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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 – February 13, 2011
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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.
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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.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking into getting into game development for Microsoft's platforms. It's a fun read and it is covered with great tips to make your code more efficient and write once but expand it everywhere.
In my opinion he should've spent more time on integrating graphics with code and making renders etc... but it's more oriented towards programmers.