Free C# Book

Rob Miles has now made the Famous Yellow Book available for download from his blog. This is the book that is used at the University of Hull to teach C# to the first year. It is given to students (and Open Day visitors) in printed form, but you can now get a PDF version for free.

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2008 at 10:21AM by Registered CommenterRob in | Comments2 Comments

XNA Curriculum Materials

Rob Miles in the Very Silly Team is presently working on some curriculum materials so that anyone teaching programming can use XNA, C# and a bit of silliness to get the message across. The content is presently in production but will be available for limited review in a few weeks. It will be based on the book and will take the form of Powerpoint presentations and some structured practical work to go alongside.

We are starting a mailing list for anyone who wants to register an interest in the content to keep you informed of progress (note that this will be strictly used for this purpose and no other).

If you want to be kept informed of curriculum developments, send an email to and we will add you to the list.

Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 10:24AM by Registered CommenterRob in , | Comments5 Comments

The Doctor is In

The first patient has been received in the Very Silly Games surgery, patched up and sent back to a waiting developer. If you are learning XNA and hit a nasty problem, feel free to check in your source files at the silly surgery for our trained medics to take a look at.

Posted on Friday, August 22, 2008 at 10:04AM by Registered CommenterRob | Comments5 Comments

Money from XNA

The XNA Creators Club (where you can publish your XNA games) is now open for business. You can post your games for other Xbox owners to play with and there are even moves to allow you to get cash for your creations. Find out more here.

Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 08:58AM by Registered CommenterRob in | Comments3 Comments

Silly Surgery Open for Business

I've set up another area of the site. The Silly Surgery provides a place where you can drop broken programs for a crack team of software surgeons to take a look and get back to you.

The kind of problems that we are looking to solve are the ones that begnining programmers have when trying to learn to create code. Not ones with multi-threaded synchronisation across processor cores when trying to perform rendering using direct shader code injection (whatever that means).

We are not promising to fix everything, but we can try.

Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 09:54AM by Registered CommenterRob in | CommentsPost a Comment