I passed all but one of my Unisa exams last year and I’m feeling positive with continuing to study for my degree this year.
This semester I registered for Introduction to Programming (C++) which I unfortunately failed last semester as well as Visual Programming I, Maths and Mining (Physics, Chemistry) as part of my extended program. Now I have to wait for Unisa to approve the registration before I can kick off this year’s studying.
I also started game development using C# and Unity with a colleague to make a few small games with the end goal being a competitive FPS.
I am currently working through a Unity tutorial and one of the tasks I had to do is access the Unity API help documentation from within my code editor which happens to be Visual Studio 2015 which I am using on my Windows 10 PC. Unfortunately the API help documentation plugin is not installed by default.
To add the plugin browse to this link and download the Visual Studio 2015 Tools for Unity. Install the Unity Tools for Unity and then follow the below steps to setup a shortcut.
Keep in mind that I used ctrl + ‘ as the shortcut as used in Monodevelop. This will overwrite a teams shortcut. This was done for 2 reasons, to use the same shortcut from Visual Studio on my Windows PC and in Monodevelop on my Linux machines. Using ctrl + m and ctrl + h did not open the API documentation for me as described in the official documentation.
- Open Visual Studio
- Browse to: Debug -> Options
- Drop down Environment and click on Keyboard
- On the right hand side look for Help.UnityAPIReference
- Set your desired shortcut key and click on “OK”
I only tested this for Visual Studio 2015, not sure if later versions are supported.
I’ve been playing with different ways of learning to program like reading books and watching videos.
There’s a huge amount of resources to go and learn and I always felt that videos are the best way for me to learn programming as it is the medium I use to study for my Microsoft exams. That is till I bought the book Beginning C# 6.0 Programming with Visual Studio 2015 by Benjamin Perkins, Jacob Vibe Hammer and Jon D. Reid.
I found it much easier to learn programming from books especially the book mentioned above. My issue is that my mind wonders when watching videos and I noticed that I miss key concepts when watching and following the videos. However, I still use videos to learn programming as it just feels easier to get through the information presented.
Basically what I’m saying here is that I will be working through this book and then come back and blog about my experience using a book to study versus using videos to study.
Click on the links to buy the book Beginning C# 6.0 Programming with Visual Studio 2015 if you also feel that books might be more to your liking in studying a specific topic or technology.