Justin Califano

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  1. Can someone point me in the right direction?

    I found a copy of C# Programming for the Absolute Beginner at a local independent computer repair shop that sells used computer books. Ill give it a read through and see what I can learn. Thanks for the recomendation. Since it teaches through programming basic games, this might be a good book for me to start with. Edit: Ive been seeing posts lately about XNA's future. Are there other options for C# game development if XNA is dropped?
  2. Can someone point me in the right direction?

    As for the books, its was an auction on ebay that included the books i included and a few others i didnt bother listing. I have several IDE's installed on both my OS's, and none of them are DevC++. In Win7 i have Visual C#/C++ express, Code::Blocks & SharpDevelop, and on OSX I have Xcode, QT & CodeRunner. I would really like to learn C++ eventually, but I suppose it is wise to start with C# and go with that till I can manage something with it. I guess I just feel overwhelmed kind of. I will try to get my hands on C# Programming for the Absolute Beginner though and see if that helps. I see its quite pricey on Amazon, but I will keep an eye open for a cheaper used copy. Thanks for the advice.
  3. Im currently trying to learn to program on my own and seem to be having a hard time doing so. I am torn between C++ and C#. I know I should go with C# as a first choice over C++, however the little bit ive read of each the C++ seems to have stuck with my a little easier. My question is, could someone please point me in the right direction with either language? What books should I get, what order should i read them, what I should learn before I start the basics of a game (simple 2D)? Some of the books I have access too are: Sams Teach Yourself C++ 6th Ed. C# 2010 for Dummies Sams Teach Yourself C# (2004) Focus on SDL Beginning C++ Through Game Development Beginning C# Game Development Oreily XNA 4.0 I just feel overwhelmed and would GREATLY appreciate any advice. Im not the best when trying to learn from a book alone, I do MUCH better when in a student/teacher environment. Unfortunately I dont seem to have that option. Thanks in advance.