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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Muska and Lipman/Premier-Trade; Pap/Cdr edition (Jan. 22 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592000096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592000098
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.8 x 4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,920,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hilmi S Alkindy on July 14 2004
Format: Paperback
This book, I believe has been purchased by the wrong people. The book clearly states that it is a begginers guide and never prettended to be anything else. It basicly fills in the huge gaps from the manual. DarkBasic claims to be a very easy programing language for begginers, strange that the manual is designed for people who know what they are doing.
If you are already a programer, you should not have purchased this book. I guess many people who got dissapointed are the die hard fans of darkbasic who already knew what they were doing and expecting some advanced tips and tricks for optimising their code.
I think that this book is great for what it was made to be, a begginers guide. It teaches good programing habbits, explains things clearly and helps guys like me who have not programed since they left college 6 years ago get their act back together.
I heartily recomend this book to anybody who purchased darkbasic or darkbasic pro and had no idea where to start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "jastarling81" on Feb. 10 2003
Format: Paperback
Overall, I thought that this was an above average book. Considering the fact that there really isn't all that much DB information (gathered it one place) out there, this book brings alot of key concepts together. The authors really take a programming language and put it on a beginner's level. They make relevant comparisons to today's popular games in their examples. The only complaint that I have is that they should have included more ground-up projects like first person shooters or fight sims. Most programming or database books usually have about three "real world" projects that take you from start to finish, all based on what was taught in the book. Basically, if you are a first-time Dark Basic developer, then you need to pick this book up. Otherwise, ask someone on the forums for help or source code.
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By A Customer on Sept. 2 2003
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book after installing DarkBasic Pro on my PC. By time the book arrived, I'd had already outgrown the material.
If you have never programmed before, this book would probably be useful, as the first 200 pages cover basic programming techniques; loops, data types etc.
If you are already familiar with programming, then there is not much useful information. There are only a 50 pages on 3d programming and only a few of the relevent funtions are covered.
Mostly the book is fluff. There are shots of every screen that comes up during the install of Dark Basic.(7 pages)
"Figure 1.60 The Setup Status screen, which displays the installation progress"
I realize that the book says 'Beginners Guide', but I thought that meant it was for someone who was new to the language, not new to computers.
If you know the difference between an integer and a float, save your money.
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By Peter blue on April 1 2003
Format: Paperback
Jonathan and Joshua have once again done a fantastic job on a very detailed book. This book will help you out on the basics and details that are needed when working on your programming skills.
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By Eddie Gordo on March 31 2003
Format: Paperback
Being active in the Darkbasic Community i know alot of people have waited for a book on their(and my) favorite game programming language. this book is an excellent source for people new to the Darkbasic programming Language.
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