Rexxie

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  1. Anyone here code, either as a hobby or profession? How'd you get started?

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    2. monjardin

      monjardin

      I’ve been writing software professionally for almost 15 years.

      My BS is in electrical engineering, but I had trouble immediately finding a job doing that in the little town where I wanted to live. I’d tinkered with basic programming as a kid, and I had several classes in undergrad. So, I was able to bluff my way through an interview for a software development position. I picked up a C++ book and poured over it before starting. 

      I was pretty bad at first, but I’ve found that most people are too. I kept reading and learning on my own time until I got much better. These days I can easily pick up way more work than I want to do. 

      There is so much more material online now than when I started. I don’t know if going to college is really necessary for software development anymore with two exceptions:

      1. Getting a college degree shows that you’ll do something that takes a big commitment and see it through to completion. Any software project you do in school will be a cute toy compared to any real production application. Getting the degree gives confidence that you can do big projects too.

      2. I find that many self-taught developers write really poor performing software because they don’t learn some key concepts. I think software developers should have a basic understanding of how a computer (registers, stack, heap, cache, etc), and definitely have some exposure to data structures and algorithms. However, I lot of people get by making “apps” without that.

      A good way to get started would be to pick something reasonable that you want to build, learn what you need to do it, and see it through to completion. Throw it on GitHub and you’ve got a portfolio started.

      Anyway, let me know if you have any specific questions. 

    3. Haswell

      Haswell

      I dabble in code as a hobby mainly to make things work the way I want, or more rarely just to make things work in general. I think I started by being a shithead writing annoying batch files and automating ipconfig release/renew, fucked around with HTML/CSS/Javascript, moved on to Python and Java in high school to do useful things. THEN I messed around with games and started modding, contributed to SS13 for a while (BYOND language is the epitome of shit code). Can't really remember how and where I learned to code, or why.

      https://www.codecademy.com/catalog/subject/programming is a good place to start from scratch, pick your favorite language and follow the course. Learning how to code is primarily about getting a grasp on the concepts that can be used across any language you choose, after that it's all about reading up documentation for the language you're using for proper syntax and quirks. Basically variations on a theme.

      If you ever get stuck, google first. If you're still stuck, https://stackoverflow.com/

      @OOPMan

    4. woe2you

      woe2you

      Started as a hobby back in the stone age, ended up doing it professionally.

  2. I have to agree with Tupin here; the KV-5's weakness has not historically been tanks that could pen it, but tanks that it couldn't pen. Without that, there is no such thing a favorable brawl against a good KV-5. The armor buffs are fairly inconsequential compared to gaining 220 AP. While it's undeniably enough to peel off pref MM, I don't know how I feel about the changes. Pulling down the side and rear armor & buffing the front makes it feel like a generic heavy. Utilizing the armor scheme has always been one of the most unique bits of the vehicle.
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    On Allchat

    It has been a little over a year and a half since WG removed allchat. Looking back on it, what do you think? Did it help or hurt your enjoyment? Do you think it was a good decision?
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    On Allchat

    jesus christ guys
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    T28 "Appreciation" Thread

    I can't figure out how to use the T28. I have massive problems with the mobility/agility, I don't find the armor to be all that impressive, and the gun isn't great enough to manhandle people outside of my tier. The problems seem almost innumerable... for a tank that has given up (almost) everything for its armor, the armor isn't very good. You've got a 200mm glacis, 250mm superstructure, and ~150mm cupolas. It's low to the ground, so many heavies simply can ignore the armor in close combat. The side and back armor is basically nonexistent, and the completely flat roof means a SPG that lands a shell anywhere other than the frontal armor is very likely to pen. It doesn't have much HP, so using the armor it does have is never safe. It turns like a log, so if anything even remotely mobile gets close to you, you're likely to be hugged. And to top it all off, it's a tank that relies on DPM instead of alpha, so somehow you have to keep people in front of your immobile 120mm without them simply buggering off and leaving you to rot. Did I mention this thing moves at 15km/h? So... yeah. Am I just looking at a bad tank, or is there really a way to make this work? I sure as hell could make the T28 Prototype work, I can't believe how much harder this is. (also, my T28 stats are from shortly after release, so don't bother with those)
  6. dis our haus cabal of cats ask us questions give us pats So yea, AMA and shit. We're the same players, I'm just slightly more jaded from INCREESED SOLOPUBEING. I'm also a slut, sorry if i drool on you. (Oh, yeah, and ziddy's a fag.) Rex calls it an AMA but what he really means is pass the important questions to me, and hit on him.
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    Rex & Ziddy's CoC - A Lewd New Years

    I think a large part of it is the social aspect - my clan is dead, almost everyone I played with has quit, my server is apparently on life support, pubs are dead silent now, and the forum isn't exactly lively. Sometimes I'll log in, but not having a community makes it difficult to stick around. I like to say that I'm just waiting for an update, but I think I'm hoping the game will just feel more alive one day. Probably not going to happen, though! Glad you're enjoying yourself after 1.0! I think a lot of people, me included, like to keep around a low commitment competitive title around. That's what originally got me hooked for sure!
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    Rex & Ziddy's CoC - A Lewd New Years

    Hey waterwar! I dont actually play, I just keep tabs on the forum to see if anything is going on. I'm holding off until an update piques my interest! How about you, do you still play?
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    M35 Marathon Megathread

