DarkBASIC Programming for the Absolute Beginner / Edition 1

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Overview

Looking for an inexpensive way to learn the fundamentals of game programming? Look no further! DarkBASIC Programming for the Absolute Beginner will provide you with a fun, gentle learning curve for learning DarkBASIC— no prior programming experience required! DarkBASIC is an inexpensive programming language that supports the development of desktop applications, but is especially useful for game creation. DarkBASIC Programming for the Absolute Beginner will touch on all aspects of DarkBASIC's capabilities, but emphasis is placed on using it in game development. A different programming concept is taught in every chapter walking you through the creation of a simple game to illustrate the concept. This "learn by doing" approach not only provides a sense of accomplishment, but it's also a fun way to learn. By the end of the book, you'll have a fundamental understanding of programming in DarkBASIC and an excellent foundation of knowledge for future forays into the exciting worlds of game development and computer programming.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598633856
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/3/2008
  • Series: for the Absolute Beginner Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 722,817
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. is an author, educator, and an IT professional with more than 18 years of experience in information technology, including roles as an automation analyst, technical manager, technical support analyst, automation engineer, and security analyst. Jerry has a master's degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He is the author of 22 other books and co-author of 2 additional books. His published works include AppleScript Studio Programming for the Absolute Beginner, Microsoft Windows Shell Scripting for the Absolute Beginner, Perl Programming for the Absolute Beginner, Beginning REALbasic, Microsoft Windows Shell Scripting and WSH Administrator's Guide, VBScript Professional Projects, and Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition Programming for the Absolute Beginner. He has more than five years of experience as an adjunct instructor teaching networking courses in information technology. Jerry lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife, Mary, and their children, William, Alexander,and Molly.

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Table of Contents

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

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