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Books and CD-ROM Content

If you have actually obtained a copy of the book you will have noticed that it does not have any CD-ROMs with the source code on them. This is not as advertised on some book sites. I am really very sorry about this. The book was originally going to be shipped with copies of XNA and Visual Studio on CD-ROMs, but this was not possible in the end.

You  can get the companion content for the book from here. (thanks ed)

I am terribly sorry about all this. I just hope that you still consider the book (and this site) worth it.

Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 07:12PM by Registered CommenterRob | Comments6 Comments

Reader Comments (6)

Actually, the link listed in the book works, http://www.microsoft.com/MSPress/companion/9780735625228/default.aspx, it just that you can't there from the book description page or by searching microsoft.com.

P.S. I really enjoy the book so far.

February 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Thank you so much for the commment,that has really cheered me up! Thanks for the link too. I'll still put the materal here though, along with some other new stuff that you might find interesting.

February 28, 2008 | Registered CommenterRob

I'm considering purchasing this book, but noticed that the description on amazon.com suggest that you use Visual C# 2008 (Visual Studio). XNA 2.0 as far as I am aware only supports Visual C# (Studio) 2005. The sample chapters indicate you use Visual C# 2005 Express. Three suggestions:

1. Update the amazon.com description (if possible) if it is incorrect. I personally looked elsewhere when I saw that and only came back because your book is the only one out there now.

2. A section devoted to familiarizing the users for both Visual C# Express and Visual C# (Studio) 2005 interface would have been helpful. As far as I can tell without having purchased the book yet, it does not cover this....

3. Also indicate in your book that a brief overview of C# is included and that most users probably do not need to know C# if they know another OOP language. Assuming this is true.... I bought a C# book first as I would also like to have a reference book, but knowing this I would have bought your book first and re-evaluted my need.

March 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterano

Thanks for the questions.

The updated description went live earlier this year. It corrects both the CD-ROM, C# and the Visual Studio 2005 issues. Unfortunately it hasn't percolated as far as amazon.com yet. I've emailed Amazon to try to get them to update their description, but nothing has happened so far.

I cover the parts of Visual Studio 2005 that are required for game development and debugging, but I do it in context. I've found that just telling people about IDE features doesn't really help them learn how to use them. We cover workspaces, projects, resources and debugging using VS 2005 in the relevant sections of the text.

We did a lot of soul searching about the title. To fit everything in would have made it too long and so what you see is a necessary compromise.

I've updated the book description on this site to hopefully address your questions.

March 11, 2008 | Registered CommenterRob


Thank you for clarifying. I went ahead and ordered your book. I'm very excited since the book should arrive by this weekend!

March 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterano

Thanks for that. I hope you have fun learning to create games. Let me know how you get on, and what you think of the book.

March 13, 2008 | Registered CommenterRob

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