Interview with Philip Walker

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Philip Walker is the author of Unity Certified Programmer: Exam Guide, we got the chance to sit down with him and find out more about his experience of writing with Packt.

Q: How did you become an author for Packt? Tell us about your journey.

Philip: Packt themselves reached out to me via an email. I automatically said “Yes” before even thinking about it.

Q: How long did it take you to write the book?

Philip: A year and 3 months.

Q: What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning the book?

Philip: I had a rough overview in what I wanted to do. The book is about the Unity Programmer Exam so you already have a guideline what you need to have in the book.

Q: Did you face any challenges during the writing process? How did you overcome them?

Philip: There are plenty of challenges when you take on a project that cuts into your own time. You have to make sacrifices with social, staying up later, just finding anytime you have goes into the book. You’ve also got to think of others, writing a book my partner did find it difficult, she would have to keep herself distracted because I was in the corner typing all the time. You can only do your best with the time you are given.

Q: What advice would you give to readers learning tech? Do you have any top tips?

Philip: Divide and conquer your problems, identify your weaknesses so you can focus on them bit by bit and turn them into your strengths. In my book I recommend the reader to take the full mock test at the back of the book straight away so they can instantly tell what they are lacking (if anything).

Q. How do you keep up-to-date on your tech?

Philip: I’m naturally interested in tech so it’s more of a habit to have around. My usual routines are checking Unity’s own blog, YouTube tutorials, #gamedev #unity3d hastags on linkedin/twitter. With Unity becoming more than a game engine, you really need to make a decision within it otherwise you’ll only have a basic understanding of everything instead of specializing in a particular skill.

Q. Do you have a blog that readers can follow?

Philip: Not any more, and the reason is that I’m currently making my own game which is all hush hush at the moment. If I am going to mention anything tech related it’s best to follow me on twitter @retrophilion

Q. Can you share any blogs, websites and forums to help readers gain a holistic view of the tech they are learning?

Philip: There were times I didn’t think I was ever going finish the book, and especially near to the end of the journey I became more and more nervous thinking something bad was going to happen and the book was going to get cancelled. Because you put so much time into something it becomes more precious to you…it’s a weird feeling I’ve never had before. That all sounds nervous and terrible sorry, but I did it, and my book is being sold all over the world. If you have the time to spare, do it.

Q. How would you describe your author journey with Packt? Would you recommend Packt to aspiring authors?

Philip: There were times I didn’t think I was ever going finish the book, and especially near to the end of the journey I became more and more nervous thinking something bad was going to happen and the book was going to get cancelled. Because you put so much time into something it becomes more precious to you…it’s a weird feeling I’ve never had before. That all sounds nervous and terrible sorry, but I did it, and my book is being sold all over the world. If you have the time to spare, do it.

You can find Philip’s book on Amazon by following this link: Please click here

Unity Certified Programmer: Exam Guide – Available on Amazon.com for Pre-Order