenna-tree

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    I have no suggestions for you, just want to add my empathy on the subject. When I first started out with Unity I did the same thing... went to the local book store and tried to find a good book on Javascript (that wasn't 100% web based). No such luck. Only after a few months of using Unity has everything started to sink into my brain and make sense.

    I think there should be a very basic (absolutely BASIC) tutorial on how classes work in Unity. And there should be a syntax example for absolutely everything in the script reference. It would save a lot of beginners some serious headaches.

    A Unity book is a ways off, but maybe by 3.0 :wink:
     
  3. Sync1B

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    I think that a book could be very possible but the problem would be that 2.0 will come soon (not soon enough!) and there is a relatively small user base. It might be hard to be profitable with a book because of this.
    Agreed. Lets do it. :D Why not take all of the script refrences, put it in a wiki and we start making scripting examples for every thing. I would be glad to host a wiki. Although some times things like that dont really go any where... but hey, we could give it a try.

    thats just my 2 cents

    -Bill
     
  4. tsphillips

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  5. IamBob

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    Yes please. I feel like I'm doing too much copy/pasting from existing scripts and I've been reading/consulting the docs a lot. A larger body of scripts to copy from would nice but simple concepts/examples/tuutorials would probably help more.

    Hey sync1b, I've been meaning to ask, where abouts in OR are you? I'm about halfway between Roseburg and Eugene.
     
  6. Mindless_Soul

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    I have been doing the same thing. That is a problem because I don't understand exactly what I'm doing, so how will I ever learn...

    I have great ideas of what my game needs, but then I slam into the brick wall of not knowing how to script it.

    Thanks for all of the feedback.
     
  7. Sync1B

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    Well I dont know if we want to organize the entire script refrence on there, ill talk to jeff.

    Im in portland.
     
  8. guategeek_legacy

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    The wiki is there to be useful, if you want to add that to the wiki that is fine. Just do so in an organized way, and keep things clean. Enjoy. Jeff
     
  9. IamBob

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    Portland eh..not much chance on meeting for coffee then. About the farthest north I get on a regular basis is Albany or Salem.

    I'd contribute to the wiki but nobody wants that....not yet.
     
  10. Sync1B

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    Yeah your a ways out there, I dont get much free time any ways. School is a bitch.

    I think we should find out if people will contribute/want another script refrence if me (or some one else) is going to spend the time copying the existing one over to the wiki. I think the only reason people would benefit from another script reference is if us users actually added notes and examples, I know for some people they dont have the time or desire to do that. Maybe ill start a poll... Lets see how that does.

    [edit] I just realized they dont have polls... I thought that was a standard phpBB thing, guess not. So we will wait on the poll [/edit]

    -Bill
     
  11. Joachim_Ante

    Joachim_Ante

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    People who want to contribute to the documentation should contact me via e-mail. (joe at otee.dk)
    We have an internal wiki which we use to generate the html documentation.

    At the moment what you can change is limited to the reference manual and how-tos but this is also what needs most work.

    People who are interested in contributing documentation will get a wiki account.
     
  12. Mindless_Soul

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    Nice. I'm looking forward to some more how-to's.
    Although I won't be helping out yet because I'm too much of a noob... :oops:
    I can still recommend good how-to's... :wink: