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Atari Inc.: Business is Fun by Mr. Curt Vendel
Atari Inc.: Business is Fun by Mr. Curt Vendel
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This 796 page tome is full of the history of Atari and it's pre-history from the l968 up to the Tramiel acquisition of Atari from Warner Communications in 1983.
I was one of the few survivors that worked for both the Warner Communications Atari (2 years) and the Tramiel Atari (6 years). My awareness and knowledge of what was happening in the USA within Atari prior to the acquisition was sketchy both at the time and even more so 30 years later. From what I read in this book, we in Atari UK were not aware of half the products and problems developing in Atari Inc. across the pond.
I can't really judge the completeness and accuracy of the story concerning the Warner Atari, but for me… Read more
Windows Phone 7 XNA Cookbook by Zheng Yang
Windows Phone 7 XNA Cookbook
Author: Zheng Yang
Publisher: Packt
ISBN: 978-1-849699-120-8
Pages: 432
For me the Windows Phone was one of the most exciting platform announcements in 2010. I finally got my hands on a Windows Phone in 2011 and it had the great attraction of supporting c# / XNA, allowing my Xbox XNA development skills to take short excursions into the world of mobile phone development.

Chapter 1: Jump into Windows Phone Developer Tools and XNA Game Studio 4.0
The first really important feature is that there is now a simple explanation on how to get started in developing on the Windows Phone 7 using XNA. The Microsoft website is still too… Read more
Xna 4.0 Game Development by Example: Beginner's Gu&hellip by Kurt Jaegers
XNA originally required the novice programmer to learn a few new concepts all at the same time the XNA Framework, .Net, C# together with many programming and maths concepts required in created 2D and 3D games. Jumping directly into C# itself was a tall order especially when one already learns other languages at school / college such as Visual Basic (VB). This is possibly why the most requested feature for XNA was to enable support for Visual Basic.
This book does not dwell on the pros or cons of C# v VB for development, and assumes that the reader has already made this choice, otherwise why read the book. It is for each novice programmer to decide which programming language is more… Read more

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