Introduction to Programming Through Game Development Using Microsoft XNA Game Studio
by Rob Miles
Publisher: Microsoft Press 2009
Number of pages: 400
Learn the underlying skills and principles of software development as you design and build your first games for Xbox 360, Windows, and Zune. Designed specifically for students with no computer science background, this curriculum teaches the fundamentals of C# programming and the XNA Game Studio framework for skills you can apply to game programming and beyond.
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