Higher Education

DarkBASIC Programming for the Absolute Beginner, 1st Edition

  • Jerry Lee Ford Jr.
  • ISBN-10: 1598633856  |  ISBN-13: 9781598633856
  • 432 Pages
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $22.50



Looking for an inexpensive way to learn the fundamentals of game programming? Look no further! DarkBASIC Programming for the Absolute Beginner will provide you with a fun, gentle learning curve for learning DarkBASIC-- no prior programming experience required! DarkBASIC is an inexpensive programming language that supports the development of desktop applications, but is especially useful for game creation. DarkBASIC Programming for the Absolute Beginner will touch on all aspects of DarkBASIC's capabilities, but emphasis is placed on using it in game development. A different programming concept is taught in every chapter walking you through the creation of a simple game to illustrate the concept. This "learn by doing" approach not only provides a sense of accomplishment, but it's also a fun way to learn. By the end of the book, you'll have a fundamental understanding of programming in DarkBASIC and an excellent foundation of knowledge for future forays into the exciting worlds of game development and computer programming.

Features and Benefits

  • Perfect for first time programmers and hobbyists interested in learning how to program, especially those who are interested in game programming.
  • Teaches the basics of computer programming using DarkBASIC, an inexpensive, user-friendly programming language that supports the development of desktop applications and computer games.
  • Utilizes a game-based learning approach that makes learning fun without sacrificing serious instructional value.
  • Prepares readers to make the jump form DarkBASIC to other BASIC programming languages (Visual Basic, .NET, VBScript, etc.).
  • Companion website available here: http://www.delmarlearning.com/companions/index.asp?isbn=1598633856

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introducing DarkBASIC Professional
Chapter 2 Getting Comfortable with the DarkBASIC Professional Integrated Development Environment
Chapter 3 Working with Data Types, Variables and Arrays
Chapter 4 Implementing Conditional Logic
Chapter 5 Repeating Statement Execution Using Loops
Chapter 6 Organizing Code Logic Using Functions
Chapter 7 Working with Graphics and Sound
Chapter 8 Generating Animation Using Sprites
Chapter 9 Working with Input Devices
Chapter 10 Finding and Fixing Application Errors
Appendix A What''s on the Companion Web Site?
Appendix B What Next?

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jerry Lee Ford Jr.

Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. is an author, educator, and an IT professional with over 24 years' of experience in information technology, including roles as an automation analyst, technical manager, technical support analyst, automation engineer, and security analyst. He is the author of 40 books and co-author of two additional books. His published works include Getting Started with Game Maker, HTML, XHTML, and CSS for the Absolute Beginner; XNA 3.1 Game Development for Teens; Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 for Teens, and Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express Programming for the Absolute Beginner. Ford has a master's degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and has over five years' experience as an adjunct instructor teaching networking courses in information technology.