Programming Challenge: Battle Ships

14 Mar

I have been studying programming for about a year now and want to challenge myself to see how much I know and still need to learn so I decided to make a small game based on battle ships.

Its going to be a fairly simple console based version to which I am hoping to add features and functionality as I learn more and more.


  • Written in C language to be ported later to C++ or C# and made a console program
  • Should display the screen using X
  • The ships will be displayed using DDDD for destroyer, and be allowed to place vertical or horizontally
  • Basic battleships rules apply
  • It will have single player initially and hopefully multiplayer on both the same machine and over a network
  • Cross platform compatibility on Linux and Windows
  • Specs maybe changed or updated at a later date

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2 Responses to “Programming Challenge: Battle Ships”

  1. pizer March 14, 2009 at 7:08 pm #

    “Written in C language to be ported later to C++ or C# and made a console program”

    It seems like a good exercise if you want to learn to code in C as well as C++ or C#. But don’t learn C if you’re not interested in C. The programming styles of the other languages will be totally different (even though C is mostly a subset of C++). Nowadays, C isn’t considered worth learning as prerequisite for C++ because C++ offers much better alternatives to some things you would write in C.

    Good luck!


  2. toughaspixels March 14, 2009 at 10:36 pm #

    I was going to write program in C++ but I’m only familiar with the C libraries (ncurses.h for linux and conio.h for windows) for console programming and although they would be compatible with C++ Id rather use native C++ libraries once I figure out what they are.

    Thanks for the tip though I’ll keep it in mind.

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