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Practical for Students of the ETH Zurich at the departement ITET

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PPS Tutorial

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In 2004, Patrick Boenzli? and Benjamin Grauer started to create Orxonox. In the autumn semester of 2005, they decided to offer Orxonox as a PPS at the ETH. The goal was to teach the students about open source development and to deepen their knowledge of programming and modeling and, last but not least, to create a cool game.

Since that time a lot has changed: The two fathers of Orxonox finished their studies and so former students of the PPS took over and continued the PPS. Every semester, the growing group of developers meet and organize a new PPS. There they try to learn from earlier mistakes and to build on gained experienc. Because in the end, all we want is our students being happy with their work and experience in our PPS.


If you're a student at the ETH Zürich at the departement ITET and you're in the second year, you can participate in our PPS. The Project is intended for students interested in game development or programming and modeling in general. Feel free to look around on our page to find something you're interested in.

Facts about our PPS:

  • You get 8 PPS-points
  • The PPS takes place on Wednesday, 13:15 until 16:00
  • The PPS starts at the 24th of September 2008
  • Rooms: ETZ H91 and ETF C 109 (teaching, courses, tutorials) and ETL F11 (coding sessions). You will be informed about room changes via email.
  • Requirements: You should at least be able to work on a computer. Most things will be taught by us, but we're not unhappy if you already know stuff about open source development tools.
    • Coding: Knowledge from the first year of the electrical engineering studies is sufficient
    • Design: Basic knowledge of image editing or 3D modeling

Also: This is not a useless PPS, where you learn nothing and just get over with. Everything you do in the PPS will be used in Orxonox and helps to make it better.

For more information feel free to contact the PPS leaders:


Date Time Room Topic Slides
24. sep. 2008 13:15 ETZ H91 Introduction and Modeling intruduction, modeling, tutorial?
1. oct. 2008 13:15 ETF C 109 Framework and tutorial?


For a list of the open tickets go here.

Ticket Project Code/CC Difficulty Student
#266 Object Priorities Code + Christian Peter?
#279 Planets CC + Marian Runo?
#262 Physics Engine Code ++ Martin Stypinski??
#263 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Code ++
#271 Sound Engine Code .
#278 Multiple builds support Other - Adrian Friedli?
#272 Editor Code +
#268 Modular Space Station CC + Mirko Kaiser?
#269 Enhance Older Models CC . Axel Bomhauer-Beins?
#270 Basic Weapon Concept Code . Martin Polak?
#273 Quest System Code . Damian Frick?
#274 Spaceship Navigation Code/CC .
#275 Environment Code/CC +
#276 Particle Effects Code/CC .
#277 Pickup System Code + David Sommer?
#251 Designing and scripting GUI sheets Code/CC .
#280 Overlays (Scoreboard, …) Code/CC . Benjamin Hildebrandt?
#281 Space Race Code .
#282 Formation flight Code +
#267 Improving the HUD Code/CC .
#265 Loading Bar Code/CC -
#264 Binary distribution Other -

Students involved

This link refers to the thread in the forum for the new students.

PPS Archive

Have a look at the past PPS semesters in the PPS Archive?.

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