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Coding4fun: 10 .Net Programming Projects for Wiimote, Youtube, World of Warcraft, and Moreby Dan Fernandez
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How would you like to build an Xbox game, use your Nintendo Wiimote to create an electronic whiteboard, or build your own peer-to-peer application? Coding4Fun helps you tackle some cool software and hardware projects using a range of languages and free Microsoft software. Now you can code for fun with C#, VB, ASP.NET, WPF, XNA Game Studio, Popfly, as well as the Lua programming language.
The perfect gift for any developer, Coding4Fun shows you how to use your programming skills in new and fun ways.
Book News Annotation:
Fernandez, an Evangelism manager at Microsoft, has joined with Peek, a senior developer and Microsoft MVP, to present these 10 software and hardware gaming projects for programmers and users with some knowledge of C#, VB, Lua, ASP.NET, WPF or Popfly. Many of these projects are geared toward existing games such as World of Warcraft, Alien Attack and LEGO Soldier and allow readers to create clones and 2D side scrolling features. Other projects can be used to download YouTube videos to Zune or iTunes or provide the codes needed to create interactive whiteboards, online polls and streaming video feeds. A free online edition of this book is available for 45 days after purchase. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This book offers ten really cool software projects that you can build using a simple, step-by-step approach. Tons of books explain the business end of software development, but few encourage programmers to have fun. "10 Coding4Fun Projects with .NET" has projects for developers who love to tinker, but don't have time to figure it all out. With this book, they can build a classic arcade game with Microsoft's XNA tools, hack the Wiimote, build a Facebook application, and use Windows Vista's peer-to-peer feature to build a custom video streaming application.
How would you like to build an Xbox game, use your Nintendo Wiimote to create an electronic whiteboard, or build your own peer-to-peer application? Coding4Fun: 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, YouTube, World of Warcraft, and More helps you tackle some cool software and hardware projects using a range of free Microsoft software. Now you can code for fun with C#, VB, Lua, ASP.NET, WPF, XNA Game Studio, and Popfly. If you love to tinker, but don't have time to figure it all out, this book gives you clear, step-by-step instructions for building ten creative projects, including: Alien Attack: Create a 2D clone of Space Invaders with XNA for the PC, Xbox 360, and Zune LEGO Soldier: Create an action game using Popfly with a custom-built virtual LEGO character World of Warcraft RSS Feed Reader: Use WoW's customizable interface to have feeds pop up while you're gaming InnerTube: Download YouTube videos automatically and convert them to a file format for off-line viewing PeerCast: Stream video files from any PC TwitterVote: Create custom online polls on Twitter WHSMail: Build a website with ASP.NET for Windows Home Server that lets you view the messages stored on a computer with Outlook Wiimote Controlled Car: Steer your remote-controlled car by tilting the Wii Remote controller left and right Wiimote Whiteboard: Create an interactive whiteboard using a Wii Remote Holiday Lights: Synchronize your holiday light display with music to create your own light show
The perfect gift for any developer, Coding4Fun: 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, YouTube, World of Warcraft, and More shows you how to use your programming skills in new and fun ways.
About the Author
Dan Fernandez is an Evangelism Manager in the Developer and Platform Evangelism team at Microsoft. Dan has been with Microsoft since July 2001, working in multiple roles including the Lead Product Manager for Visual Studio Express and Popfly, the Visual C# Product Manager, and as a Developer Evangelist in the Mid-Atlantic district. Prior to joining Microsoft, he worked as a developer at several consulting firms including IBM Global Services specializing in web-based and mobile application development. Dan is also the co-creator of Coding4Fun and works on fun open source projects in his spare time. You can read more about Dan on his blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/danielfe/.
Brian Peek is a Senior Developer at ASPSOFT, Inc., and a Microsoft C# MVP who has been actively developing in .NET since its early betas, but has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies and platforms for even longer. Along with .NET, Brian is particularly skilled in the languages of C, C++ and assembly language for a variety of CPUs. He is also well-versed in a wide variety of technologies including web development, document imaging, GIS, graphics, game development, and hardware interfacing. Brian has a strong background in developing applications for the health-care industry, as well as developing solutions for portable devices, such as tablet PCs and PDAs. Additionally, Brian previously co-authored the book "Debugging ASP.NET" and currently writes for MSDN's Coding4Fun website. You can reach Brian via his blog at http://www.brianpeek.com/ .
Table of Contents
Dedications Preface Gaming Chapter 1: Alien Attack Chapter 2: LEGO Soldier: A 2-D LEGO Side-Scroller Popfly Game Chapter 3: FEED READER: An In-Game RSS Reader for World of Warcraft Software and Web Chapter 4: InnerTube: Download, Convert, and Sync YouTube Videos Chapter 5: PeerCast: Watch Videos on Your PC Anywhere in the World Chapter 6: TwitterVote Chapter 7: WHSMail: An Outlook Webmail Add-in for Windows Home Server Hardware Chapter 8: Wiimote-controlled Car Chapter 9: Wiimote Whiteboard Chapter 10: Animated Musical Holiday Lights Using the C4fStyle File for WPF Projects Colophon
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