- Paperback: 466 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (16 Feb. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735651574
- ISBN-13: 978-0735651579
- Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.5 x 22.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 843,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Microsoft® XNA® Game Studio 4.0: Learn Programming Now!: How to program for Windows Phone 7, Xbox 360, Zune devices, and more Paperback – 16 Feb 2011
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About the Author
Rob Miles has been teaching computer programming for more than 25 years. An expert on Visual C#® and a Microsoft® MVP for Device Application Development, Rob enjoys inspiring new and experienced programmers. As well as writing his own games, programs, and poetry, Rob has consulted on a wide range of commercial software projects.
Top Customer Reviews
Many books, you'll end up writing 10 pages of code, told to 'ignore this section for now', and you end up with something that works, but you have no idea why and no satisfaction of learning.
With this book, right from the beginning you'll be making simple but complete humorous games, even if it's something as simple as changing your screen colour, it's presented to you as a game so it's immediately very easy to visualise other things you could do.
The only thing you have to be aware of, is that if you already know C# well, you may find this book a little slow as it covers many aspects of C# that you probably know like the back of your hand while it teaches you about XNA. However it's well structured and you can quickly skip to the parts of the book you need, especially as a reference for later on.
Each chapters focus on one aspect of the programming which make it easy to understand and the step by step process is easy to follow. I'd highly recommend this to anyone starting XNA. My only fault with the book is that you may think that it teaches you everything about XNA however its only the basics. That still shouldn't stop any beginners of XNA from getting this book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I would suggest this book for students who have:
- never programmed before
- never programmed in an object-oriented language
- are coming from an Intro to Java course and want to learn game programming
This book is not for the expert programmer who just wants to apply their craft to creating video games. As such, this is not for the seasoned developer and was not meant for them in the first place.
Rob Miles is funny and the reading level is spot on for secondary level students. There is a whole curriculum supporting the book available from Microsoft's Faculty Education Center, along with tutorial videos. One of the best features is the advice from "The Great Programmer".
The reason why some negative reviewers feel the way they do is because they are not computer science educators and do not understand the context for which this book is written.
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