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Highly Recommended Book.,
This review is from: Microsoft® XNA® Game Studio 2.0: Learn Programming Now! (PRO-Developer) (Paperback)
"Learn Programming Now" is a great book which, not only introduces XNA, but also introduces programming and can be picked up by people who have no programming experience whatsoever. The downside to introducing programming concepts whilst explaining XNA is that more experienced readers may find certain parts too slow. However, these parts can easily be skipped and the reader can focus on the XNA and game development aspects. Although the book does not come with a CD, it does have a website where you can download the code samples. Personally, I didn't find the lack of CD a problem as the best way to learn what you read is by typing the code anyway, and with the clear explanations and code displayed in the book, it was a straightforward process. If you are new to programming, then I wouldn't rely on this book to teach you how to program and you are better off with a book dedicated to programming, but it's a very nice introduction.
As an XNA book, it has great analogies and explanations to give a good understanding as to how XNA works and how the developer can start making use of it. As an introductory book, advance concepts of XNA and game development are not discussed, which is by no means a bad thing as it ensures the author can focus on what the book sets out to do. If you are new to XNA or game development, this is a highly recommended book regardless of whether or not you have any programming experience.