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Learn how to install Slick2D in such a way that you can easily compile and execute Slick2D programs from the command line with no need for a high level IDE.

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Turning the crank

As a professor of Computer Information Technology at Austin Community College, I teach courses in game programming using both C++ and C#/XNA. Ihave long had a concern that students enter my courses expecting to simply "turn the crank" on a game engine such as Dark GDK or XNA and have great games emerge from the other end of the process. Unfortunately, itisn't quite that easy.

Anatomy of a game engine

Given time limitations and other restrictions, it is not practical to teach those students much about the inner working of such game engines. Therefore, Ihave decided to publish a series of modules on the anatomy of a game engine that my students, (and other interested parties) can read to learn about those inner workings.

First in a collection

Therefore, this module is the first in a collection of modules designed to teach you about the anatomy of a typical game engine (sometimes called a game framework) .

The Slick2D library

I have chosen to concentrate on a free game library named Slick2D ,(which is written in Java) for several reasons including the following:

  • Java is the language with which I am the most comfortable. Hence, I can probably do a better job of explaining the anatomy of a game engine thatuses Slick2D than would be the case for a game engine written in C++, C#, Python, or some otherprogramming language.
  • Java has proven in recent years to be a commercially successful game programming language. For example, I cite the commercial game named Minecraft , written in Java, for which apparently millions of copies have been sold. Also, Java is used fordeveloping apps for Android.
  • Slick2D is free and the source code for Slick2D is readily available.
  • The overall structure of a basic Slick2D game engine is very similar to Dark GDK and XNA, andis probably similar to other game engines as well.
  • Java is platform independent.

Applicable to other environments as well

Although the modules in this collection will concentrate on the Java game library named Slick2D, theconcepts involved and the knowledge that you will gain is applicable to other game engines written in different programming languages.


The purpose of this module is to get you started, including showing you how to download and install Slick2D, and how to compile and execute your firstSlick2D program. Future modules will start digging into and explaining the innerworkings of a basic Slick2D game engine.

What you should know

This series of modules is not intended for beginning programmers. As a minimum, you should already know about fundamental programming concepts such as if statements, for loops, while loops, method or function calls, parameter passing, etc. Ideally, you will havesome object-oriented programming knowledge in a modern programming language such as Java, C#, C++, or possibly Python or JavaScript.

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
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industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
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Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
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what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
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Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
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s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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