Hi Bill,
I've answered most of these questions before over the passed couple of days, but again here is a quick answer to your questions. Yes, there are free tools to create C++ and C# applications. For Windows users Microsoft has a free set of tools under Visual Studio Express for creating C++, C#, and Visual Basic applications. Those can be downloaded from my developer site
http://developers.usagamesinteractive.com/downloads
and for open source users there is things like the gcc compiler for Mac, Linux, and Windows. As for learning to program based on free materials I haven't done it myself so I am probably a bit bias in that regard. I tend to pay for programming education from places like Safari that gives you practically unlimited programming resources to learn from. However, I imagine there are good free C++ books and materials out there to learn from.


HTH


William L. Houts wrote:

Well, actually, it's notjust about C++. I'm wondering what I would have to do to learn a programming language which would be useful for coding games. I have the time to invest, I just don't have a lot of money. Is it possible to get the programming tools for, say, C++ or C#online? Are there freeware versions of these things available, or do I have to cough up bux? And finally, are there online resources for learning the language? Is it possible to learn C programming purely by making use of online tools?

If these are foolish questions, I'd like to know which questions I should be asking. For instance, I would be very interested in guidance from old hands like Thomas or Jim as to which way to turn, now that I've made the decision to acquire the skill. I think making accessible games is a great, even a noble ambition, and I'd be proud to join the ranks of guys like them.


--Bill



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