DEV Community

Discussion on: Learn Javascript through a Game

stealthmusic profile image
Jan Wedel

Great game you did there and nice post! Snake was the big thing on the first Nokia phones I used and I learned programming by changing the code of Nibbles, a snake clone shipped with QBasic.

A couple of minor ideas to improve the readability of the code:
A function that check collisions should probably not be called “die” or “eat”. I would suggest to create an abstraction that allows something like that:

if( snake.collidesWith(food) )        {}
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

This may appear as an unnecessary separation but separation of concerns really help to maintain and read code.

soupaul profile image
Souparno Paul Author • Edited

True. I thought about writing a function for collisions but decided against using the formal term. Collision detection is a big part of game development and I hope to address it in a different article. Great that you created the game using QBasic, which coincidentally also turns out to be the first programming language I learnt.