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Beginning DirectX 10 Game Programming Paperback – August 27, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1598633610 ISBN-10: 1598633619 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology PTR; 1 edition (August 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598633619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598633610
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Revelino Mateus on October 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a very light introduction to DirectX10, especially to direct3d 10. Beginners should feel very comfortable with this book. The text, most of the time, is clear and the examples are very simple. The math and math explanations involved are kept to a minimum.

The book delivers what it promises and should be taken as a base for further readings.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By uj on February 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a good introduction to DirectX 10 if you haven't used DirectX before. If you're familiar with version 9 you can as well use the Microsoft documentation instead. In fact much of the code in the book seems to be taken without much modification from there. This is all right I think. When you purchase this book you essentially pay the author a finder's fee for helping you locate and use what you as a newbie would have to spend lots of time in frustration digging up yourself.

For me as a newbie to DirectX the book was perfect with complete cut & paste runnable examples. It covers a lot of ground, but because it does this with so much detail it's not always as compete as you would like. For example lightning of 3D objects is covered but not the use of depth buffers. This means it tells you how to create the illusion of depth for single objects but not for many interacting objects. So I would say the book would benefit from being like 500 pages instead of just 350 in order to take it just a little bit further.

But all in all it's worth every penny for a DirectX newbie. It's detailed and clearly written with working examples on a CD.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Paulson on February 5, 2008
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It truly is an introduction into D3D10. Tells you exactly how to get started. If your new to dX, this is actually a great book to start. She does a great job in telling you how things work and the way they do. Now i am not saying it will always be great and will always be easy to learn. If your not great at C++ then this book still is fine. It does not use advanced concepts. It just plainly does a great job in what it says.

"BEGINNING DIRECTX 10"
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gregory M. Hoglund on May 30, 2009
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Already being a programmer, but not familier with DX10, I was able to read the entire book cover to cover in a single Saturday. Wendy did a great job writing simple and concise explanations for the DX10 architecture, from basic rendering pipeline and transforms, all the way to a fun procedurally generated mesh. An easy read. I had a demo landscape and camera coded up in a few hours. Wendy (thankfully) didn't bog down into the math behind everything, and instead just told me what I needed to know to get up and running. Highly recommended!
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By S. Antony on December 30, 2009
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From my experience, anyone who wants to begin programming directx applications must start with book. I tried a few other books on directx and never got the head-start I wanted until I read this book.
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By Amazon Customer on November 7, 2009
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I read the entire book across three days and found it to be a very good introduction to DirectX 10. It is very easy reading with very simple explanations. It's not a book for those who are already familiar with DirectX. This is a complete beginners book.
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