Getting Started with XNA 4.0

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I’m going to get started with learning XNA 4.0 especially as it allows development for the new Microsoft Phone 7 device, which for me, to leverage such an existing technology that I understand, at least to a small degree and can basically get straight into, is quite an exciting prospect.

Here’s are the goodies:

  1. MSDN >> Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP
  2. Shawn Hargreaves Blog >> Breaking changes in XNA Game Studio 4.0
  3. Windows Phone: Developer Home
  4. MSDN >> XNA Game Studio 4.0
  5. MSDN >> Windows Phone Development

Go to link #1 and download and install the tools, which include the following:

  • Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone CTP
  • Windows Phone Emulator CTP
  • Silverlight for Windows Phone CTP
  • XNA 4.0 Game Studio CTP

While installing, make sure to pour over some of the changes at Shawn Hargreaves’ blog. It’ll surely help any head-scratching from the transition from 3.x 🙂

I’m not sure how much help the MSDN will be, but given that there’s not as much information about XNA 4.0 out there right now, it’s amongst the best bet.

Terry Butler