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DarkBASIC Programming for the Absolute Beginner Paperback – January 3, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1598633856 ISBN-10: 1598633856 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: for the Absolute Beginner
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (January 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598633856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598633856
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PART I INTRODUCING DARKBASIC PROFESSIONAL Chapter 1 Introducing DarkBASIC Professional Chapter 2 Getting Comfortable with the DarkBASIC Professional Integrated Development Environment PART II LEARNING HOW TO WRITE DARKBASIC APPLICATIONS Chapter 3 Working with Data Types, Variables and Arrays Chapter 4 Implementing Conditional Logic Chapter 5 Repeating Statement Execution Using Loops Chapter 6 Organizing Code Logic Using Functions PART III ADVANCED TOPICS Chapter 7 Working with Graphics and Sound Chapter 8 Generating Animation Using Sprites Chapter 9 Working with Input Devices Chapter 10 Finding and Fixing Application Errors PART IV APPENDICES Appendix A What"s on the Companion Web Site? Appendix B What Next? Glossary Index

About the Author

Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. is an author, educator, and an IT professional with over 24 years' of experience in information technology, including roles as an automation analyst, technical manager, technical support analyst, automation engineer, and security analyst. He is the author of 40 books and co-author of two additional books. His published works include Getting Started with Game Maker, HTML, XHTML, and CSS for the Absolute Beginner; XNA 3.1 Game Development for Teens; Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 for Teens, and Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express Programming for the Absolute Beginner. Ford has a master's degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and has over five years' experience as an adjunct instructor teaching networking courses in information technology.

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Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. is an author, educator, and an IT professional with over 18 years of experience in information technology, including roles as an automation analyst, technical manager, technical support analyst, automation engineer, and security analyst. He is the author of 23 other books and co-author of two additional books. His published works include AppleScript Studio Programming for the Absolute Beginner, Microsoft Windows PowerShell Programming for the Absolute Beginner, Visual Basic 2005 Express Programming for the Absolute Beginner, VBScript Professional Projects, Microsoft Windows Shell Scripting and WSH Administrator's Guide, Microsoft Windows Shell Scripting for the Absolute Beginner, Learn JavaScript in a Weekend, and Microsoft Windows XP Professional Administrator's Guide.

Ford has a master's degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and has over five years of experience as an adjunct instructor teaching networking courses in information technology.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 22, 2009
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I had never programmed before, and didnt want to spend years learning C++.
Just wanted to do some basic programming with some satisfying visual effects.
For that this book, and darkbasic, is perfect.

Its basically a complete walk through for DBPro, teaching all the necessary functions (which is generic to all computer programming BTW, so if you move on to C or something else down the track this isnt wasted time at all). It uses simple games as examples. You can work through the book comfortable in a couple of months. And can easily make you own games after that.

It doesnt deal with 3D very well, which i initially thought was a huge negative. But actually its the background programming that is taught in this book that is really important - the 3D stuff is really simply and after working through this book you can figure out the rest for your self. Indeed the book leaves you at a compliant level where you no longer need books or tutorials to continue working with DBPro.

I recommended this to anyone starting off with DBPro, its much cheaper than the other books and they cant have anything this doesnt, it covers everything you need.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip Edwards on August 29, 2010
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This book does an excellent job of teaching the fundamental aspects of programming using DarkBASIC.
I am using it to teach my younger brothers how to program games and they are enjoying the book as well.

As the title suggests, this is a book for beginners, anyone already familiar with programming will be able to glaze over at least half of the book and solely use the multimedia chapters of the book.

The only down side to the book is that it is a little dated, while the coding examples are fine, the chapters on the editor itself is completely inaccurate since the it has been enhanced over the past couple of years.

Overall this book is a great buy for anyone interested in learning to program, especially if they are interested in game development.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J Allen on December 15, 2012
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This book spent the majority of its content teaching you to create a worthless application that only displays a single line of text on a black background. This programming language is capable of so much more. I could have summed up this books teachings into a single chapter leaving the remainder for other tops not touched on such as variables, graphics, file access, string manipulation formulas. This book is great if you want to produce a program with plain text responses on a black screen. If you want anything more advanced you will need to look elsewhere.
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