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What are your thoughts on this course?

Hey guys and gals

I’m looking at a course on Udemy - Which aims to teach you C++ through the use of Unreal Engine 4. I was wondering what you would all think of it, and whether or not it would be a good start to getting the basics of the language and at the same time this great engine

Here is the link: https://www.udemy.com/unrealcourse/learn/v4/overview

Thanks for your time :slight_smile:

It may be useful to enrol on a more generic c++ course so that it widens your options outside of unreal and gives you an employable skill.

Very true - I just went for generic C++ with Unreal as I have some C# experience and also doing a degree in Java and Python starting in about 2 weeks, so I’ll be getting quite a bit of exposure over the years :slight_smile:

It’s a very good course to learn how to use C++ in the Unreal Engine, with a short non-UE4 introduction writing a simple game to run in a text console.

It’ll teach you enough C++ to work inside UE4, but you won’t end up knowing ‘general purpose’ C++. You’ll not know much about memory management, or things such as copy constructors, because UE4 is handling the majority creation and destruction of objects for you. You won’t be learning the STL (Standard Template Library) as UE4 uses their own custom libraries for strings, containers, and suchlike.

I give the Udemy course a high recommendation, but I’d suggest also grabbing a good C++ introduction such as the “C++ Primer” book by Lippman, Lajoie, and Moo. Between the two you’ll end up with a good understanding of the C++ language and the slightly unusual way it’s used in UE4.

(Also as you’re learning Python have you seen the 20tab project which allows embedding Python in the UE4? I wouldn’t use it for the parts of a game which require high performance, but for quick test projects, integrating with non-UE4 systems, tool development, and even the more data intensive parts of some games I’d give it a try. It’s certainly a fun way to play about with some Python code)

Yeah I agree with this assessment! Great for learning UE4 specific C++ and otherwise you might wanna grab a general purpose course as well.