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XNA Tutorial for C# overview – Series 1

This part of the site shows you how easy it is to get a XNA program up and running!. This tutorial is aimed at people who haven't done any 3D programming so far and would like to see some results in the shortest possible time. To this end, XNA is an ideal programming environment. Using C# as programming language, the code looks very much like Java, so anyone having some notions of Java should be able to start right away. Even more, this tutorial is written in such a way that anyone who has any programming experience should be able to understand and complete it! Here’s a screenshot of the final chapter of Series 1:

This first series of XNA tutorial gives you a general introduction to XNA. It is divided in several chapters, which you can find listed below. In every chapter you’ll learn a basic XNA feature:
  • Starting a project: setting up and using the Development Environment
  • The effect file: effects are needed to draw stuff on the screen
  • The first triangle: defining points, displaying them using XNA
  • World space: defining points in 3D space, defining camera position
  • Rotation & translation: rotating and moving the scene
  • Indices: removing redundant vertex information to decrease AGP/PCIX bandwidth
  • Terrain basics: bringing altitude into our program
  • Terrain from file: create a terrain from an image file
  • Keyboard: read user input on the keyboard using XNA
  • Adding colors: add simple color to you terrain
  • Lighting basics: lighting can be complex to fully understand, a whole chapter on this subject
  • Terrain lighting: making use of what we learned in the previous chapter to enable lighting over our terrain

    During this series you will need to download the following resources:
  • The effect file: effects.fx
  • Terrain from file: heightmap.bmp



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