    The XP requirements here are pretty serious stuff, achieving the full 312,000 base XP required to finish the marathon is going to be a lot of work. If you're used to a premium account and the occasional booster, 312k base XP is enough to go from T1-T10. That's not too difficult if you had a month to finish, but with only 2 weeks you're going to have to be very committed. It's a little more manageable if you try to hit as many of the achievement-based unlocks as possible, but you're still looking at hundreds of games to finish the last few stages. The only way to do this as a casual is to finish the first 6 or 7 stages and purchase the rest, which I assume is WG's plan. (also the premium looks fairly boring imho but what do i know)
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    Panzer IV D 1:35 (Tamiya, wip)

    Throw them on www.imgur.com so that we can see them
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    Glacier

    Really shit map in my opinion. Middle vision is too strong. Being able to spot people in base almost immediately was not good on Malinovka, and it's not good here. I held W and killed two guys trying to pick a flank on circle. Seems fair. Camping near spawn is promoted. It's relatively easy to eventually dig out TDs trying it, but they can sit there farming until you clear out a path to them. You shouldnt be able to drive 50m from spawn and have agency over any attempted push on 2/3 of the flanks. Huge map that's actually just three corridors if you aren't mobile enough to play mid. Corridors on huge maps especially suck, because you have no way of making an impact if you picked the wrong flank.
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    Tiger I in winter whitewash (1/35 Academy)

    Awesome job! I love it
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    Forum Software Updated

    Nice one never! Everything seems to work great
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    Object 268 version WTF were they thinking?

    That would be a lot of fun. I wanted the old 263 to be like that, but the gun traverse and depression made it way too uncomfortable compared to the Jp2. I wouldn't mind if the vehicle was straight up mediocre - if it played like that, I'd still buy it.
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    T49 -- Land Arty in a Bite-Size Package

    I would not have been able to resist that ram, frick those thangs.
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    Object 430 Appreciation and Boasting Thread

    Nope, your weight/load capacity doesn't mean anything.
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    AMX M4 mle 1951 Appreciation thread

    The bully is real, any top tier matchup is a walk in the park: Like kolni mentioned, HEAT definitely does take some of the luster out of the tank, though. T10 MTs in particular are a real problem, so I just avoid them when possible.
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    Rex & Ziddy's CoC - A Lewd New Years

    Impressions from the 1.0 test server: Incredibly beautiful update. You're going to be blown away if you haven't played it yet. The new forest garage is a breath of fresh air, too. The only new visual that annoys me is the grainy anti-aliasing - 1.0 has far more detailed and small textures/models, especially on foliage, and the anti-aliasing gets a bit spoiled when the camera is moving. This should be less of a problem on larger monitors, but it's certainly noticeable at 1920x1080. ...but a very buggy one. Almost everything is just visual/audio bugs, but there's a lot of them. Flickering shadows, silently receiving damage, ceaseless reload noise etc. There's a lot of this kind of stuff wargaming has to burn through before release date. I wouldn't be too surprised if the planned march release is held back until april or even may, just going by what still needs to be done. From my experience, ranged combat/camo abuse is coming back in a smol way. Some maps have been flattened out, which allows longer sight & engagement ranges. TDs in particular will be (even) more popular. We're still well within corridor territory, but you can do something other than brawl a bit more often now. ...but the actual map design of some of these reworked maps is still WG-tier, so that "something other than brawl" will be camp, especially for pubbies. As usual the best spots are still ten seconds from spawn. It's really a mixed bag. I like longer engagement ranges and I think unicums will do better because of them, but I've got my doubts if the gameplay has actually been improved. We'll have to see. Until WG addresses T8 & T10 balance and the failure of the new template-based MM, I'm not going be too excited for the future of the game. With that said, I'm happy 1.0 is at least an improvement over live. All too often WoT patches end up being one step forward and two steps back.
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    AMX 65t "appreciation" thread

    Because nothing warms my frilly little heart on Valentine's more than the cold embrace of death, I ground out the entire 180k XP needed to finish the 65t this morning in a single sitting. I hope I choke to death on a massive cock before this garbage heap of a vehicle crosses my mind again.
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    The Landship, KV4

    Anyone notice the turret ring/mantlet is bugged? The visual model shows the mantlet clearly stop before the turret ring, the armor model has the mantlet cover most of the center: RIP thinking I could pen that.
  21. I've legitimately gotten TK'd/pushed into fire/bodyblocked etc. every other game since I started playing again. What gives? I don't speak in chat and no one knows who the fuck PBKAC is anymore, where is this latent pubgression coming from? Trying to play WoT is hard enough without my allies actively participating in my failure.

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    2. Assassin7

      Assassin7

      this is wierd, because I almost never get TK'd/pushed out on purpose etc etc.

    3. Rexxie

      Rexxie

      assassin IS the bully, confirmed

    4. cpraf104

      cpraf104

      None of the toxicity/retardation has changed in the community. The only thing that has changed is that tier 9/10 is now the cancer that it used to be a haven from.

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    Object 268 version WTF were they thinking?

    Their reasoning for replacing the 263 was that it wasn't being played like they wanted it to (they wanted it to be an assault TD, people were sniping with it) and it was messing MM up with the whole E3 vs 263 thing. Of course, what they say and what they have actually implemented isn't necessarily the same thing...
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    HD map reworks

    I think it's definitely just not being used to the backgrounds. After a few months things will feel like normal, again.
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    Object 263 Appreciation Thread

    So we now have what is frontally a T95 (outside of the lfp) that goes 55 kph. Has anyone tried it out? A lot of the tanks that came out/have been rebalanced this patch reek of an intern's drunken number fudging.