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GOLF by BLUCK, ROB ( AUTHOR ) Jun-01-2009 Paperback Paperback – 2009

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: BOOKMART 2009 (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008SMGHI6
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BookWorm v CodeMonkey on 5 Nov. 2009
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Easy to follow, solid introduction to using XNA. Focuses on structure and the basics of ensuring results for a console based application. Price is OK and does what I wanted it to do... ie get me started.
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As an experience VB programmer, I wanted to move to a more modern platfor. Hence XNA. This book is great for me as it assumed no C# knowledge. I am still working my way through it, as time allows.
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As the title states, this is a great option for the novice programmer just getting started with making games.
Very clearly written, explanatory and light-hearted.
Would recommend.
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By S. Anderson on 28 July 2010
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One of the best written text books I've come across, it takes you through everything step by step whilst still encouraging you to think on your own. I highly recommend it.
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Rob Miles writes for ACTUAL beginners... 7 Aug. 2009
By Wiliam V. Heldman - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm high-school teacher in Lakewood, Colorado. Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, the C# language, and XNA 3.0 make for a pretty hefty learning curve when you're a late-adolescent in love with your xBox games and you want to make some yourself.

I've been using Mr. Miles book since XNA 2.0, and have found it to be just the right combination of humor, ease of learning, and correct software development norms.

I just wish other books that say they're for the beginner really were. This book is truly for the beginner.

YOU GO ROB!! You're responsible for helping a bunch of kids learn how to write C# code using VS 2008.
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good read 21 Nov. 2012
By Kristaulf - Published on Amazon.com
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This taught me a lot about graphical engines and how the rendering of a GPU works with the CPU. it's a great concept read if you're looking to getting into graphical interface coding.
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The key here is baby steps. But is it right for you? 11 Feb. 2010
By T. J. Gill - Published on Amazon.com
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This book excels at what it set out to do, teach XNA to first-time programmers in a non-intimidating way. The book is padded with light commentary and jokes to keep readers from feeling overwhelmed by the material. It's a legitimate approach, and it will be an excellent fit for students in some kind of intro to game development class. It never goes beyond the surface level of learning, doesn't get deep into larger game programming concepts. It gives you the basic tools to get started with very basic game design.

Personally, I have previous experience with C# (beginner/intermediate level) and I feel like the book could have been compressed down to 50 pages of solid material (maybe as the intro chapters for a more difficult book). Thing is, the author didn't write this book for me. Again, it's for first-timers.

If you're just starting out with game development and programming, or you feel intimidated by C#/XNA, this book will ease you in to game development and give you a good (if a bit thin) foundation to build on. That's why I'm giving it 5 stars. It achieves its intended goal...delivering a gentle introduction.

If you've got any experience with game development or programming, I'd look elsewhere.
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Not worth the paper it's printed on 12 Nov. 2010
By Steve G. - Published on Amazon.com
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if you already know the the C# programming language, this book will not teach you anything new... you will learn much more from google-ing "XNA" or even watching a few youtube video's ( [...] )
Don't get me wrong, XNA and C# is very powerful, but this book on the subject does not do ether XNA or C# justice. On the back cover of the book it claims "3D-effects", but the book only covers 2D-effects, other then text and even that is limited. I think that any programmer that is wanting to enter into game programming, is going to want graphics, interaction, and sound, and this book does a piss poor job at it. With that said there are even error in the code in chapter 3. There are VERY IMPORTANT Classes the book should at least touch on and it does NOT, Mathhelper, Matrix, and Model. I will be returning this book today, it is not worth the paper it is printed on.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great Book if you know C# basics 21 Jan. 2010
By Mark L. Price - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is GOOD if you know nothing. It will teach you how to make a game, and that is a good feeling! It doesn't do a very good job in teaching you C#. It gives just enough code to allow you to accomplish tasks(vs understanding what exactly the code does). I did learn XNA from this book however, the basics at least. I will give it some major credit in regard to Object Oriented Programming. Never until I performed the tasks in this book did I fully understand OOP. So many books explain OOP but don't let you put it into practice into a real life situation. It made so much sense to me because when you are programming objects in a game, they are actually objects. Easy for the mind to visualize. For instance, ObjectPaddle, ObjectBall. Whereas in other books like Wrox Jack Purdum C# 3.0 he tries to teach you OOP by having you create a "get the leap year class", and IMO that is the most ridiculous thing to introduce to a new programmer. Looks like the best XNA book out there so far for beginners. I recommend.
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