Beginning Java SE 6 Game Programming Paperback – Jan 18 2011
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Part I: JAVA FOR BEGINNERS. 1. Getting Started With Java. 2. Java Programming Essentials. 3. Creating Your First Java Game. Part II: JAVA GAME PROGRAMMING. 4. Vector-Based Graphics. 5. Bitmap-Based Graphics. 6. Simple Sprites. 7. Animated Sprites. 8. Keyboard and Mouse Input. 9. Sound Effects and Music. 10. Timing and the Game Loop. Part III: THE GALACTIC WAR PROJECT. 11. Galactic War: From Vectors to Bitmaps. 12. Galactic War: Sprites and Collision Boxes. 13. Galactic War: Squashed By Space Rocks. 14. Galactic War: Entity Management. 15. Galactic War: Finishing The Game. 16. Galactic War: Web Deployment. Part IV: APPENDICES. Appendix A: Chapter Quiz Answers.
About the Author
Jonathan S. Harbour is an associate professor at the University of Advancing Technology (Tempe, AZ). His web site at www.jharbour.com includes an online forum and blog for book support. His most recent game projects are Starflight - The Lost Colony (www.starflightgame.com) and Aquaphobia: Mutant Brain Sponge Madness (www.aquaphobiagame.com).
Top Customer Reviews
This book is also not a good recommendation for those learning the Java language as it has very poor programming style. I have read the first 3 quarters of the book and tossed it aside as it has very poor style. I have since purchased "Killer Game Programming in Java" by Andrew Davison and am very impressed with that book (it is not intended for someone learning Java but you could purchase a separate book for learning Java that teaches proper style). I purchased "Beginning Java SE 6 Game Programming" thinking that it was the latest Java book on game programming but don't let the title fool you, "Killer Game Programming" was written when Java SE 5 was around but it is a much better book on actual game programming.
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Even though it is known that you need to understand Java, this book takes that statement even further. At the beginning, the author wastes two chapters rambling about things you would find in a beginning Java book, and then contradicts himself a couple paragraphs later. Not only that, bits of code, like the initializing html file for Java applets is mentioned before you even need it; then never brought up again when you actually need the code. After half a chapter of different IDEs for Java, you're given code, and instructions that don't even work for setting up a text editor claiming to be an IDE.
Ignoring these things, I continued on through the book, only to realize that it was even more clumsy than I thought. Once you start entering code, and get to the point of testing; hope that you did not mess anything up through the pages of inconsistent spacing, and poor programming; because the author neglected to provide any way to find the sources for the book. After using a search engine as a citing resource, then traversing his site; I found the source code from the 2nd edition, that was exactly the same code as the only code for the 3rd edition. Even when everything is working well, instead of sticking with one topic, the author jumps around, distracting you from the main program (which is progressively created throughout the entire book), by putting various different demonstration projects in between; which could have been presented before the main project. In the end, after reading lots of posts about missing blocks of code from readers, resulted in reading the logic to use in my own projects; ignoring the provided project completely.
I hope that the author takes more time on the 4th edition, actually making changes to the text, providing links to code, omitting wasted space, possibly giving a bit more of a clear understanding to needed code, and using an IDE the majority uses. Even being a new book, the programming is outdated, and lacking in good practice. It surprises me that an actual "Course Study" publisher would allow a book like this to go through without any sort of editing, but I've come to the conclusion that the "ptr" in the publisher's name, actually means "Public Test Release"; not "Professional Technical Resource".
If you have read a java book or have one at your side well reading this, you will learn alot of intresting things that are overlooked in other books. I was looking for a book to show me what i needed to know to make a game, and i found it. This book will show you how to creat 2D Java Apllets and Java Aplications.
Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. Learned so much from this book. I write this review 2 years after I finished reading it and I can tell you I still use code and ideas from it today. I've written many other games since, all of them have evolved from the game engine built in the later chapters. Its a great starting point which can be built on, improved and reused to make many different 2d applet games.
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