Beginning .NET Game Programming in VB .NET / Edition 1

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Overview

This highly-anticipated title provides a clear introduction to game programming for 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590594018
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 9/21/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Sometime 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 for the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (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!"

Alexandre Lob o is a passionate man. His first passion was reading, starting with large books Mark Twain, rico Ver ssimo, Jules Verne, Monteiro Lobato, Alexandre Dumas, and others when he was 7. At age 12, he discovered his next two passions: playing and creating games (by that time on his first Apple computer), and writing.

Many years later he's about forty now these passions still flourish. Now he's a teacher of academic game development courses, has written four books on the topic, and has participated in Brazilian gamse development contests, both as a contestant and as a judge. He has also written short story books, children's books, and young adult books, and in 2008 he released his first romance, The Name of the Eagle, currently available only in Portuguese. And, of course, he still loves to read, some favorite authors being Ken Follett and Paulo Coelho.

His ultimate passions starting in 1995 and still burning are his wife, Wal ria, and his kids, Nat lia and Rafael. Alexandre believes that lives needs passion to be lived entirely, and hopes that this book helps light this passion in readers' hearts. You can find his work at AlexandreLobao.com.

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.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 .Nettrix : GDI+ and collision detection 1
Ch. 2 .Netterpillars : artificial intelligence and sprites 65
Ch. 3 ManagedDirectX first steps : Direct3D basics and DirectX vs. GDI+ 141
Ch. 4 Space donuts : sprites revisited 207
Ch. 5 Spacewar! 245
Ch. 6 Spacewar3D : meshes and buffers and textures, oh my! 271
Ch. 7 Adding visual effects to Spacewar3D 327
Epilogue : taking your next steps 343
Bonus chapter : porting .Nettrix to pocket PC 351
App Motivations in games
App How do I make games?
App Guidelines for developing successful games
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2004

    you can write OO code in VB!

    One of the authors, Weller, recently co-authored a sister book on .NET game programming using C#. Here, Weller and others direct their attention to using VB as a game language. Both books follow a broadly similar approach. Each shows how to access DirectX graphics calls via their chosen languages. For example, this book starts with a basic program in many games. How to recognise collisions between your objects? It shows how VB can be used to write object oriented code in simple fashion. And how .NET enables the code to use the underlying DirectX. The VB OO code is syntactically simpler than the corresponding C++, Java or C# code, though perhaps more verbose. Those of us who use these other languages now have to face the fact that yes, indeed, you can write decent OO code in VB. Another chapter shows what it calls Artifical Intelligence usage. I would just say these are more complex coding than earlier chapters. Game programming books often indulge in such puffery, independent of what languages they use. The book goes on to recapitulate common graphics ideas like textures and meshes, but all in VB. This is not really an algorithms book, so the treatment is more to show how to do it in VB, than a detailed exposition of the methods.

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