Author: Alexandre Santos Lobao, David Weller, Ellen Hatton
Date Released: 2004
Page Count: 440
Isbn10 Code: 1590594010
Isbn13 Code: 9781590594018
The book's greatest strength: the fact that it is very much grounded in writing a game. — Craig Andera, .NET Practice Lead, Wangdera Corporation This highly-anticipated title provides a clear introduction to game programming for you, VB.NET programmers! Microsoft insiders have written an easy-to-read guide, so you can start programming games quickly. This book even includes an introduction to Managed DirectX9, and other advanced .NET features, like animation and sounds. Code examples are actually complete games, and include .Nettrix , .Netterpillars, River Pla.NET, Magic KindergarteN., D-iNfEcT, Nettrix II (for the Pocket PC), and a version of the classic game, Spacewars. About the Author Ellen Hatton is a computer science undergraduate at Edinburgh University. She was exposed to computers at a very early age and has been fascinated with them ever since. Her first experience of computer games was playing Dread Dragon Doom, at which she quickly excelled at the age of 5. She’s been hooked on games ever since. Ellen is not only interested in computers. She skis frequently, among other sports, and enjoys general student life in the bustling Scottish capital, Edinburgh. As her choice of degree suggests, Ellen still finds computers very interesting and is constantly looking for new challenges. Alexandre Santos Lobão got his first computer in 1981, when he was 12, and immediately started to create simple games in BASIC. Since then, computers have evolved massively, and so has he. Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1991, Alexandre, together with six friends, founded that same year a company that came to be known as a synonym for high-quality services in Brasilia, Brazil: Hepta Informática. Besides his excellent work in many software development areas, from financial to telecommunication, he never forgot his first passion and has always worked as a nonprofessional game programmer. amateur game programming company founded by Craig Jardine. At the end of 2000, Alexandre started searching for new horizons and, leaving the company he helped to create, entered Microsoft as a consultant. Looking at the new and extremely interesting possibilities offered by the .NET Framework, he decided to take everything he’s learned over the last decade and apply it to this new development platform. Somewhere around 1974, David Weller discovered a coin-operated Pong game in a pizza parlor in Sacramento, California, and was instantly hooked on computer games. A few years later, he was introduced to the world of programming by his godfather, who let him use his Radio Shack TRS-80 computer to learn about programming in BASIC. David’s first program was a simple dice game that graphically displayed the die face (he still has the first version he originally wrote on paper). He quickly outgrew BASIC, though, and soon discovered the amazing speed you could get by writing video games in assembly language. He spent the remainder of his high school years getting bad grades, but writing cool software, none of which made him any money. He spent the next 10 years in the military, learning details about computer systems and software development. Shortly after he left the military, David was offered a job to help build the Space Station Training Facility at NASA. From that point on, he merrily spent time working on visual simulation and virtual reality applications. He made the odd shift into multitier IT application development during the Internet boom, ultimately landing inside of Microsoft as a technical evangelist, where he spends time playing with all sorts of new technology and merrily saying under his breath, "I can’t believe people pay me to have this much fun!"
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