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Elliott Mahler (Senior Gameplay Programmer, Giant Squid)
Location: Room 2014, West Hall
Date: Thursday, March 24
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass - Get your pass now!
Viewing Experience: In-Person
Vault Recording: Video
Audience Level: No
Coroutines are a revolutionary language feature that can express complex gameplay logic through direct, clear functions. C# and Lua programmers have had access to coroutines for over a decade, but most C++ developers don't realize that coroutines were recently added to C++! Coroutines are now available and production-ready on all major game platforms using the C++14 language standard.
Elliott, one of the programmers behind The Pathless, shares how he wrote the entirety of The Pathless' gameplay code using C++ coroutines, and demonstrates how easily they can be integrated into existing game projects. Elliott also introduces Giant Squid's MIT-licensed library to jump-start the integration process. Discover how easy it is to unlock this futuristic new programming paradigm with a minimum of risk and effort.
Elliott explains what coroutines are, motivates their use in game programming, shows how they can be implemented in C++14 today, and demonstrates writing gameplay logic using C++ coroutines. In the process, he reveals how everyday game programmers can start implementing C++ gameplay coroutines in their own games.
Gameplay programmers of all experience levels will benefit from attending this talk. Knowledge of C++ is recommended (not required), including familiarity with templates and lambda functions. Engine programmers will also see how coroutines can be integrated into game frameworks and apply coroutines to non-gameplay systems.