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Game Career Seminar: Elevate Your Programming: Mastering Core Data Structures and Algorithms

Rez Graham  (Creative / Technical Director, Independent)

Location: Room 215, South Hall

Date: Friday, March 22

Time: 2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Friday Only Expo Pass, Indie Games Summit Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Game Career Development

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Data Structures & Algorithms form the core of every game, but many programmers don't have a solid understanding of how they really work when first starting out. Without knowing the internals of arrays, linked lists, graphs, trees, and hash tables, one won't know how to effectively apply them.

In this session, attendees will learn the internals of arrays, linked lists, hash tables, binary search trees, and graphs. Attendees will learn how some foundational graph and tree traversal algorithms work such as breadth-first search and depth-first search. The applications of these data structures and algorithms are also discussed using real-world examples.

The second part of the session focuses on low-level programming techniques, providing a gentle introduction to memory management, data-oriented design, and optimization theory. Finally, attendees will be provided with resources to continue their education in these subjects.


Attendees will walk away with a basic understanding of the core data structures, algorithms, and low-level concepts like cache coherency that are common in games. They will learn when to apply such concepts and be given resources to continue a deeper study of the subjects.

Intended Audience

Programmers who have some basic programming experience. A basic understanding of C++ or C# is preferred, but anyone with coding experience should be able to get something out of the talk.

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