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Coding4Fun: 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, YouTube, World of Warcraft, and More Paperback – December 6, 2008

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ISBN-13: 978-0596520748 ISBN-10: 0596520743 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

Dan Fernandez is an Evangelism Manager in the Developer and Platform Evangelism team at Microsoft. Dan has been with Microsoft since July 2001, working in multiple roles including the Lead Product Manager for Visual Studio Express and Popfly, the Visual C# Product Manager, and as a Developer Evangelist in the Mid-Atlantic district. Prior to joining Microsoft, he worked as a developer at several consulting firms including IBM Global Services specializing in web-based and mobile application development. Dan is also the co-creator of Coding4Fun and works on fun open source projects in his spare time. You can read more about Dan on his blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/danielfe/.

Brian Peek is a Senior Developer at ASPSOFT, Inc., and a Microsoft C# MVP who has been actively developing in .NET since its early betas, but has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies and platforms for even longer. Along with .NET, Brian is particularly skilled in the languages of C, C++ and assembly language for a variety of CPUs. He is also well-versed in a wide variety of technologies including web development, document imaging, GIS, graphics, game development, and hardware interfacing. Brian has a strong background in developing applications for the health-care industry, as well as developing solutions for portable devices, such as tablet PCs and PDAs. Additionally, Brian previously co-authored the book "Debugging ASP.NET" and currently writes for MSDN's Coding4Fun website. You can reach Brian via his blog at http://www.brianpeek.com/ .

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596520743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596520748
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,304,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philippe F. Monnet on June 16, 2009
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I have been an avid fan of the DotNetRocks podcast since the beginning and when Brian Peek and Dan Fernandez went on the show [...] to talk about their Coding4Fun book, I felt their enthusiasm and decided to get the book. I am technical architect and "code for work" every day, so why did I get so excited about the book? Who has not wanted to write a game or build some fun gizmo? Well, whether you are coding for work or for fun, the creative projects presented by Brian and Dan are sure to make you want to pick your keyboard and mouse and get going. Going through the first chapter and building the Alien Attack game, I got a chance to discover the patterns in use in most game as well as learn to use the Microsoft XNA gaming platform. The authors introduce the different techniques in layers so you can see the game evolve as you go. You will get some good chuckles out of playing (and even losing at) your own game, guaranteed! If you're more eager to tackle hardware and software projects, the Wee-controller or electronic board based projects should pique your interest. Even though I have not built all projects (at least not yet), I very much enjoy browsing through the chapter and see how each project is structured. Whether you want to feed the inner geek, or inner coder in you, or whether you've always wanted to code for fun for a change but don't know what to code, then this book is for you! Just go and code-4-fun!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Taylor on January 1, 2009
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Remember back when you programmed for fun rather than for profit? That is what this book is all about. You won't find the solution to some problem you're having in your commercial apps. Instead you'll find several small, fun projects you can work on with tangible results.

The book covers several different areas from XNA to Wii so everybody is likely to find at least one project that they can do. Each project is self contained and relatively small. The book does an execellent job of walking you through each one.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is getting a little bored with programming on a regular basis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Riedel on February 16, 2009
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Well written, but not for the newbie. These projects assume you have some previous coding knowledge, which is great for those of us that do. Some of the projects (the Wiimote ones, namely) do require several pieces of additional equipment, which can be expensive, but it is well worth it to write some cool little programs to use them for purposes other than the Wii! If you are a bored Coder, pick up this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fourwhey on February 7, 2009
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A friend purchased this for me as a gift. It was a joy to read, and not what I expected from an IT book. The projects were fun, and quite helpful for me since I'm learning to code.

If you're on the fence, I recommend you check it out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Papa on January 6, 2009
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This book is an excellent compilation of numerous great topics, two of which are my favorites regarding using the Wii controller with the .NET Library (written by Brian Peek, one of the authors). Each chapter of the book focuses on a different topic and explains how the reader can follow along at home and try these out. Its a completely different take on a technical book as it shows how much fun programming can be.

I really enjoyed reading the book and trying some of the more creative examples. A definite recommendation.
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