The Java Game Development Tutorial
by Fabian Birzele
Publisher: Java Cooperation 2004
The tutorial will give you a very detailed introduction into the development of online games using Java. The first 5 chapters will lead you from the basic structure of an applet to the development of a whole game. The next chapters will give you solutions to problems like AI, level editors, random generation of landscapes, etc. You should be already able to program in Java, although you don't have to be an expert.
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